Flathead Valley Events Calendar
Looking for an all-season vacation destination? Northwest Montana’s beautiful Flathead Valley offers many relaxing options any time of the year......moreinfo
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.
|Yellowstone Engraved: The Art of William Henry Jackson, Thomas Moran and Others|
The Hockaday Museum of Art invites you to see a rare collection of engravings that vividly portray Yellowstone National Park through its first three decades (1871-1902). William Henry Jackson and Thomas Moran were the first phtographer and painter to capture the geysers, hot springs, canyons and waterfalls of Yellowstone. The engraving process was used to mass-produce images that promoted this iconic national park. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for college students. Members & children K-12 admitted free.
|Starts: 1-8-2015 Ends: 2-28-2015|
|Missoula Comedian Michael Beers|
Flathead Valley Community College will welcome stand-up comedian Michael Beers for a performance on March 4. Presented by the college's Appreciating Individuality, Challenges and Excellence (AICE) Support Group. Beers is a disabled comedian who entertains his audience with sotries about his life growing up with a diability in Montana with his mother, three sisters and their family dogs. The event is free, but donations to AICE will be accepted. The performance will be held at 4:30 PM in the FVCC Theatre, in the College Arts & Technology Building.
|Starts: 3-4-2015 Ends: 3-4-2015|
|The Wild is Consequential: Grizzlies, People & Sharing the Land|
As part of the FVCC Wilderness Speaker Series, Steve Primm will share stories and experiences working on grizzly and wolf recovery around Yellowstone National Park. Discover how his innovative work and ideas near Yellowstone connect to wildlife and human populations around Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The program begins at 7:00 pm in Room 139 of the Arts and Technology Building, Flathead Valley Community College. The event is free and open to the public.
|Starts: 3-5-2015 Ends: 3-5-2015|
|Meet Herman Schnitzmeyer|
Herman Schnitzmeyer (1879-1939) came to the Flathead Valley as a homesteader and photographer. He is known for documenting noteworthy events in the Flathead and Mission Valleys including the ground breaking of the Kerr Dam and the Flathead Lake Steamboat era. Join Dennis Kellog, avid Schnitzmeyer collector and historian as he shows original photo equipment and tells the life story of this remarkable man. Both Kellog and the Museum are proud to own original photo equipment and cameras used by Schnitzmeyer. The presentation at the Miracle of America Museum begins at 6:30 pm and admission is free.
|Starts: 3-12-2015 Ends: 3-12-2015|
|Glacier Snowshoe Walks|
Glacier National Park is offering winter snowshoe walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am and 2 pm. The public is invited to join the two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions into the park's winter environment. The program is free. Walks will begin and conclude at the relocated Apgar Visitor Center. Participants are encouraged to bring snowshoes or they are available for rent at a nominal fee at the Apgar Visitor Center. Participants should wear sturdy winter boots, dress in layers for a variety of winter conditions and bring water and snacks. The snowshoe walks are suitable for various ages and abilities, but are not recommended for children under age 6. The walks are presented in partnership with the Glacier National Park Conservancy.
Park entrance fees are required. For information about season passes, call park headquarters on weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm. 406-888-7800.
|Starts: 1-10-2015 Ends: 3-22-2015|
|A Walk on the Wild Side - a 200 mile hike in the spirit of Bob Marshall|
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bob Marshall Wilderness area, Chris Peterson, a reporter for the Hungry Horse News and publisher of the Glacier Magazine, partially retraced Bob Marshall's 288 mile hike through what is now the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He will present a slide show and details of his adventure. The program begins at 7:00 pm in Room 139, Arts & Technology Building, Flathead Valley Community College. The program is part of the college's Wilderness Speaker Series and is free and open to the public.
|Starts: 4-2-2015 Ends: 4-2-2015|
|Orchids in Spring|
East meets West with this would-music concert featuring the Orchid Duo from Vancouver BC and the Symphony Chamber Ensemble.
|Starts: 4-11-2015 Ends: 4-12-2015|
|49th Annual Creston Auction & Country Fair|
The largest spring event in Montana is an annual fundraiser for the all-volunteer Creston Fire Department. The auction features a wide range of items large and small; everything from silverware and furniture to automobiles and tractors. Hot food and beverage booths, a large craft bazaar and a Rummage and Bake Sale make this a family favorite. Entrance to all activities is FREE. Bid tickets are $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.
Firday, April 10: Consignment Day 7 am to 7 pm.
Saturday, April 11: General Merchandise Auction; Craft Fair in the Eastside Grange (9 - 4); Rummage Sale and Bake Sale in the Creston School Gym (8-3).
Sunday, April 12: RV, Marine, Auto & Equipment Auction.
|Starts: 4-10-2015 Ends: 4-12-2015|
Sibelius' inaugural Symphony No. 1 in E will be performed by the Glacier Symphony, John Zoltek, conductor. Bartok's delightful Piano Concerto No. 3 will feature guest pianist Clair Huangci. Also on the bill will be Williams' Theme from Jurassic Park.
Tickets are available online at www.gscmusic.org or by calling 407-7000.
|Starts: 5-2-2015 Ends: 5-3-2015|
|A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park|
The Hockaday Museum of Art celebrates the pioneering women painters of Glacier National Park and their contemporary counterparts with A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park. The exhibition recognizes the early bold, spirited women who overcame the challenges of society, weather and geography to paint in Glacier National Park. The works of contemporary women artists continuing this legacy will be displayed alonside paintings of their predecessors, demonstrating the timeless tradition of painting in the Park. An accompanying limited edition book and documentary film DVD will be available for purchase May 205.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $2 for College students and K-12 are free.
|Starts: 5-28-2015 Ends: 7-18-2015|
|Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival|
The 34th Annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will get underway with a pancake breakfast starting at 8 AM on Saturday, August 8th at the Swan Lake Day Park just off Highway 83 at the south end of Swan Lake. The festival will run until 4:00 PM. Morning activities will include a Huckleberry Baking Contest and Huckleberry Baked goods Sale (come early, the pies sell out quickly). Activities also include an Arts and Crafts Fair featuring more than 40 vendors offering a wide array of handicrafts, gifts, Montana-made products, food and country-made delicacies.
The Ashley Creek Ramblers featuring Roy Wilhelm will play from 11:30 AM until 3:30 PM. There will also be a silent auction, grand prize drawing and raffles of donated items including gift certificates and products from area restaurants and merchants. The Festival is sponsored by the Swan Lake Chamber and Community Club. Festival proceeds will be used to fund maintainence of the Swan lake Community Center.
|Starts: 8-8-2015 Ends: 8-8-2015|