Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

Plays, arts exhibits, concerts, museums – all these cultural opportunities and many more are available in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Crossing Arts Alliance, in the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, promotes a variety of arts events in the region. Central Lakes College Theatre supports community plays as well as the popular Cultural Arts Series, which brings nationally recognized performers to Brainerd Lakes Area stages. Each fall, the Geritol Frolics host its vaudeville-style shows. Throughout the year, you will find a variety of arts and crafts shows, often associated with community festivals. You also will discover a growing number of music concerts, especially summer concert series in cities throughout the region as well as live bands at area restaurants and nightclubs. A number of museums offer a window to the past. These museums include the Crow Wing County Historical Society’s museum in Brainerd as well as historical exhibits in Crosby, Crosslake, Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. In addition, the Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association hosts a train exhibit in Crosslake, depicting the logging and mining history of this region.

Events Calendar - Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Friday Dec 9, 2016 - Sunday Dec 11, 2016
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Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events
Saturday Dec 10, 2016 - Sunday Dec 11, 2016
Pequot Lakes
Santa and {Photojenic} Photography Studio & Photo Gallery are opening up the Photo Studio for YOU; with Photo Packages, Crafts, Letters to Santa, A Coloring Contest & MORE! Relax this Holiday Season and leave it to the professionals. Get your Photo Packages in time for Christmas! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Saturday Dec 10, 2016
Pequot Lakes
Enjoy a fun, family day celebrating holiday traditions. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Saturday Dec 10, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Saturday Dec 10, 2016
Brainerd
This Christmas, the Emmy-award winning a cappella group brings their renowned stage show to Brainerd. Enjoy an evening of innovative vocal stylings and holiday cheer! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Sunday Dec 11, 2016
Nisswa
Get the kiddos and join us in Santa's Workshop. Cookies from the Iron Waffle to decorate. Free hot cider and cocoa for kiddos. Craft stations. Bring a toy/donation for Christmas for Kids! Gift wrapping stations for kids. Adults can enjoy a drink, eat and be Merry. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Sunday Dec 11, 2016
Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Recreation
Sunday Dec 11, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Recreation, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Tuesday Dec 13, 2016
Crosslake
The Crosslake first through fourth graders will be performing ''A Season of Partner Songs and Poetry'' ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Tuesday Dec 13, 2016
Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events
Wednesday Dec 14, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Wednesday Dec 14, 2016
Crosslake
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday! Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round. Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events
Thursday Dec 15, 2016 - Monday Dec 19, 2016
Brainerd
The structure of the play faithfully covers that of the novel, interweaving the lives of the March girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and Laurie, the boy next door, as they grow up happily together - yet the action is contained neatly in one set. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Thursday Dec 15, 2016
Nisswa
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Culinary Events
Thursday Dec 15, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Friday Dec 16, 2016
Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events
Friday Dec 16, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Friday Dec 16, 2016
Brainerd
Rock & Roll Christmas is a Las Vegas-caliber, multimedia, full-production show that mixes an 8-piece band with music, comedy, parodies and even a game show! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Saturday Dec 17, 2016
Nisswa
Get the kiddos and join us in Santa's Workshop. Cookies from the Iron Waffle to decorate. Free hot cider and cocoa for kiddos. Craft stations. Bring a toy/donation for Christmas for Kids! Gift wrapping stations for kids. Adults can enjoy a drink, eat and be Merry. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Saturday Dec 17, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Sunday Dec 18, 2016
Nisswa
Get the kiddos and join us in Santa's Workshop. Cookies from the Iron Waffle to decorate. Free hot cider and cocoa for kiddos. Craft stations. Bring a toy/donation for Christmas for Kids! Gift wrapping stations for kids. Adults can enjoy a drink, eat and be Merry. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Sunday Dec 18, 2016
Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Recreation
Sunday Dec 18, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Recreation, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Tuesday Dec 20, 2016
Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events
Wednesday Dec 21, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Wednesday Dec 21, 2016
Crosslake
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday! Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round. Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events
Friday Dec 23, 2016
Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events
Friday Dec 23, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Saturday Dec 24, 2016
Nisswa
Get the kiddos and join us in Santa's Workshop. Cookies from the Iron Waffle to decorate. Free hot cider and cocoa for kiddos. Craft stations. Bring a toy/donation for Christmas for Kids! Gift wrapping stations for kids. Adults can enjoy a drink, eat and be Merry. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Saturday Dec 24, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Sunday Dec 25, 2016
Brainerd
Bar Bingo with our NEW digital system. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Recreation
Tuesday Dec 27, 2016
Brainerd
Bar Bingo with us. Full menu and bar. Pull tabs available. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events
