NOT TO BE MISSED

IN JULY

74TH ANNUAL • JUNE 29TH TO JULY 4TH

JAYCEE’S WATER CARNIVAL

PAUL BUNYAN PARK

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 including 2 NEW events: The Timberworks Lumberjack show will have 3 performances and the Warrior March: a 5K march on July 4th to raise awareness of the struggles that our veterans face. Events will be held at the Paul Bunyan Park. Medallion Hunt begins on June 27th. Water Carnival Medallion Buttons available at Market¬place Foods & Subway.

Schedule of Events

JUNE 29TH TO JULY 1ST

LEECH LAKE TRIBAL
ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY POW WOW

VETERANS MEMORIAL GROUNDS

The Leech Lake Fourth of July Pow Wow is a great 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.

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NATURE EVENTS

2:00 PM TO 3:30 PM

OUTDOOR KIDS

ITASCA STATE PARK

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. Have fun discovering Itasca State Park, Headwaters of the Mississippi, while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground.

JULY 1, 2018 Bugs and Stuff
JULY 4, 2018 Eagles
JULY 8, 2018 Animal Tracking
JULY 11, 2018 Fish Painting
JULY 15, 2018 River Otters
JULY 18, 2018 Fish Fins
JULY 22, 2018 Minnesota State Symbols
JULY 25, 2018 Nets, Buckets, Bugs and More
JULY 29, 2018 Dragonflies

10:30 AM TO 11:30 AM

CIRCLE TIME UNDER THE PINES

ITASCA STATE PARK

Children 2-5 years old, come explore and have fun at Itasca State Park as we learn about things in nature through stories, songs, crafts, and outdoor discovery.

JULY 3, 2018 U is for Up
JULY 10, 2018 F is for Feathers
JULY 17, 2018 B is for Bears
JULY 24, 2018 I is for Insects

JULY 13, 2018, 1:30 PM TO 2:30 PM

NATURE CARTOONING
WITH GARY HARBO

ITASCA STATE PARK

Come draw alongside a Minnesota artist and author as he shares techniques based on his book, “How to Draw 104 Cartoons with Gary Harbo.” Gary also will be sharing stories from his children’s book, “The Northern Woods Adventure,” which includes a visit to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. Book signing to follow program.

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JULY 13 & 14, 2018, 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

LIFE OF THE
MONARCH BUTTERFLY DISPLAY

ITASCA STATE PARK

Discover the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, Minnesota’s state insect, with Tom and Carol Uecker. Check out real samples of the caterpillar, chrysalis, and the adult butterflies. Maybe you’ll be one of the lucky visitors that get to witness a butterfly coming out of its chrysalis!

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JULY 19, 2018, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

ITASCA’S SMOKEY BEAR DAY

ITASCA STATE PARK

Smokey Bear invites you to this fun, family friendly event with many activities for all ages! Join Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire fighters as they share their experiences with fire in the forest. Learn how fire affects the forest, check out fire trucks and equipment, try getting into a fire shelter, make a variety of forest crafts and much more. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with Smokey Bear!

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JULY 21, 2018, 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

5 FACTS IN 5 MINUTES: WILD RICE

ITASCA STATE PARK

Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Stop at the naturalist station and explore wild rice with Annette Drewes, DNR Clean Water Specialist as you visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

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MUSIC UNDER THE PINES
CONCERT SERIES

JULY 7, 2018, 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

LOST RIVER BAND

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

Playing music ranging from country to celtic, folk to soft/modern rock. Vocalist Kari Grace joins Jay Forney on guitar and Jeff Anderson on accordion for a sound that will send you home smiling and singing!

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JULY 8, 2018, 2:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

RACHEL MUNSON

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

An artist that takes classic songs and covers them in a way that is quirky and fun in a bluesy voice. There isn’t a song she won’t attempt to perform – no matter the genre. Songs you might hear today include “Mary” by Patty Griffin, “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga, or “Wayfaring Stranger” by Johnny Cash.

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JULY 8, 2018, 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

JULIE & BILL KAISER

ITASCA STATE PARK

Bill and Julie’s music has been described as acoustic “folkgrass” with a mix of bluegrass, folk, and original pieces.

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JULY 14, 2018, 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

BLUEBIRD

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

Three guitar players with three distinctly different voices, blended together creates magic. Enjoy original songs as well as a number of tunes you may already know.

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JULY 15, 2018, 2:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

NOT YOUR AVERAGE FAMILY BAND

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

Two families come together and bring fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass and vocals to a bluegrass/country sound in songs like “Shady Grove,” “The Fox,” and fiddle hoedowns like “Blackberry Blossom” and “Jerusalem Ridge.”

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JULY 15, 2018, 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

UNPOLISHED

ITASCA STATE PARK

The 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.

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MUSIC EVENTS

LEGENDS ON LOMOND

CONCERT SERIES

FARM BY THE LAKE at 4:00 PM

All concerts will happen rain or shine and are free and open to the public. Some folding chairs are available, but attendees can bring their own lawn chairs, too for a delightful outdoor afternoon of song.

