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.

Curator Talk with Jennifer Li

The Hockaday Museum of Art is proud to present a talk with guest curator Jennifer Li on Wednesday, September 28 from 6 to 7 pm.  Li will share the life, passions and art of Montana artist Elizabeth Davey Lochrie, one of the artists featured in the Museum's A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park in summer 2015.  The Hockaday will show the exhibit Elizabeth Lochrie: Woman Alone in her Way through October 8.  Admission to the talk is free for members of the Hockaday and $10 for non-members.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 9-28-2016 Ends: 9-28-2016
Wai & Friends Faculty Concert

Join violinist Wai Mizutani and some of his talented friends for this free Fall concert.  The performance begins at 7:00 pm.  

Location: Room 139 Arts & Technology Building Flathead Valley Community College

Starts: 9-30-2016 Ends: 9-30-2016
7th Annual Quilt & Craft Market

Some of the area's finest quilters and crafters will be featured at the annual Quilt & Craft Market produced by the Mountain Brook Craft Cooperative.  Handcrafted items will include a large number of quilts and wall hangings, fine art, jewelry, pottery, crafts for the kitchen, knitted and quilted accessories, bags and totes and home decor.  The Pantry will feature homemade pastries, cookies-in-a-jar and preserves.  This is the perfect time to find that one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays. The Market is open 10 am to 6 pm on Friday and 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday.  Mountain View Mennonite Church is located at 795 Mennonite Church Road.  Take Highway 35 to the intersection with Mennonite Church Road.  

Location: Mountain View Mennonite Church 795 Mennonite Church Road Kalispell

Starts: 9-30-2016 Ends: 10-1-2016
Illustrated lecture with Lee Silliman

The Hockaday Museum of Art hosts photographer and guest curator Lee Silliman for an illustrated lecture entitled "The Rocks Speak: Rock Art of the American West" on Wednesday, October 5 from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Silliman will present an informative discussion on his exhibit Mystery & Majesty: Native American Rock Art that will be on display at the Hockaday through October 29.  Admission is free to members of the Hockaday and $10 for non-members.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 10-5-2016 Ends: 10-5-2016
Elizabeth Lochrie: Woman Alone in her Way

The Hockaday Museum of Art is proud to present a biography exhibit on Elizabeth Lochrie, one of the artists featured in the 2015 exhibition, A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park. Lochrie is celebrated for her incisive, well-observed, and affectionate portraits of Native Americans. Throughout her career, she painted more than 1000 portraits of people from the Native community, creating a unique historical record of Indian life.  Paintings from the Hockaday Museum's permanent collection will also be featured. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 8-4-2016 Ends: 10-8-2016
Ghost Tours at the Conrad Mansion

Unexplained happenings? Unexplained occurrences?  Illusion or reality? You decide amid the shadows.  Walk through the rooms of the darkened Mansion and hear stories from staff and community members about their encounters with Conrad family spirits.  Tours begin every 15 minutes starting at 7 pm.  Last tour starts about 9 pm.  The one-hour tour is limited to 20 people per tour so reservations are required.  Purchase tickets in the Museum Gift Shoppe from 10 am to 4 pm or call 755-2166 to reserve your spot.  This tour is not recommended for children. 

Location: Conrad Mansion Woodland Drive Kalispell

Starts: 10-7-2016 Ends: 10-8-2016
Nooks & Crannies Tour

Do you yearn to peek behind closed doors, pull open furniture drawers and lift lids? This tour will take you into areas of the Conrad Mansion not accessible during regular tours.  You'll see where Alicia Conrad etched her name in several windows, look inside Mr. Conrad's office desk, and find out what's inside the unique Conrad family picnic box.  The tour begins at 9 am and last approximately 90 minutes.  The tour is limited to 10 people, so reservations are required.  Call 755-2166 to reserve your spot. 

