Bemidji, The First
City on the Mississippi, Minnesota USA
| FALL EVENTS - WINTER EVENTS
SPRING - SUMMER
Opening Weekend April
Open Year Around by
Meet fiber artists along
the Pine to Prairie
Fiber Arts Trail
celebrating the unique
heritage of the area’s
voyageurs, pioneers and
contemporary textile art
forms. Tour studios,
watch demos, listen to
artist talks, be
inspired by fiber &
textile artists who sew,
weave, knit, crochet,
quilt, felt, sculpt,
knot, dye, spin and
raise alpaca and sheep!
Loop the Lake Festival
Saturday of June
bicycling in Bemidji, this family-friendly
17 mile ride around Lake Bemidji has
many rest stops with music, food and
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,
up to a couple more hours for rest
For information and
Week of July 4th
Family oriented Fourth of July Celebration.
Midway & Food vendors, Kiddie
Bingo Tent, Live Music, Fireworks and
Grand Day Parade (1 pm on Sunday
closest to 4th)For information, call 800-458-2223
Held in July & August
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 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
one hundred artists and vendors
showcasing ceramics, wood furniture
and accessories, jewelry, glass,
paintings, sculpture, fabrics,
weaving, great food and much more.
information, call 218-444-7570
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
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.
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 800-458-222
Covered Wagon Tours
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
| Bemidji Blue Ox
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.
more information: www.bemidjiblueoxmarathon.com
First City of
Arts: Studio Cruise
from a 40 mile radius of Bemidji
open their studios for this scenic
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
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.
THE NIGHT WE
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!
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
the traditional Scandinavian
'Festival of Lights' celebrated each December
6:00 a.m. The festival includes the
crown of candles procession followed by a customary breakfast
ushering in the Christmas season.
Enjoy winter at a
weekend of food, fun and
entertainment - all right on Lake
Hockey, Brrrmidji Polar Plunge and
For more information, call 800-458-2223
Finlandia Ski Marathon
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
For information on
Finlandia, call 218-751-0041
World's Shortest Parade
photo credit Brigid's
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.
welcome, no fees.