NOT TO BE MISSED IN

OCTOBER

September 30 – October 6, 2019

Bemidji State Homecoming Week

Bemidji State University

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Bemidji State University is celebrating its 100th Homecoming in style for 2019 with a full week of events! A range of activities from coronations to carnivals, a host of sporting events, a parade, pancake feed, gala and more. Check out the full schedule online and be sure to join us for our 100th year of fun!

October 11 & 12, 2019

BSU Beaver Hockey

First Home Games of the Season
SANFORD CENTER

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Get ready for another action-packed year of NCAA Division I hockey against the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a total of 16 home games.

For our season opener the Beavers are hosting the St. Cloud State Huskies the first time since 2014.

Get your tickets now for some of the best on-the-edge-of-your-seat hockey you’ll find!

October 11-12, 2019

Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon

SANFORD CENTER

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The most beautiful race course anywhere! Whether you are 5 or 75, want to walk, run or watch, there are 7 different distance race options at Minnesota’s most colorful marathon—the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon!! October 11th is the ½K (4:20 start), 1K (4:30 start), and 5K/10k (5:00 start) with October 12th sporting the Half Marathon, 26K Lake Loop (16.75mi), and Full Marathon. Not a runner, join the Cheer zone along the route for spectators to show support. Also be sure to visit the BeActive Expo at the Sanford Center.

October 25-26, 2019

Wojo’s Rodeo Circuit Finals

SANFORD CENTER 7:00 PM

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Competitors from northern Minnesota will be taking part real cowboy rodeo events that include Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Calf and Team Roping, Breakaway, Mutton Busting, Bull Riding, Barrels and Poles, Goat Tail Tying, Ride the Hide and more! It’s a true taste of the Wild West coming to the northwoods of Bemidji!

$1 from all adult tickets sold will be donated to Edith Sanford Breast Center.

HALLOWEEN IN BEMIDJI

October 11, 12, 25 & 26, 2019

CarnEvil Haunted Hotel

BELTRAMI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS 4H BUILDING 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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The CarnEvil Haunted Hotel at the “Scaregrounds” test even the bravest evil doers. An indoor scarefest for adults… come join in the fun— if you dare.

October 24, 2019

Bark N Boo

NYMORE DOG PARK 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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Halloween party for your furry friend. Puppy activities, costume contest, prizes and doggy treat bags will be at this fun event.

October 25, 2019

Boo Bash Halloween Dance

HAMPTON INN & SUITES 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Bring the whole family for dancing, dinner, Halloween crafts and a costume contest with prizes!!

October 26, 2019

Co+Op Explorers Halloween Party

Harmony Food Co-op 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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Explorers is a free program designed for children ages 12 and younger where they learn to cook together, build together, craft together…just have fun together. This month offers some great Halloween fun for the kids!

October 26, 2019

Creepy Crawlies

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Learn about some of the creepy, crawly creatures living at Lake Bemidji State Park and go on a story telling adventure walk. Celebrate Halloween this year in nature!

October 27, 2019

Spooky Halloween Hike

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

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Wear you favorite Halloween costume and take an easy, not-too-spooky candlelight hike along the Rocky Point Interpretive Trail loop.

October 31, 2019

Boofest

HEADWATERS SCIENCE CENTER 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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A spook-tacular, fun-filled evening of treats and games – Boofest is a Bemidji favorite!

BEMIDJI MUSIC SCENE

October 4, 2019

Drink 182

Brigid’s Pub 8:30 PM

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Back in Bemidji for their “Only Happy When it Rains” show. Enjoy an evening of everything 90s music.

October 6, 2019

Carl O Thompson Memorial Scholarship Concert

BANGSBERG RECITAL HALL BSU 3:00 PM

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Bemidji State University’s Department of Music will hold its annual Carl O. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Concert on Oct. 6 to wrap up the celebrations of homecoming weekend. The Carl O. Thompson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two senior music students each year during the concert.

October 11, 2019

Bach Society of Minnesota Mysteries Concert

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 5:00 PM

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Join us on a mysterious journey depicting the evolution of early music, from Spain in the early Renaissance period, to Monteverdi’s late Italian Renaissance, heading on to the ornate French Baroque music of Rameau, and finally to the intricate fugal writing of Bach in Germany.

October 12, 2019

Jacob Mahon & the Salty Dogs

BRIGID’S PUB 8:00 PM

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This Duluth based rock and roll band plays high energy, genre eccentric music and their only mission is to have fun at the high expense of sweat.

October 23, 2019

Bemidji Concert Series: Sherrie Maricle

THOMPSON RECITAL HALL BSU 7:30 PM

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Sherrie Maricle is the lead drummer in the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the FIVE PLAY quintet and co-leads the 3D Jazz Trio. She runs a private drum set and percussion studio and is also a freelance performer and a published composer and educator. Maricle has performed internationally at locations including Germany, Portugal and Ireland.

