Bemidji, The First City on the Mississippi, Minnesota USA


Bike Bemidji: Loop the Lake Festival
Third Saturday of June

Celebrating bicycling in Bemidji, this family-friendly 17 mile ride around Lake Bemidji has many rest stops with music, food and photo opportunities.
Rolling start between 8:00 - 9:30 am with finish area closing at 2:00 pm at The Sanford Center Parking Lot. Plan about 2 hours riding time,
with up to a couple more hours for rest stops.
For information and registration:

Jaycees Water Carnival
Week of July 4th

Family oriented Fourth of July Celebration. 
 Midway & Food vendors, Kiddie Parade,
 Bingo Tent, Live Music, Fireworks and
Grand Day Parade (1 pm on Sunday closest to 4th)

For information, call 800-458-2223


International Day
Held in July & August

International Day.

An annual celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity held at the renowned 
Concordia Language Villages
The event draws people from across the country. Tour the villages while enjoying music, food, games and more.
For information, call 800-222-4750

Art in the Park

  Art in the Park

 Art in the Park has been appealing to local residents and visitors from all over the country since 1967. Located downtown Bemidji on the shores of Lake Bemidji, in beautiful, tree lined Library Park, this juried, fine art and craft fair is
features over one hundred artists and vendors showcasing ceramics, wood furniture and accessories, jewelry, glass, paintings, sculpture, fabrics, weaving, great food and much more.

For information, call 218-444-7570

Depot Day

The Beltrami County Historical Society hosts Depot Day each August at the restored 1912 Great Northern Depot.  This fun family event features arts, crafts, antiques, and flea market vendors, live music, dance performances (square dancing and Middle Eastern), food, wagon rides, depot tours, telegraphy demonstrations, and more!
       For more information, call 218-444-3376

Beltrami County Fair

Beltrami County hosts a fun and lively Fair.  Everyone is invited to join us for these hectic, sense filling few days each summer when town and country meet.  At the Beltrami County Fair you will find friendly competition of the best products and animals and entertainment.

Dragon Boat Festival
First weekend in August

The Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival features two full days of fun for the entire family.  Spectators can view the entire race course from the shady and natural amphitheater of the waterfront park venue.  Great food, music, kid's activities, a parade of teams, downtown Crazy Dayz Shopping and much more make this the event of the year!

For information, call 800-458-2223

Pow Wows

Native American culture, dance and friendship are renewed several times each year at authentic pow wows. Traditional activities include dance contests with drum groups and singers.

For information, call 800-458-2223



Fall Covered Wagon Tours

Bemidji's fall colors are spectacular when you take a guided tour by authentic covered wagon.  The narrated ride follows a historic trail and overlooks the Continental Divide.

For more information, call 800-777-7958

 Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon

Blue Ox Marathon logo

The Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon course is one of the  the most beautiful race courses around. In addition to the 3.1 mile and 5K children's race on Friday evening, there are 26.2 mile and 13.1 half marathon course options on Saturday.

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First City of Arts: Studio Cruise

Artisans from a 40 mile radius of Bemidji open their studios for this scenic drive-yourself tour.

Bemidji has more visual, performance and literary artists than would seem to be its? share.  Whether it is the pristine natural surroundings, the relaxed pace or the educational atmosphere, many artists create their life?s work quietly tucked away in their individual studios.
In an effort to raise awareness of these artists, the 
First City of Arts:  Studio Cruise
offers the public an unique opportunity to witness and learn about and discuss the creative process with each artist.  In addition, the artists will also be able to demonstrate and sell their work directly to the visitor. 
The tour is free and open to the public.




Day After Thanksgiving

Please join with Bemidji, the day after Thanksgiving, for the annual 'Night We Light' celebration. The evening festivities begin with the First City of Lights parade including an appearance by Santa Claus. Make this a traditional event for the whole family!

Madrigal Dinners

For the past 3 decades, Bemidji State University has recreated a 15th century English feast.  Beautiful costumes and exceptional singing blends with humorous skits - all performed while you enjoy a delightful dinner.  Reservations are recommended.


Santa Lucia Fest
December 13

Experience the traditional Scandinavian 'Festival of Lights' celebrated each December 13th at
 6:00 a.m. The festival includes the crown of candles procession followed by a customary breakfast ushering in the Christmas season.


WinterFest on Lake Bemidji

Enjoy winter at a weekend of food, fun and entertainment - all right on Lake Bemidji! 
Curling, Pond Hockey, Brrrmidji Polar Plunge and more.

For more information, call 800-458-2223

MN Finlandia Ski Marathon
Racers at the ready!
Termed "The Nordic Festival of the North," the Finlandia is a premier North American ski event attracting over 600 national and international elite and citizen skiers.  2006 marks the  25th year the race has been held on the scenic and challenging trails that crisscross the Continental Divide at Buena Vista.  The event schedule includes:

For information on Finlandia, call 218-751-0041

World's Shortest Parade
 March 17


photo credit Brigid's Pub 

Follow the Parade route (all 72 feet 8 inches of it) between Brigid's Pub (317 Beltrami Ave), across the street to
Keg n' Cork Irish Pub. (310 Beltrami Ave)  Prizes for best costume, authentic food and lively music and fun!  
Whether one is Irish or not, St Patrick's Day is a reminder that the green renewal of Spring will soon break winter's grip. At 5:30 pm all are welcome to join in or watch the fun of  the 'World's Shortest Parade' in downtown Bemidji.  Everyone welcome, no fees.

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