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First City of Lights Foundation – Night we Light Celebration

Date: November 26, 2021

Location: Paul Bunyan Park, Downtown Bemidji, South Shore

Event Details: Celebrate the spirit of the season with one of Minnesota’s largest outdoor light displays with over a half million lights throughout the Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Park, Library Park , its historic downtown and South Shore. 2021 marks the 25th Anniversary of this treasured event and will include special events and activities to celebrate the silver anniversary all throughout the holiday season. The Illuminated display features a 56 foot tall Paul Bunyan Christmas Tree which is set to music every 30 minutes. The display also includes the 15 foot tall illuminated Fountain of Hope, a 12x14 Illuminated American Flag Salute to Heroes and NEW for 2021 is the illuminated and animated Nature Walk! The Night We Light Celebration will also include its annual illuminated parade, Lighting Ceremony, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas Marketplace, Window Display Contest and the First City of Lights Tour of Homes with many more exciting announcement still to come!

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2021-2022 Youth Hockey Season

Date: November - February

Location: Bemidji Community Arena

Event Details: Stay up to date with tournament information and be ready for those skates to hit the ice.

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77th Annual Water Carnival

Date: June 30th - July 5th 2021
Location: Lake Bemidji Waterfront

Event Details: As our nation begins to come together and with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Bemidji Jaycees feels that our community needs something to look forward to and celebrate. Come Celebrate the 77th annual Water Carnival!

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Mississippi Music

Date: Every Wednesday starting July 7th

Location: Lake Bemidji Waterfront

Event Details: Mississippi Music's mission is to provide quality, family friendly live music during summer months to celebrate our community, promote our downtown, and support the continued revitalization of our city.

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Art In The Park

Date: July17-18 2021

Location: 505 Bemidji Avenue N.
Bemidji, MN 56601

Event Details: Art in the Park is a juried fine arts and craft fair held along the shore of Lake Bemidji in beautiful, tree lined Library Park near the statues of Paul and Babe. 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.

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Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

Date: August 4-7 2021

Location: Lake Bemidji Waterfront

Event Details: Dragon boat race, which is a team paddling sport on water, using painted boats to which are attached decorative dragon heads and tails. The length of the race can be 500 meters and the normal crew number is 22, including 20 paddlers, 1 steer and 1 drummer. It is a variation of rowing that originated in China and is still associated with the traditional Chinese dragon boat festival or Tuen Ng Festival in Hong Kong.

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Beltrami County Fair

Date: 2022

Location: Beltrami County Fair Grounds

Event Details: Check back for more information regarding the Beltrami County Fair for 2022.

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Bemidji State University Homecoming 2021

Date: September 20th - 26th, 2021

Location: Bemidji State University

Event Details: Join Bemidji State University in the Great Beaver Get Together! Check out the 2021 event schedule from the Mr.Beaver pageant to the Beavers hosting Augustana at 2pm.

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Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon

Date: October 8th, & 9th, 2021

Time: Saturday: 8:30am

Location: Sanford Event Center

Event Details: Blue Ox Marathon scenic 26.2 mile road course on all paved trails and roads. The route is fairly flat consisting of about 50% paved bike trail and 50% paved road. Most of course is partially shaded with some open areas along lake shore.
Look forward to running through downtown Bemidji along with the loop around the Lake!
No same day registration.
Full marathon is capped at 200 runners.

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Jaycees Water Carnival

July 1-5, 2020

Celebrate America's Independence Day on the shores of Lake Bemidji! This 5-day event provides fun and entertainment for everyone including a carnival and midway, food, music, water ski show, medallion hunt, grand parade and our signature Red, White & Boom Fireworks Spectacular.

Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

July 29 - August 1, 2020

Join us the first weekend of August for one of the area's most popular events, the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. Drawing thousands to the waterfront each year, the festivities begin Friday night with the Parade of Teams Opening Ceremony and sprint races. Saturday is a full day of racing, music, food, kid's activities, awards and closing ceremonies. Each night the Dragon's Den features live music and dancing.

Bemidji Jaycees First City of Lights – Night We Light Celebration

November 27, 2020

Celebrate the spirit of the season with one of Minnesota’s largest outdoor light displays with over 300 thousand lights throughout Paul Bunyan and Library Parks and in downtown Bemidji! The illuminated display features the 56 foot tall Paul Bunyan Christmas tree which is set to music every 30 minutes. New additions for 2020 include the 18 ft. tall illuminated and animated Fountain of Hope in Library Park and the Large 12 x 13.5 foot illuminated American Flag Salute to Heroes! The Bemidji Jaycees will kick off the holidays at 6:00pm with the 24th Annual Night We Light “Un-Parade” in the Sanford Center Parking lot. Spectators can enjoy the sights and sounds of a parade as they drive through the lot and see all of the illuminated parade units.