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.

Bigfork Whitewater Festival
Description:

Kayak Races on the famous Wild Mile of the Swan River.  The course is visible from the downtown Bigfork bride and along the Swan River Nature Trail.  There will also be Stand Up Paddleboard demonstrations at the Bigfork Bay Dock.  

Location: The Wild Mile of the Swan River

Starts: 5-28-2016 Ends: 5-29-2016
Bigfork Piecemaker's 2016 Quilt Show
Description:

Quilts of all sizes and styles on display, vendors and craft boutique.  Raffle quilt is "Yaak River Cabin" designed by Jackie Robinson and quilted by Nancy Janikowsky.  The show is open on Friday from 10 am until 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Funds raised from the show will support community projects and scholarships. 

Location: Bethany Ark Lutheran Church 8559 Highway 35 Bigfork

Starts: 6-10-2016 Ends: 6-11-2016
Native Sons of the American West
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art features Native Sons of the American West, an exhibit showcasing Paul Surber's oil and acrylic representations of Western Plains Indian Tribes in the 1800s and early 1900s. Surber represents Native American culture and authentic tribal wear with contemporary aesthetics. Guests will visually relate to the different tribes and their customs, expressed with colors and designs created with feathers, tradebeads and different animal furs and bones. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 5-5-2016 Ends: 6-25-2016
Above the Fruited Plain
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art features Dwayne Wilcox's Above the Fruited Plain, an exhibition of Native ledger drawings that are compelling, multi-layered, and beautifully executed.  Each humorous work begins with a story that draws the viewer in, usually by way of a cultural reference such as a powwow, a biographical reference or an historical reference.  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: 5-5-2016 Ends: 6-25-2016
Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo
Description:

The Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo features both youth and NRA Rodeo events including bareback, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, team roping, tie down roping, ladies and youth barrel racing, ladies and youth breakaway roping and bull riding.  Tickets are available at the gate for  $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  There will be live music following the Firday night performance.  

Location: Polson Fairgrounds 320 Regatta Road Polson

Starts: 6-24-2016 Ends: 6-25-2016
Plein Air Glacier 2016
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art announced Plein Air Glacier 2016, continuing the timeless tradition of painting in America's National Parks by holding its 9th annual Plein Air Paint Out event June 25-29 in Glacier National Park.  The lengthy list of renowned painters is given the freedom to choose a location anywhere within the boundaries of Glacier, creating as many paintings as possible during those three days, no matter the weather.  Paintings will be offered at fixed prices to benefit the Museum at a Party & Sale on Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 8 pm.  


The public is invited to board one of the iconic Red Buses for a Plein Air Tour on June 27-28.  The tour will include a boxed lunch and the opportunity to watch Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey and Linda Tippetts paint outdoors.  Reservations are required: 755-5268.

Location: Glacier National Park

Starts: 6-25-2016 Ends: 6-29-2016
"Smoke on the Waters"
Description:

Back by request, the Museum will present a showing of the Montana Centennial "SMoke on the Waters" documentary concerning steamboats on Flathead Lake.  There will be a segment covering the Paul Bunyan, the only remaining logging tow boat of Flathead Lake, along with a short film covering early day logging in the area.  If time permits, there will be a tour of the Paul Bunyan and related artifacts in the museum collection.  The presentation begins at 6:30 pm and is free to the public.  Treats and donations gladly accepted! 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 6-30-2016 Ends: 6-30-2016
Beauty and the Beast
Description:

Eclectic and fun, "Beauty and the Beast" features works by Sandpiper member artists Marge Christensen (sculpture/paintin), Maer Rubley (impressionism), Suzie Berry (acrylics), Carole Carberry (watercolor/printmaker), Mary Kelly (oil painting) and jewelry artist Amber Nolan.  The exhibit runs from May 28 through July 8 with an opening reception on June 3. 

