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Looking for an all-season vacation destination? Northwest Montana’s beautiful Flathead Valley offers many relaxing options any time of the year.

"Fifth of July"

FVCC Theatre opens their 23rd season with the Tony Award-winning heartfelt comedy "Fifth of July" by Lanford Wilson.  The play takes a humorous, yet lucid, look at an American family coming to terms with their past and looking toward the future.  Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for seions and free for students.  The performance begins at 7 pm. 

Starts: 10-31-2014 Ends: 10-31-2014
Jack Hagel: A Montana Outdoorsman Perspective

Jack Hagel is a Montana native who has worked as a hunting guide, packer and horse wrangler.  He takes his inspiration from many of the famous artists of the past and is greatly influenced by his dad, Frank Hagel, a renowned western artist.  His paintings include contemporary and western scenes, landscapes, wildlife, hunting and fishing.

Starts: 9-18-2014 Ends: 11-1-2014
Wild Grasses & Flowing Waters

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Wild Grasses and Flowing Waters, an exhibition of paintings by pastel painters Jeanette Rehahn and Janet Sullivan celebrating the natural beauty of Montana.  The exhibition will be on display September 25 through November 8. 

Rehahn enjoys traveling around Montana and the Northwest in pursuit of scenes to paint.  She has been painting the Swan Valley, the Mission Valley and Glacier National Park and has been focusing on the wild grasses and how they respond to the wind, weather and the seasons.  Sullivan is a pastelist and oil painter whose contributions to this exhibition center on flowing water, forever changing and endlessly fascinating. 

Starts: 9-25-2014 Ends: 11-8-2014
"Smoke on the Waters"

The Miracle of America Museum will show the documentary film "Smoke on the Waters" telling the story of early day steamboating on Flathead Lake.  The program will be held on Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 pm.  A tour of the boating memorabilia collection in the Museum will precede the film.  

Starts: 11-13-2014 Ends: 11-13-2014
Rhapsody in Brahms

The Glacier Symphony will perform Symphony No. 1 in G by Kalinnikov and Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat with guest pianist Roberto Plano.  Also on the program will be Williams

Tickets are available online at or by calling the Glacier Symphony at 470-7000.

Starts: 11-15-2014 Ends: 11-16-2014
FVCC Chef's Table: Taste of France

Through this unique program, Flathead Valley residents can indulge in a fine dining experience while supporting first-year culinary arts students as they complete their internships at the Culinary Insitute of Montana at FVCC.  To view the full menu and purchase tickets, visit  You can also purchase tickets in the Foundation Office or by calling 756-3632.  Reservations must be made by 5 PM on Wednesday before the dinner.  Dinner begins at 6 PM. 

Starts: 11-21-2014 Ends: 11-21-2014
Art Walk & Tree Lighting

On this Saturday morning, the Bigfork Elves will gather to decorate the village with freshly-cut trees, evergreen garlands and thousands of lights.  The Art Walk will begin at 3 pm as the galleries and shops welcome visitors before the annual Christmas tree lighting at 7 pm.  This year, a new lighted display featuring Santa and the Polar Express will make its debut.  

Starts: 11-22-2014 Ends: 11-22-2014
Thanksgiving Community Open House

The Hockaday Museum of Art thanks the community for their continued support by opening its doors with free admission on Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 from 10 am until 5 pm each day. Visitors will be able to view the current exhibitions, including the 2014 Members Salon featuring more than 100 participating artist members showing recent work.  Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite work in the annual People's Choice Awards.  Other exhibitions include Visions of the American West: Art & Artifacts from the Hockaday Vault and the Crown of the Continent Permanent Exhibition.  

Starts: 11-28-2014 Ends: 11-29-2014
"Mr. Krueger's Christmas"

The December "Second Thursday" event at the Miracle of America Museum will include a reading of the Christmas story along with a showing of "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" starring Jimmy Stewart.  Everyone is asked to bring a treat to share.  The evening begins at 6:30 pm.  Admission is free. 

Starts: 12-11-2014 Ends: 12-11-2014
Senior Tour & Tea Day

Seniors receive free admission to the Hockaday on Thursday, December 11.  Complimentary cookes, coffee and tea will be served from 10 am until 4 pm.  A docent-led tour will begin at 10;30 am. Current exhibitions include 2014 Members Salon, Visions of the American West: Art and Artifacts from the Hockaday Vault, Jeanette Rehahn and Janet Sullivan: Wild Grasses and Flowing Waters and the Restored Glacier National Park Murals

Starts: 12-11-2014 Ends: 12-11-2014
Handel's Messiah

The Symphony and Chorus will celebrate the holiday season with Handel's famous Messiah.  Tickets are available online at or by calling the Symphony box office at 406-407-7000. 

Starts: 12-12-2014 Ends: 12-14-2014
Christmas in Bigfork

Bigfork is decorated with fresh evergreen trees and garlands and thousands of lights.  It's a perfect place to celebrate the holidays.  On the calendar this weekend are: "A Christmas Story" performed by the Bigfork Summer Playhouse Children's Theatre, Handel's "Messiah" in the Bethany Lutheran Church, Santa's Workshop and Children's Party, visits with Santa and caroling in downtown Bigfork.  For a complete list of all activities visit 

Starts: 12-12-2014 Ends: 12-14-2014
Members Salon: The 13th Annual Exhibition of Artist Member Works

Every year, Hockaday members who are artists, by vocation or by avocation, are invited to show one piece of their artwork in the media of their choice.  The 13th Annual Members Salon will feature more than 100 works created in the last year.  Diversity is assured with a wide variety of media including glass, sculpture, pottery, textile, photography, jewelry and paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and dye on silk.  Many will be offered for sale with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the Hockaday's mission "to enrich the cultural life of our community and region, and preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park." 

The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Starts: 11-13-2014 Ends: 12-27-2014
Community Open House

The Hockaday thanks the community for their support by opening its doors with free admission on December 26 and 27.  Currently on display: 2014 Members Salon, visions of the American West: Art and Artifacts from the Hockaday Vault, Restored Glacier National Park Murals. 

Starts: 12-26-2014 Ends: 12-27-2014
The Mark of Zorro

The 1920's film starring douglas Fairbanks Jr. is set to an exciting orchestra score performed by the Glacier Symphony with Rick Friend, guest pianist and composer.  This is fun for the whole family! 

Saturday's performance will be in Whitefish at the Performing Arts Center and the Sunday performance in Kalispell in the Flathead HS Performance Hall.  Tickets are available online at or by calling 407-7000.

Starts: 1-24-2015 Ends: 1-25-2015
Visions of the American West: Art and Artifacts from the Hockaday Vault

The Hockaday Museum of Art's permanent collection vault is being tapped to assemble a noteworthy exhibition of works by well-known artists who captured the essence of the historic American West.  Visions of the American West: Art and Artifacts from the Hockaday Vault will be on exhibit from November 6 through February 21, 2015. The exhibition honors the traditions found in western art featuring works by Harry Harpster, Winold Reiss, Ace Powell, Terrance Guardipee, Paul Surber, King Kuka, Roland Reed and more.  

Starts: 11-6-2014 Ends: 2-21-2015
Splendid Reveries

The Glacier Symphony under the direction of John Zoltek will perform Symphony No. 1 Winter Dreams by Tchaikovsky and Williams' Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Guest violinist David Halen will join the orchestra in Dvorak's Violin Concerto in A. Tickets are available online at or by calling 407-7000.

Starts: 2-21-2015 Ends: 2-22-2015
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

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 or by calling 407-7000. 

Starts: 5-2-2015 Ends: 5-3-2015