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.

Bigfork High School Student Exhibit

"Healing through Art" is the theme of the 2018 Bigfork High School Student Exhibit.  

Location: Bigfork Art & Cultural Center Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 3-13-2018 Ends: 3-23-2018
Brushes & Brews - Owl

Local artist Carly Swartz will lead a painting class from 6:30 until 8:30 pm.  No exprerience necessary and all materials are provided.  For #35, you'll receive a glass of beer or wine, an appetizer and all the supplies you need to take home your very own painting!  Reserve your spot by calling 837-2004.  

Location: Flathead Lake Brewing Company Pubhouse 116 Holt Drive Bigfork

Starts: 3-23-2018 Ends: 3-23-2018
The Miracle Worker

This Oscar and Tony award-winning play celebrates the lives of two extraordinary women, Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.  Curtain time is 7:30 on Fridays and Saturdays with a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. 

Location: Port Polson Players Theater Polson

Starts: 3-16-2018 Ends: 3-25-2018
The Princess Bride

Since its release more than 30 years ago, The Princess Bride has made its mark as one of the best-known and most-seen "cult films" of all time. Sponsored by the Historic Film Club, the free showing begins at 7:00 pm.  There is no charge for the film, but donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of acquiring and showing the film.  Seating is provided, but film fans can bring their own floo pillows, portable chairs or whatever is comfortable for viewing the film.  The movie and popcorn are free, but wine, beer, water and pop will be available for sale.   

Location: Museum at Central School 124 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 3-27-2018 Ends: 3-27-2018
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
Bigfork Independent Film Festival

This year's festival will showcase Montana-made shorts and animated films as well as two production independent feature films released last year.  Both were also Montana-made.  There will be four film blocks to choose from. Each two-hour block will be $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  A VIP all-access pass will also be available.  For more information concerning the festival schedule, visit www.bigforkfilmfestival.com.  

Location: Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts Bigfork

Starts: 4-6-2018 Ends: 4-7-2018
Bigfork Whitewater Festival

The longest running event in Bigfork features participants from around the world who come to race on the "Wild Mile" of the Swan River.  This class IV section of whitewater is located where the Swan River spills into Flathead Lake.  Saturday events include a Lower Slalom starting at 10 am followed by the Expert Slalom.  Viewing of this event is best from the Swan River Nature Trail.  Sunday events include the Down River, Rafting Head-to-head,the kayaking Giant Slalom and the Triathalon.  

Location: Wild Mile of the Swan River Bigfork

Starts: 5-26-2018 Ends: 5-27-2018
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