July 1, 2018 Jon Romer & Mike Tangen
July 8, 2018 Charter Junction
July 15, 2018 Confused Brothers Band
July 22, 2018 Mother Banjo
July 25, 2018 Gaelynn Lea (6 p.m. at Timbers Event Center)
July 29, 2018 Dillon Spurlin

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JULY 22, 2018, 2:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

BEMIDJI BOGTROTTERS

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

Here to help celebrate International Bog Day, this group features an eclectic mix of folk music and Celtic tunes from Ireland and Scotland blended with North American traditional music, including Cajun, Zydeco, and French Canadian songs as well.

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JULY 22, 2018, 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

JACOB MAHON

ITASCA STATE PARK

A singer-songwriter who used to play with his brother in “Hog Rooster”, has gone solo performing folk songs and original compositions about old people, other people, cartoons and occasionally himself. Influences such as Blind Reverend Gary Davis and Elizabeth Cotten add an old-timey feel to Jacob’s guitar playing which, when paired with his unconventional vocal style, yield a unique sound.

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JULY 28, 2018, 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

BIG BASS RAMBLERS

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

An upbeat, energetic foursome, bring you songs you love to sing too! Performing a mix of blues, bluegrass, gospel, country, folk, and classic rock.

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JULY 29, 2018, 2:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

ANDERS & MARIA LARSSON
OF SWEDEN

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

Two of Sweden’s most established folk musicians that have traveled to twenty-five countries. Using traditional instruments such as nyckelharpa, härjedalspipa, fiddle, and mandola, the riksspelmna they create a genuine sound that is modern and traditional at the same time.

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JULY 29, 2018, 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

LORI GOULET REICH

ITASCA STATE PARK

Lori ‘s music is best described as acoustic folk and alt-country flavored. She has played in both classic rock and country bands and will share with you many well-known tunes.

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31ST SUMMER RECITAL SERIES

4:00 PM

Bemidji Area Church Musicians present uplifting concerts Wednesdays at various locations.

JULY 11, 2018 St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
JULY 18, 2018 Evangelical Covenant Church
JULY 25, 2018 United Methodist Church

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6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

MISSISSIPPI MUSIC
AT THE BEMIDJI WATERFRONT

PAUL BUNYAN PARK

July 11, 2018 Mary Bue
July 18 , 2018 Minnesota/California
July 25, 2018 The Woodpicks

Concerts are free and down at the waterfront. In case of rain concert moves to Brigid’s Pub.

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JULY 14, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

SUMMER POPS CONCERT:
QUIET HEROS

BEMIDJI HIGH SCHOOL

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra performing Brubeck’s symphonic salute to the flag raisers at Iwo Jima, narrated by Wilford Brimley. This patriotic performance includes Stars and Stripes, America the Beautiful, and Armed Forces Salute.

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JULY 29, 2018, 6:00 PM

NEWSBOYS UNITED TOUR

SANFORD CENTER
TOGETHER AGAIN. UNDER ONE ROOF. ALL THE HITS. ONE INCREDIBLE TOUR!

Welcoming back Peter Furler and Phil Joel, the Newsboys, one of the most influential bands in Christian music history, will take Bemidji by storm! Known for their signature hits like “Shine”, “It is You”, “He Reigns”, “Born Again” and their recent 15-week chart-topper, “We Believe” to their soundtracks for “God’s Not Dead”, “God’s Not Dead 2” and the children’s show Veggie Tales.

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THEATRE & ARTS

JULY 1ST & 15TH, 2018
11:00 AM TO NOON & 1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM

BEMIDJI SCULPTURE WALK TOURS

BEMIDJI VISITOR CENTER

Guided tours of the downtown Bemidji sculptures. Local Bemidji history and architecture also will be discussed.

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JULY 6TH – 8TH, 12TH -14TH

CLUE THE MUSICAL

PAUL BUNYAN PLAYHOUSE

The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical that brings the world’s best-know suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon. Can you solve the mystery?

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JULY 6, 2018

INTERNATIONAL DAY

CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES

A unique opportunity for villagers, parents and the public to learn about the language and cultural immersion programs offered. A variety of food is available for purchase and plenty of activities for all ages are planned.

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JULY 20TH – 22ND, 25TH-28TH

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

PAUL BUNYAN PLAYHOUSE

Set in a small town beauty shop in Louisiana, hair dresser Truvy Jones caters to the charmingly eccentric idiosyncrasies of her female clients. Bound by their need to share and support one another, the characters create a sense of community that is both warmly good-natured and delightfully real.

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JULY 21, 2018 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
JULY 22, 2018 10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

51ST ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK

LIBRARY PARK ON LAKE BEMIDJI

Since 1967, this juried fine arts and craft fair has been the summer highlight for all lovers of arts and crafts, as well as anyone looking to find some unique early Christmas Gifts! The scenic location of Art in the Park, on the shores of Lake Bemidji in the beautiful, tree lined Library Park, is the perfect spot to showcase the talents of nearly 100 artisan vendors from across the country. Every kind of talent will be on display with items for sale– from wood and ceramics to clothing and jewelry, photography to metalworking, greeting cards, homemade preserves, food, candles, soaps, and more! Food vendors and live music add to this unique celebration of arts!

