Kalispell, Missoula, and Northwest Montana

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  • 1. Big Mountain Pond Skim

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    Ski or snowboard your way for cash prizes during the Big Mountain Pond Skim, where contestants either glide or splash their way across a man-made pond on the last day of ski season in early April. There are also prizes for the best costume and best wipeout.

    3808 Big Mountain Rd., Whitefish, Montana, 59937, USA
    406-862–2900
  • 2. Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

    Missoula is home to several film festivals each year, but the biggest and best of them is the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West. Over the course of a week in late February, 20,000 people watch more than 140 of the most compelling films from all over the world, dozens of them making their premieres. Most of the films are shown in the Wilma Theatre, a state-of-the-art venue with the character of a 1920s theater. For the locals, it is an annual ritual, and visitors, too, come from all over to spend a week watching films and hobnobbing with directors. This makes the cold month of February a perfect time to visit Missoula.

    216 W. Main St., Missoula, Montana, 59802, USA
    406-541--3456
  • 3. Bigfork Summer Playhouse

    Mid-May through early September, the repertory group Bigfork Summer Playhouse presents Broadway musicals and comedies every night except Sunday in the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available online and by mail beginning in April, and by phone starting mid-May. Children's workshops and theater are held in the same facility.

    526 Electric Ave., Bigfork, Montana, 59911, USA
    406-837–4886

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    Rate Includes: $32
  • 4. Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale

    Voices of the mountains blend at concerts by the Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale, held in several venues around Whitefish and Kalispell. Conductor John Zoltek and his talented musicians hold a Spring Festival in April (Kalispell) and the week-long Festival Amadeus in August (Whitefish) only a short drive from the splendor of Glacier National Park.

    69 N. Main St., Kalispell, Montana, 59901, USA
    406-257–3241
  • 5. Hamilton Players

    Comedies, dramas, musicals, Shakespeare in the Park, and many more performances are a sampling of the year-round schedule put on at the Hamilton Playhouse. Offerings have included "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and "Steel Magnolias." Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office.

    100 Ricketts Rd., Hamilton, Montana, 59840, USA
    406-375–9050
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  • 6. Hard Times Bluegrass Festival

    The Hard Grass Bluegrass Festival draws musicians from around the West for three days in July. Ten bands from as far away as Kentucky will rip it up July 23--25. Youngsters under 18 can bring their acoustic-stringed instrument for the Kids Music Program. The outdoor event also includes arts-and-crafts vendors, pickers' workshops, and food stands.

    424 Forest Hill Rd., Hamilton, Montana, 59840, USA
    406-821--3777
  • 7. Kettlehouse Amphitheater

    Located on the banks of the legendary Blackfoot River 8 miles west of downtown, the Kettlehouse Amphitheater has helped put Missoula on the map as a mecca for live music. This 4,250-seat outdoor concert venue allows concertgoers to enjoy their favorite bands in a beautiful mountain setting. Recent shows include Nora Jones, Robert Plant, The Decemberists and Primus.

    605 Coldsmoke Ave., Missoula, Montana, 59823, USA
    406-830--4640
  • 8. Missoula Children's Theatre

    At the Missoula Children's Theatre, year-round productions vary from Broadway musicals to community theater for and by children from 5 to 18 years old. From October to June you can see local talent and guest artists (usually professionals) perform family favorites, and in summer there's a theater camp where kids are the stars of the productions.

    200 N. Adams, Missoula, Montana, 59802, USA
    406-728–1911-Administrative Office
  • 9. Montana Book Festival

    Western Montana, and Missoula in particular, is a writer's place. A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean, is perhaps the most well-known book set in the region, but William Kittredge, James Crumley, Richard Hugo, Rick Bass, Judy Blunt, and many others have also left their mark on Montana literature. In celebration of this history, the Montana Book Festival brings writers and readers together to pay tribute to the tradition of writing in and about the West. Previous literary personalities featured have included James Lee Burke, Jane Smiley, Charles D’Ambrosio, Gretel Ehrlich and David Quammen. If you relish the literature of the West, you'll visit in Montana in late September.

    327 E. Broadway, Missoula, Montana, 59802, USA
    406-541--0860
  • 10. Montana Repertory Theatre

    The University of Montana's College of the Arts and Media manages the Montana Repertory Theatre, the only full-season professional company in the state. The Rep provides the region with a steady diet of popular Broadway shows; recent showings include War of the Worlds, Room Service and On Golden Pond.

    32 Campus Dr., PARTV Bldg., Missoula, Montana, 59812, USA
    406-243–6809
  • 11. O'Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center

    Home of the Whitefish Theater Company, this intimate theater hosts a variety of year-round live performances and concerts, as well as classic and independent films. In August, the O'Shaughnessy hosts the Glacier Symphony's Festival Amadeus, a week-long classical music festival.

    1 Central Ave., Whitefish, Montana, 59937, USA
    406-862–5371
  • 12. Port Polson Players

    Enjoy summer theater with the Port Polson Players. The high-quality amateur troupe puts on musicals, comedies, and dramas in a beautiful 1930s log theater.

    32 Golf Course Dr., Polson, Montana, 59860, USA
    406-883–9212

    Arts/Entertainment Details

    Rate Includes: $7
  • 13. River Bend Stage

    Every Summer Sunday from June through August at Bigfork's Everit L. Sliter Memorial Park, hear live music—from orchestral to salsa—performed by local musicians and regionally known bands at the River Bend Stage.

    281 Bridge St., Bigfork, Montana, 59911, USA
  • 14. Glacier Jazz Stampede

    Closed Permanently

    For four days every October, the Glacier Jazz Stampede brings more than 20 toe-tapping jazz bands to five venues around downtown Kalispell.

    Kalispell, Montana, 59903, USA
    406-755–6088

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