Arts & Entertainment

Bemidji, named First City of Arts, is home to a thriving artisan community whose gifts enrich and inspire. Creativity flourishes in galleries, along the downtown streets, through showcase events held throughout the year, as well as a variety of entertainment. If you love unique music, art, literature and entertainment, you’ll have just another reason to love Bemidji.


Located along the downtown waterfront area of Lake Bemidji, this historic Art Center hosts photography, painting, art and fine craft exhibits and workshops throughout the year.

Watermark Art Center

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This annual event held in July features over 100 artists, a dozen food vendors and live entertainment, and is all within walking distance to downtown Bemidji.

Art in the Park Event

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Music performances, visual arts are on display in three galleries and annual publications showcase creative writing.

BSU Music & Arts

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The Sanford Center, Bemidji’s largest entertainment space, is a 185,000 sq.ft., 4,700 seat multi-purpose facility.

The Sanford Center

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The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is Bemidji’s professional live production theatre. Located in the historic Chief Theatre, downtown Bemidji.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse


Since 1999, Bemidji’s Sculpture Walk displays work by area artists throughout downtown, with new works added to the program every year.

Sculpture Walk