NOT TO BE MISSED

IN JUNE

JUNE 27TH, 2018

BEST MN TOWN PARTY

PAUL BUNYAN PARK 5:00pm to 9:00pm

YOU LIKE A GREAT PARTY?? Then DO NOT miss MN’s BEST PARTY to celebrate Bemidji being named MINNESOTA’S BEST TOWN! On June 27th, everybody who loves Bemidji is invited to attend this “never to forget” event. Food, entertainment, shopping and activites for all!

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JUNE 16TH, 2018

LOOP THE LAKE FESTIVAL

SANFORD CENTER 7:30am to 3:00pm

Bring the family, co-workers and friends for this family-friendly bike ride around beautiful Lake Bemidji, through Lake Bemidji State Park and across the Mississippi River. NOT A RACE, but a biking celebration, this 17-mile, easy route features food, music, activities and photo opps at rest stations along the route.

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FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND

JUNE 15TH-17TH

What to get Dad? Give him a weekend doing everything he loves! Whether it’s a day on the greens, biking, time on the water, music, festivals, enjoying a brew, or just relaxing with the family. Bemidji has quite the weekend planned, and it’s just what Dad deserves!

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JUNE 10TH-11TH, 2018

2018 BEMIDJI BIRD CITY CELEBRATION

CAMERON PARK

Join us for the celebration of Bemidji’s being named Minnesota’s Newest “Bird City!” The two-day celebration is filled with activites including a Morning Bird Hike, Minnesota Raptors, Live!, Bird and Native Plant Restorations tour, Official Bird City Designation ceremony, and many more family and kid activities!

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JUNE 29-30, 2018

PURPLE MARTIN FEST & NATURE EXPO

Another exceptional “Bird Designated City” event to celebrate the Purple Martin! Take a pontoon ride to see a Purple Martin colony.There are leaming adventures about the Purple Martin, Bluebirds, Native Plants and more, with keynote speakers that include Dr. Bruce Carlsom. So much fun planned for the kids–nature craft projects, bird feeder making, and exhibits to learn more about wood ducks, dragonflies, butterflies, and so much more.

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MUSIC UNDER THE PINES…

JUNE 2ND

BILL AND KATE ISLES

LAKE BEMDIJI STATE PARK 1:00pm to 2:00pm
ITASCA STATE PARK 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Consummate acoustic performers, from Duluth, MN known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs, this duo uses a wide variety of musical styles, from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories to zany comedy.

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JUNE 3RD

FIRST CITY HANDBELL CHOIR

LAKE BEMDIJI STATE PARK 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The First City Handbell Choir has sixteen members and plays a variety of music from the Beatles to Bell Boogie, patriotic, classical, folk songs, show tunes. They incorporate many different sounds with different techniques and also use mallets on several pieces.

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JUNE 10TH

NORTHERN BASS

LAKE BEMDIJI STATE PARK 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Musical duo Louise and Dan play a variety of music from classic rock ‘n’ roll to instrumentals to entertain various music lovers.

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JUNE 24TH

DONNA GASTON

LAKE BEMDIJI STATE PARK 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Donna Gaston has been playing music professionally for the past few decades with her main focus on gospel, folk, and jazz. She will be playing guitar and singing a lot of nostalgic covers, including James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James,” Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” and Karla Bonhoff’s “Home.”

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JUNE 17TH

JIM & MOLLY BAUER

ITASCA STATE PARK 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Jim and Molly as they perform familiar folk and folk rock songs. With Jim playing acoustic guitar, they will share stories and songs and of course you can’t miss the “Jim and Molly Bauer concert” collector T-shirts!

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STATE PARK EVENTS …

JUNE 6TH AT 1-3 PM & JUNE 13, 2018 AT 1-3 PM

LEARN THE SKILL OF FLY CASTING!
MINI-WORKSHOP

ITASCA STATE PARK

Have you always wanted to try fly casting but never knew how to start? Learn about the tools every fly fisher needs, how to find the “best spots” on a lake or stream and how “match the hatch” when selecting your flies. Then at a nearby lake you’ll learn to use a fly rod putting the lesson into practice you’ll learn to use a fly rod and practice fly casting.

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JUNE 18TH 10:00AM TO 11:00AM

MYSTERIES IN HISTORY:
THE ITASCA BIOLOGICAL STATION

ITASCA STATE PARK

Discover the old and the new! Tour the new Itasca Campus Center before heading out to locate the site of the State Park House, where Mary Gibbs lived in 1903. See one of the few 1930s National Youth Administration (NYA) constructed buildings in the state as we follow the route of the 1920s era Jefferson Highway as it passed through the field station.

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JUNE 20TH 1:00PM -3:00 PM

23RD ANNUAL
BUTTERFLY HIKE

ITASCA STATE PARK

Discover the wonders of butterflies! View a short slide presentation of the most common butterflies and then go on a butterfly ID walk. Learn how and where to spot these elegant flyers. This family-friendly hike is in conjunction with the annual North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Butterfly Count Program held across the nation.

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ITASCA STATE PARK

HISTORIC SAWMILL/
PIONEER VILLAGE TOUR

June 2nd

Get a feel for the early 1900s community of Lake Itasca at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds (LIRPF). See the Itasca Historic Sawmill. Explore various buildings including a country school, dove-tail one-room log house and a logging museum.

Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers

ITASCA STATE PARK

OUTDOOR KIDS – NATURE SERIES

June 17th, 24th & 27th

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 while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground.

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June 17, 2018 Bird Nests
June 24, 2018 Totally Turtles
June 27, 2018 Pop Can Fishing

ITASCA STATE PARK

CIRCLE TIME UNDER THE PINES

June 19th & 26th

Children 2-5 years old, come explore and have fun at Itasca as we learn about caterpillars and butterflies through stories, songs, crafts, and outdoor discovery. NOTES: Adults must accompany children. Consider bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying your noon meal at the park after the program.

