NOT TO BE MISSED

IN SEPTEMBER

 

FEATURED EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 15TH & 16TH, 2018

“TOP OF THE WORLD” FALL COLORS

COVERED WAGON RIDES
BUENA VISTA SKI AREA

Catch the colors in a horse-drawn covered wagon on the high ridge known for centuries as the “Top of the World.” 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. Part of the path follows the Leech Lake-Red Lake Trail. The same route traveled by American Indians, early explorers and pioneers.

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SEPTEMBER 2018

FALL COLORS BY AUTOMOBILE

5 ROAD TOURS TO AUTUMN SERENITY

Bemidji in Autumn….breathtaking. A weather-friendly way to see the beauty Mother Nature has graced us with…a road tour around our colorful city and lakes. Whether the sun is shining on all 16 tree species, creating a vivid reflection on the water, or rain is falling creating the ripples on the water and droplets on the leaves, serenity is here to enjoy. Pit stop along the way at different birding hotspots to see if you can hear and/or see some of the many bird species our area boasts. The tough decisions…spread the tranquility out over a few days or make an entire day out of it…with 5 different routes to choose from, it’s all up to you.

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NATURE EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2018

K IS FOR KINGFISHER

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM

Explore the unique kingfisher and his adaptations, through stories and exploration. A craft activity will follow.

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SEPTEMBER 5TH & 19TH, 2018

OJIBWE KAHOOT COMPETITION!

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 5:00 PM TO 5:30 PM

Learn a selection of Ojibwe words related to things that can be found in the park; then, test out your new language learning by playing a competetive Kahoot. Winners receive bragging rights and a prize! This recurring program will have a new theme each time. No prior knowledge of the Ojibwe language is required. An electronic device capable of connecting to Wi-Fi is required for this activity.

September 6th, 2018
September 19th, 2018

SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018

BEAR PAW POINT HIKE

ITASCA STATE PARK 10:30 AM TO 11:30 AM

Join us for a rare opportunity to hike along Bear Paw Point. Discover the unique forest as well as some of the scientific research that is occurring by the University of Minnesota Biological Station and Laboratories.

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SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018

EAGLE WALK

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM

Take a short journey to Bass Creek to catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle nest–and maybe even its inhabitants!

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SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018

CANDLELIT BOG WALK

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

Experience the bog like never before: by candlelight! Luminaries will light the way along our 1/2 mile bog boardwalk to guide you out to Big Bog Lake where a naturalist awaits to answer any questions.

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SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018

LEAF POUNDING!

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

Work towards your Junior Park Naturalist (Pinelands) badge! Learn what makes leaves so bright and colorful. Then, learn about the technique of leaf pounding to create your own beautiful artwork that you get to take home!

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SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018

ITASCA BIOLOGICAL STATION TOUR

ITASCA STATE PARK 10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM

Discover the old and the new! Tour the new Itasca Campus Center then visit the site of the State Park House, where Mary Gibbs lived in 1903. See one of the few 1930s National Youth Administration 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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SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018

ANIMAL LEGENDS CAMPFIRE

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Join a naturalist to hear a selection of traditional Native American stories around a campfire about animals you may see at Lake Bemidji State Park!

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SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 (TENTATIVE)

WILD RICE PONTOON TOUR

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 10:00 AMTO 11:30 AM

On this ride join a naturalist to learn about the stages of wild rice growth and how important wild rice, or manoomin, is to the local Ojibwe, both historically and now.

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

CIRCLE TIME UNDER THE PINES F IS FOR FALL

ITASCA STATE PARK 10:30 AM TO 11:30 AM

Children 2-5 years old, come explore and have fun at Itasca as we learn about fancy feet through stories,songs, crafts, and outdoor discovery.

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SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2018

11TH ANNUAL AUTUMN HARVEST FESTIVAL AND LANTERN LIT HIKE

ITASCA STATE PARK 6:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

Scat, Tracks, and Animal Signs is this year’s theme for our on-half mile lantern lit hike. Guides with lanterns will lead you down the kerosene lantern-lit trail to meet characters that will explore animal tracks and signs you might find as you are exploring the Itasca forest. Group hikes will last about 30 minutes, departing every ten minutes.

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SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2018

PAUL’S TALL TALES (CAMPFIRE)

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Relax around the campfire and listen to tall tales about Paul Bunyan and things he has done!

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SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2018 (TENTATIVE)

FALL COLORS PONTOON TOUR

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM

Join a naturalist to see beautiful fall foliage along the Lake Bemidji shoreline. Along the way, keep an eye out for one the bald eagles nesting locally!

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SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2018

MUSHROOMS IN THE AFTER LIFE (OF TREES)

ITASCA STATE PARK 2:30 PM TO 4:00 PM

A walk and talk focused on Fall mushrooms and the role of fungi in the ‘circle of life’ for trees. Fungi that dominate this process are part of the massive biofiltration system that cleans the water draining into Lake Itasca.

