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.

Night at the Museum - "Eyes To the Sky"

On January 25, the Miracle of America Museum's Night at the Museum will feature author Charles B. Lucas reading from his work of historical fiction, "Eyes To the Sky".  The book was inspired by acutal events and tells the story of two young lieutenants serving in the American Balloon Service in World War I.  With the 100th anniversary of the Allied victory approaching, this is the perfect time to learn more about the "War to end all wars".  The 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: 1-25-2018 Ends: 1-25-2018
Jack and the Giant

The first production in 2018 for the Bigfork Children's Theatre will be Jack and the Giant. The production runs from January 20 through January 28.  Performances are on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and on Sunday, January 28 at 2 pm.  

Location: Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts Bigfork

Starts: 1-20-2018 Ends: 1-28-2018
"Downhill Racer"

As a perfect kick-off to the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Museum at Central School will host a screening of the olympic drama "Downhill Racer" starring Robert Redford.  Hosted by the Historic Film Club, the showing will be held at 7 pm, Tuesday, January 30.  The presentation is free, but donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of acquiring and showing films.  Wine, beer, pop and water will be available for sale.  Seating is provided, but film fans can bring their own floor pillows, portable chairs or whatever is comfortable for viewing the film.  

Location: Museum at Central School 124 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 1-30-2018 Ends: 1-30-2018
Whitefish Winter Carnival

For more than 50 years, the Whitefish Winter Carnival has brightened the NW Montana winter scene.  The theme of this year's event is "Fly Like An Eagle", in honor of 70 years of skiing on the Big Mountain. This year, events kick off on January 6 with the annual Merry Maker.  The next weekend, is the coronation of the King and Queen and the annual Disco Party.  Other events include the coronation of the Prince and Princess at Whitefish High Shool, Ski Joring competition, the Penquin Plunge, a Pie Social, Grand Parade and final Rotary Pancake Breakfast.  For information visit www.whitefishwintercarnival.com. 

Location: Whitefish

Starts: 1-6-2018 Ends: 2-4-2018
Design & Maintenance of Diverse Garden Landscapes

Snow may be on the ground, but our thoughts are turning to summer blossoms.  And the Bibler Gardens are famous for beautiful blooms.  Join members of the Bibler Garden staff on Wednesday, February 7 for a discussion concerning the Design & Maintenance of Diverse Garden Landscapes.  The session begins at 5:30 pm and runs until 7:30 pm.  Admission is $5 for non-members.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 2-7-2018 Ends: 2-7-2018
Senior Tour & Tea Day

The Hockaday Museum of Art hosts seniors 60+ by providing free admission during Senior Tour & Tea Day on Thursday, February 8.  Complimentary coffee, tea and cookies will be served and a docent-led tour will begin at 10:30 am. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell, MT

Starts: 2-8-2018 Ends: 2-8-2018
Making our World More Beautiful: The Collection of Sam & Jean Bibler

" Making Our World More Beautiful" displays pieces owned by Sam and Jean Bibler who were known, not only for their huge contributions to the Kalispell community and their incredible gardens, but for their vast and varied art collection.  A community open house reception will be held on December 9.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 12-9-2017 Ends: 2-10-2018
Cabin Fever Days

One of the most unique events in Montana, Cabin Fever Days will take place February 9-11 in Martin City, Hungry Horse and Coram.  The main event will be the ever-popular Bar Stool Races on Sugar Hill in Martin City.  Other events include sledding, snowshoe softball, kids events and music at numerous venues.  For a schedule and event information visit www.cabinfeverdays.com 

Location: Martin City, Hungry Horse, Coram

Starts: 2-9-2018 Ends: 2-11-2018
Flowers, Trees & Honey Bees

The Hockaday's children's art exhibition, Flowers, Trees & Honey Bees, features interpretations of a special garden, the beauty of a single blossome, tree shapes, a flower arrangement, insects of all kinds, and patterns and symetry found in nature.  Elementary and middle school students share their imaginative and artistic expression in a variety of media.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 18 from 5 to 7 pm. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 1-11-2018 Ends: 2-17-2018
New Artists 2018 - High School Student Art Exhibition

Chosen by their teachers, this exhibition will feature the works of high school artists from schools throughout the Flathead Valley.  This group brings "the best of the best" to the Hockaday Museum.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 2-23-2018 Ends: 3-31-2018
Beyond Craft: The Art of Ceramics

Starting on February 15, the Hockaday will feature an exhibition that showcases ceramic artwork from playful to thoughtful. The exhibition runs through April 7.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 2-15-2018 Ends: 4-7-2018
James R. Bakke: True Montana Artist

James R. Bakke: True Montana Artist contains more than 75 photographic images from the longtime Flathead artists, some of which are being displayed publicly for the first time.  This exhibition covers numerous subjects in the Flathead's past, from farm life to industry to Glacier National Park.  Better known as a painter, James Bakke was also a gifted photographer.  Although it can easily stand on its own, Bakke initially used his photography as a model for his paintwork.  The exhibition also includes some of his paintings on loan from the Stumptown Historical Society.  An opening reception for the exhbition will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 5 pm until 7 pm.  

