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.
The Bigfork Whitewater Festival is celebrating 41 years of extreme whitewater action and community-oriented fun. Participants come from around the world to race on the "Wild Mile" , a class IV section of whitewater where the Swan River spills into Bigfork Bay. The festival is part of the Western Whitewater Champtionship Series. For the race schedule and additional information, visit www.bigforkwhitewaterfestival.com
Location: Wild Mile of the Swan River Bigfork
Beautiful quilts created by members of the Bigfork Piecmakers Quilt Guild. The show will feature quilts of all sizes, quilt raffle, vendors, boutique and lunch available for purchase. Free admission. The show will be open Friday, 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.
Location: Bethany's Ark Bethany Lutheran Church 8559 Highway 35 Bigfork
The 2017 Montana Senior Olympic Games will be held June 15 through 17 in Polson, Pablo and Ronan. The competition is open to all persons age 50 and above. There will be medals awarded in 14 summer sports in ten age categories. For additional information and registration forms, visit www.montanaseniorolympics.org
Location: Polson High School Ronan High School Salish & Kootenai College
Motorcycle enthusiasts will love the June Night at the Museum presentation. "The World's Fastest Indian" is a film based on the life of Burt Munro who set numerous land speed records with his modified Indian Scout motorcycle. The evening will also include a tour of the Indians in the Museum's motorcycle collection. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm and admission is free, but treats and donations are always welcome.
Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson, MT
The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Wild Impressions, a new exhibition featuring painter Wanda Mumm's pieces created during her participation in the 2016 Artist Wilderness Connection Program. Mumm is a longtime Eureka artist who works in oil and pastel and enjoys capturing Montana's beauty in landscapes painted en plein air. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell
Join Bigfork in celebrating our nation's independence on July 4th at noon. This parade, known as one of the best in Montana, features horses, clowns, fire trucks and floats of all designs as they move down Grand and Electric Avenues. After the parade, the Bigfork Fire Department will be offering root beer floats. Donations are appreciated.
The Polson Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Blast will be held on Friday, July 7 at Big Sky Sporting Clays. The event will begin with a shooters' safety briefing followed by the Sporting Clays Tournament. An Awards Ceremony will follow. Cost is $110 per shooter or $330 for a three-person team. Bring shotgun, eye protection and ear protection. No experience is necessary! Deadline for registration is June 17. Contact the Polson Chamber at 418 Main Street for more information.
Location: Big Sky Sporting Clays 42295 Irvine Flats Road Polson
Enjoy an evening of music with the Glacier Symphony on the rolling lawn of Rebecca Farm in the Heart of the Flathead Valley. This year's theme is "Drive-In Music" so bring your friends and family since entry is by the carload! Picnics are encouraged. Bring your own or buy from vendors onsite. Bring your own chairs and blankets or reserve a picnic table for 8 near the stage. Concerts begin at 7:30 each night and will be held rain or shine. To buy car passes or reserve tables, www.gscmusic.org or call 407-7000.
Location: Rebecca Farm 1010 West Springcreek Kalispell
All is fair in love? Even murder? That's the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle that takes place in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. Who is plotting to murder whom? Will they succeed? Performances are 8 pm Wednesday-Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $17 for students and senior citizens. Call 406-883-9212 or www.portpolsonplayers.com for reservations.
Location: Theatre on the Lake Polson Golf Course Polson
Enjoy a weekend of music and events during the Bob Marshall Music Festival in Seeley Lake. The weekend begins with free music at local venues on Thursday, July 13. Events include mountain bike races, competitive 50K, 10K and 5 K races, stand up paddleboard race, equipment demos, art, mill tours, enviornmental education and conservation presentations, farmers market and music jam sessions around town. The weekend will end with a free church music session on Sunday. Festival goers are encouraged to bring bicycles to ride to venues throughout Seeley Lake. To learn more about the festival, visit www.thebobmusic.com.
Location: Seeley Lake
Celebrate the famous Flathead Cherries with a day in Polson including a craft fair, food vendors, music and contests including Cherry Pie Eating, Cherry pit spitting Contest and chilren's activities. The festival runs from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
Location: Main Street Polson
Take a step back in time at the Miracle of America's Live History Days. Exhibitors will be on site from 10 am to 4 pm demonstrating crafts such as woodworking, leatherworking, pine needle weaving, spinning and music. Ride on the trains and military vehicles, watch live sawmilling demonstrations, shingle sawing and blacksmithing. See the tennis ball cannon in action and find out what flint napping is all about. Food and ice cream treats served from the vintage soda fountain.
Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson
Two-day juried art festival on the shore of Flathead Lake. Artists from throughout Montana and the northwest will bring their art to Polson for this event. Show hours are 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am until 5 pm Sunday. Admission is free.
Location: Sacajawea Park Polson
Join the Parks and Recreation Department for a free community event sponsored by Park Side Credit Union. We will be serving ice cream provided by Sweet Peaks, a local favorite here in the Flathead. The band, Marshall Catch, will entertian. The event runs from 6 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, August 1.
