Flathead Valley Events Calendar

Imagine schussing down fresh powder with a valley vista at your feet. Or peaceful cross-country skiing in Glacier National Park. Or exploring mountain landscapes by snowmobile.

Spring and summer may find you discovering natural wonders at state parks, hiking on trails as gentle or challenging as you like, swimming and boating on the Flathead’s many lakes, and reliving bygone days at historic lodges. Autumn brings colorful landscapes, crowd-free touring, and the freshest of nature’s bounty from local farms.

Spice up your vacation with good food and entertainment. Any evening you can enjoy fine dining at one of the Flathead’s top restaurants, which often serve locally grown meat and produce. You’ll find live theater and music nearby.

Experience the seasonal beauty and grandeur of the Flathead with one or more of the vacation specials detailed below. Members of the Flathead Convention & Visitor Bureau offer lodging and recreational packages and discounts to fit just about any budget.

Remember Pearl Harbor
Description:

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Miracle of America Museum is offering a special evening program starting at 6 pm on December 7.  The event will begin in the Museum's public meeting room with a showing of a DVD slideshow and song presentation of Montana's own Marshall Catch, "The Ballad of the USS Arizona".  The group will then move to the WWII section of the museum to view the special tribute wall with emphasis on David Smart, Polson veteran whose remains still lie entombed in the hold of the Arizona.  The final presentation will be a showing of  the award-winning film TORA! TORA! TORA!.  The program is free but treats are welcome.  Due to the length of the evening's program (approximately 3 hours), the program will begin promptly at 6 pm. 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 12-7-2016 Ends: 12-7-2016
Visit with Santa
Description:

Children of all ages can visit with Santa from 3 to 6 pm on Three Saturdays before Christmas, Saturday December 3, 10th and 17th.  Bigfork merchants will be staying open late with holiday specials.  

Location: Bigfork Station Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 12-3-2016 Ends: 12-17-2016
A Christmas Story
Description:

The Whitefish Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story based on the classic 1983 movie. Set in 1940's Indiana, the play tells the story of Ralphie Parker who has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas --- a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.  This is a show that the whole family will enjoy, capturing holiday wonder with wit and a heart of gold.  Performances are at 7:30 pm. 

Location: O'Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center One Central Avenue Whitefish

Starts: 12-1-2016 Ends: 12-18-2016
Holiday Pops
Description:

The Glacier Symphony presents a concert featuring such holiday favorites as the Nutcracker, March of the Toys, Christmas at the Movies, Canadian Brass Christmas, Skaters Waltz and many more.  This is a family favorite!  The concert begins at 3 pm. 

Location: Flathead High School 644 Fourth Avenue West Kalispell

Starts: 12-18-2016 Ends: 12-18-2016
Senior Tour & Tea Day
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art offers free admission to all seniors age 60 and over on Thursday, January 12.  Complimentary coffee, tea and cookies will be served.  A docent-led tour will begin at 10:30 am.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 1-12-2017 Ends: 1-12-2017
Winter Art Maker Series with Nicholas Oberling
Description:

Join painter Nicholas Oberling for an evening of interactive learning as he creates a new piece of art for the Winter Art Maker Series.  Free admission for Hockaday members, non-members $15.00. The event begins at 6 pm and runs until 7:30 pm. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 1-12-2017 Ends: 1-12-2017
Members' Salon
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces its annual Members' Salon, an exhibition of artist member works, to be on display November 3 through January 14, 2017.  This is the 15th event of its type at the Museum showcasing the diverse talents of its membership.  Artists of all skill levels present one piece of their recent work in a broad range of media.  The exhibition will feature the works of more than 80 Hockaday members. Everyone is invited to vote in the People's Choice Awards.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 3302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 11-3-2016 Ends: 1-14-2017
Watercolor painting with Karen Leigh
Description:

During this two-hour demonstration, artist Karen Leigh will create a painting while she discusses techniques, composition, design and creating textures.  The demonstration begins at 2 pm and continues until 4 pm.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 1-14-2017 Ends: 1-14-2017
Journey:A Painter's Life
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Journey: A Painter's Life, the first retrospective of nationally renowned watercolorist Karen Leigh's works.  The exhibition will be on display from November 10 through Janaury 21, 2017.  The exhibit encompasses decades of Karen Leigh's watercolor painting, including her sketchbooks and painting memorabilita. The nearly 40 paintings include landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and still lifes.  The Hockaday Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 11-10-2016 Ends: 1-21-2017
Ten Days - Kenneth Yarus and Richie Carter
Description:

This exhibit showcases a seires of onsite oil paintings completed during a ten-day artist residence in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex in August 2016.  Kenneth Yarus and Richie Carter will display a number of these small works along with several larger studio works inspired by their time in the Wilderness.  A short documentary film shows how their time was spent at Granit Cabin in the Great Bear Wilderness.  The Hockaday Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 1-26-2017 Ends: 2-18-2017
In-house painting studio with Kenneth Yarus and Richie Carter
Description:

Watch Kenneth and Richie create new paintings every day during their ten-days exhibition as they turn one of the Hockaday's upstairs galleries into their studio-away-from-home.  The Hockaday Museum is open from 10 am until 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 1-27-2017 Ends: 2-18-2017
Music to My Eyes
Description:

Sounds can express ideas and emotions through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and color.  This display of children's art demonstrates how visual art can express not only sound, but these same concepts.  The Hockaday Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 1-19-2017 Ends: 3-4-2017