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.

Glacier Symphony Masterworks - Mahler

The second Masterworks concert of the Glacier Symphony's 35th season brings an extrordinary concert featuring Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D minor "Titan". Also on the program will be guest artists Invoke, a young string quartet currently in residence at the University of Texas, Austin.  The group will perform a mini solo set along with the Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Benjamin Lees.  For information or to purchase tickets: www.gscmusic.org. 

Location: Flathead High School Performance Hall 644 Fourth Avenue West Kalispell

Starts: 11-18-2017 Ends: 11-19-2017
Night at the Museum

Join us on Thanksgiving Day for a "Leftover Potluck" at 6:30 followed by a showing of "Duty, Honor, Sacrifice", a feature length documentary about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the training required for the men who guard it.  Everyone is welcome.  RSVP is appreciated regarding food. 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 11-23-2017 Ends: 11-23-2017

Enjoy a traditional favorite as the Northwest Ballet Company brings the music and dance from the Nutcracker to the Bigfork stage.  Performances are 2 pm and 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25 and at 4 pm on Sunday, November 26.  Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children 12 and under.  

Location: Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 11-24-2017 Ends: 11-26-2017
"The American President"

The Historic Film Club presents the political romance "The American President" starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening.  The free screening begins at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 28.  While there is no charge for the film, donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of acquiring and showing the film.  Wine, beer, pop and water will be for sale.  Seating is provided, but film fans can bring their own floor pillows, portable chairs, or whatever is comfortable to view the film.  

Location: Museum at Central School 124 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 11-28-2017 Ends: 11-28-2017
Downtown Kalispell Art Walk

Start your holidays on a happy note at the popular Kalispell Art Walk and Holiday stroll.  Visit downtown Kalispell's art studios, galleries, shops and restaurants.  Start your holiday shopping with unique crafts and gifts.  The Art Walk begins at 5 pm and continues until 9 pm. 

Location: Downtown Kalispell

Starts: 12-1-2017 Ends: 12-1-2017
Polson Parade of Lights

Start the holidays with glittering decorations and holiday lights!  The annual Parade of Lights and Art Walk will be held on Friday, December 1, starting at 6 pm.  

Location: Downtown Polson

Starts: 12-1-2017 Ends: 12-1-2017
Plein Air Paint Out 2017

Renowned artists display the works created during a week of painting on location in Glacier National Park, the Swan Valley and the Flathead Valley.  The exhibition will run through December 2. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 10-3-2017 Ends: 12-2-2017
Bigfork Holiday Parade of Lights

Bring the kids and welcome Santa during Bigfork's annual Parade of Lights.  The parade begins at 6 pm and kids can visit with Santa following the parade.  

Location: Grand and Electric Avenues Bigfork

Starts: 12-2-2017 Ends: 12-2-2017
West Shore Holidayfest

Enjoy a festive holiday event for the community featuring art and craft vendors, music, delicious food, bake sale, raffles and silent auctions. entertainment, a Kids-only Market, cookie dcorating and photos with Santa.  The fun begins at 9 am and runs until 4 pm.  

Location: Lakeside Elementary Gym Lakeside

Starts: 12-2-2017 Ends: 12-2-2017
Festival of Trees: ExTREEvaganza!

Get into the holiday spirit surrounded by beautiful trees decorated for the Christmas season.  Silent and live auction of trees, wreaths, garlands and decor.  Refreshments provided.  The ExTREEvaganza is scheduled for December 8 from 6 to 9 pm.  

Location: Bigfork Art & Cultural Center Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 12-8-2017 Ends: 12-8-2017
Chorale Messiah Sing

Join us to create a new musical tradition when the Glacier Chorale under the direction of Chorale Conductor Dr. Micah Hunter presents "Messiah Sing!", a very special evening with Handel's masterpiece.  This "audience interactive" concert will be performed in beautiful church venues in Bigfork, Whitefish and Kalispell.  This is your opportunity to sing these beautiful choruses along with our magnificent Chorale accompanied by our organist.  Bring your own music and lift up your voices! 

December 15: 7:30 pm, Saint John Paul II Catholic Church, Bigfork                                                            December 15: 7:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Whitefish                                                                      December 16: 3 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Kalispell 

Location: Bigfork Kalispell Whitefish

Starts: 12-15-2017 Ends: 12-17-2017
Lights Under The Big Sky
Enjoy live music, great food, incredible light displays, a snow play zone, Christmas Market and visits with Santa every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 pm, and Sundays 1-6 pm December 1 through December 24rh.  

Location: Lake County Fairgrounds 300 Third Avenue West Ronan

Starts: 12-1-2017 Ends: 12-24-2017
Night at the Museum - "Mr Krueger's Christmas"

Our December Night at the Museum will begin at 6:30 pm with the showing of Jimmy Stewart in the short Christmas movie "Mr. Krueger's Christmas".  The movie will be followed by a presentation concerning the rare scrapbook of 8X10 photos of Pearl Harbor battle damage, salvage efforts, and the rebuilding of the Pacific fleet.  FREE admission. Treats and donations are always welcome! 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 12-28-2017 Ends: 12-28-2017
Polar Bear Plunge

Celebrate the new year with the 23rd annual Polar Bear Plunge!  Watch or join in as more than 100 people jump into the frigid waters of Flathead Lake for glory and bragging rights!  All ages are welcome.  Chili feed and warm beverages!  Plunge a 2 pm.  

Location: The Raven Flathead Lake

Starts: 1-1-2018 Ends: 1-1-2018
2017 Members' Salon Exhibition

The Hockaday Museum of Art is proud to announce the 2017 Members' Salon, an exhibition of works created by Museum members.  Each year, the Museum invites all current members to enter the Members' Salon and showcases their work gallery-style.  Pieces in the show represent a wide range of media and subject matter.  The public is invited to vote in the Peoples' Choice Award.  Votes may be cast November 9 through December 15 with the winner announced on December 16.  The Hockaday Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 11-9-2017 Ends: 1-6-2018
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