Arts & Culture | Kalispell

Surrounded by mountains and with glacial-fed waters flowing through northwest Montana, Kalispell is a place with 18-hour vibrancy, a destination where the outdoors are perfectly complemented by a strong undercurrent of arts and culture. This is where the history of the railroad meets a thriving community that honors its past, embraces the present and looks to the future.

Within Kalispell’s pulsing arts and culture scene is a beautiful mix of museums, performing arts, art galleries, tribal nations, street art and live music. To see the start of modern-day Kalispell, take an immersive stroll through the Conrad Mansion Museum or dive deeper at the Northwest Montana History Museum.

Soak up western art at the Hockaday Museum of Art or enjoy the work of today’s artists on a visit to Montana Modern Fine Art or on a self-guided mural tour throughout Kalispell.

If live music is more your style, time your visit to include a performance by the Glacier Symphony & Chorale or catch local and touring musicians at various venues in and around our mountain town.

To the south and east of Kalispell, you’ll find two of Montana’s Tribal Nations – the Blackfeet Nation and the Flathead Indian Reservation. With a history that dates back thousands of years, the story of Montana cannot be told without its tribal nations and their cultures and traditions.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES: Art, History and a Montana Mansion

The soul of the Flathead Valley, Kalispell, Montana, is a mountain town that combines incredible access to the outdoors with the perfect amount of urban culture through museums, touchable history, live music, photographers, artists, creators and craftsmen. And while the mountains of Montana may beckon you to explore the outdoors, Kalispell’s museums, art galleries and […]

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Flathead Indian Reservation: Meet the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

Located directly south of Kalispell and encompassing the southern half of Flathead Lake is the Flathead Indian Reservation. This area has been inhabited for thousands of years and today is home to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. With 1.3 million acres, the reservation is made up of diverse landscapes, including the Jocko Valley and […]

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Kalispell’s Entertainment Scene

6 Spots For Live Music As the hub of Montana’s Flathead Valley, it’s probably no surprise that Kalispell has a lively music and entertainment scene. A mountain town that combines western history with a vibrant downtown, musicians feel right at home and find inspiration from a variety of places, from wide-open spaces to snow-capped peaks […]

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Murals in Montana: Kalispell’s Must-See Street Art

While our unfiltered mountain town is known more for its outdoor offerings and natural landscapes than its cultural scene, we’re here to tell you that Kalispell has a few tricks up our sleeves. Our town by the lake has heaping helpings of arts and culture, which are complemented by vibrant murals that adorn Kalispell’s downtown. […]

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The Blackfeet Nation: Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation – Living Along The Backbone Of The World

Located on the east side of Glacier National Park and a 90-minute drive from Kalispell is the Blackfeet Nation. Home to the Blackfeet Indian Tribe (Niisitapi), the reservation is 1.5 million acres and sits along the Backbone of the World – Glacier National Park. For thousands of years, the Blackfeet Tribe (as well as other […]

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