Northwest Montana Fair
Experience the excitement, heritage, and culture of NW Montana. With over 100 years of tradition, the NW Montana Fair & Rodeo comes alive each year in August featuring three nights of PRCA Rodeo action, huge concerts, carnival rides galore, and great food. Join in the fast paced excitement of Indian Relay Races or the Demolition Derby. Enjoy the squeals and thrills of Pig Wrestling as teams compete in the mud for the championship.
Other highlights include great local talents on the free stages, the fair parade in downtown Kalispell, livestock show and sale, and more than 6,000 exhibits showcasing the talents and passion of our regional residents. From quilts to mini-horses, floriculture to rabbits, you’re sure to see blue ribbon displays throughout the fair. Admission is only $5 and seniors or children are admitted free everyday!
The annual fair parade takes place Friday, August 21st at 10:00 am on Main Street in Downtown Kalispell.
Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival
The Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival draws guitar lovers from all over the world for a week of soul-rocking music on the shores of Flathead Lake. What really makes Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival unique is the opportunity to hang out with top-notch artists. This year’s line-up includes Lee Ritenour, Dweezil Zappa, LA Guitar Quartet, Brett Dennon, Madeline Peyroux and others.
August 30 – September 6
Flathead Lake Lodge
Montana Dragon Boat Festival
Join the fun at Montana’s 4th annual Dragon Boat Festival as teams from Montana, across the U.S. and Canada compete. Watch teams consisting of 20 paddlers, a steerer and a drummer race to the finish in 46-foot-long Hong Kong-style boats.
See it here: http://vimeo.com/74341204
Enjoy live music, children’s activities and a Made-in-Montana vendor fair. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite.
Don’t miss this free event on Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. The festival is expected to attract 3,000 spectators and 2,000 racers, drawing visitors from the Pacific Northwest and Canada, where the sport of Dragon Boat Racing has become increasingly popular.
Sponsored by the Kalispell Convention & Visitor Bureau and The Flathead Community Foundation.
Huckleberry 100 Bike Race
If scenery plays into your love for riding, the annual Huckleberry 100 offers the perfect mix of gritty challenge and breath-taking beauty, promising to be one of the most scenic cycling courses of 2015. Located in the backyard of Glacier Park, the Huckleberry 100 will take riders over a 100-mile course that winds through the most prominent towns and scenic byways of the Flathead Valley.
The Huckleberry 100 launches from downtown Kalispell, Montana. For riders who want to hit the road for a shorter stretch, this event will also feature a 50-mile ride, a 25-mile ride and a family ride. The Huckleberry 100 will undoubtedly be one of the premier summer events for cyclists in the Northwest.
7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, September 19, 2015
120 First Avenue East, downtown Kalispell
Cinch Bucking Horse Championships
If you like bull riding, you’ll enjoy the World Class Bucking Horse Association Battle of the Broncs Finals showcasing the best 4- and 5-year-old saddle broncs in North America. See future world champion bucking horses tangle with world class cowboys. There will also be barrel racing featuring our local talent, celebrity team roping, wife carrying contest sponsored by Coors, and a silent auction. Following the event will be an awards ceremony.
Majestic Valley Arena in Kalispell, 3630 Hwy. 93 North
October 3, 2015, 7 to 9pm
There are a limited number of VIP tickets available for $40, which includes food, beer and an opportunity to sit on the floor up close and personal with these amazing bucking horses. Other tickets are $15 / Adult and $8 / kids (6-12).
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 local eateries. Get unique gift ideas and start your holiday shopping. Fun and free refreshments abound!
5:00 to 9:00pm
Historic Downtown Kalispell
First Night Flathead 2016
The 17th Annual Celebration of this Community New Year’s Eve Gala, FNF 2016 offers the largest variety of performing artists at a single event on a single night anywhere in the Valley. This non-alcoholic family-oriented event is guaranteed to please everyone – kids, teens, adults and seniors.
FREE Family Activities at the Kalispell Center Mall from 1 PM to 4 PM: Face Painting, Hula Hooping, Hat Decorating, Games, Bracelet Making, FNF Commencement Parade and more!
The evening’s performances take place at 12 venues in downtown Kalispell and feature 35 artists. Visit the FNF website for all information on Sponsorship, Volunteering and the 2016 Performance Schedule. www.firstnightflathead.org
2016 Montana Pond Hockey Classic
The third annual Montana Pond Hockey Classic brings three days of competition spread across multiple rinks under the big Montana sky. Dedicated to bringing a premiere pond hockey tournament to the region, the Pond Hockey Classic has partnered with the Kalispell Convention and Visitor Bureau to host this weekend festival of all things hockey. The puck will drop February 19th, so grab your buddies, register a team and join us in “Bringing Hockey Back to the Basics!”
Foys Lake, Kalispell