Location: Depot Park Kalispell
The Pump Boys sell gas on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the Dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of music full of heartbreak and hilarity with performances on guitars, piano, bass and even kitchen utensils. Performances are at 8 pm Wednesday through Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. For tickets & reservations: 406-883-9212 or www.portpolsonplayers.com.
Location: Theatre by the Lake Polson Golf Course Polson
The 39th annual Festival of the Arts will feature more than 160 arts and craft booths, food, entertainment and children's activities. bus shuttles will run from the parking areas at Potoczny Baseball Field east of the Post Office and the Bethan Lutheran Church. The festival will run from 9 am to 4:30 pm both days.
Location: Downtown Bigfork
The Aber Day Kegger Reunion Concert is coming to Flathead Lake. The concert will feature the Mission Mountain Wood Band, Sam Riddle & His Band and Andrea Harsell & Luna Roja. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Children ages 7-12 are 415. Performances are scheduled from 3 to 9 pm. Dry camping will be available in the fairgrounds. For updates, visit www.aberdaykegger.com.
Location: Regatta Shoreline Amphitheater Polson Fairgrounds Polson
Founded in 1971, the Sandpiper Art Festival is a popular one-day juried, outdoor festival featuring fine art and artisan crafts. The festival also offers food vendors and live entertainment throughout the day. The festival will run from 10 am until 5 pm.
Location: Lake County Courthouse Lawn Polson
The 36th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will get underway at 9 am, Saturday, August 12 at Swan Lake Day Park on beautiful Swan Lake. Morning activities include a pancake breakfast starting at 8 am, Huckleberry baking contest at 11 am and Huckleberry Baked Goods Sale. Planned afternoon activities include kids' games and activities, a silent auction, grand prize drawing, raffles, and an Arts & Crafts Fair with more than 50 vendors. The Ashley Creek Ramblers featuring Roy Wilhelm will play from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm. Admission is free. The Festival is sponsored by the Swan Lake Chamber & Community Club.
Location: Swan Lake Day Park Mile Marker 72 Montana Highway 83
Festival Amadeus will celebrate its 10th season with a grand concert performance of Mozart's popular opera "The Magic Flute". The in-concert production will be a two-night finale for the week of classical chamber and orchestra concerts held August 8-13 in Whitefish. Additionally two chamber concerts will be presented in Bigfork's Bethany Lutheran Church on Wednesday, August 9 and Friday, August 11. Featured performers will include pianist Tanya Gabrielian, violinist Yevgeny Kutik and the Fry Street Quartet. For a full schedule and ticket information, visit www.gscmusic.or or call the box office 406-407-7000. Tickets are available as a full pass, pick-3 pass or single concert tickets.
Location: Whitefish and Bigfork
Picnic in the Park brings music and entertainment to Kalispell's Depot Park every Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon from June 27 through Augst 23. Tuesday evening concerts begin at 6 pm with the Wednesday event starting at 11:30 am. For additional information call 758-7717 or visit the Kalispell Parks & Recreation website www.kalispell.com/parks_and_recreation.
Location: Depot Park Kalispell
The West Shore Community Library Speaker Series will feature topics of interest to the community on Wednesday afternoons starting June 14 and continuing through August 23. All presentations will begin at 4 pm.
- June 14: Women in Charlie Russell's life
- June 28: Meet Gracie and learn about Glacier National Park's first herding dog who works at the top of Logan Pass.
- July 26: "Shrimp, Salmon, Trout & Mussels"; Invasive Seafood Chowder in Flathead Lake.
- August 9: MegaFires, why they are happening now and how we can protect our community and homes.
- August 23: Ripples in a Pond: The story of Mary Ronan and her wide circle of friendship.
Location: West Shore Community Library 100 Bierney Creek Road Lakeside
When an escaped convict, an anxious bride, a scheming new husband and a suspicious attorney all convene at Grandpa's house, it doesn't take Grandpa long to realize he had better reschedule his golf game. This comedy and murder mystery is full of fun and plot twists. Performances are at 8 pm Wednesday-Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. For reservations: 406-883-9212 or www.portpolsonplayers.com
Location: Theatre by the Lake Polson Golf Course Polson
The Riverbend Concerts take place every Sunday from June 25 through August 27. Concerts are 7 pm and the cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children. Season passes are available for $20.00. Bring a picnic, bring a seat and bring your friends!
Location: Everit L. Sliter Memorial Park Bigfork
The Kalispell TreeCycle Ride is a family-friendly bike ride that will take participants on a tour of natable trees around Kalispell. The event is meant to educate while providing an enjoyable ride through the beautiful trees of the city. If you are unable to ride, feel free to follow the tour by car. The bike tour will begin and end at the Central School Museum. Please arrive perpared to ride. The ride will start at 2 pm and run until 4 pm.
Location: Central School Museum Kalispell