Upcoming Events

Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon

Date: October 9th, & 10th, 2020


Saturday: 7am – 3pm

Location: Sanford Event Center

Event Details: The Blue Ox Full Marathon and 26K courses will all start at the Sanford Center and head around the east side of Lake Bemidji along the Paul Bunyan Trail. While the Half Marathon will start approximately 3 miles up the trail.


Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

Date: July 29-August 1, 2020 - Postponed to 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.


76th Annual Water "Quarnival"

Date: July 1-5, 2020

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, which is why we are moving forward with plans to host the 76th Annual Water Carnival... but with the twist!

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Popular Annual Events


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.


Night We Light Celebration & Parade

November 27, 2020

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season than to attend one of Bemidji's most cherished traditions, the Night We Light Celebration and Parade. Grab a blanket and enjoy a festive evening parade through our decorated downtown streets, followied by the lighting of over 165,000 lights throughout Paul Bunyan Park, Library Park and Downtown. End the evening as you warm up around our bonfire where hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies are served.