Location: Conrad Mansion Woodland Avenue Kalispell

Starts: 10-8-2016 Ends: 10-8-2016
Tamarack Time!/Oktoberfest
Enjoy and old-fashioned celebration of the harvest with Tamarack Time!.  Bigfork will be decked out with fall decorations and area cooks will be competing for top honors.  Food tasting begins at 1 pm.  Tickets are $5.00 with children under 5 free.  Bigfork Merchants will be offering Fall specials throughout the day.  At 2 pm, the Oktoberfest celebration begins at the Garden Bar with free beer and brats. 

Location: Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 10-8-2016 Ends: 10-8-2016
Inherit The Wind

Based on the historic Scopes "Monkey" Trial, "Inherit The Wind" is a fictional depiction of the events surrounding the 1925 arrest and trial of John Scopes for teaching the theory of evolution to his students in rural Tennessee. Performances begin at 7 pm.  The play will be presented September 30 and October 1 and October 6 through 8. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and students are admitted free of charge.  Tickets can be purchased at the FVCC Bookstore, online at www.fvcc.edu and at the box office on show nights.  

Location: FVCC Theatre Arts & Technology Building Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell

Starts: 9-30-2016 Ends: 10-8-2016
Mystery & Majesty: Native American Rock Art

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Mystery & Majesty: Native American Rock Art, an exhibition of Missoula photographer and curator Lee silliman's black and white phtographs.  The exhibition will be on display September 15 through October 29.  Silliman's photos tap into a few of the litterally thousands of chiseled and painted constructions left behind by Native Americans on boulders and stone walls. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults, 44 for seniors, $ 2 for college students. Students k-12 are free.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 9-15-2016 Ends: 10-29-2016
Halloween Celebration

Children in costume are invited to trick or treat in Bigfork Village from 4 pm until 6 pm. 

Location: Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 10-31-2016 Ends: 10-31-2016
Double Visions

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Double Visions, an extraordinary exhibit telling the story of early Montana life through the art of Ron and Echo Ukrainetz.  The exhibition will be on display from September 15 through November 5.  Ron and Echo Ukrainetz will present a compelling visual interpretation of the unique history of Montana, using their two different perspectives and artistic styles.  The exhibition will cover broad themes, from the adventures of explorers like Lewis and Clark to the thrills of the famous wild west shows. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 9-15-2016 Ends: 11-5-2016
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

A non-juried show, open to all artists.  Artistic interpretation of the theme "A picture is worth 1000 words".  The exhibition will be open October 1 through November 11 with an opening reception on October 7 from 5 to 7 pm.  

Location: Sandpiper Art & Gift Gallery 306 Main Street Polson

Starts: 10-1-2016 Ends: 11-11-2016
Fall Mack Days

The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes will sponsor the 2016 Fall Mack Days Fishing Event on Flathead Lake with up to $150,000 in cash and prizes.  The event runs from September 23 to November 13 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  New this year is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday bonus days for tagged fish only.  A fish fry for participants will be held on November 13 at Blue Bay starting at 3 pm.  The awards ceremony begins at 4 pm. To learn more about this event visit the official website at www.mackdays.com. 

Location: Flathead Lake

Starts: 9-23-2016 Ends: 11-13-2016
Tree Lighting Ceremony

Stroll through the village of Bigfork after the Bigfork Elves have created their holiday magic.  Enjoy the thousands of colored lights, fresh garlands and trees befor gathering for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at 7 pm.  

Location: Corner of Electric & Grand Avenues Bigfork Inn Bigfork

Starts: 11-19-2016 Ends: 11-19-2016
Two Bit Franks

Featuring some of the finest Bluegrass musicians in Montana "Two Bit Franks" feature homegrown original music, classic bluegrass and some great adaptations to tunes you never imagined.  The performance will be held at 7 pm on Friday December 2.  Tickets are available in Ronan at Ronan True Value and R&R Health Care Solutions and in Polson at Vine & Tap and First Interstate Bank.  

Location: Polson High School Auditorium

Starts: 12-2-2016 Ends: 12-2-2016
Holiday Parade of Lights

Bring the kids and family to the annual Holiday Parade of Lights.  Line-up is at 5:30 with the parade starting at 6 pm.  Kids can visit with Santa after the parade.  

Location: Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 12-3-2016 Ends: 12-3-2016
Visit with Santa

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