Spring is in the air—the fresh mountain air—here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Each year spring is full of activities and events that bring our communities together, outside and in, for some authentic Montana fun. From farmers markets to rodeos, international film festivals to outdoor concerts in the park, our events calendar is full.
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.
Spring runoff on the Swan River creates a beautiful and challenging class IV section of whitewater known as the “Wild Mile” outside Bigfork. The Bigfork Whitewater Festival draws kayakers from all over the world to race down this section of the Swan River every Memorial Day Weekend, where spectators can watch riverside from a nature trail.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more authentic timber sports competition than Forestry Day at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. This competition, in late April, pays tribute to the bravery of loggers and honors Montana’s history. Excitement is palpable during the log rolling, pole climbing and axe throwing competitions. This event also includes antique logging equipment exhibits and demonstrations.
Whitefish Mountain Resort ends each ski season with a splash at the Whitefish Pond Skim. In early April, watch skiers and snowboarders attempt to skim across a man-made pond, avoiding zebra floaties and other obstacles. It’s outrageously entertaining.
For a small-town auction experience—known for bringing in several thousand people—attend the Annual Creston Auction & Country Fair at the beginning of April. Auction items range from Montana made art, goods and wares, to farm and ranch equipment, and proceeds will go toward a replacement fire station.
Here’s a list of these and more spring events in Glacier Country:
- Brash Rodeo, March 31, April 1, 7, 8, Kalispell
- Creston Fire Department Auction & County Fair, Mary 31 – April 2, Kalispell
- Whitefish Pond Skim, April 8, Whitefish Mountain Resort
- Archaeology Day, April 8, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
- International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF), April 22 – 27, Missoula
- Jeff Dunham Still Not Cancelled, April 28, University of Montana Adams Center, Missoula
- Trevor Noah, April 29, University of Montana Adams Center, Missoula
- Forestry Day, April 30, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
- Apple Blossom Night, May 6, Ravalli County Museum, Hamilton
- Garden City Brewfest, May 7, Missoula
- Montana Spartan Trifecta Weekend, May 6 – 7, Bigfork
- Whitefish Marathon, May 20, Depot Park
- Bigfork Whitewater Festival, May 26 – 28, Downtown Bigfork
- St. Regis Flea Market, May 27 – 29, Community Park
- Artists Along the Bitterroot, June 2 – 3, Bitterroot Valley Corridor
- Montana Mule Days, June 2 – 4, Ravalli County Fairgrounds, Hamilton
- Hot Springs Homesteader Days, June 9 – 11, Downtown Hot Springs
- Bitter Root Day, June 10, Ravalli County Museum, Hamilton
- Missoula Summer MADE Fair, June 18, Caras Park
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 local 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.
- Mondays: Bigfork
- Tuesdays: Darby, Missoula, Whitefish
- Wednesdays: Bigfork, Cut Bank, Eureka, Frenchtown, Hamilton, Trout Creek
- Thursdays: Alberton, Columbia Falls, Libby, Ronan
- Fridays: East Glacier Park, Lolo, Polson, St. Ignatius, Troy, West Glacier
- Saturdays: East Glacier Park, Florence, Hamilton, Hot Springs, Kalispell, Missoula, Stevensville
- Sundays: Missoula, Seeley Lake
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.
- In Kalispell, visit the newly constructed Wachholz College Center for local and national acts, plus a speakers series and National Geographic Live
- Take your pick of concerts from Logjam Presents at exceptional venues like The Wilma, The Top Hat and The KettleHouse Amphitheater, Missoula + Bonner
- String Orchestra of the Rockies, April 23, University of Montana Adams Center, Missoula
- Kane Brown, May 19, University of Montana Adams Center, Missoula
- 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
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 help build an inclusive outdoors.
March 20, 2023
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