Location: Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery 306 Main Street Polson

Starts: 5-28-2016 Ends: 7-8-2016
"Fools"
Description:
The Port Polson Players will open their summer theatre season with "Fools" by Neil Simon.  This comic fable is set in the small village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine during the late 19th century.  The story follows Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, a schoolteacher who takes a new job educating Sophia, the daughter of Doctor Zubritsky and his wife, Lenya.  Leon soon learns that there is a curse on the village that makes everyone stupid and complications ensue when Leon falls in love with his pupil.  Performances are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. 

Location: Port Polson Players Theatre Highway 93 near Boettcher Park

Starts: 6-30-2016 Ends: 7-17-2016
Live History Days
Description:

Take the family back in time during Live History Days at the Miracle of America Museum. Watch crafters as they demonstrate handicrafts such as spinning, quilting or carving. Watch some historic movies. Take a ride on a vintage military vehicle.  Vist the old-fashioned soda fountain.  Learn more about "the good old days" with a tour through the Museum.  

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 7-16-2016 Ends: 7-17-2016
Polson Main Street Cherry Festival
Description:

Celebrate the famous Flathead Cherry during Polson's Main Street Cherry Festival.  Enjoy the great selection of vendors, Flathead Cherries, homemade cherry pies and pastries, unique arts & crafts, entertainment and sidewalk sales and specials throughout the weekend. 

Location: Downtown Polson

Starts: 7-16-2016 Ends: 7-17-2016
Flathead Lake 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Description:

Just a slam dunk away from beautiful Flathead Lake, the 3-on-3 backetball tournament will be played on the streets of downtown Polson.  Thanks to team fees and the support of corporate sponsors, the tournament is able to benefit some local charities.  Visit www.flatheadlake3on3.com for registration forms.  Sign up by e-mail or print and fax your registration form.  

Location: Downtown Polson

Starts: 7-22-2016 Ends: 7-24-2016
"Shadows on Oak Island"
Description:

The Port Polson Players present the mystery thriller "Shadows on Oak Island" from July 21 through August 7.  Performances are Wednesday through Sunday with a curtain time of 7:30 pm.  Sunday matinee at 2 pm.  For tickets and information go to www.portpolsonplayers.com 





Location: John Dowdall Theatre Next to Boettcher Park Polson

Starts: 7-21-2016 Ends: 8-7-2016
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival
Description:

The 35th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will be held at the Swan Lake Day Park near mile marker 72 on Montana Highway 83.  Morning activities include a huckleberry pancake breakfast starting at 8 am and a Huckleberry Baking contest at 11 am.  Activities throughout the day include a Huckleberry Baked Goods Sale (come early, the pies sell out quickly), kids' activities and games, silent auction, grand prize drawing and raffles.  There will be an Arts & Crafts Fair with more than 50 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.  The Festival is sponsored by the Swan Lake Chamber and Community Club.  Festival proceeds will be used to fund maintenance of the Swan Lake Community Center.

Location: Swan Lake Day Park Mile 72 Highway 83

Starts: 8-13-2016 Ends: 8-13-2016
A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park
Description:

A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park is an extraordinary exhibit featuring art by 27 of the nation's top women artists.  The exhibit will feature 75 new Glacier National Park-themed works including a mix of landscape, wildlife, Native American and Park subject matter.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 8-13-2016 Ends: 9-10-2016
Montana Dragon Boat Festival
Description:

The fifth annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival will be held at Volunteer Park on the west shore of Flathead Lake.  The Park offers 190 feet of unobstructed Flathead lake shoreline with spectacular views of the Mission and Flathead Mountains.  The festival grounds spread along Lakeside Boulevard accommodating vendors, teams and additional activities.  Shops, restaurants and other Lakeside attractions are all within walking distance.  Races begin at 8:30 am Saturday and at 9 am on Sunday.  On Saturday evening, the Flathead Lake Dragon Bash dinner and concert will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell.  

Location: Volunteer Park Flathead Lake Lakeside

Starts: 9-10-2016 Ends: 9-11-2016