Spring is in the air—the fresh mountain air—here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, and we sure do have a special place in our hearts for Montana’s quiet season. It’s the season of wildlife, wildflowers and rushing waterfalls. Plus, our events calendar is always full, and spring is no exception. Bonus: Shoulder-season pricing is in effect in the springtime.

Check out Montana Mule Days, the state’s largest mule and donkey show. Photo: Montana Mule Days

Spring Events in Glacier Country

Plan your getaway around one of Western Montana’s spring events. In late April every year the International Wildlife Film Festival takes place at the retro Roxy Theater in Missoula. This eight-day juried event brings together the world’s top wildlife filmmakers, producers, scientists and conservation leaders. Don’t miss this very special event. The Bigfork Whitewater Festival draws kayakers and spectators from all over the world to the “wild mile” of the Swan River every Memorial Day Weekend for this beloved Bigfork racing event featuring authentic whitewater action. Also held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, visit the St. Regis Flea Market. Get a true taste of small-town charm—and a bargain—at Montana’s largest flea market, held against the stunning backdrop of the jagged, snowcapped Mission Mountains in St. Regis. Here’s a list of these and more spring events in Glacier Country:

Dress up as your favorite animal and participate in the International Wildlife Film Festival’s WildWalk parade. Photo: IWFF
On Memorial Day weekend, browse dozens of booths at the St. Regis Flea Market. Photo: St. Regis Flea Market

Farmers Markets in Glacier Country

Did you know Glacier Country touts some of the best farmers markets in the West? Our very popular outdoor community markets are a big part of Western Montana’s charm, and a late spring (through early fall) visit to Montana isn’t complete without a trip to one of these celebrated events. Get your fix of fresh produce, local meats, cheeses and honey, plus all manner of locally-made arts and crafts. You’ll also find food trucks, coffee carts and street musicians. These community gatherings offer a chance to support local growers and artisans, and they’re a great way to experience the heart and soul of our small towns.

Spring means flowers at the Clark Fork River Market in Missoula Photo: MOTBD

Spring Concerts in Glacier Country

You’ll find no shortage of live music in Western Montana, from a local musician bringing down the house in a legendary bar to a national act rocking a state-of-the-art stage for thousands. Ever been to a concert at an amphitheater on the banks of a famous river? Plan your spring getaway around one of the concerts in Western Montana listed below.

  • Take your pick of concerts at The Wilma, a historic theater in downtown Missoula    
  • Santana: Blessings and Miracles Tour, April 4, University of Montana Adams Center, Missoula
  • Bastille, May 25, KettleHouse Amphitheater, Bonner
  • Free concerts at Missoula’s Out to Lunch event every Wednesday beginning in June
  • Free outdoor concerts at Missoula’s Downtown Tonight event every Thursday beginning in June
  • Free outdoor concerts at Kalispell’s Picnic in the Park every Tuesday and Wednesday beginning in June
Yola, Marcus King and Halestorm will be a few of the acts headlining The Wilma this spring. Photo: Neubauer Media Courtesy of Logjam Presents

Please note: We ask that all our visitors and residents Recreate Responsibly by being mindful of the following: practice physical distancing; know before you go; plan ahead; play it safe; leave no trace; tread lightly and build an inclusive outdoors. Travel responsibly by reviewing Western Montana’s COVID-19 information and guidelines at SafetyFirstMT.com.

March 14, 2022

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