Week NOT TO BE MISSED in Bemidji!

50th Annual Art in the Park

Library Park on Lake Bemidji
July 22, 2017 From 10 am – 5 pm
July 23, 2017 From 10 am – 4 pm
Since 1967, this juried fine arts and craft fair has been the summer highlight for all lovers of arts and crafts, as well as anyone looking to find some unique early Christmas Gifts!

The scenic location of Art in the Park, on the shores of Lake Bemidji in the beautiful, tree lined Library Park, is the perfect spot to showcase the talents of nearly 100 artisan vendors from across the country. Every kind of talent will be on display with items for sale– from wood and ceramics to clothing and jewelry, photography to metalworking, greeting cards, homemade preserves, food, candles, soaps, and more! Food vendors and live music add to this unique celebration of arts! Click here for more on the Arts in the Park Event.


Library Park is located right downtown, just north of the famous statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox at the Tourist Information Center. Within easy walking distance is a host of other amenities to enjoy during your weekend getaway – art galleries, the Bemidji sculpture walk, shopping, dining, an award-winning brewery, along with plenty of parking and places to stay. Click here for Lodging availability.

Also enjoy during your Arts Getaway…
Paul Bunyan Playhouse

“Almost Maine”

July 19-22nd, 2017

Minnesota’s oldest professional summer stock company, in its 67th season, draws actors from across the country. “Almost, Maine” takes you to a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and renewed. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. Witty and moving, you are sure to enjoy this sweet, heartwarming, and poignant comedy! Click here for more info and to buy tickets!

Also enjoy during your Arts Getaway…
Lake Bemidji State Park

Within These Woods: Living Up North
July 21, 2017 From 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You will enjoy this new multimedia presentation that dives deep into these woods. Starting with the wood anemone, beaver, or maybe the chickadee, local author and BSU Professor Tim Goodwin weaves a narrative that blends biology, ecology, and cultures across the world into an understanding of the human relationship with the North Woods. For this presentation, Goodwin adds original music to the story and illustrations featured in his recent book, “Within These Woods,” published by Riverfeet Press of Bemidji, Minn., specializing in nature-based fiction and non-fiction titles. Admission is free. Click here for more info.

Stay for a day or more…

93rd Annual
Birchmont Golf Tournament

July 24 – July 29

At Town & Country Golf Course
on Lake Bemidji

The 93rd Annual Birchmont promises to provide another year of exciting competition for amateur golfers. Participants from more than 17 states will compete in this year’s tournament, held Monday-Saturday, July 24 – 29, 2017. Typically over 300 players compete, and all are guaranteed a minimum of three of rounds of golf.

Known for its idyllic setting overlooking Lake Bemidji, the Birchmont Tourney has been home to some well-known golf names, including Tom Lehman (PGA) and Bill Israelson (Senior PGA). Birchmont’s 2015 winner Curt Howard will be returning to championship play this year, too.

Match Play Brackets include:
Men’s Division
Women’s Division
Men’s Executive Division-30 yrs and older
Senior Men’s Division-50 yrs & older
Masters Division-65 & over
Junior Division (Ages 13-17)
Junior Division (Ages 10-12)

Online registration form to join in the tournament can be found here.

Photo credits to Bemidji Pioneer, Watermark Art Center, Explore Minnesota, Bemidji State University News: June 15, 2015.Click here for more info.