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.

A Jesuit Window into Western Montana Life in the 1840's and 50's
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art will host a brown bag luncheon with Montana Speakers Bureau Program guest Sally Thompson who will present "A Jesuit Window Into Western Montana Life in the 1840's and 50's." The presentation is scheduled for Friday, February 19 at noon.  Admission is free.  Please reserve your table space by calling 406-755-5268.  

A Jesuit Window into Western Montana Life in the 1840's and 50's
Starts: 2-19-2016 Ends: 2-19-2016
Shadow Catcher
Description:

Shadow Catcher is the first in a series of exhibitions showcasing the Hockaday Museum of Art's recently acquired collection of photographs by Harry Lee Harpster, Jr.  In 2010, the Hockaday purchased the Harpster photographic estate that included gelatin silver prints, 35mm black and white negatives, more than 500 4 X 5 negatives and miscellaneous family snapshots and memorabilia. This first exhibit focuses on Harpster's Indian reservation works selected from more than 21,000 negatives.  The photographs in Shadow Catcher feature children as primary subjects.  The exhibition opens on January 7 and will run through February 20.  

Shadow Catcher
Starts: 1-7-2016 Ends: 2-20-2016
Rach 1 and Gaelic Symphony
Description:

Pianist Stanislav Khristenko joins the Glacier Symphony in a performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano concerto #1 in F# minor.  Also on the program will be Barber's Adagio for Strings and the Symphony in E "Gaelic" by Amy Beach.  Saturday's performance is at 7:30 pm with Sunday's performance at 3 pm. 

Rach 1 and Gaelic Symphony
Starts: 2-20-2016 Ends: 2-21-2016
A Night at the Museum
Description:

February is a month in which we celebrate a lot of birthdays including Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,  Ronald Reagan, Norman Rockwell, and George Washington. Attendees are asked to bring and share a favorite poem, quote or painting celebrating these and other great Americans.  The presentation begins at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public.  As always, treats and donations are welcome. 

A Night at the Museum Arizona State Museum (North) Tucson
Pima County, United States
Starts: 2-25-2016 Ends: 2-25-2016
Before It Was Montana
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art pairs art and artifacts form its Traveling Medicine Show outreach program with paintings from its permancent collection to present Before It Was Montana, telling the story of the nomadic people of the plains. In 2006 the Hockaday began amassing a collection of art created by members of the Blackfeet and other tribes in order to share the art and culture of the Plains Indians with schools and various groups via the Hockaday's Traveling Medicine Show outreach program.  

Before It Was Montana
Starts: 1-26-2016 Ends: 2-27-2016
Bigfork Brewfest
Description:

Brewfest in downtown Bigfork means an afternoon of great beers, good music and lots of fun.  Tickets are $20 and $25 in advance and will be available at the Bigfork Mountaineer Outdoor Store and Shepard's Glass in Kalispell.  Brewfest will run from 3 until 7 pm. For updates, visit www.bigforkbrewfest.com or find them on Facebook. 

Bigfork Brewfest 628 Cascade Avenue
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Starts: 3-5-2016 Ends: 3-5-2016
Brash Winter Series Rodeo
Description:

Western Montana's longest running Series Rodeo featuring bull riding, bareback, saddlebronc, team roping, tie down roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing.   The 2016 series will be held January 22 & 23, February 5 & 6 and 26 & 27, March 4 & 5.  Friday tickets are $12 for adults with kids 12 and under admitted free.  Saturday tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for kids 3-12.  

Brash Winter Series Rodeo
Starts: 1-22-2016 Ends: 3-5-2016
Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon
Description:

Groovin' on a Sunday afternoon features the music of Montana's original blues artist, Andre Floyd.  Doors open at 2 pm and the show begins at 2:30.  

Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon 628 Cascade Avenue
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Starts: 3-6-2016 Ends: 3-6-2016
Sweeney Todd Onstage
Description:

Members of the Alpine Theatre Project join the Glacier Symphony on stage for a performance of the music from Sweeney Todd.  Performances are at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday with a 3 pm performance on Sunday. 

Sweeney Todd Onstage 600-638 East Second Street
Whitefish, Montana 59937
Starts: 3-11-2016 Ends: 3-13-2016
"Garden of Smiles" Book Signing
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces a book signing and reading featuring "The Garden of Smiles" author Kelly Potter and illustrator Ava Hall on Tuesday, March 15, from 6 to 7:30 pm.  The event is free to the public.  The new children's book is the first in a series of collaborations between Potter and 10 year-old illustrator Ava Hall.  Copies of the book will be offered for sale in hardcover version in the Museum's gift shop. 

