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Festivals & Celebrations

The Brainerd Lakes Area is as well known for its many year-round festivals and celebrations as it is for its world-class golfing and fishing. During the year, communities throughout the Brainerd Lakes host fun, family-friendly events, ranging from summertime celebrations, including dozens of Fourth of July activities, to fall festivities, such as Oktoberfests or haunted happenings.

Events Calendar - Festivals & Celebrations

Thursday Jan 1, 2015 - Thursday Dec 31, 2015
Pequot Lakes
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Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events
Wednesday Aug 5, 2015
Conductor Courtney Lewis of the New York Philharmonic leads this chamber music set featuring Aaron Copland's beloved ''Suite from Appalachian Spring''. Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll Francis Poulenc: Le bal masqué Aaron Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring The Lakes Area Music ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations
Thursday Aug 6, 2015 - Saturday Aug 8, 2015
Crosslake Art Club 31st Annual Art Show and Sale, ''Rhythm of Art'' August 6, 7 and 8 from 10 am -5 pm at the Crosslake Community Center. Over 50 local artists will display and sell their original art work in oil, watercolor, collage, pastel, pottery and jewelry. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Service, Education, Festivals & Celebrations, Recreation, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Friday Aug 7, 2015
First Fridays at Franklin are all-ages events open to the public providing entertainment and artistic opportunities. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity
Friday Aug 7, 2015
Join Lakes Area Music Festival musicians for a casual night of cocktails and sight-reading. Enjoy mixing and mingling with music lovers from the community, and watch collaboration unfold for a night of surprises and delights. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events
Saturday Aug 8, 2015
Pequot Lakes
Come to the Chokecherry capital of the world for the 8th annual Chokecherry festival! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Health & Wellness
Saturday Aug 8, 2015
Puccini's classic story of love and loss comes to Brainerd with a full orchestra, and a cast of the country's top upcoming opera talent. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations
Sunday Aug 9, 2015
Puccini's classic story of love and loss comes to Brainerd with a full orchestra, and a cast of the country's top upcoming opera talent. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations
Wednesday Aug 12, 2015
Chamber works from Sergei Prokofiev, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Johannes Brahms. Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, ''Classical'' Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56 Chloe Fedor, violin Samantha Rodriguez, viola Andrew Altenbach, conductor ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations
Friday Aug 14, 2015
Join Lakes Area Music Festival musicians for a casual night of cocktails and sight-reading. Enjoy mixing and mingling with music lovers from the community, and watch collaboration unfold for a night of surprises and delights. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events
Saturday Aug 15, 2015
Finale weekend featuring a full symphony orchestra with works by Charles Ives, Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss and Maurice Ravel. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations
Sunday Aug 16, 2015
Finale weekend featuring a full symphony orchestra with works by Charles Ives, Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss and Maurice Ravel. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations
Wednesday Aug 26, 2015 - Sunday Aug 30, 2015
Pine River
This festival features the best in national touring and Minnesota bluegrass bands, along with professional Emcees, a top-notch sound system, a beautiful stage and a big tent for shade and rain protection (bring your lawn chairs). ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Friday Sep 4, 2015 - Saturday Sep 5, 2015
Out-of-Area
Enjoy the last of summer with a Bash! Nimrod Bull Riding along with Nimrod days gives families a chance to enjoy the last of summer! Including live bull riding action along with muttin bustin for the kids! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Recreation, Community Events, Family Activity
Friday Sep 4, 2015
Brainerd
First Fridays at Franklin are all-ages events open to the public providing entertainment and artistic opportunities. This family-friendly evening consists of a children's art exhibit (submissions accepted prior to the event), open artist studios, multiple gallery openings, open mic nights, food and drinks, art projects, and much more! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity
Saturday Sep 12, 2015
Pequot Lakes
19th Annual Pequot Lakes Arts & Crafts Fair There is nothing better than enjoying a beautiful fall day and celebrating the end of a busy summer! Enjoy strolling through the Trailside Park in the heart of Pequot Lakes and observing the bountiful array of hand-made crafts. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Event, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Friday Oct 2, 2015
Brainerd
First Fridays at Franklin are all-ages events open to the public providing entertainment and artistic opportunities. This family-friendly evening consists of a children's art exhibit (submissions accepted prior to the event), open artist studios, multiple gallery openings, open mic nights, food and drinks, art projects, and much more! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity
Saturday Oct 24, 2015
Crosslake
They did the dash...they did the monster dash..it was a Crosslake smash! On Saturday, October 24, 2015 the Crosslake Parks and Recreation Department will host the 6th annual Crosslake Monster Dash. The event will feature a 5K fun run/walk and the Children's Spirit Sprint. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Community Service, Festivals & Celebrations, Recreation, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Racing, Health & Wellness
Friday Nov 6, 2015
Brainerd
First Fridays at Franklin are all-ages events open to the public providing entertainment and artistic opportunities. This family-friendly evening consists of a children's art exhibit (submissions accepted prior to the event), open artist studios, multiple gallery openings, open mic nights, food and drinks, art projects, and much more! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity
Friday Dec 4, 2015
Brainerd
First Fridays at Franklin are all-ages events open to the public providing entertainment and artistic opportunities. This family-friendly evening consists of a children's art exhibit (submissions accepted prior to the event), open artist studios, multiple gallery openings, open mic nights, food and drinks, art projects, and much more! ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity