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

Thursday Dec 29, 2016 - Tuesday Jan 31, 2017
Enjoy a private cutter sleigh ride to dinner at Bites in Pine River provided by Action Entertainment. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment
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
Friday Jan 20, 2017
Please join us for this free, family friendly concert with a special appearance by Lake Region Christian School's young musicians! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Fundraising Events, Family Activity
Friday Jan 20, 2017
Baxter
In person, Sonny Knight defies his 68 years of age, with a smile and gestures that radiate youthful energy. Nearly fifty years after releasing his first recording, Mr. Knight remains a popular performer. . . ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Saturday Jan 21, 2017
Pequot Lakes
Dairy Queen is having it's annual ''Fan Appreciation Day''. EVERYTHING at DQ will be 50% off on January 21, 2017. This includes cakes, novelties, food and treats. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events
Sunday Jan 22, 2017
Northern Cowboy Flame N' Brew is offering Dog Sled Rides every Sunday as long as snow and ice permits. Pickup area is the back lake access of the Northern Cowboy. Dress warm, the ride is on North Long Lake. Enjoy a ride with a trained musher ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Wednesday Jan 25, 2017
Red Sky Productions presents ''Mistatim'', this is an inter-cultural story that combines dance, theatre, mask, story telling and music. This is an event for the entire family. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Education, Family Activity
Wednesday Jan 25, 2017
Red Sky's Mistatim is about the taming of a wild horse and the forging of the truest of friendships. A story of reconciliation for children and their families, Mistatim is an intercultural story that combines dance, theatre, mask, storytelling and music into one unforgettable audience experience. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
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
Thursday Jan 26, 2017
Crosslake
Join us on January 26, 2017 for the Traveling Art Pub - Food and Drink Specials for those in attendance! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, 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 2, 2017
The Armadillos will recreate the iconic sounds and Blue-eyed Soul will offer the vocal work of some special guests. Santana's lead singer Alex Ligertwood, Average White Band's Jeff Beck, and other guest vocalists. This will be a great evening of music played by people who really know what they're doing. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Family Activity
Saturday Feb 4, 2017
Crosslake
It's WinterFest at Manhattan's with all day long activities! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Recreation, Community Events, Family Activity
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 Feb 16, 2017
Baxter
Adults, kids and families are welcome to view a presentation indoors and then move outdoors to locate constellations, identify stars, distances and find deep space objects - weather permitting ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Education, Community Events, Family Activity
Thursday Feb 23, 2017
Crosslake
Join us in February for the Traveling Art Pub - Food and Drink Specials for those in attendance ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Family Activity
Friday Feb 24, 2017 - Sunday Feb 26, 2017
The 12th Annual Frozen Fore ?Vegas Tour? is taking place in the Brainerd Lakes Area on February 24-26, 2017. This 3-day celebration of all things winter, brings together a weekend of activities and fun for adults throughout the state. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Recreation, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Culinary Events, Premier Annual Events
Saturday Feb 25, 2017
The program starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The awards program follows dinner. The cost for the banquet is $38 per person, $17 per child 8-12 years old and $11 per child 4-7 years old. Please be aware that those who attend the banquet must pay for dinner as well. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
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
Saturday Mar 25, 2017
With the start of the 2017 Festival season just months away, the LAMF announces the anticipated line up of repertoire and musicians with these concert events! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Friday Mar 31, 2017 - Sunday Apr 2, 2017
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Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity
Saturday Apr 8, 2017
You will create two of your own unique scarves to wear using application and design on silk scarves. The class is presented by Phyllis Frankum. Class includes coffee/juice and rolls. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community 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
Friday May 5, 2017 - Sunday May 7, 2017
Brainerd International Raceway?s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as 250+ drag racers compete in 10 different classes ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity, Racing
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
Friday May 19, 2017 - Sunday May 21, 2017
Brainerd International Raceway?s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as 250+ drag racers compete in 10 different classes ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity, Racing
Wednesday May 24, 2017 - Sunday May 28, 2017
Brainerd International Raceway hosts the first major race of the 2017 season Memorial Day weekend. The 9th Annual Street Car Showdown is a double-header with the kick-off for the three-race Muscle Car Series on the drag strip . . . ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity, Racing
Saturday May 27, 2017 - Sunday May 28, 2017
Brainerd
All Aboard JUNKers! The Northern Pacific Event Center Campus will soon be filled with Antique Vendors from across the Nation. They will be making a stop with a huge selection of treasured vintage finds at the natural stone depot built in the early 1900?s. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Family Activity, Premier Annual 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
Friday Jun 9, 2017 - Sunday Jun 11, 2017
Brainerd International Raceway?s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as 250+ drag racers compete in 10 different classes ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity, Racing
Thursday Jun 15, 2017
Pequot Lakes
Each Thursday in the summer, the park adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail transforms into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Event, Community Events, Family Activity
Thursday Jun 15, 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 22, 2017
Pequot Lakes
Each Thursday in the summer, the park adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail transforms into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Event, Community Events, Family Activity
Thursday Jun 29, 2017
Pequot Lakes
Each Thursday in the summer, the park adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail transforms into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Event, Community Events, Family Activity
Monday Jul 3, 2017 - Tuesday Jul 4, 2017
Pequot Lakes
Come celebrate our Independence Day with Fourth of July activities July 3 and 4 in Pequot Lakes. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Event, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Thursday Jul 6, 2017
Pequot Lakes
Each Thursday in the summer, the park adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail transforms into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Event, Community Events, Family Activity
Friday Jul 7, 2017 - Sunday Jul 9, 2017
Brainerd International Raceway?s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as 250+ drag racers compete in 10 different classes ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity, Racing
Thursday Jul 13, 2017
Pequot Lakes
Each Thursday in the summer, the park adjacent to the Paul Bunyan Trail transforms into a sea of tents with vendors selling a variety of unique merchandise, as well as tasty treats. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Event, Community Events, Family Activity
Thursday Jul 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
Sunday Jul 16, 2017
Brainerd
The Public is invited to watch human ski pyramids, ski jumpers, barefooters, wakeboarders and skiers being pulled 360 degrees around the boat. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Events, Family Activity