Location: Museum at Central School 124 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 10-11-2017 Ends: 6-30-2018
Arts in the Park

The Flathead Valley's premiere arts, crafts and music festival is held every July in Kalispell's Depot Park.  The Festival features more than 100 juried art & craft booths, food & speciality booths, live music & entertainment, a wine and beer garden and children's activities.  Those who purchase a three-day pass to the event also receive free admission to the Hockaday Museum of Art during that weekend.  For more information about this and other events at the Hockaday, visit www.hockadaymuseum.org 

Location: Depot Park Kalispell

Starts: 7-13-2018 Ends: 7-15-2018
Live History Days

Take a step back in time at Live History Days where skilled crafters demonstrate skills such as blacksmithing, wood carving, leatherworking, spinning and weaving.  Kids can take a ride on some of the historic military vehicles.  Stop by the old-fashioned soda fountain and tour exhibits including motorcycles and more than 3000 pieces of motorcycling memorabilia, antique toys and dolls, the 1912 Polson area schoolhouse, the 1890's sod roofed log cabin, and much more!  

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson, MT

Starts: 7-21-2018 Ends: 7-22-2018
Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival

The famous Flathead Cherry takes center stage during this fun-filled weekend in Polson near the shores of Flathead Lake.  There are cherry-based foods and beverages, arts & crafts vendors featuring Montana-made items, and contests for kids (and those young at heart) such as the cherry pie eating contest and the cherry pit-spitting contest.  Local businesses also feature specials during the weekend.  For more information about the festival, visit www.flatheadcherryfestival.com

Location: Main Street Polson

Starts: 7-21-2018 Ends: 7-22-2018
Bigfork Festival of the Arts
Now in its 40th year, the Bigfork Festival of the Arts features juried arts and crafts vendors, food, music and entertainment and children's activities.  Many of the Bigfork merchants and restaurants also celebrate this week of art, food and fun with special offerings.  Free parking and bus shuttles run from the Bethany Lutheran Church and other locations.  To learn more about the festival, visit www.bigforkfestivalofthearts.com. 

Location: Downtown Bigfork

Starts: 8-4-2018 Ends: 8-5-2018
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

The 37th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will take place on Saturday, August 11, on the shores of beautiful Swan Lake.  The Festival will begin with a huckleberry pancake breakfast starting at 8 am.  All other events run from 9 am until 4 pm.  Activities include baking contests for adults and children, Huckleberry Baked Goods Sale, kids' games, silent auction, grand prize drawing and raffles.  The Arts & Crafts Fair will feature 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 throughout the afternoon.  www.swanlakemontana.org

Location: Swan Lake Day Park Mile Marker 72, Highway 83

Starts: 8-11-2018 Ends: 8-11-2018
Festival Amadeus

Mountains by Day - Music by Night.  Festival Amadeus is Montana's only week-long summer classical music festival.  Centered in the scenic resort town of Whitefish, the festival showcases the music of Mozart and other classical era composers.  Each year, the festival features a lineup of highly-acclaimed musicians performing with the Festival Amadeus Orchestra or in more intimate chamger concerts.  For an updated concert schedule and tickets for this exciting week of music in the mountains, visit www.gscmusic.org.  

Location: O'Shaughnessy Center Whitefish Performing Arts Center Whitefish

Starts: 8-6-2018 Ends: 8-12-2018
Crown of the Continent Guitar Fest

The Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival draws guitar lovers from all over the world. This is both an opportunity to hear outstanding artists and a chance to learn from the best of the best. There are workshops in rock, blues, jazz, classical and songwriting along with evening concerts featuring world-renowned artists in every genre.  To learn more about the 2018 lineup of performers and concerts, visit www.crownguitarfest.org.  

Location: Flathead Lake Lodge Bigfork

Starts: 8-26-2018 Ends: 9-1-2018