What’s new in Lake Country?

There is always something fun to do in our local towns. Click below to find something new to do in your area!


April 4 & 18       6:30-8:30 P.M.

May 2 & 16        6:30-8:30 P.M.

Knit & Crochet Group

Bring your current yarn project to knit and crochet with others while discussing books.  All skill levels welcome.

Aitkin Public Library

Cost:  Free

Info:  www.isd1.org


April 7 – May 20       11 A.M.-4 P.M. Tuesday – Saturday, Sundays & Mondays by appointment only

April 8                      12-3 P.M.  Artist Reception

Floral Explosion: Double Exposure

Art exhibition featuring local twin sister artists Kimberly Heft Cook and Pamela Heft Andell.

Jacques Art Center

Cost:  Free

Info:  218.927.2363  |  www.jacquesart.com


April 25       4:30-7:30 P.M.

Bowls to Bellies

Participants select from a variety of handcrafted bowls, have a meal and keep their bowls as a memento.  Proceeds to benefit Aitkin food shelves and Loaves and Fishes.

The Butler Building

Cost:  $20

Info:  218.927.2115  ext. 2153  |  www.isd1.org

April 13       5-7 P.M.

May 11        5-7 P.M.

2nd Thursday Happy Hour for a Cause

Community fundraiser focusing on a different local nonprofit group each month.  Appetizers, drink samples and local nonprofit information available.  All event proceeds to benefit that month’s featured nonprofit group.

Prairie Bay Grill & Catering

Cost:  Minimum donation

Info:  218.824.6444  |  www.prairiebay.com


April 28       6-8 P.M.

Arbor Day Wine Tasting

Try a variety of wine and craft beer samples paired with delicious food.  Participants will receive a commemorative wine/beer glass and seedling tree to keep.  Guessing jars, a silent auction, door prizes and more.

Northland Arboretum

Cost:  $35 in advance or $40 at the door.  Purchase tickets at the Northland Arboretum.

Info:  218.829.8770  |  www.northlandarb.org

April 1  8 A.M.–3:30 P.M.

15th Annual “Ready, Set, Grow!” Garden Expo 2017

This educational event includes speakers, vendors, exhibitors, silent auction, door prizes, and four breakout classes, plus morning and afternoon refreshments and a boxed lunch catered by Prairie Bay Grill and Catering. Topics include top perennials for Central Minnesota, small fruits for the home gardener, container gardening, garden myths, gardening for bees and butterflies, and much more.

Brainerd High School

Cost: $30 per person. Includes lunch and refreshments.

Info: 218.454.4769  |  www.crowwingmastergardeners.org


May 6         9 A.M.-5 P.M.

May 7       10 A.M.-4 P.M.

Cuyuna Agate & Mineral Show

Join the Cuyuna Rock, Gem and Mineral Society for a fun and educational experience.  Event to include flint knapping demonstrations, rock cutting, kids corner, crafts, jewelry, exhibits, silent auction, door prizes and concessions.

Crow Wing County Fairgrounds

Cost:  Free

Info:  www.cuyunarockclub.org


May 13       9:30 A.M.-4 P.M.

Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

Browse through quality items handmade by over 150 local artists and crafters.  Refreshments available for purchase with event proceeds to benefit local student scholarship funds. Event sponsored by Brainerd Public Schools Community Education.

Brainerd Senior High School

Cost:  Free

Info:  218.454.6926  |  www.isd181.org

April 8       7:30-11 A.M.

May 13      7:30-11 A.M.

Pancake Breakfast

Enjoy a hot breakfast served by Pelican Lake Conservation Club volunteers.  Breakfast to include scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes, sausage, coffee, and orange juice.

Pelican Lakes Conservation Club

Cost:  $7/ 6 and older, free/5 and under

Info:  www.explorebrainerdlakes.com


May 27       Between 8-9 P.M. (when the sun goes down between the trees)

Memories of Elvis Show

Outdoor family friendly performance paying tribute to a legend. Come early as seating is limited.

Dockside Lounge Deck at Breezy Point Resort

Info:  800.432.3777  |  www.breezypointresort.com

April 4, 11, 18 & 25          6:30-8 P.M.

May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30       6:30-8 P.M.

Bingo at the Moose Lodge

Packet sales begin at 6:30 p.m. with bingo starting at 7 p.m.  Food will be available for purchase from 5-8 p.m.

Moose Lodge

Info:  www.visitgrandrapids.com


April 7       7:30-9:30 P.M.

Nelson Illusions

Unique theatrical show featuring the talents of four Master Magicians. Stage magic to include a girl sawn in half, a man melting through a steel sheet, a floating woman, a woman shot from a cannon and more.  Audience members may be invited to the stage for participation.

Wilcox Theater/ Reif Center

Cost:  $26/Adults, $13/Students

Info:  218.327.5780  |  www.reifcenter.org


May 18       7:30-9 P.M.

Center Stage MN: Actual Wolf

Performance by a Grand Rapids native featuring his Nashville-made album entitled “Itasca,” a country music tribute to Minnesota.  Presented in partnership with KAXE/KBXE Community Radio.

Ives Studio Theater/Reif Center

Cost:  $15

Info:  218.327.5780  |  www.reifcenter.org


May 19       7:30-10 P.M.

Minnesota Orchestra

Enjoy the sounds of an internationally reputable orchestra.  Performances of classical masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Brahms.

