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.

Journey:A Painter's Life

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Journey: A Painter's Life, the first retrospective of nationally renowned watercolorist Karen Leigh's works.  The exhibition will be on display from November 10 through Janaury 21, 2017.  The exhibit encompasses decades of Karen Leigh's watercolor painting, including her sketchbooks and painting memorabilita. The nearly 40 paintings include landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and still lifes.  The Hockaday Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 11-10-2016 Ends: 1-21-2017
Flathead Lake International Cinemafest

The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) brings a diverse slate of international independent films to Polson January 20 through January 22.  This year's program includes 16 projects made in the state of Montana.  Showings on two screens begin on Friday at 7 pm.  A full schedule of showings and events is provided at www.flicpolson.com. Individual tickets are $5 per screening.  An All-Movie Pass may be purchased online for $40.00.  

Location: Showboat Cinemas 416 Main Street Polson

Starts: 1-20-2017 Ends: 1-22-2017
Montana Pond Hockey Classic

Seventy five teams from the U.S. and Canada will take to the ice January 20 through 22 for the Montana Pond Hockey Classic.  The first games begin Friday at 9 am with competition continuing all weekend. In addition to exciting hockey, the event will feature a beer garden, community skate rink and family fun.  Admission to the event is free.  Parking is $5 per vehicle.  

Location: Foys Lake Kalispell

Starts: 1-20-2017 Ends: 1-22-2017
Night at the Museum - The Bill of Rights

The January Night at the Museum will feature the National Archives Traveling Exhibit of "The Bill of Rights and You" commemorating the 225th anniversary of the first ten amendments to the US Constitution.  The program begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 26.  Admission is free, but donations and treats are always appreciated! 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 1-26-2017 Ends: 1-26-2017

Celebrate winter at Winterfest in Lakeside.  Start the day with a pancake breakfast a The Gathering Place, Lakeside Community Chapel.  Then venture up the mountain for the Blacktail Mountain Family Cup Ski Races.  (Register online at www.blacktailmountain.com).  In the evening, enjoy the Tamarack Brewing Company Pig Roast, live music and a raffle to benefit the Blacktail Quick Response Unit. It's a fun-filled Saturday for the entire family!


Location: Lakeside Blacktail Mountain Tamarack Brewing Company

Starts: 1-28-2017 Ends: 1-28-2017
Too Marvelous for Words:A Celebration of the Nat King Cole Trio

Too Marvelous For Words: A Celebration of the Nat King Cole Trio is an enjoyable and swinging journey into the early days of Nat King Cole's career.  With his trio, Nat recorded and played some of the most influential music of the day.  The performance is scheduled for 7 pm.  

Location: Polson High School Auditorium 1712 Second St. West Polson

Starts: 2-3-2017 Ends: 2-3-2017
Cabin Fever Days

Cabin Fever Days is a great way to break the winter blues and have some real Montana fun.  The main event is the annual Bar Stool Races on Feburary 11 and 12th on Sugar Hill in Martin City.  Other activities include a kids carnival and sledding in downtown Martin City, snowshoe softball at the Martin City baseball diamond, pool and dart tournaments, kids pool tournament, arm-wrestling, Sumo wrestling, kg toss, poker run and mountain man contests.  Live music in a number of venues.  A $3 Cabin Fever Days entry button is required to enter all events and to ride the shuttle.

Location: Martin City, Hungry Horse and Coram

Starts: 2-10-2017 Ends: 2-12-2017
Ten Days - Kenneth Yarus and Richie Carter

This exhibit showcases a seires of onsite oil paintings completed during a ten-day artist residence in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex in August 2016.  Kenneth Yarus and Richie Carter will display a number of these small works along with several larger studio works inspired by their time in the Wilderness.  A short documentary film shows how their time was spent at Granit Cabin in the Great Bear Wilderness.  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: 1-26-2017 Ends: 2-18-2017
In-house painting studio with Kenneth Yarus and Richie Carter

