Events around the lakes



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Wednesday 25 August

Wild Wednesday in Tamarac: Children aged 3 to 7 and their parents are invited to come to the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Discovery Center to participate in a Wild Wednesday program, “Hangin ‘Out With Bats”, from 10 am to 11 am or 1 pm. a.m. to 2 p.m. Hear a story, go on a hike, and bring home a craft project. Space is limited to 25 children per session. Register your child via the link on the refuge website Adults do not have to register. For more information, contact the shelter staff at 218-847-2641. The Discovery Center is located next to the Visitor Center at 35704 County Hwy., 26, Rochert.

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Thursday August 26

Thursday trucks and melodies: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club is sponsoring an evening of food, entertainment and live music at Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 5 p.m. favorites, while in the podium, Tim Eggebraaten & Friends will perform. Entrance is free, although the cost of food may vary from truck to truck. Rotating raffle tickets will also be on sale for $ 10 each.

Living at the Lodge: Kathie Brekke & Friends will perform live at the Lodge on Lake Detroit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

Women’s Expo in the Lakes Region: Rachel Ianiro will perform live at the Lakes Area Women’s Expo, which will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Richwood Winery. There will also be plenty of shopping, food and drink available. Tickets are just $ 5 and can be purchased online at and on the Richwood Winery Facebook page (under the ‘events’ tab) or in person at Leighton Broadcasting in Detroit Lakes.

Ojibwe Forests rally launch party: Disgruntled Brewing in Perham will host the launch party for the Ojibwe Forests 2021 rally, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The launch party will also serve as a celebration of the life of former rally chairman Kerry Freund, who passed away in January. No charge to attend this event.

Friday August 27

Food Truck Friday: Organized by Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary, Food Truck Fridays will take place every Friday until September 3. Detroit Lakes City Park, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Onsite food trucks may change; the event will take place rain or shine.

Steak and fries : American Legion Post 15’s First Zinger Squadron will be holding a fundraiser for fried steaks starting at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. The cost is $ 14 per plate; service will continue until all the steak is gone.

Chase Bryant in concert: The Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen will host a concert by country music star Chase Bryant at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $ 14. Visit for more information.

Groups, beer and barbecue: The Detroit Lakes Kiwanis will host an evening of live music, beer and barbecue at the Washington Ballpark in Detroit Lakes (1330 Washington Ave.) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. music starts at 5:30 pm Tickets are $ 25 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office, online at, or from any Kiwanis member.

MaCAWS for PAWS: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads will once again be fundraising for the Marshmallow Animal Shelter with “maCAWS for PAWS 8” in Zorbaz on the Lake (402 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes) from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. Evening festivities will include live music. by Island Time and a silent auction; there will also be a raffle, with cash prizes ranging from $ 100 to $ 500, at 8:45 p.m.

saturday 28 august

Boats & Bars 15.5: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads will host their annual Boats and Bars, rain or shine fundraiser, starting with the launch party at 11 a.m. in Zorbaz, with live music by Jim Hoehn. Then, at noon, the action switches to the Sandbar between Big and Little Detroit Lake, where The Castaways will perform from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jenn Bostic will perform at the Longbridge Bar, Grill & Marina, while Island Le temps will end the day’s festivities with a show from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Beach Bar. The draws will take place at the Beach Bar from 6 p.m. Tickets cost $ 15 each; Sales start in front of Zorbaz at 10 a.m. Profits will be donated to the Marshmallow Animal Shelter.

Dance of the firefighters of the lake park: Slamabama will be performing for the Fire Department Dance and Customer Appreciation Event at Lake Park Liquors from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am There will also be an outdoor beanbag tournament starting at 4 p.m. the registration cost is $ 20 for a team of two people. Come early to register.

Tuesday August 31

Tuesdays in the park: The Tuesday summer concert series in the grounds of the historic Holmes Theater concludes with a 5:30 p.m. picnic hosted by the Fuller Center for Housing. The picnic will be followed by live music from the Lakes Area Community Concert Band under the bandshell in Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 7 p.m. of the concert will help support the arts in Detroit Lakes. In case of rain, the picnic and the concert will be canceled. For more information on picnics, contact Bob Jernberg, 218-847-6626 or 701-367-2934. For more concert information, call 218-844-7469 or visit

Fair Hills Hootenanny, Smorgasbord and Pelican Lake Cruise: Fair Hills Resort, 24270 County Highway 20, Detroit Lakes, will host a 5 p.m. cruise on Pelican Lake, followed by a 6 p.m. buffet dinner and an 8 p.m. performance of the ever-popular Fair Hills Hootenanny. It will be the last smorgasbord, cruise and Hootenanny show of the summer; call 218-847-7638 for reservations or more information.