Wednesday Dec 28, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Wednesday Dec 28, 2016
Crosslake
Enjoy BINGO at Manhattan's every Wednesday! Games start at 6pm! Progressive Jackpot on our blackout round. Proceeds support the Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events
Thursday Dec 29, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Thursday Dec 29, 2016
Crosslake
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Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Education, Community Events, Family Activity
Friday Dec 30, 2016
Brainerd
Meat raffle at the Legion every Friday. Up to a $50 meat packages given away. Full bar and menu. Special Dinners at 5:30 pm. Pull tabs available. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events
Friday Dec 30, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Saturday Dec 31, 2016
Brainerd
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 80 colorfully animated lit displays. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Sunday Jan 8, 2017
Nisswa
After dazzling Lakes Area audiences this past summer, pianist Tanya Gabrielian returns to Minnesota for a recital in collaboration with artistic director Scott Lykins. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Thursday Jan 12, 2017
Baxter
2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back. Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Family Activity, Culinary Events
Thursday Jan 19, 2017
Nisswa
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Culinary Events
Wednesday Jan 25, 2017
Brainerd
BAY Rally is geared towards Jr. and Sr. High students. We have live music, a speaker, and interactive videos. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Education, Community Events, Family Activity
Friday Jan 27, 2017
Nisswa
Join us for the 2nd Annual Dueling Pianos Kick-Off Party! We invited Deuces Wild Dueling Piano Show back with a fundraising show that you won't soon forget. There is not other show that kicks off Extravaganza weekend in the way it so deserves! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Saturday Jan 28, 2017
Brainerd
Join us January 28th on Gull Lake. The contest is from Noon - 3:00pm. Place in the top 150 and take home a prize. The contest raises money for Confidence Learning Center and other local charities. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Recreation, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Thursday Feb 2, 2017 - Saturday Feb 4, 2017
Crosslake
Bundle up the family and bring them to Crosslake for our 14th annual WinterFest celebration! Hunt for the WinterFest Medallion for a prize package worth hundreds! Enjoy many good ol'fashoned family friendly activities on Friday and Saturday! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Event, Festivals & Celebrations, Recreation, Community Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Thursday Feb 9, 2017
Baxter
2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back. Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Family Activity, Culinary Events
Thursday Feb 16, 2017
Nisswa
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Culinary Events
Thursday Mar 9, 2017
Baxter
2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back. Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Family Activity, Culinary Events
Thursday Mar 16, 2017
Nisswa
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Culinary Events
Saturday Mar 18, 2017
Crosslake
Find Your Charm in Crosslake at the 43rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration. You don't have to be Irish to appreciate all the excitement associated with this decades long tradition. Dust off your lawn chairs, get your Irish face on and load up the whole family as there is something for all ages in Crosslake for this 43rd Annual Celebration! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Event, Festivals & Celebrations, Recreation, Community Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Friday Mar 24, 2017
Brainerd
More live music, interactive video, drama & laughter than any other fund-raiser you've ever attended! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Education, Fundraising Events, Family Activity
Thursday Apr 13, 2017
Baxter
2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back. Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Family Activity, Culinary Events
Thursday Apr 20, 2017
Nisswa
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Culinary Events
Wednesday Apr 26, 2017
Brainerd
BAY Rally is geared towards Jr. and Sr. High students. We have live music, a speaker, and interactive videos. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Education, Community Events, Family Activity
Saturday May 6, 2017 - Sunday May 7, 2017
Brainerd
Agates, Minerals, Fossils, Gems & Jewelry, Silent Auctions, Exhibits, Kids' Corner, Demonstrations, Door Prizes, Concessions. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Education, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity
Thursday May 11, 2017
Baxter
2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back. Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Family Activity, Culinary Events
Saturday May 13, 2017
Brainerd
150+ artists/crafters with quality handmade items! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity
Sunday May 14, 2017
Nisswa
.The winter series comes to a close with one of the most beloved monuments of the chamber music repertoire performed by some of your favorite LAMF musicians. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Thursday May 18, 2017
Nisswa
Sherwood Forest is excited to host Ladies night - every 3rd Thursday of the month! You will get an opportunity to unWINEd with radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate good times, good company, good food and good fun! Consider this a night out for ladies with a different twist each time! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Culinary Events
Thursday Jun 8, 2017
Baxter
2nd Thursday, Happy Hour for a Cause. One of our favorite ways to give back. Supporting our community, by helping non profits thrive, is in our mission statement. Using our business and motivating our customer base to support local non profits is an important responsibility. Our way to help is by providing a place for non-profits raise funds. The 2nd Thursday program has become one of our most consistent ways to do that in the restaurant ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Family Activity, Culinary Events