Watch Kenneth and Richie create new paintings every day during their ten-days exhibition as they turn one of the Hockaday's upstairs galleries into their studio-away-from-home.  The Hockaday Museum is open from 10 am until 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 1-27-2017 Ends: 2-18-2017
The Sands of Iwo Jima

February's Night at the Museum will feature a screening of the moving "The Sands of Iwo Jima" starring John Wayne.  The showing of this classic is appropriate since it was on February 23 that the Marines took Mt. Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm.  Admission is free, but treats and donations are always welcome! 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 2-23-2017 Ends: 2-23-2017
Music to My Eyes

Sounds can express ideas and emotions through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and color.  This display of children's art demonstrates how visual art can express not only sound, but these same concepts.  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: 1-19-2017 Ends: 3-4-2017
Bigfork Brewfest

The Bigfork Brewfest will showcase more than a dozen breweries from throughout Montana and the Northwest.  There will also be bonfires, music and food.  Wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. The $25 entrance fee includes a commemorative mug and eight beer samples. Proceeds support local charities. Advance tickets for $20 are available at the Bigfork Mountaineer Outdoor Store.   The event runs from 3 pm until 7 pm. 

Location: Downtown Bigfork

Starts: 3-4-2017 Ends: 3-4-2017
Thomas Pandolfi in concert

Thomas Pandolfi is a unique pianist who is especially at home with the music of Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin.  His highly popular "themed" programs, many of which include his amazing transcriptions of crossover literature, are positively spellbinding.  One walks away from a Pandolfi concert with a song in one's heart, wanting to hear more.  The performance is scheduled for March 17 at 7 pm. 

Location: Ronan Performing Arts Center 200 Round Butte Road NW Ronan

Starts: 3-17-2017 Ends: 3-17-2017
Night at the Museum

It's only appropriate that the Miracle of America Museum's free Night at the Museum will feature a showing of the movie "Night at the Museum" starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. The evening's presentation will begin at 6:30 pm.  Admission is free, but treats and donations are always welcome. 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 3-23-2017 Ends: 3-23-2017
Everything Fitz: Celtic Music & Dance

Some of Canada's finest musicians make up the family band of Everything Fitz.  With roots in the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and Ottawa Valley step dancing, their unique stage show includes a variety of musical styles from traditional jigs and reels to jazz and swing and Celtic. The performance is scheduled for April 21 at 7 pm. 

Location: Polson High School Auditorium 1712 Second Street West Polson

Starts: 4-21-2017 Ends: 4-21-2017

Bigfork's greatest talent show is great fun for the entire family!  The show is scheduled for April 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm.  This show is a fundraiser for the Bigfork Playhouse Children's Theatre and ACES After School Program.  

Location: Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 4-21-2017 Ends: 4-22-2017
Taste of Bigfork

The annual Taste of Bigfork will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 2 to 5 pm in downtown Bigfork.  Stroll from venue to venue and enjoy wine, music and wonderful food from Bigfork restaurants.  This event is a fundraiser for Flathead Habitat for Humanity, Bigfork HS Wrestling and the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce.  At 5:30, the world's greatest raffle will follow at the Garden Bar & Grill.  The raffle will feature many great items donated by Bigfork area merchants.  Tickets for the Taste of Bigfork are $40 per person.  

Location: Downtown Bigfork

Starts: 4-30-2017 Ends: 4-30-2017
FVCC Spring Concert Series

Starting in February, members of the Flathead Valley Community College faculty will present a free concert every month.  The first concert will be "Wai & Friends", featuring concert violinist Wai Mizutani. Concerts will begin at 7 pm on February 3, March 10, April 14, May 2 and May 3.  

Location: Room 139 Arts & Technology Building Flathead Valley Community College 777 Grandview Drive Kalispell

Starts: 2-3-2017 Ends: 5-3-2017
Montana Senior Olympics

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

Starts: 6-15-2017 Ends: 6-17-2017
Chamber Blast

The Polson Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Blast will be held on Saturday, June 24 at Big Sky Sporting Clays.  The event will begin with a shooters' safety briefing followed by the Sporting Clays Tournament.  A BBQ Lunch and 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

Starts: 6-24-2017 Ends: 6-24-2017