"Garden of Smiles" Book Signing
Starts: 3-15-2016 Ends: 3-15-2016
A Night at the Museum - "The Robe"
Description:

March's Night at the Museum will feature a showing of the Academy Award-winning film "The Robe". Based on Lloyd C Douglas' novel, the 1953 movie stars Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature and Michael Rennie.  The film and novel depict what happened to the Roman soldier who won Jesus' robe in a dice game.  "The Robe" is also notable as the first movie filmed using CinemaScope.  The presentation begins at 6:30 pm and is free to the public.  Treats and donations are welcome! 

A Night at the Museum - "The Robe" Arizona State Museum (North) Tucson
Pima County, United States
Starts: 3-24-2016 Ends: 3-24-2016
Winter snowshoe walks in Glacier National Park
Description:

Search for signs of wildlife, discover the plants and animals of Glacier and enjoy the solitude of winter.  Guided walks will be on Saturdays and Sundays through March.  The two-hour walks will depart from the apgar Visitor Center at 10:30 am and 2 pm.  Snowshoe rental is available at the Apgar Visitor Center or from Flathead Valley businesses.  

Winter snowshoe walks in Glacier National Park
Starts: 1-10-2016 Ends: 3-26-2016
Suessical the Musical
Description:

Based on the popular children's books by Dr. Suess, Suessical is a fantastic, magical musical favorite for children of all ages.  Presented by the Bigfork Summer Theatre Children's Theatre, performances are scheduled for  March 18 through 26.  Performances are at 7:30 on Fridays and Saturdays with a matinee at 2:00 pm on Sunday.  Tickets are available online or at the box office one hour prior to each performance. 

Suessical the Musical 628 Cascade Avenue
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Starts: 3-18-2016 Ends: 3-26-2016
Creston Auction & Country Fair
Description:

Montana's largest spring event will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.  This is a fundraiser for the Creston Fire Department and includes an auction of everything from home goods to trucks and RV's.  Also on the schedule are a craft fair, rummage sale, bake sale and food vendors.  Consignment Day is Friday, April 1 with the general auction on Saturday followed by the Vehicle and Equipment Sale on Sunday.  

Creston Auction & Country Fair 115 10th Avenue North
Creston, British Columbia V0B 1G0
Starts: 4-1-2016 Ends: 4-3-2016
Taste of Bigfork
Description:

Stroll from venue to venue sampling great food paired with wines and spirits from most of Bigfork's restaurants.  Proceeds from the Taste of Bigfork will benefit Flathead Habitat for Humanity, Bigfork High School Wrestling Team and the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Taste gets underway at 2 pm and runs through 5 pm.  At 5:30 there will be a raffle at the Garden Bar.  Tickets for the Taste of Bigfork are $40 and are available at Electric Avenue Gifts and the Bigfork Area Chamber.  

Taste of Bigfork 628 Cascade Avenue
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Starts: 4-24-2016 Ends: 4-24-2016
Mission Valley Trades Fair & Business Expo
Description:

The spring trade fair gives businesses an opportunity to connect with the community and for members of the community to find out what exciting new offerings are available in the Mission and Flathead Valleys.  More than 100 vendors with food, fun and information! This event has been a valley favorite for 20 years.  The fair begins at 9 am and runs until 4 pm. 





Mission Valley Trades Fair & Business Expo 70969-71389 U.S. 93
Big Arm, Montana 59910
Starts: 4-30-2016 Ends: 4-30-2016
Spartan Race: Montana Beast & Sprint Weeked
Description:

At 12-14 miles, tThe Reebok Spartan Beast is the most difficult of the three Spartan Races.  The Spartan Spring is a 3-5 mile spring with more than 20 signature Spartan Obstacles.  There will be free shuttle bus service to bring racers and spectators to and from the lodge.  More information at 222.spartanrace.com. 

Spartan Race: Montana Beast & Sprint Weeked233 Big Lodge Trail
Rollins, Montana 59931
Starts: 5-7-2016 Ends: 5-8-2016
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.  

Bigfork Whitewater Festival
Starts: 5-28-2016 Ends: 5-29-2016
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.  

A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park
Starts: 8-13-2016 Ends: 9-10-2016