IN TOUCH WITH NATURE

October Events

Lake Bemidji State Park

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October 10, 2019 The Story Tree Preschool Program
October 17, 2019 The Story Tree Preschool Program
October 26, 2019 Creepy Crawlies
October 27, 2019 Spooky Candelight Hike
October 31, 2019 The Story Tree Preschool Program

ONLY IN BEMIDJI…

October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019

Bemidji’s Natural Choice Farmers Market

UNION SQUARE PARKING LOT 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

Naturally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, artisan bread, pasture raised bison, local honey and maple syrup, homemade preservative, handmade soap, local arts & crafts and live music!

October 2019

Harmony Natural Foods Co-op Events

Classes
Co+op Explorers Group

Check out Harmony Co-ops fun and unique events throughout the month. From cooking classes to our Co-op Explorers group for kids there’s something for everyone.

October 4, 2019

First Friday Art Walk

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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.

October 4, 2019

OPEN MIC COFFEEHOUSE

HEADWATERS MUSIC & ARTS 7:00 pm-10:00 pm

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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!

October 5, 2019

Fabric is Paint

WATERMARK ART CENTER 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Create a landscape or seascape by transforming different fabrics into three-dimensional looking pieces of art. Learn how a piece of taffeta can become a sky, or a small piece of upholstery fabric can turn into a rock formation or a tree.

October 12, 2019

Dia de los Muertos Crafts

WATERMARK ART CENTER 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Come to the Watermark for an afternoon of creating inspired by the Mexican holiday celebration honoring the dearly departed.

October 23, 2019

MN Artists Workshop

WATERMARK ART CETNER 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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MN Artists visit the Watermark Art Center for a lively workshop and discussion on artists’ participation in digital communities. This workshop is recommended for artists at all stages of their careers that want to improve their online presence and connect to more opportunities, communities, and conversations.

October 26, 2019

Pumpkin Painting

WATERMARK ART CENTER 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Bring the family for our annual pumpkin painting event. We will have pumpkins, paint, and embellishments for your creative pumpkin transformations.

OCTOBER EXHIBITS

Watermark Art Center

FOUR GALLERIES
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

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

Closes October 25th “Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life?)” by Tawnee Corning and “Mixed Messages” by Lonnie Knutson exhibits in the Lakeview Gallery.

October 4th – December 21st It’s Only Clay (IOC) National Juried Ceramics Exhibit & Competition
https://watermarkartcenter.org/2019-its-only-clay/

PLAN NOW TO

BE IN BEMIDJI FOR…

November 2, 2019

Gigazone Gaming Championship 4

SANFORD CENTER

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Back by popular demand, Sandford Center pays host to another full day of gaming in the Northwoods! Show your skills in Fornite, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Ultimate Jr., , Overwatch , Mario Kart 8, Madden NFL 20 and Beat Saber. PLUS Magic: The Gathering, and a Cosplay contest!

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Trampled by Turtles with Frankie Lee

November 15, 2019

Sanford Center 8:00 PM
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On Wild Animals, Trampled by Turtles’ seventh studio album, themes of impermanence run deep, both lyrically and sonically. The quintet’s hybrid folk sound continues its evolution pushing the band further into the grey area between genres that defies pigeonholing.

Frankie Lee, is a hidden-gem songwriter that many local music fans believe should be more famous — but who has a lot of famous friends, and doesn’t seem to want that for himself — Lee has been ubiquitous over the past decade-plus in the Twin Cities music scene. -Star Tribune

November 15-17, 19, 21-24

Annie

HISTORIC CHIEF THEATER

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Annie is taken from her orphanage, and the evil Miss Hannigan, to stay at billionaire Oliver Warbuck’s mansion for the holidays. When Annie wins the hearts of Warbucks and his staff, they set out on an epic mission to find Annie’s parents. Meanwhile, Miss Hannigan, brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily, attempt to make some money out of this unique situation.

November 29, 2019

NIGHT WE LIGHT CELEBRATION

BEMIDJI WATERFRONT

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A full day of fun, family activities leading up to the parade and the lighting of the trees!
Keep checking the website as details unfold!

WELCOMING YOU TO BEMIDJI

Stay in Bemidji for your March adventure and you have 14 comfortable lodgings to choose from, each comfortable and conveniently close to whatever activities you have planned for your visit. Many of the lodgings are lakeside with water rentals available. A number of the lodgings feature delicious dining either on premise or nearby. There are accommodations right on the bike, snowmobile and walking trails, and many easy walking distances from downtown, shopping, or the Bemidji Convention Center.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites
Best Western Bemidji Inn
Candlewood Suites Bemidji
Country Inn & Suites
Double Tree by Hilton
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Express Bemidji
Island View Lodge
Kohl’s Resort
Lake Bemidji Bed & Breakfast
Quality Inn
Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge
Super 8
White Pines Resort