• Bemidji Town & Country Club
  • Bemidji State football
  • Bemidji State hockey in the Sanford Center
  • Cabin Coffee House
  • Beltrami County Fair
  • Sell-out crowd in the Sanford Center
  • Paul Bunyan Playhouse
  • Taste of Northern Minnesota


Be prepared to plan your Bemidji weekends well in advance. There’s so much going on all year long, you can quickly run out of room on the calendar if you’re not careful.

The Sanford Center often is the center of the action, with regular big-name concerts for every musical taste, great family attractions and expos. From October through February, Sanford is home ice for Bemidji State University’s Division I Beaver Hockey program.

Every month, Bemidji has at least one major outdoor festival, parade or athletic competition. They range from the Blue Ox Marathon in October to February’s Winterfest, the Loop the Lake Bike Festival in June and the enormous Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival in August, not to mention the Jaycees Water Carnival, parade and fireworks for the Fourth.

Before, after and in between is the chance to enjoy cozy coffeehouses, nouvelle cuisine, heavenly pizza and burgers, and flaky fresh walleye. Live, local music is featured most weekends at several spots, and don’t miss the taproom at the Bemidji Brewing Company.