We have fun year-round here, and a bit of snow on the ground doesn’t keep us from going outside or holding events. In fact, winter brings some of the most unusual, unique and fun events to cure your cabin fever. From renowned film festivals to barstool races and dog-sled races to a half marathon, there’s an adventure waiting for everyone.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is a 10-day event that takes place at multiple venues. Photo: Elias Snyders courtesy of Big Sky Documentary Film Festival


Join the Miracle of America Museum in Polson for Winter Fest. This one-day event is family-friendly and perfect for history buffs. Learn about and ride vintage snow machines and snowmobiles, plus see demonstrations from a 1930 Model A Ford Coupe that was converted to a “snowbird” for Montana mail delivery.
January 13, 2024

Learn about and ride in snow machines during Winter Fest. Photo: Miracle of America Museum


Every year the quintessential ski town of Whitefish puts on a Winter Carnival to celebrate winter’s abundance. This year’s theme is The Greatest Show in celebration of the event’s 65th year. Events include skijoring (ski racing behind a horse) a disco party, polar bear plunge (a quick dip into the icy waters of Whitefish Lake for a good cause), grand parade, social and pancake breakfast.
February 2 – 4, 2024

The Whitefish Carnival Parade takes place the first weekend in February. Photo: VisitMT


Frosty the Brewfest is held in downtown Kalispell and features local breweries and cideries, food trucks and family-friendly outdoor events. There is a heated tent, barrel fires, and, of course, drinks to keep you warm. Try your hand at the fat bike races or sit back and relax while listening to live local music.
February 3, 2024


Montana Sled Dog, Inc. has been holding Race to the Sky since 1989 in Montana’s scenic Rocky Mountains. This dog-sled race is an Iditarod qualifier and begins in Lincoln, with checkpoints at White Tail Guest Ranch, Seeley Lake, Owl Creek and back.
February 9 – 13, 2024

These snow-loving dogs are ready for the race. Photo: Steve DuBois


In Martin City near Glacier National Park, people have been racing downhill on barstools for 45 years. Yes, you read that right. This wildly fun and hilarious competition is part of Cabin Fever Days, a community event made for fun and laughter. You’ll find locals dressed up as mountain men, snowshoe softball, dart tournaments, plus kids’ events, like sledding and egg races, and the infamous barstool ski races—all of which are open to the public for entry.
February 10, 2024

The barstool races at Cabin Fever Days are not to be missed! Photo: VisitMT


In Missoula the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) is an internationally renowned film festival known for a wide range of nonfiction films. In addition to screenings, this five-day industry event includes panels, master classes, workshops, and the popular Big Sky Pitch session. BSDFF is an Academy Award qualifying festival in the Shorts and Mini-Doc categories. This much-anticipated event draws an audience of 20,000 and presents an average of 150 films from around the world in unique, historic venues like The Wilma Theater and The Roxy Theater, plus Missoula’s local MCT Center for Performing Arts. 
February 16 – 25, 2024

Multiple ticket options are offered for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, from All-Access Passes to a 5-Film Pass. Photo: Jen Daly courtesy of Big Sky Documentary Film Festival


In Polson, the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest brings together filmmakers from far and wide for movie screenings. One pass gains you entrance to view all screenings entered in the festival. Filmmaker awards include Best Documentary Feature, Best Montana Film, Best Actress and more.
February 16 – 18, 2024 + Encore Screenings February 18 – 22, 2024


Lace up your shoes, throw on your Yaktrax, and join us in Seeley Lake for the Snow Joke Half Marathon. This typically chilly event has taken place since 1980. It’s a great way to challenge yourself, while also experiencing the beauty of winter in Western Montana.
February 24, 2024


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Columbia Falls with Cloverfest. This family-friendly event includes live music and bagpipe performances, a 1-mile fun run, a 5K, bingo, Irish trivia and dancing competitions, a kids carnival, plus food trucks and a beer garden.
March 16, 2024


Rodeos are a way of life in Western Montana and pay homage to our ranching roots. And thanks to the indoor arena in Kalispell, they take place year-round here. The Brash Winter Rodeo series events include bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback, team roping and more.
January through March 30, 2024

Opt for a Behind the Chutes VIP experience at the Brash Winter Rodeo. Photo: Brash Winter Rodeo

Please note: We ask that all our visitors and residents Recreate Responsibly by being mindful of the following: know before you go; plan ahead; play it safe; leave no trace; tread lightly; and help build an inclusive outdoors.

January 8, 2024

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