Bemidji, The First City on the Mississippi, Minnesota USA

Chester Charles Boat Cruise - Lake Itasca  Memorial Day weekend to first weekend October


All aboard the 'Chester Charles' for narrated boat tour of Lake Itasca from whence the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi flow.  Capacity: 141  Restroom equipped.  Lunch/Dinner cruises - selected dates. Available for private charter.
Operating Memorial Day Weekend - first weekend October  218-266-3660

Covered Wagon Rides
Covered Wagon Rides
Take a unique ride along the historic Continental Divide (Northern Divide) in an authentic covered wagon. It’s a beautiful way to view Bemidji’s spectacular scenery – especially in fall. See breathtaking vistas of lakes and forests 30 miles distant. 
Contact: 218-766-9919 Buena Vista Logging Village

Sleigh Rides
Sleigh Rides
Winter in Bemidji is a magical season. There’s no better way to experience it than in a horse-drawn sleigh, prancing and gliding through the Buena Vista snow.  

Bemidji Woolen Mills
Bemidji Woolen Mills
Visit a Bemidji tradition. Through four generations, the Batchelder family has been producing the highest quality and most unique products.  Factory tours available.  "Warming the World since 1920"  
 Hours:  Mon-Sat - 8 AM-5:30 PM
             Sunday - 10 AM-5 PM
Contact: 1-888-751-5166

Morell’s Trading Post

 Moccasins, wild rice and other area souvenirs. Morell’s is the Bemidji home of Lobo The Killer Wolf, an infamous animal whose legend in the North Country is as old as Paul Bunyan. 

'FIrst City of Flowers' Tour

Enjoy 32 of Bemidji's Best Front Yard Gardens!  Walk, bike or drive this self-guided tour
Printable brochure map

Forestedge Winery

Visit a winery located on the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest.  Sample wines handcrafted from fruits and berries that survive the winters of Minnesota's North Country.  Open Mother's Day through Christmas 10:00 to 5:30.  Closed Mondays
Contact: 218-224-3535

Lady Slipper Scenic Byway

Lady Slipper Scenic Byway goes �over the river and through the woods,� just like the song says. The river is the Mississippi River, where it passes out of Cass Lake as a wilderness stream, close to the beginning of its long journey. The woods are the pines, aspen and birches of the Chippewa National Forest, which covers a wide expanse of north central Minnesota. This rustic route is one of the 22 Minnesota Scenic Byways.

Farmers Markets

Bemidji Area Farmers Market
Open Air  July 1 - October 31
Sun 11 am-4pm  Tue 10am-5pm  Thu 12-6pm

Vegetables, pickles, jellies and jams
Pamida parking lot - 200 Paul Bunyan Dr S

Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market 
Open Air  June 18-November 1   
Wed 11am-6pm   Sat 8:30am-3:30pm
Art vendors along with traditional market fare.
Weaving demonstrations.
Union Square Parking Lot - 2nd st & Beltrami Ave
Berry Picking Farms - Seasonal (Usually July)


Mistic's Berry Farm
Pick-your-own or pre-picked strawberries & raspberries.  Containers provided.  Charming restaurant, clean restrooms and playground.22 miles north of Bemidji on Cty Rd 15.  Call for availability.  Contact: 218-243-2587
Uncle TL's Berry Ranch 
Pick your own blueberries.  From Lake Avenue go east 3.9 miles on Powerdam Road, then south on Frohn Road approximately 700 feet on west side of Frohn Road.  Call Ahead   Contact:  218-751-0830
Ter-Lee Gardens
Home of delicious, nutritious strawberries and northern Minnesota�s finest vegetables.
20027 320th Street, 3 � miles south of Bagley Minnesota, on State Hwy. 92, then east on County Road 13 (320th St.) about � mi.
218) 694-2934 or (800) 251-1689

Bemidji Speedway
1/4 mile oval dirt track stock car racing east on Roosevelt Rd. Most races occur Sunday evenings May-September. Check Calendar of Events for schedule.
1831 Sunnyside Road SE
Bemidji, MN 56601
 Pow Wow
    When you attend a pow-wow at Red Lake you will find dancers honoring the Circle of Life. The Dancers dance sun-wise or clockwise in a circle. At the center are tribal flags. American flag and tribal staffs. At the beginning of each day’s celebration, all participants enter the dance grounds in a Grand Entry, an event you won’t want to miss. First come eagle staffs and color guards followed by the traditional dancers. grass and fancy feather dancers. Next enter the women traditional dancers, fancy dancers and jingle dress dancers. Junior boys and junior girls come next.
  At the heart of any pow-wow is the drum. It is the heartbeat of the people and is much more than a musical instrument. Many drummers have practiced for years to learn the traditional songs of the people. Whether the drum is made of hides or is a more modern version, it is respected. Nothing is ever set on it and no one reaches across it. The singers who surround the drum are each connected to the power of the drum by their drumsticks.
  Their are two types of pow-wows celebrated at Red Lake. traditional and competitive. At competitive events, dancers and drum groups are judged on their performance throughout the pow-wow. With prizes at stake, their regalia (not costumes), and attention to detail is serious business. You will enjoy the traditional dance steps and the splendor of fancy dancers, grass dancers, traditional dancers. jingle dancers and shawl dancers. But when an inter-tribal dance is announced, everyone is welcome to join in. You won't need traditional attire. Just answer the drum, and the invitation of your Red Lake friends. Everyone is welcome in the Circle Traditional pow-wows are more local, and of course are not competitive.
  Please show respect by standing during the Grand Entry and during the honor Songs. We ask that you remove caps or hats during Honor songs. During an Eagle Feather Ceremony. pipe ceremony, or a prayer offering, please stand and remove your hat. These are the few times we ask that you do not use your camera. And last but not least try the many types of foods at a pow-wow and look over the arts and crafts. That’s what pow-wows are about, celebrating and feasting. If you’ve never tasted Indian fry bread, you are in for a treat. Drugs and alcohol are always prohibited at a pow-wow.
Red Lake Independence Day Contest Pow-wow
Typically the1st weekend of July  - Pow-wow grounds Red Lake Seven Clans Casino location. (celebrates the1889 agreement with the U.S. government acknowledging Red Lake as an independent sovereign Tribal Nation

Labor Day Traditional Pow-wow
Labor Day Weekend at theVeterans Memorial Grounds
Cass Lake MN (14 miles E of Bemidji on US Hwy 2)

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