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First City on The Mississippi
Birthplace of Paul & Babe
First City of Arts & Culture
The True Northwoods

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First City on the Mississippi

Bemidji… The First City on the Mississippi – where this historic river begins its 2,552 mile journey to rendezvous with the famed city of New Orleans. Legend promises those who step across the Mississippi River at its source will live a long and fruitful life, and that great riches will come to them. With twenty-five percent of Minnesota’s recreational lakes found here, the mighty Mississippi is just one of many, famous sky blue waters to be enjoyed in Bemidji,

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Birthplace of Paul and Babe

In the winter of 1937, it took 737 man-hours to construct Paul Bunyan.  Babe, his Blue Ox, joined him a year later, after retiring as a parade float. Proudly standing along the shore of Lake Bemidji at the Tourist Information Center, the statues are recognized as the second most photographed icon in the nation, and Bemidji is honored as the birthplace of this famous lumberjack and his pal. Evidence of this honored distinction is woven throughout Bemidji’s history and still found in Bemidji’s lifestyle.

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First City of Arts & Culture

From pow wows to Sankta Lucia Festivals, Scandinavian and Native American cultures are woven together into a fine tapestry throughout Bemidji’s history, and continue to flourish in the area’s art community.  It is here that cultures are celebrated through age-old techniques and traditions. As the cultural center of northern Minnesota, Bemidji offers unmatched opportunities for both participants and spectators of the visual and performing arts.

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The True Northwoods

The forests surrounding Bemidji form the pristine heart of the northwoods. Add the over 2,400 sparkling waterways and a Continental Divide, and you have beautiful, breathtaking vistas to be viewed around every corner. Visit the oldest national forest, the Chippewa National Forest with 1.5 million acres and 78 miles of non-motorized recreational trails. The Lost Forty offers a rare glimpse of an untouched area of northwoods forest. The hiking paths found at Itasca State Park (Minnesota’s oldest and most popular state park) and Lake Bemidji State Park (located minutes from downtown Bemidji), each have some of the most breathtaking vistas to be found anywhere.

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Comedian Brian Regan
Thursday January 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM

A regular on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Regan has been called “The funniest stand-up alive,” by Vanity Fair. Regan made history on September 26, 2015 with the live Comedy Central broadcast of Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall, the first-ever live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history.

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Bemidji Winterfest
February 3-4, 2017

Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Tournament, Open Pond Hockey, Curling Bobspiel, Berrrrmidji Plunge, Turkey Bowling, Open skating, and more! Friday opening ceremonies, hospitality tent, music, food and lots of winter fun!

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$30,000 Hardwater Classic on Lake Bemidji
February 3-4, 2017

The Ace on the Lake Hardwater Classic ice fishing tournament raises funds to support Winterfest on Lake Bemidji and the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce. On February 4th, we hope to have over 500 participants in the 9th Annual Ace on the Lake Hardwater Classic on beautiful Lake Bemidji during Winterfest! Over $30,000 in prizes given away the day of the event!

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Winterfest Bonspiel on Lake Bemidji
February 3-4, 2017

Curling is just one of many event to enjoy during this weekend event, with a maximum limit of 28 teams with 4 end games! Curling begins Friday evening and runs through Saturday. Winners of all 4 events get their names permanently inscribed on the prestigious Winterfest Curling Trophy! Get a team together and be a part of Bemidji’s outdoor bonspiel!

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Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Cinematic Legends

Cinematic Legends
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM
It’s movie time! With music from Star Wars, James Bond, Harry Potter, Phantom of the Opera, and more.

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Hockey

BSU Mens & Womens Hockey
Weekend Play at the Sanford Center thru February. Check the Calendar for specific dates.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region, located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

Youth Hockey Tournament
Events run from November 25th thru February and include the George Pelawa Memorial for Bantam AA/A players, plus tournaments for Bantam B, Squirt A, Squirt B, Squirt C and Girls 10UA, as well as the Paul Bunyan Bunyan PeeWee Tournament play.

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Curling

Nationally recognized as “The Curling Capital of the USA,” Bemidji’s distinction comes from the Bemidji Curling Club’s long line of champions, including local men and women representing the United States in World Curling Championship and the Winter Olympics. Visitors are welcome to stop by the Club to watch all the action, with bonspiels and tournament play often held on weekends, and club play during the week. The Club features a general viewing area on the first floor and another viewing area upstairs with a bar.

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Buena Vista Village

The area’s premier winter recreation center where visitors can enjoy both downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, as well as an authentic sleigh ride – all overlooking the breathtaking scenery of the Continental Divide.

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X-Country Ski Events

Snowjourn at Buena Vista
Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Bemidji’s oldest ski event, the 37th annual Buena Vista Snowjourn features a 12km classical and skate race, and a variable distance tour of up to 12km.

MN Finlandia
Saturday, February 18th, 2017
The “Finlandia” is one of America’s premier cross-country skiing events, and it was an original member and part of the USSA’s Great American Ski Chase for nineteen years. Finlandia is also part of the Minnesota Skinnyski Series and has been voted “BEST COURSE”and ”BEST OVERALL EVENT” by skiers of the series.

Candlelit Ski Tours
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Tour trails by the glow of candlelight with up to 5 km of easy and intermediate groomed ski trails lit for a magical night of skiing at Lake Bemidji State Park.

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1st City of Arts Studio Cruise
October 21-23, 2016

A unique drive yourself tour takes you to the studio of more than 25 artisans, all within a 20 mile radius. See demonstrations while learning each artists’ creative process. Opportunities to purchase some one-of-a-kind pieces. This annual event is free.

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Fall Color Tours

As Minnesota’s true northwoods, “spectacular” is the only way to describe the fall color in Bemidji! Here you can choose from five self-guided tours that will take you along three scenic Byways and through five state forests. Along the way you can step across the start of the Mississippi, or stop to hike or bike enchanted color trails, with unique dining and shopping to also be enjoyed. Bemidji has routes to make your color touring a 2 hour trip or a weekend adventure!

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