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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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Blue Ox Marathon
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The Legend of Paul & Babe

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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The Legend of Paul & Babe

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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2016 Fall Concerts at Sanford Center

The fall lineup for Bemidji entertainment has a variety of choices including Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw and chart topping recording artist Andy Grammer on September 29th; mlti-platinum-selling country star Justin Moore on October 1st; American singer, songwriter and actor whose career spans over five decades, rock legend Alice Cooper on October 9th; Daniel O’Donnel, one of Ireland’s best loved artists, on October 20th; country music singer-songwriter Kip Moore on October 27th; and Christian pop rock band Newsboys on November 5th.

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Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon
October 7-8, 2016

Harness your inner ox as you take in all of the beauty of Northern Minnesota running around beautiful Lake Bemidji at the 4th annual Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon. The fun starts off with 1/2K & 1K Kids Fun Run, 5K & 10K Run/ Walk on Friday followed with a pasta feed. Half Marathon, Full Marathon and 26K Lake Loop Saturday. Check out the “Be Active Expo” at the Sanford Event Center during the event. Run for charity with Team Edith and save $5 on registration.

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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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