Date: July 29-August 1, 2020 - Postponed to August 4-7, 2021
Location: Lake Bemidji Waterfront
Event Details: Dragon boat race, which is a team paddling sport on water, using painted boats to which are attached decorative dragon heads and tails. The length of the race can be 500 meters and the normal crew number is 22, including 20 paddlers, 1 steer and 1 drummer. It is a variation of rowing that originated in China and is still associated with the traditional Chinese dragon boat festival or Tuen Ng Festival in Hong Kong.
Date: October 9th, & 10th, 2020
Saturday: 7am – 3pm
Location: Sanford Event Center
Event Details: The Blue Ox Full Marathon and 26K courses will all start at the Sanford Center and head around the east side of Lake Bemidji along the Paul Bunyan Trail. While the Half Marathon will start approximately 3 miles up the trail.
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Popular Annual Events
Jaycees Water Carnival
July 1-5, 2020
Celebrate America's Independence Day on the shores of Lake Bemidji! This 5-day event provides fun and entertainment for everyone including a carnival and midway, food, music, water ski show, medallion hunt, grand parade and our signature Red, White & Boom Fireworks Spectacular.
July 29 - August 1, 2020
Join us the first weekend of August for one of the area's most popular events, the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. Drawing thousands to the waterfront each year, the festivities begin Friday night with the Parade of Teams Opening Ceremony and sprint races. Saturday is a full day of racing, music, food, kid's activities, awards and closing ceremonies. Each night the Dragon's Den features live music and dancing.
Night We Light Celebration & Parade
November 27, 2020
There is no better way to kick off the holiday season than to attend one of Bemidji's most cherished traditions, the Night We Light Celebration and Parade. Grab a blanket and enjoy a festive evening parade through our decorated downtown streets, followied by the lighting of over 165,000 lights throughout Paul Bunyan Park, Library Park and Downtown. End the evening as you warm up around our bonfire where hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies are served.