Whitewater Rafting....one of the many reasons so many of us like to call Western Montana 'home'.

Things to Do

In the Flathead Valley you’ll find communities with small-town charm that offer attractions, events, and recreation opportunities aplenty!

In the Flathead Valley recreation is something akin to an art form.  In the Flathead you’ll find unique opportunities to combine rafting, downhill and cross country skiing, hiking, and biking, with gallery nights, poetry readings, history, live music, plays and more.

Each community within the Flathead Valley is full of cultural events, family-friendly activities, and special events that make the Valley loved by all that live here as well as those who don’t, but with they did.

The only downside of the beautiful Flathead Valley?  There’s so much to do in so little time! The more you get to know the Valley, the more you’ll find you want to discover.  Find out what’s going on around the Valley and in your own community by browsing the pages in this section by using the menu to the left.

At FCVB.org you’ll find a list of things to do in the Flathead Valley.  Here they offer a list of 25 are activities, but you’ll discover that just a starting point! There’s simply lots to do in the Valley!

You’ll also want to use our Events Calendar to help you keep up with all the happenings. You can also use the menu on the left to explore deeper into areas of our site.


BY TRACY DARUE - Pavlovas are meringues that are baked slowly in a low-... more

Spotlight Event: Johnny Boyd

BY BEACON STAFF - The Whitefish Theatre Co. presents “Johnny Boyd: Co... more

Whitefish Named ‘Capital of Mountain Biking in Montana’

BY DILLON TABISH - The popular online biking site Singletracks released... more

Spotlight Event: Sweeney Todd

BY BEACON STAFF - Glacier Symphony and Chorale joins forces with the Alpine Theatre Project for a concert production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”... more

Beer and Spam: Recipe for Fun

BY MOLLY PRIDDY - Nor rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor freezing temps will keep folks from attending the year's Bigfork Brewfest happening this Saturday, March 5th.... more

Flathead Classic Sled Dog Race Likely Moved From Olney

BY MOLLY PRIDDY - The upcoming Flathead Classic Sled Dog Race, scheduled to take place March 5 and 6, is scouting new locations, due to lack of snow.... more

Ski Patrol FUNdraiser

BY BEACON STAFF - Join your favorite ski patrollers, bartenders and friends for the annual Ski Patrol FUNdraiser, which will include raffle prizes, a silent auction, and live music from 20 Grand.... more

I Make, Therefore I Am

BY CLARE MENZEL - Local makers showcase their creativity, inventiveness, and make-it-yourself ethos at the third annual Mini Maker Faire in Kalispell. ... more

Spotlight Event: Montana Sportsman’s Expo

BY BEACON STAFF - Montana Sportsman’s Expo features activities and exhibits for every imaginable sport in the great Montana outdoors. ... more

King Cake

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK - Students at The Culinary Institute of Montana at Flathead Valley Community College celebrated Mardi Gras.... more

EXPLORE: North Shore Beach

BY DILLON TABISH - The north shore of Flathead Lake is one of the valley's best-kept secrets. Come fall and winter, the mighty lake recedes and reveals a vast beach of soft, clean sand stretching for miles.... more

Cabin Fever Days a Family Affair

BY CLARE MENZEL - The Cabin Fever Days festival has many events aside from the signature barstool races, including arm wrestling, shuffleboard, and a pool tourney. There’s also dart and roshambo tournaments a... more

Backcountry Film Festival Comes to Whitefish

By BEACON STAFF - Join the Montana Wilderness Association to get stoked on human-powered winter recreation through nine short films from around the world.... more

Spotlight Event: The Harmony of Rock

BY BEACON STAFF - “The Harmony of Rock,” features great love song from Three Dog Night and lots of other great songs from the early 1970s.... more

Dungeness Crab Arancini

By JONATHAN HARTIG - I enjoy making food that can be altered to fit a cuisine, taste preference or dietary need. Arancini fits that bill. ... more

Whitefish Winter Carnival Returns for 57th Year

BY CLARE MENZEL - The Winter Carnival in Whitefish returns this weekend. The festival culminates with a parade, plunge and other events Feb. 5-7.... more

Cross Country Skiing in Glacier Park

By JUSTIN FRANZ - One of the best ways to take in the amazing sights of Glacier Park is to go cross-country skiing on some of the many ski trails in the park.... more

Spotlight Event: A Chocolat Affaire

BY BEACON STAFF - Shop, taste and judge and treat yourself to a great meal in downtown Kalispell this Friday!... more