NOT TO BE MISSED

IN SEPTEMBER

 

BY CAR…

September 2019

5 Fall Color Tours by Auto

Five Fall Color Tours PDF

A weather-friendly way to see the beauty Mother Nature has graced us with…a road tour around our colorful city and through out forested lakes area.

With five auto tours to enjoy in the Bemidji area, each ranging from 1-1/2 hours to all day, you will want to plan a few days to take It all in! Each route gives a unique landscape and view through five different forests and two different parks, with historic stops along the way. One offers a view of the Continental Divide, and all feature more spectacular lake views than you can count!

For details on all the self-guided tours, click here.

BY BIKE…

September 2019

Fall Colors by Bike

Biking in Bemidji

For the bike enthusiasts, there’s no better way to take in the beauty of Autumn in Bemidji than on one of our many bike trails. The 17 mile Loop the Lake Trail around Lake Bemidji provides amazing color both on land and in the reflection images on the water. Both the Lake Bemidji and Lake Itasca State Parks have exceptional trails to enjoy. There is the Paul Bunyan Trail, a 115 trek, is the longest paved rails to trails route in the country. And if you don’t bring your bike, one can be rented at several places.

BY BOAT…

September 2019

Fall Colors by Boat

Boating in Bemidji

With 25% of Minnesota’s lakes in the Bemidji area, there is no better place to take in the breathtaking fall colors. Pick your favorite mode—by motor, canoe, kayak or ? Boat rentals are available at Lake Bemidji and Itasca State Park, several resorts and lodges in the area and Bemidji State University.

BY WAGON…

September 21 & 22, 2019

“Top of the World”
Fall Color Wagon Rides

BUENA VISTA SKI AREA

Details

Catch the colors in a horse-drawn wagon on the high ridge known for centuries as the “Top of the World.” Part of the path follows the Leech Lake-Red Lake Trail. The same route traveled by American Indians, early explorers and pioneers. Here, nature is reflected in nine lakes visible from the pinnacle of the divide which separates waters flowing to the Hudson Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

BY FOOT…

September 2019

Fall Colors on Foot

Hiking in Bemidji

Prefer to keep both feet firmly on the ground but still want to enjoy the beauty of fall while experiencing the calming effect of the fresh fall air? Bemidji offers trails from paved to natural. With 2 state parks, a state forest, 3 state trails and 13 city parks you are sure to find the perfect trails for you.

MUSIC

September 5, 2019

Bemidji Concert Series: Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony

THOMPSON RECITAL HALL-BSU 7:30 PM

Details

Since 2006, the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony have taken their finely honed ensemble skills out of the symphonic concert stage and into chamber music settings across the US. The Trombones continue to expand the repertoire of the trombone quartet with commissioned works as well as their own arrangements and transcriptions.

September 7, 2019

Wayward

BRIGID’S PUB 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Details

Wayward’s sound has often been compared to Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, Jon Bellion, and even Imagine Dragons. With lyrics and music spanning ages and genres, there will be something for everybody!

September 21, 2019

Bemidji Concert Series: Violetta Duo

THOMPSON RECITAL HALL-BSU 7:30 PM

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The Violetta Duo includes flutist Dorothy Glick Maglione and clarinetist Madelyn Moore. They are passionate about bringing new music to audiences by working with pieces from several current composers. They have given performances, master classes and lectures throughout the United States.

September 29, 2019

“Heartbeat of the Orchestra” with cellist Anthony Arnone

BEMIDJI HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM 3:00 PM

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Cellist Anthony Arnone brings us Dvorak’s beautiful and stirring cello concerto and the BSO plays Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Novice and music aficionados alike will love this classic symphony concert, with the added twist of Max Wolpert’s Halloween creation “The Man Whose Gloves were on the Wrong Hands.”

STATE PARKS

September Events

Lake Bemidji State Park

Details

September 1, 2019 Music Under the Pines: Lou Samsa
September 21, 2019 Amazing Animal Adaptations

SPECIAL SEPTEMBER EVENTS

September 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 for adults, to our Kids Co-op Explorers. Also in September is the Harmony Harvest Fair perfect for the entire family!

September 6, 7 & 8, 2019

UKC Conformation Dog Show

BELTRAMI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

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Paul Bunyan Dog Training Club hosts this annual event that includes: Altered Conformation, Rally Obedience, Novice Puppy, Veteran, Brace, Jr Showmanship competitions and Total Dog/Total Junior.

September 7, 14, 21, 28, 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!

