Week NOT TO BE MISSED in Bemidji!

73rd Annual Water Carnival

June 29th to July 4th, 2017
There’s something for everyone during this 6 day family-friendly event! Food, games, rides, parades, music, and fireworks –the Jaycee’s Water Carnival has it all. Events will be held at the Paul Bunyan Park and Sanford Center. Medallion Hunt begins on June 26th. Water Carnival Medallion Buttons available at Marketplace Foods & Subway. For more information, click here.

The Carnival Midway
At the Sanford Center

JUNE 29TH Opens at 5 PM
JUNE 30TH thru JULY 4Th Noon to Midnight
FOOD VENDORS Open June 30th thru July 4th at Noon
Bingo & Beer Garden Open June 29th at 5PM and June 30th at Noon.

The Carnival Events
At Paul Bunyan Park


4:00 PM Log Rolling Demonstration
4:00-7:00 PM Bar Olympics—Giant Jenga, Giant Beer Pong,
5:00 PM Corn Hole Competition
5:00 PM Bingo and Beer Garden


9:00 AM Kids Run
11:00 AM Kiddie Parade
12:00 to 2:30 Lunch & Entertainment
2:30 PM Bike Dig
3:00 PM Bald Eagle Water Ski Show


1:00 PM Water Carnival Grand Parade
4:00 PM Boat Regatta
4:00-7:00 PM Corn Feed


2:00-4:00 PM Home Depot Kids Build
4:00-8:00 PM Human Foosball


9:00 AM Double your Fun-Family Color Run
DUSK Red, White and Boom Firework Spectacular

The Carnival Entertainment Tent
At Paul Bunyan Park

THURSDAY 6/29 at 8:00 PM Entertainment with Karaoke
FRIDAY 6/30 at 8:00 PM Obstruction of Justice
SATURDAY 7/1 at 8:00 PM Crosswater
SUNDAY 7/2 at 7:00 PM The Bad Campers
MONDAY 7/3 from 8:00 PM Acoust Hicks
TUESDAY 7/4 at 8:00 PM The Front Fenders

Also Happening in Bemidji…

Annual 4th of July Pow Wow


The Leech Lake Memorial Pow Wow held May 26th to the 28th at the Veteran’s Memorial Grounds at Palace Casino is an annual area event. It is an opportunity to see and learn more about the Ojibwe Nation Native American traditions, culture and dance, with old style jingle and mens grass dance featured. To learn more.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
JUNE 28, 29 & 30TH, JULY 1ST • 7:30 PM

Minnesota ‘s oldest professional summer stock company, in its 67th season, draws actors from across the country. Playing this week, Sherlock Holmes is on the case and he and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir in this murderously comic adventure. Click here for more info and to buy tickets!

Kids at the Park
At Itasca State Park

Outdoor Kids-Loons
JULY 2ND • 2:00-3:30 PM

Kids of all ages come out and explore nature at your leisure. This program series allows kids to connect with nature through hands-on activities that focus on life around the lake. Learn more!

Music Under the Pines
At Itasca State Park

July 2nd • 6:30 to 8:00PM

Musical group “Unpolished” performs an eclectic mix of roots, Americana and Bluegrass music on Bass, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo complete with rich three-part harmonies. The group covers many styles of folk music including music from the 1800’s – Civil War, old cowboy music, railroad songs, bluegrass music, and traditional Gospel music. Click here for details.

Remember, if it rains….

Best of all, Memorial Day Weekend in Bemidji is WEATHERPROOF! If the weekend brings rain or a chill, there is still loads of indoor fun for the family! Enjoy the area galleries, the Headwaters Science Center, Beltrami County History Center and so much more!

Can you stay another day…

Mississippi Music Series
at the Bemidji Waterfront

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
JULY 5TH • 6 to 8 PM

Four fun-loving musicians, who don’t take themselves too seriously, but have a love of music… that is the magic of GCO. GCO appreciates and aspires to superior musicianship while combining their love of a good riff, hummable melody and groovy jam…over a jazz/jazz-rock musical bedrock. (If weather is poor, concert held at Brigid’s) Click here for more details.

Bemidji has an array of lodgings for every budget and comfort! Many of our accommodations are right on the lake, on the bike trails, close to downtown, or nestled off the beaten path!

Check the calendar for all the scheduled events!
Make plans and book your lodging today!

Photo Credits: Bemidji Pioneer, Bemidji Jaycees, Explore Minnesota, Crazy Crow Trading Post.