Christmas Tours at the Conrad Mansion
Experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas at the Conrad Mansion. A brilliant two-story Christmas tree presides in the Great Hall and the house sparkles in holiday finery just as it did when the Conrad Family lived there. Mrs. Conrad loved the holiday season and the mansion staff happily continues her tradition by sharing the spirit of Christmas with visitors.
Tours run Fridays and Saturdays, November 28 through December 27, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Sunday Tours available for groups by special arrangement.
Tickets $10 adults, $9 seniors, $6 students, $4 children. Reservations required.
Call 406-755-2166. http://www.conradmansion.com
The Hockaday Museum of Art Community Open House
The Hockaday Museum of Art expresses its thanks to the community by opening its doors with free admission and welcoming all to enjoy the current exhibitions.
– Artists demos both days, 1 to 4pm
– Docent tours, 10 to noon and 1 to 3pm
View the current exhibitions, take a tour, register for classes/workshops, become a member or just shop for the Holidays. Members receive a 10% discount on their entire purchase from the Off the Wall Gallery.
Christmas City of the North Parade
Kalispell marks the beginning of the holiday season with a joyful parade the day after Thanksgiving. Colorful Christmas floats, community bands, antique fire trucks, and horse-drawn wagons are just some of the parade participants you’ll see.
Santa and Mrs. Claus make their first visit of the season and invite all kids to join them after the parade for the tree lighting ceremony at Deport Park, then it’s off to the Kalispell Center Mall where there’s milk and cookies for everyone!
The parade starts at 6:00pm at Main and 7th Street West and heads north on Main Street to Depot Park.
Artists & Craftsmen of the Flathead Holiday Show
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at more than 60 booths offering fine arts and crafts including woodworking, handmade soaps, paintings, candles, jewelry, toys, and Christmas decorations. The organization is comprised of local artists and crafters. Their aim is to support and promote the hobbyists and professional artists in the Flathead Valley and to have a lot of fun! Admission is free.
Flathead County Fairgrounds
Friday and Saturday – 10am to 5pm
Sunday – 10am to 4pm
Downtown Kalispell Art Walk
Start your holidays on a happy note at the popular Kalispell Art Walk. Visit Kalispell’s fabulous studios, galleries and wide variety of other downtown shops and eateries. Get unique gift ideas and start your holiday shopping,
5:00 to 9:00pm
Historic Downtown Kalispell
Montana Pond Hockey Classic
This second 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 20th, so grab your buddies, register a team and join us in “Bringing Hockey Back to the Basics!”
Foys Lake, Kalispell
49th Annual Creston Auction and Country Fair
The annual Creston Auction & Country Fair, Montana’s largest spring event, draws thousands of buyers from Western Montana, Alberta and British Columbia. Now in its 49th year, the event is a fundraiser for the all-volunteer fire department of Creston, a small farming community that boasts some of the richest soil and most beautiful views in North America.
The auction features a wide range of items large and small, from appliances and furniture to automobiles. boats, RV’s and farm equipment. Food and beverage booths, a large craft fair, baked goods and a rummage sale make this event a family favorite.
The auction starts at 9am, Saturday and noon on Sunday.
Location: Creston School and Eastside Grange Hall http://www.crestonfire.org/auction/index.cfm
Montana Spartan Sprint
Try obstacle racing at it’s toughest at the Montana Spartan Sprint. From beginner trail racers and mud run participants to hardcore warriors, tough guys and marathon runners, they all come out to test themselves on the insane obstacle races! Ninety-nine percent of all people who try this event will finish, and 100 percent will have their thirst for mud & trail racing fully satisfied!
May 9 – The grueling Spartan Beast, 12+ miles, 25 obstacles
May 10 – The challenging Spartan Sprint, 3+ miles and 15 obstacles
Register today, early registration discounts available. www.spartanrace.com
Arts in the Park
Don’t miss the 47th Annual Arts in the Park in Kalispell’s Depot Park. As Northwest Montana’s largest and longest running art and entertainment fair, Arts in the Park is a summertime favorite. This juried art show is a favorite for browsing and buying high quality jewelry, clothing, photography, paintings, pottery, glass and other artwork. This year’s festival will have over 100 booths with fine artists and craftsmen, along with wonderful foods and great entertainment. Children will enjoy fun, hands on art activities. Visitors of all ages will enjoy browsing the artistic creations of local, regional and national artists, watching exciting dance performances, listening to talented musicians and eating fabulous foods.
Arts in the Park is an annual benefit for the Hockaday Museum of Art. The complete weekend entertainment schedule and more information on the event will be available in July at http://www.hockadaymuseum.org
The Event at Rebecca Farm
A celebration of harmony and partnership between horse and rider, The Event at Rebecca Farm is held each year in the spectacular Flathead Valley. This world-class equestrian event is the biggest of its kind in the United States with more than 600 competitors, 350 volunteers, and over 20,000 spectators. In addition to the competition, a trade fair with arts and crafts is also offered with a wide range of food concessions.
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.