Sunday 5 August

Pancake breakfast: The Knights of Columbus of the Holy Rosary will sponsor a pancake, French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Admission is a gift of free will.


Craftsmen and artists of the region wanted: Calling all the artisans, craftsmen, dancers, musicians, singers, chefs and other cultural exhibitors in the region … in the afternoon of Saturday September 25. Whether you’re cooking a culturally specific type of food like lefse or fried bread, performing in a drum group or square dancing, hardangering or Ojibwa beading, this event is for you! at 218-847-2938 for more information.

Ojibwe Forest Rally: The 2021 Ojibwe Forests rally is scheduled for Friday and Saturday August 27-28, with its headquarters in Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. This competitive two-day road rally covers over 120 miles on the forest roads of northern Minnesota; details and schedule on

UFDA Day: This festival featuring entirely local food and music takes place on Friday and Saturday August 27-28 at DL King Estate, 2072 310th St., Waubun, featuring Rootz Within, Hardwood Groove and more from Detroit Lakes. The cost is $ 30 for a day pass or $ 50 for the weekend. Bring your whole family: children are admitted free and camping is included in the admission price. Parking is $ 10, but if you’re carpooling with three or more people, it’s free.

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Meeting: The 2021 West Minnesota Steam Threshers Meeting will be held September 3-6 at the WMSTR Field in Rollag, Minnesota. Once you’ve paid the admission fee, you can enjoy a full day of steam engines, parades, live music, crafts, blacksmithing and threshing demonstrations and hundreds of other exhibits. no additional cost. Food, drinks and festival souvenirs can be purchased on site; primitive camping (no water, electricity or sewer hookups) is also available. Visit for more information.

Ladies Loppet MTB Races: The Maplelag Resort in rural Callaway will host the 10th race of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, known as the Laddies Loppet, on September 4-5. The competitions will take place in both the cross-country (children competition, citizen, sport, competition and elite) and short track (open men and women, children, citizen, sport, competition and expert / elite competition) categories. The racing action begins on Saturday with the traditional cross-country races, ending Sunday with the short track races. This is the 20th annual event (it was canceled in 2020). No registration on the day of the race; you must register in advance, both for shopping and for camping on site. For more information, visit

Pickleball from the Parc des Peuples: Peoples Park pickleball courts are owned by the City of Detroit Lakes and are open to the public 24/7. Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball (DLAP) offers organized play Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Other popular times to play are Tuesday and Thursday evenings after 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday mornings. For more information, visit the DL Pickleball page on Facebook.

Farmer’s Market in the Lakes Region: The Lake District Farmers Market is now open for the season at Detroit Lakes People’s Park (behind Zorbaz). The hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday. For more information, visit or call 661-345-7450.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Here is the meeting schedule for the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 827 Summit Ave. – Sundays at 1 p.m., open meeting 12×12; Tuesdays at 7 p.m., open meeting of the Big Book; Wednesdays at noon, public meeting of the Grapevine; Wednesdays at 6 p.m., public meeting of women; Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Intro to AA Open Meeting; Saturdays at 7 am, open meeting for men; Saturdays at 9 am, closed session of the Women’s Big Book; Saturday at 8 p.m., open themed meeting. There are no dues or fees for meetings. For more information, call the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 218-844-9970, or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.

Anonymous overeaters: Do you turn to food for more comfort? Does your diet affect your health or the way you live? Do you find your mind preoccupied with thoughts of food? If any of them describes you, then Overeaters Anonymous might be for you. No dieting, no weighing, no fees – just a 12 step program for those struggling in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity group meets Tuesdays at noon at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes (1043 Lake Ave.); please use the south entrance to the car park. The Freedom From Bondage OA group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. at the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Please use the east door.

Woodcarvers from the Land of Lakes: Anyone interested in woodcarving or woodworking is invited to bring their latest projects to the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and enjoy a free woodworking session. Model books and other resources are available in the Woodcarver’s Library. There is no charge to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.



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