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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
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
21st 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
Thursday Sep 24, 2015
Crosslake
A Crosslake Days Event! Come join us to support kids all over the world get good nutrition through the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF). A bike ride with (2) courses you can choose from: advanced or leisure. Bring your water bottles! ... read more
Categories: Community Service, Festivals & Celebrations, Recreation, Community Events, Family Activity, Health & Wellness
Saturday Sep 26, 2015
Crosslake
Come check out our chilli! We will have a delicious recipe to share and sample! Sampling starts at 11:30 am. ... read more
Categories: Education, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity, Culinary Events, Health & Wellness
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 10, 2015
Oktoberfest 2015 - Great food, great fun. Shuttle service/busses available 3 - 10 pm ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Fundraising Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
Friday Oct 16, 2015 - Saturday Oct 17, 2015
Deerwood
Oktoberfest at Ruttger's starts with Friday night's Harvest Buffet Dinner Show. Saturday is our famous Arts & Crafts Fair with indoor and outdoor booths, live music, activities, unlimited golf (guests only), and our Oktoberfest Dinner Buffet. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity, Culinary Events, Premier Annual Events
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 Nov 27, 2015
Nisswa
The downtown area lights up all at once at 5:30 pm, with holiday lights adorning trees and fences, stores and other buildings. Festivities for the annual event begin in the afternoon with horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, storytelling, food merchants, bonfires, hot cider and donut holes at the Pioneer Village and holiday carolers. After the countdown to turning on all the lights, Santa Claus makes an appearance and fireworks shoot up over town at 7:30 pm. ... read more
Categories: Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Community Events, Family Activity, Premier Annual Events
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