Wilcox Theater/Reif Center

Cost:  $30

Info:  218.327.5780  |  www.reifcenter.org

April 4, 6,11,13,18,20,25 & 27                9-11:30 A.M.

May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, & 30       9-11:30 A.M.

Pickleball

Try a new sport!  Pickleball is an unusual combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong played on a court with a paddle and wiffleball. Paddles and wiffleballs provided. Please bring sneakers and a water bottle.

Hackensack Community Building

Cost:  $2/day

Info:  218.675.6370  |  www.hackensackchamber.com

April 1       4:30-7 P.M.

Franciscan Pasta Bar

Fundraiser hosted by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. Spaghetti with meat sauce (meatless available upon request), chicken alfredo, white and cracked wheat bread, Caesar salad, bars and beverages to be served.  Tickets available at the door or by calling 320.632.2981. Event proceeds to benefit St. Francis Health & Wellness Center and St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls.

St. Francis Hall Convent

Cost:  $9/Adults, $5/Children ages 5-12, free/Children ages 4 and under

Info:  320.632.2981  |  www.littlefallsmn.com


April 1       7:30 P.M.

Heartland Symphony Orchestra: Destinations

Relax to an evening of classical music. Tickets may be purchased online or at the concert.

Charles D. Martin Auditorium

Cost:  $12/Adults, $10/Seniors, Free/Grades K-12

Info:  800.826.1997  |  www.heartlandsymphony.com


April 22       11 A.M.

“Symphony of Fashions” Luncheon & Style Show

The 12th annual Heartland Symphony Orchestra fundraiser will feature a social hour, fashion show, silent auction, door prizes and luncheon. Bidding on silent auction items will be during the social hour. Tickets may be purchased online, at Bon Jo’s or Great River Arts in Little Falls, Christopher Banks in  Brainerd or from an HSO board member.

First United Church

Cost:  $20

Info:  800.826.1997  |  www.heartlandsymphony.com


May 6 & 7

Greater Minnesota 2 Cylinder Club Annual Field Day & Swap Meet

Two day spring event with flea market, garden tractor parts and consignment auction.

Morrison County Fairgrounds

Cost:  $6

Info:  320.393.5353  |  www.littlefallsmnchamber.com

April 15       10 A.M.-NOON

Easter EGGStravaganza

Registration begins at 10 a.m. for this children’s Easter egg hunt. Hunts will be divided by age groups.  Each child will get Easter eggs and a gift, with special eggs containing additional prizes. There will be drawings for more prizes.  Feel free to bring a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. Event sponsored by the Longville Area Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the Longville Lions Club.

Common Grounds Coffeehouse

Cost:  Free

Info:  www.longville.com

April 15       10 A.M.- 1 P.M.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Event is for children 12 and under. Begins promptly at 10 a.m. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available so feel free to bring your cameras. Refreshments to be served directly after the event.

Nisswa American Legion

Cost:  Free

Info:  www.nisswa.com


April 20       5-7 P.M.

May 18        5-7 P.M.

Ladies’ Night at Sherwood Forest

Hang out with local radio celebrity Tess Taylor and celebrate with food and fun. Each Ladies’ Night will be unique.

Sherwood Forest

Info:  218.963.6261  |  www.sherwoodforestmnlodge.com


May 14       7 – 9 P.M.

Schubert’s Cello Quintet

Close out the Lakes Area Music Festival’s winter series with beautiful chamber music pieces.

Lutheran Church of the Cross

Cost:  Free, though donations are accepted

Info:  www.lakesareamusic.org


May 30       10:30 A.M.-3 P.M.

Nisswa Women’s Club Annual Luncheon/Fashion Show

Annual fundraiser for local scholarships and other charities hosted by the Nisswa Women’s Club.  In 2016 the club donated $20,050 for high school scholarships and other non-profit organizations. Event is open to the public.  A social hour and raffles will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, luncheon at noon and a fashion show to begin at 1 p.m.

Madden’s Town Hall at Madden’s Resort.

Info:  www.business.nisswa.com   |   www.nisswawomensclub.org

April 29       12:30-4:30 P.M.

Itasca to Hubbel Pond Series: Hike #1

Join the park naturalist and North Country Trail hiking group members for a 6.5-mile hike through Itasca State Park’s south section. Learn about further upcoming hikes on the outing. Portions of the trail will be strenuous. Dress for the outdoors with sturdy weather-resistant boots, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, energy snack and hiking/trekking poles. Meet at the North Country Trail Head Parking at the park’s South Entrance by 12:30 p.m. Event sponsored by Itasca State Park and Itasca Moraine/Laurentian Lakes Chapters of the National North Country Trail.

Itasca State Park

Info:  218.699.7251  |  www.dnr.state.mn.us


May 20       9 A.M.- 1 P.M.

Minnesota Bike Opener 2017

Family friendly event featuring bike swaps, kids games, giant tricycle races, bike decorating, music, food and more.

Red Bridge Park and Heartland Trail

Cost:  Free

Info:  218.732.4111  |  www.parkrapids.com

April 5 & 19       10 A.M.-2 P.M.

May 3 & 17        10 A.M.-2 P.M.

Art Club Workshop

Find a new outlet for your creativity.  All are welcome. Art club meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month.

The Warehouse

Cost:  Free

Info:  218.587.5282  |   www.pinerivermn.com