FEB – Cabin Fever Days & World Famous Barstool Ski Races
This winter festival takes place mid February and celebrates its 38th year in 2016. Barstool Ski Races are a fun spectator sport featuring homemade sleds racing down the locally known “Sugar Hill” on Main Street in Martin City. The lower part of town is a street fair with vendors, climbing wall, and a chainsaw carving exhibit. From Martin City, ride the shuttle to events in Coram. Park and ride from several locations. Your $3 festival button purchase helps support the fundraiser which supports multiple local causes.
MAY – Family Forestry Expo
See the wood products industry from standing timber to a loaded log truck. Exhibitions by mule pack strings and professional lumberjacks. Go on a forestry hike through the woods, and check out all of the fun and educational exhibits in the Forest Service tent. Sponsored by forestry professionals from multiple organizations both public and private.
Fourth of July
Patriotic parades are a common theme in the Flathead.
JULY – Heritage Days Festival
The Heritage Days Festival is a home town tradition taking place over the last weekend of July each year. Boogie to the Bank, Endowment Auction, 3 on 3 Basketball, Parade, Running of the horses, Rodeo, Reunions, Market Night and multiple class reunions make it a special time for community members to gather in town.
AUG – Deadication Festival
On August 27, 2016, Marantette Park will come alive with Columbia Falls’ first all day music festival honoring the music of the Grateful Dead featuring over five musical acts, live yoga, vendors, climbing wall and more.
SEPT – Glacier Glow
The Missoula Independent and Hagadone publications present the first 5K Glow Run on September 16, 2016. The route will be completely lit up, and the run starts at dusk, concluding at the Coop for a celebration. Some proceeds will benefit the Lion’s Club.
DEC – Night of Lights
This winter celebration is a 30 year tradition, complete with town parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling, cocoa and warming fires, food vendors and craft fairs brings people out to view the festive Holiday Village and enjoy the holiday spirit as a community.
Thursday nights are Market Night in Columbia Falls. We are proud to have two markets, the Community Market is located at O’Brien’s Coop and the Farmer’s Market is located at the Eagle’s Nest. Live music, vendors and local produce and family fun are the theme throughout. Follow up your market night fun at Marantette Park for the Lion’s Club concert series in July and August. There is also a Friday night market in West Glacier. Every day of the week there is an open air farmer’s market somewhere in Flathead Valley.
Head on down to the Blue Moon Rodeo series for an authentic Montana rodeo all summer long on Thursday nights.