NOT TO BE MISSED

IN MAY

MINNESOTA

FISHING SEASON OPENER

May 12th, 2018

With more than 400 lakes falling within 25 miles of Bemidji and deciding whether to fish from land, a boat or a pier….options for fishing opener are plenty!

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MINNESOTA

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

May 25th- 27th, 2018

Want to getaway for the holiday week but don’t have your own place? Then Bemidji is the perfect answer for you! Here you can kick off your summer and enjoy everything our splendid, lakeside city in the true northwoods has to offer!

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RAPHAEL’S BAKERY

STORYBOOK BREAKFAST

May 6th, 2018 • 8:30AM – 11:30AM

Fairytale characters, elves, and fairies will be on hand to chat with, as well as Mother Goose reading stories. Join us at Raphael’s Bakery for pancakes, sausage, and fun interactions with your favorite characters. Bemidji Community Theater presents a “Storybook Breakfast” Pancakes & Fairytales Fundraiser.

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THE SANFORD CENTER

NORTHERN MINNESOTA’S LARGEST WOMEN’S EXPO

May 12th, 2018 • 9:00AM – 5:00PM

The Sanford Center and Sanford Health Women’s are proud to present the 1st Annual “Northern Minnesota’s Largest Women’s EXPO”. Get ready to Relax and be Pampered while being Inspired and Empowered! The Expo welcomes author of The New Midwestern Table cookbook and the memoir Give a Girl a Knife, Amy Thielen! Amy will be signing autographs from 1:00-2:30 and have her two books on display for purchase.

U.S. Olympian and Minnesota hockey legend Gigi Marvin will also take part in the Women’s Expo. A member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team, Marvin scored the first goal in the shootout against Team Canada in the gold medal game at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Marvin will be available for photos and autographs from 10:00-11:15 a.m.

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CITY PARK MULTI USE BUILDING

MOMMY & ME GARDEN PARTY

May 12th, 2018 • 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Bring the Family and celebrate Mother’s Day by decorating a flower pot and picking a plant to go in it! Time: 9:00 AM—1:00 PM—Drop in anytime! Cost: $10/mom & child, $5/additional child. Pre-Registration is Strongly Encouraged!

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BELTRAMI COUNTY HISTORY CENTER

MUSIC, STORYTELLING, POETRY

May 12th, 2018 • 2:00PM – 3:00PM • FREE

Bart & Ross Sutter have established individual reputations as a musician and writer, but when they perform as a pair their work has the kind of counterpoint and easy initimacy unique to sibling acts. A Sutter Brothers performance is a fun-filled blend of music, storytelling, and poetry, highlighting their small town, preacher’s kid roots and Scandanavian heritage. Free admission.

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BEAUX ARTS BALLROOM – BSU

BEMIDJI CHORALE SPRING CONCERT

May 13th, 2018 • 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Bemidji Chorale presents the 39th Annual Spring Concert “We the People” No admission fee. Free will offering greatfully accepted.

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2ND ANNUAL

COLOR RUN FOR RECOVERY 5K

May 19th, 2018 • Bemidji State Park • 9:30AM

Join us for a beautiful family-friendly 5K run/walk through the woods of Northern Minnesota with blasts of color along the way. This run follows the Montebello Trail and celebrates survival from drug and alcohol addictione. Door prizes, games, raffle prizes, medals and free refreshments for participants. Prizes for Best Costumes, too! Registration is from 9:30am to 11:00am, with the Race beginning at 11:00am.

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ITASCA STATE PARK PRESENTS

TAKE FLIGHT! SPOTTING SPRING BIRDS

May 19th OR May 26, 2018 • 8:00AM – 10:00AM

Birders of all levels are welcome to discover the songs and sights of Minnesota’s spring migratory birds on a bird walk to discover recently arrived breeding birds as well as species passing through on their northward migration.

This program is designed to improve birding knowledge, create field skills through song recognition, explore local birding hotspots and have fun watching birds outdoors.

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BELTRAMI COUNTY HISTORY CENTER

BINGO & BOARD GAMES

May 19 • 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Don’t be bored! Join in on a fun afternoon of vintage pastimes. $5 /person donation for Beltrami Bingo – chock full of local trivia. Plenty of prizes, and plenty of options for players of all ages – Ticket to Ride, Bemidjiopoly, Clue, locomotive-themed jigsaw puzzles and more!

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2018 LEECH LAKE

VETERANS MEMORIAL POW WOW

May 25th-27th, 2018

Join us for the Annual Leech Lake Veterans Memorial Pow Wow on May 25-27, 2018 at the Veterans Memorial Grounds. Native dancers and drum groups from throughout the Upper Midwest, northern Great Plains and Canada will be at the Leech Lake Veterans Memorial Pow Wow to celebrate. Events start each day with flag-raising at 10:00 a.m. Grand entry of dancers is 7:00 p.m. Friday, 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

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ITASCA STATE PARK

WILDFLOWER WALK

May 27th, 2018 • 1:30PM – 2:30PM

What’s doing the blooming? Join a park naturalist in search of spring wildflowers on this short walk through the Itasca forest. We will search for large flowered trillium, yellow lady slipper orchids, large flowered bellwort and much more! Bring your camera!

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BEMIDJI BREWING

2ND SUNDAY CRIBBAGE TOURNEY

May 13th, 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

May 4th, 2018 • 5:30 PM

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, May 4th, 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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TODDY’S PUB & GRUB

BLUES TUESDAY

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 • 8:30PM-11:00PM

First set starts at 8:30 pm with a warm up set with Hardwater Blues Band. Then the stage is open mic. Sign up for a slot. Play with Hardwater as back up or play alone your choice. The last set is an open blues jam. Come out and warm up the evening!

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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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