June 19, 2018 C is for Caterpillar
June 26, 2018 X is for X Marks the Spot

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

FIVE SENSE SCAVENGER HUNT

June 3rd

Join a naturalist to learn about the five senses and how different animals in the park use them. For each sense, participants will be tasked with discovering an object in the park that you can use that sense to interact with. Meet near the Playground. This fun, exploration program is ideal for families with children.

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

BOG WALK

June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Join a naturalist (at your leisure) on a stroll through the bog! Learn about the unique ecosystem, the variety of plants and animals that call the bog home, and catch a glimpse of some beautiful (and maybe even rare!) wildflowers! This program is ideal for all ages.

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LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

MINNESOTA RAPTORS LIVE!

June 29th

Come to the Amphitheater to learn what makes a raptor different from other types of birds: hunting styles, what they eat, where they nest, and “whooo” might be living in your backyard! Chris Tolman from the Nature Connection will bring several live Minnesota raptors to the park, providing a great opportunity to get an up-close look at these magnificent birds. This will be a fun and engaging program for all ages.

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LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

HOW NOW, POWWOW?

June 29th

Powwow, a celebration of American Indian culture in which people from diverse indigenous nations gather for the purpose of dancing, singing, and honoring the traditions of their ancestors. Discover the various dance styles and associated regalia, Learn about various dance styles, traditional music, regalia that accompanies them and some of the Dos and Don’ts of attending a powwow.

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THEATRE & ARTS…

PAUL BUNYAN PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS

RING OF FIRE

EVENING SHOWS June 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th & 16th
MATINEES June 10th & 13th

Paul Bunyan Playhouse’s 68th season opens with “Ring of Fire” a jukebox musical celebrating the songs of the late, great Johnny Cash.

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PAUL BUNYAN PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS

THE COMPLETE HISTORY
OF AMERICA ABRIDGED

EVENING SHOWS June 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th & 30th
MATINEES June 24th & 27th

It all started with Amerigo. The mapmaker found the New World more than 500 years ago, and as they say, the rest is history. In “The Complete History of America (Abridged),” goes through 500 years of history in just 90 minutes. However, this is not your standard American history lesson – the show is filled with zany slapstick humor and juvenile antics, which means it’s kind of like the class you wish you had in high school.

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HEADWATERS MUSIC & ART

STORYTELLER LAURA PACKER

June 1st & 2nd

Storyteller, educator and consultant, Laura Packer turns human experience, from the most grounded to the fantastical, into a collaborative creation with her participants. She is presenting two workshops:
June 1, 2018 #metoo Stories Workshop where she will help guide adult women through techniques to craft and tell stories of their experiences.
June 2, 2018 Find Your Voice Workshop for teen girls, teaching them how to craft stories from their lives and gain confidence in their public speaking skills. This workshop concludes with a 3 p.m. friends-and-family performance.

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SPECIAL FAMILY FUN…

32ND ANNUAL

TAKE A KID FISHING WEEKEND

June 8th-10th

Children are treated to an afternoon of fishing on various area lakes and the event concludes with a fish fry at Lake Bemidji State Park for the children and parents at no cost. Guides are also asked to nominate a young angler for the gift of a lifetime fishing license and two are awarded each year. Applications are available online and at the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce at the Tourist Information Center for children ages 10-15 years.

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15TH ANNUAL

WAA WIYE GAA MAAG
TRADITIONAL POWWOW

June 15th-17th

Leech Lake Reservation, home of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe honors the youth in the 15th Annual Waa Wiye Gaa Maag (Round Lake) Celebration in a traditional powwow.

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SHOPPING EVENTS…

13TH ANNUAL GRANDMA’S ATTIC

BIG FLEA & VINTAGE FLEA MARKET

June 9th, 8:00am to 3:00pm

Come, join the fun at the 13th Annual Vintage Flea Market in the parking lot of Grandma’s Attic. This is no garage sale! No new items are allowed. Come find the vintage treasures you’ve been searching for!

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SPORTS…

41ST ANNUAL

GORDY SKAAR GOLF TOURNAMENT

JUNE 15 • 7:30AM & 1:00PM Shotgun Starts

Held at the beautiful Bemidji Town & Country Club overlooking Lake Bemidji, this tournament features over 200 golfers. Five-person scramble with contests and prizes. Includes a brunch, awards ceremony, fish fry and more!

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ALSO CELEBRATED IN JUNE…

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

JUNE 2, 2018

National Trails Day is June 2nd. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, a birdwatcher, a geocacher, a naturalist or a bicyclist June is a great time to take advantage of all the trails the Bemidji area has to offer.

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GO SKATEBOARDING DAY

JUNE 21ST, 2018

Go Skateboarding Day (GSD) is an official annual holiday conceived in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to promote and make skateboarding more accessible to the world through various events held in major cities around the world. The holiday was started in California by Don Brown and is held on June 21 due to the fact that the day is the longest day of summer.

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LOG CABIN DAY

JUNE 25TH, 2018

Log Cabin Day celebrates the history of the Log Cabins and commemorates this most humble of homes and remembers a quieter and simpler era, when life was more rugged. Come visit the Beltrami County History Center to learn more about this era and Itasca State Park to see some log cabins from the early 1900s.

PAUL BUNYAN DAY

JUNE 28TH, 2018

Big as a mountain and strong as a grizzly bear… that’s how the folks here describe the local folk hero Paul Bunyan. Celebrate Paul Bunyan Day in his actual birthplace! Enjoy special area events and take a picture with the lakeside statues of Paul and Babe themselves. The statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are recognized as the second most photographed roadside attraction in the nation.

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