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MUSIC & DANCE EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2018

WILDVIEW CONCERT

TODDY’S PUB AND GRUB

Bemidji-based band including Matt Jensen, guitar; Tony Naylor, vocals; Erik Jensen, guitar; Ben Aube, drums; and Brent Gilge, bass. Show also will include guests Obstruction of Justice and Sanguinary.

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SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2018

CONTRA DANCE

RAIL RIVER FOLK SCHOOL 4:00 PM TO 10:00 PM

Come join us for the third of ten monthly contra dances in Bemidji! This dance will feature live music by the O’Neil Family band coming back again from East Grand Forks and calling by Wendy Greenberg. Contra dancing is a lively, traditional social dance that originated in New England and is now done all over the United States.

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MUSIC UNDER THE PINES

SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2018

DL AND THE CLEAN STARTS

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

The Clean Starts combine dynamic vocals, pleasing harmony, and clean instrumentation to create their blend of folk, country, rock, and blues.

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SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2018

JULIE AND BILL KAISER

ITASCA STATE PARK 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

From the Minnesota northwoods, Bill and Julie Kaiser will be performing a concert inside historic Forest Inn. Bill and Julie’s music has been described as acoustic “folkgrass” with a mix of bluegrass, folk, and original.

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SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018

DANCING LIGHT

HEADWATERS MUSIC AND ARTS 7:00 PM

For an evening of music and magic come listen to Kiki, Greg and Sabbastion. The band fuses folk, classical, rock and pop genres, and sees themselves as being in the transport business. Kiki says, “If we do our job well, we transport ourselves and the audience to a place where the vibe is a little lighter, and the world shines a bit brighter.”

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SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018

REBBY AND THE ROMANTICS

ITASCA STATE PARK 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

This group has a unique “San Francisco sound” with a twist of folk, pop, rock and jazz. Playing Rebby’s original, timeless songs, the band will grab you with the rhythms of upbeat and heartfelt melodies and lyrics that reflect life and the love of the north woods in a relaxing style.

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SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2018

JIM AND MOLLY BAUER

ITASCA STATE PARK 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM

A Minnesota-based duo performs familiar folk and folk rock songs. With Jim playing acoustic guitar, they will share entertaining stories and songs. This is part of Itasca’s 11th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival and Lantern Lit Hike.

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THEATER & ART

SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2018

BEMIDJI SCULPTURE WALK TOURS

BEMIDJI VISITOR CENTER 11:00 AM TO NOON & 1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM

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

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SEPTEMBER 7TH, 8TH & 9TH, 2018

UKC CONFORMATION DOG SHOW

BELTRAMI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

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.

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SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018

POETRY READING & LECTURE

WATERMARK ART CENTER

The lecture “Poets in Conversation,” will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. Attendees should register by Sunday, Sept. 9, at watermarkartcenter.org. The reading will be held at 6 p.m. HC Palmer and Al Ortolani will use haiku, free verse and other forms of poetry to share about a broad range of topics, including environmental inspiration, the tallgrass prairie and the Vietnam war.

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SEPTEMBER 7TH-9TH, 14TH-16TH

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

THE HISTORIC CHIEF THEATER

One of the great classics of American theatre by Tennessee Williams, reveals the very depths of Blanche du Bois. A woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject— so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, intensified by the earthy and extremely “normal” young husband of the latter, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness.

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SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018

19TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL

WILLOWWOOD MARKET

Outdoor event 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 arrange¬ments, 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!

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FOOD EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2018

6TH ANNUAL FOZZ FEST

FOZZIE’S SMOKIN BAR-B-Q

Annual block party with a focus on local musicians and food vendors, along with a cornhole tournament, games, giveaways and more.

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SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2018, 10TH ANNUAL

DESSERTS BY DESIGN GALA

SANFORD CENTER BALLROOM

This event benefits the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra with savory appetizers, decadent desserts, gorgeous table décor, auctions, complimentary wine, and beautiful music.

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SPORTS EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 22ND & 23RD, 2018, 39TH ANNUAL

PAUL BUNYAN STAMPEDE

BEMIDJI RACEWAY 5:00 pm

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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ALSO CELEBRATED
IN SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018

WORLD WIDE DAY OF PLAY

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

Young or old it’s time to go outside and PLAY and where better to PLAY then BEMIDJI! Paul Bunyan Park dwill 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!!!

RAINY DAY FUN

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

WATERMARK ART CENTER

FOUR GALLERIES

Watermark’s four galleries host rotating exhibits and are free and open to the public seven days a week. Be sure to catch the “Elements of Nature: Sculpture by Bud Burger and Photography by John & Marilyn Walsh” exhibit before it leaves on August 25th.

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OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

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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SEPTEMBER 7th, 2018

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

WATERMARK ARTS CENTER 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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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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