• Rail River Folk School
  • Blue Ox Marathon
  • Great Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk
  • Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Races
  • Free income tax assistance
  • BSU Homecoming Parade
  • BSU Community Appreciation Day
  • Urbanesque Boutique
  • Lake Boulevard
  • Bemidji Public Library
  • Beltrami County History Center
  • Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial
  • BRRRmidji Plunge at Winterfest
  • Boat launch at Diamond Point Park
  • International student celebration at BSU
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Nice Ride bike rental
  • Lakeshore cleanup by BSU students
  • Northwest Technical College Foundation fundraiser
  • Dental clinic for the needy
  • Pond hockey on Lake Bemidji
  • BSU hockey "puck drop" by tribal chairs
  • Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center at BSU
  • Annual Ride for the Troops
  • World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • Cameron Park
  • Summer evening by the lake
  • Sand volleyball league


Civic engagement has long been one of Bemidji’s biggest strengths, and it shows in how folks pitch in to improve the quality of life for longtime residents and newcomers.

A tradition of caring runs deep in the Bemidji area, where churches, service organizations, local government and nonprofits work together to ensure that the community’s changing needs are met.

When opportunity arises, Bemidjians get involved, whether it’s presenting a major special event like the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, building houses with Habitat for Humanity, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for United Way of Bemidji Area, or helping kids develop at the local Boys and Girls Club. In fact, the community has a new website dedicated to connecting people with volunteer needs.

Along with concern and pride, Bemidji also is determined to provide residents with ever-evolving programs and services for learning, enjoyment and personal enrichment. Interested in yoga, photography or dog obedience? Check out the community education offerings. Want to learn about sustainable gardening? Attend a workshop at the Rail River Folk School.

Likewise, between the Bemidji Public Library and the city’s Parks and Recreation programs, you’ll never lack for something new to learn and enjoy.