Dragon Boat racing has come to Montana. The 4th annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. The sport of Dragon Boat racing originated more than 2,300 years ago. Today it is found in 64 countries and is the eighth fastest growing sport in the world. Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steer person compete against each other in colorful and ornate 46-feet-long boats. All ages and skill levels can participate, making the sport a popular team-building experience for businesses and organizations. This year's festival is expected to attract 2,000 paddlers and several thousand spectators from all over North America. The festival includes a Made-in-Montana Art Fair, music, kids' activities and food vendors, all in one of the world's most beautiful settings. Team registration is open for the 2015 Montana Dragon Boat Festival! Get the ride of your Life on spectacular Flathead Lake.
September 8, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Join us in beautiful Whitefish, Montana for two weekends of authentic German beer, food, music and fun - Montana-style! The Great Northwest Oktoberfest takes place under the "Oktoberfest Bigtop" in Depot Park, located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, Montana. Depot Park is located on the corner of Spokane Ave. and Railroad Street, in front of the historic Whitefish Train Depot. Admission is just $4 per day. Kids under 12 (accompanied by a parent) are free. Thursday, Sept 25th is "Locals Night" - if you bring an ID that shows you are a Flathead Valley resident you get in FREE on Thursday night! Saturday, October 4th is "Senior's Day" - Oktoberfest goers 60 yrs old and better get in free until 5 pm! So what do you get for your 4 bucks? You get all-day access into the Oktoberfest Bigtop where you can purchase all kinds of German beer, food and souvenirs as well as access to our beer garden. Plus, you'll be entertained by great German music and you can chicken dance your lederhosen off! You also get to watch some of the craziest contests around like log sawing, keg throwing, stein holding and waitress races.
September 28, 2017 - October 7, 2017
May 27-28 A Very Bloody Affair: Back in the states the Union advances but appears stalled. Union men are concerned Lincoln will not be reelected and McClellan will end the war on Southern terms. But none have time to dwell on this as the search for gold goes on. June 3-4 The War Drags On: The War Between the States drags on, dividing citizens’ loyalties while the hardships of the west unite them in their pursuit of riches and survival. June 10-11 Flour Riots: It’s too early for local wheat harvest and flour supplies waylaid in Salt Lake City!! Prices spiking!! Citizens resorting to hoarding!! Will there be enough flour to get us all through the spring!!? Heaven knows. June 17-18 News From Home: News of President Lincoln assassination made headlines April 29, 1865! With heavy hearts we swathe the town in black. On a high note, Lee surrendered and the war is over. Our boys are coming home. June 24-25 Sowing the Season: The season of darkness is over and the season of sun and labor has begun! Join us as we finish off the last of the winter provisions, begin planting for harvest, and deep clean our homes. July 1-2 Independence Day: Now is the day we celebrate our country’s independence. For the first time in a few years we can celebrate it as a whole nation again! Bless our Union boys! Parades!! Fun and games!! Pies eating contests!! Red!! White!! Blue!!: July 8-9 Children’s Weekend: Oh, to be a kid again: chores in the morning, then school, then back home for more chores, and then... Oh the fun! Who would’a thought rolling a hoop down the street would be fun? July 15-16 Circle of Life – from Birth to Death: The Victorian era’s most important moments, birth, childhood, romance, family, death – a weekend fraught with emotion. July 22-23 Explore the Textiles: The tinsmiths and blacksmiths are moving in. Leather crafting and dying are in demand. Cobblers, weavers, and wheelwrights set up shop. Our little mining camp is growing into a town! July 29-30 Modern Medicine: From amputations to typhoid the doctors and midwives had much to attend to. How does the town respond to the epidemics that sweep through? August 5-6 Making Society: One knows they live in society when there is easy access to entertainment, commerce, and good company. August 12-13 Beyond the Mining Camp: It takes more than miners to make a mining camp a home. A cook to keep him fed, a washerwoman to keep his clothes clean, and an undertaker when the miner settles down for the eternal slumber. August 19-20 Ways West: While one’s own two legs was a fine way to make it to Nevada City, there were many other options. August 26-27 Women of the Gulch: The vote! For women? Can they? Should they? Parade, riots, and more! September 2-3 Preparing for Winter: As summer breathes its last, colorful breath over the valley and as the shadow of winter creeps down the mountain, the people start to prepare for the long, bitter season of darkness and loss. A season not everyone survives.
September 3, 2017
The Reed Point Community Club's annual 'Great Montana Sheep Drive' features hundreds of sturdy Montana bred woolies charging down the six blocks of the main street in an event some say is matched only by the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. The event also has a parade including the Shriner's Band, floats, antique cars, covered wagons, horse groups and more. First, Second and Third place prizes are always awarded to parade entrants. Our parade has been written up as 'The World's Largest Small Town Parade'. Let us not forget, during the day there are over 70 vendors lining the main street and a special area of Children's Rides and Petting Zoo. To end the fun filled day, don't miss the evening 'Street Dance' with live music.
September 3, 2017
The Montana Bale Trail, formerly called "What the Hay." Started as a good-natured "spoof" between two neighboring ranchers, this event has now become a nationally recognized celebration. This event sponsored by The Friends of the Hobson Library/Museum is held annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day, the featured attraction of the Event is an eye-catching and "am-hayzing" display of more than 50 incredible hay bale sculptures lining the Montana Bale Trail. The Bale Trail is a 21 mile long loop of state highways 239 and 541 just south of U.S. Highway 87. The eastern entrance to the loop begins at Hobson, the western end is at Windham, with Utica (home of the famous Oxen Yoke Inn) located directly in the middle. The hay bale sculptures are displayed in fields between Hobson and Windham (Highways 239 and 541), with Utica being the halfway point. Titles of the bales are mounted next to each entry. There are two categories: adults and children aged 12 and under. The only rules are it must be made out of hay or straw. Any one from anywhere is welcome to enter the contest; hay and a location can be provided. Entrees are free. Montana Bale Trail is a fun community event the whole family will enjoy. You will spend the day viewing creative hay bale sculptures and touring the small towns of Hobson, Utica, and Windham. The three communities combined boast a wide array of dining and social opportunities.
September 10, 2017