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35TH ANNUAL
JULY 28, 2018 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

BLACKDUCK
WOODCARVERS FESTIVAL

BLACKDUCK WAYSIDE PARK

Woodcarvers will display their works for sale and exhibit. There also will be food, drawings and an arts and crafts show. The event will be held rain or shine.

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SPORTS

SUNDAYS, 5:00 PM

DIRT TRACK RACING

BEMIDJI SPEEDWAY

Experience the adrenaline of dirt track racing each Sunday night as Mini Stock, Wissota Pure Stock, Wissota Mod 4, Wissota Super Stock, Wissota Midwest Modified and Wissota Modified battle for the championship! We are the home of the infamous Chicken Shack, so bring your appetite too!

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JULY 21, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

NORTHLAND REGIONAL SPORTS PARK
GRAND OPENING

NORTHLAND REGIONAL SPORTS PARK

Headwaters Shooting Sports Foundation invites the public to the Grand Opening of the Northland Shooting Sports Park. 11:00 am Dedication ceremony and refreshments, with rifle and shotgun ranges open for shooting activities following the ceremony.

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JULY 21, 2018

JOG FOR THE BOG

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

Join us during International Bog Weekend for a trail 5k run, jog, or walk. The course will take you through rolling terrain including pavement, grass, gravel, and hiking and biking trails. Finisher medallions will go to all participants and a raffle will follow for prizes. This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park.

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94TH ANNUAL JULY 23RD – 28TH, 2018

BIRCHMONT GOLF TOURNAMENT

BEMDIJI TOWN & COUNTRY CLUB

The 94th Annual Birchmont promises to provide another year of exciting competition for amateur golfers. The Birchmont Tourney has been home to some well-known golf names, including Tom Lehman (PGA) and Bill Israelson (Senior PGA). Participants from more than 17 states will compete in this year’s tournament.

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ALSO CELEBRATE IN JULY…

INTERNATIONAL JOKE DAY

JULY 1, 2018

Wayne Reinagel created this funny day in 1994. They say “laughter is the best medicine”. Take the opportunity to tell some jokes and enjoy some “medicine”.

VIDEO GAMES DAY

JULY 8, 2018

This day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market, and changed the way kids play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide all too many hours of playing time on your television set.

NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY

JULY 16, 2018

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July. Celebrate by enjoying a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Come try all the wonderful ice cream shoppes in Bemidji!

INTERNATIONAL BOG DAY

JULY 22, 2018

International Bog Day is the 4th Sunday of July. Established in Scotland in 1991, it is celebrated throughout northern Europe, Canada & USA. Volo Bog State Natural Area in IL was first to celebrate in the USA (2008); Bogs in MN, IN & OH joined in 2012.

Celebrate with a tour of the scenic bog at Lake Bemidji State Park!

INDOOR FUN

BEMIDJI BREWING

2ND SUNDAY CRIBBAGE TOURNEY

July 8th, 2018 • 1:30PM-5:00PM

The free game play starts at 2:00pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month, with sign up from 1:30-2:00pm. There is a max 12 players for the tournament play, first come, first serve. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Plus as always it is all day Happy Hour with $2 off growler fills and $1 pints!

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WATERMARK ART CENTER

FOUR GALLERIES
Open 7 Days a Week

Watermark’s four galleries host rotating exhibits and is free and open to the public seven days a week.

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SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY AT

HEADWATERS SCIENCE CENTER

Join us at the Headwaters Science Center for scientific discovery and love of learning for all! Hands-on science and technology exhibits and programs run all weekend. Call for weekend events, including the Snake Feeding on Saturdays! 218-444-4472

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WATERMARK ARTS CENTER

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

The first Friday of each month (February thru December)is a night for art lovers to enjoy art, food, literary and musical entertainment. It’s a relaxed atmosphere of coming and going, mixing and mingling over art while enjoying complimentary refreshments.

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HEADWATERS MUSIC & ARTS

OPEN MIC COFFEEHOUSE

Friday, June 1st, 2018 • 7:00PM-10:00PM

This event has a relaxed and casual tone that encourages musicians, singers, and spoken word performers of all ages and skill levels to the mic! This month’s CoffeeHouse will be hosted by local musician, and Bemidji Area Youth Commission Advisor, Rachel Munson.

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WHERE TO STAY

THE COMFORTABLE

LODGINGS OF BEMIDJI!

Bemidji, First City on the Mississippi and named Best MN Town 2017!! With an array of lodgings to meet your comfort and budget. And when you stay in Bemidji for your February adventure, you are close to a seeminly endless array of activities, events and amenities the area has to offer! Have fun on the lake with ice fishing, skating and more! There are great snowmobile and ski trails, many that start right outside your lodging’s door! Bemidji has an exciting downtown with the historic statues of Paul and Babe, plus endless options for dining that also includes an award-winning brewery! A must stop is the Bemidji Woolen Mills to pick up some of the town’s signature style– Bemidji lumberjack plaid– along with a host of one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques!

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