September 14, 2019

Bemidji’s Annual World Wide Day of Play

PAUL BUNYAN PARK 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

Details

Young or old it’s time to go outside and PLAY and where better to PLAY then BEMIDJI! Paul Bunyan Park will have several activities set up for kids. Bring your bike and take a loop around Lake Bemidji or hit Movil Maze for a mountain bike challenge. Hike through Lake Bemidji State Park and have a picnic. So many options…make your plans to go outside and PLAY!!!

September 21 & 22, 2019

40th Annual Paul Bunyan Stampede

BEMIDJI SPEEDWAY

Details

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!

September 30 – October 6, 2019

Bemidji State 100th 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!

THEATRE

September 6-8 & 13-15, 2019

You Can’t Take It With You

HISTORIC CHIEF THEATER

Details

The Sycamore family isn’t your average bunch. When Alice attempts to contain her embarrassingly eclectic family’s ways to make a good impression on her fiancé, the entire night spirals out of control. From fireworks to the IRS (and everything in between!), this laugh-out-loud comedy is the perfect escape from “ordinary” life.

ARTS

September 6, 2019

First Friday Art Walk

Details

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.
September 6, 2019

First Friday Art Walk Opening and Reception

GALLERY NORTH ART GALLERY 2:00 PM– 6:00 PM

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Gallery North Classes
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September’s featured artist is Charles Alberti and his current collection “Thematic Painting to Music”. This collection focuses on listening to a piece of music then painting the images and colors that come to mind. A new twist-every Friday through September some paintings will be rotated out with new paintings.

Paint a Barn Using Acrylics – September 17, 2019
Intro to Drilling Stone & Glass for Jewelry – September 15, 2019
The Bead People – September 14, 2019
Put in on a Feather – September 24, 2019
Pebble Art – September 29, 2019

September 10, 11, 12, 2019

44th Annual North Country Arts & Crafts Workshop

CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES

Details

Men and women of all ages are invited to join us for high quality arts/crafts instruction (over 30 workshops to choose from), stimulating demonstrations, international foods menu, entertainment and great camaraderie in a scenic setting.
Also, don’t miss this unique opportunity to get wonderfully crafted treasures at the Crafters Bazaar, which will be open daily during the event.

September 14, 2019

Monarch Garden Mixed Media Painting

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

Details

The Monarchs are getting ready to migrate south for the winter, so let’s draw and paint a beautiful garden for them to stop at! First, we will visit the Watermark’s Pollinators Gardens, then we’ll head into the Education Studio to create our own, complete with a moveable Monarch butterfly.

September 20, 2019

Lake Itasca Topography Watercolor Class

WATERMARK ART CENTER 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Details

Inspired by our Nibikaang – From the Water exhibit, this watercolor class will allow students to express their connection to water, while exploring various watercolor techniques: watercolor washes, wet on wet technique, wet on dry technique, texture additives, etc.

September 21, 2019

19th Annual Harvest Festival

WILLOWWOOD MARKET

Details

This outdoor event is set amidst a beautiful fall color backdrop displaying over 150 quilts, with more than 25 vendor booths! Wares to browse include handmade soaps, pottery, dried fall arrangements, tin signs, jewelry, indi yarn, breads, local organic produce, as well as a wonderful array of our favorite, unique junk vendors! Don’t miss tasting the famous wild rice soup and homemade desserts!

September 28, 2019

Family Create: Gelli Printing

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

Details

Gelli prints are made by rolling ink onto a squishy plate, then using stencils and mark making tools to create shapes and textures. Layers of different colors can be added creating depth. Come give it a try!

SEPTEMBER EXHIBITS

Watermark Art Center

FOUR GALLERIES
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

Details

Watermark’s four galleries host rotating free exhibits, open to the public seven days a week.
July 11th – September 22nd “Nibikaang – From the Water” in the Miikanen and Kaul Galleries.
June 1st – September 14th “Creating from Nature: Inspiration from the Landscape” in the BSU Harlow|Klevan gallery.
August 9th – October 25th “Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life?)” by Tawnee Corning and “Mixed Messages” by Lonnie Knutson exhibits in the Lakeview Gallery.

Learning

IS MORE FUN IN BEMIDJI

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

Headwaters Science Center

Details

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 not to be missed favorite of Snake Feeding on Saturdays! 218-444-4472

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY

Beltrami County History Center

NOON TO 4:00 PM

See Our Video
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Interpretive exhibits and educational programs give visitors an opportunity to learn about the area’s railroad system, logging industry, Ojibwe life, the coming of pioneers, and even a historical view of northern Minnesota sports.

LODGINGS

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