Planning your summer with the family or friends? Here’s a list of weekly events so you can plan ahead for FUN! ((Watch for updates throughout the summer!))
Free nutritious lunches will be made available once again as part of the Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch organized by CRMC and area churches. (The group’s goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs.) The lunches will available on weekdays now through Fri, Sept. 2, ((except for Monday, July 4)). They will be at the following locations:
11:15 to 11:30 Ironton at Grandpa’s Park, located behind Mac Daddy’s Donut Garage
11:35-11:50 Assembly of God Church in Crosby, 604 Oak Street
11:55-12:10 Cuyuna Range Food Shelf, 302 Cross Ave. in Crosby
12:15 to 12:30 Deerwood American Legion, 23569 Forest Road
The Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch’s goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs.
The Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd is offering Free Tours of the center every Monday (and Tuesday) during the summer from 10:00-11:00am. Guests will get to tour the historic, 150 year old railroad district, learn about its history and discover what the property has to offer. Please sign up the Friday prior to the tour. There must be at least 6 people or more for a tour to take place. For info, 218-825-0410.
The Lakes Area Growers hosts the Brainerd Farmer’s Market every Tuesday in the parking lot of the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd from 8:00-12:30. Find Minnesota grown fruits and vegetables like asparagus, peas, green beans, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes raspberries, grapes, apples and more! They will also have hand-crafted items and locally raised food like meat and dairy products, buffalo meat, eggs, etc.
The Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd is offering Free Tours of the center every (Monday and) Tuesday during the summer from 10:00-11:00am. Guests will get to tour the historic, 150 year old railroad district, learn about its history and discover what the property has to offer. Please sign up the Friday prior to the tour. There must be at least 6 people or more for a tour to take place. For info, 218-825-0410.
Destination Downtown Brainerd invites the public to its Here For Good Market every Tuesday from 3:00-6:00 in downtown Brainerd on 7th Street between Front and Laurel. This is a marketplace for local growers and makers and also features live music, food, artist demos and games! Experience food, art and culture each Tuesday now through Aug. 30.
Crow Wing County Master Gardeners, along with the Northland Arboretum, will share when, where, what and how to plant a garden that produces food and flowers to share with your family and friends. The class series, which runs from 5:30-7:30 every Wednesday now through Aug. 31, includes hands-on instruction in your own garden plot at the Arb with the seeds and plants you select to grow! The cost is just $35 for a 3’x16’ garden plot, instruction materials, seeds and plants. Call the Arb to register at 218-829-8770. Space is limited. Advance registration is recommended at NorthlandArb.org.
The 59th Annual Nisswa Turtle Racing Season is underway each and every Wednesday next to the Nisswa Chamber office in downtown Nisswa. The races take place in the parking lot behind the Chamber building with registration starting at 1:00 and the races starting at 2:00. The cost to race a turtle (TURTLES PROVIDED) is $5. There is no fee to watch! The races will take place every Wednesday through August 17th. Learn more at Nisswa.com.
The Longville Chamber invites the public to The Longville Turtle Races which take place every Wednesday now through Aug. 17th in downtown Longville. Registration starts at 1:00 and racing starts at 2:00. Also during registration time, kids can enjoy contests and games including turtle ring toss, fishin’ for fun, turtle roll and more! All games and contests are held in the center of town on Main Street. The cost to race a turtle is $3. Turtles are provided. For more info, visit Longville.com.
Walk with the Doc, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s free health program that brings doctors and individuals together to walk, will continue in Crosby throughout the upcoming months. Depending on the weather and per the group’s preferences, the walks may be held indoors or outdoors. The goal of Walk with Doc is to improve the health of participants. Walks are held every Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Hallett Community Center. For more info, visit CuyunaMed.org.
Nisswa Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday at the American Legion in Nisswa from 8:00-12:30. Lakes Area Growers feature Minnesota grown fruits and vegetables like asparagus, peas, green beans, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes raspberries, grapes, apples and more! They will also have hand-crafted items and locally raised food like meat, breads and dairy products, buffalo meat, eggs, etc.
The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd will host its Summer Camps for kids every Thursday from now through Aug. 18th from 8:00-3:00. This is a way for kids to get outdoors and experience instructor-led exploring, activities, and hiking. Kids can be dropped off at 7:45 and need to be picked up by 3:00 and kids must provide their own lunch. The cost is $25/day for Arb members… $30 for non- members. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 15 kids (minimum 10). Registration and payments can be made by calling the Arb at 218-829-8770. Learn more online at NorthlandArb.org.
Family Storytime will take place every Thursday at 11:00 in the Large Meeting Room at the Brainerd Public Library. All are welcome.
The Center in Brainerd is hosting Performances in the Park at 7:00 every Thursday night during the summer at Gregory Park in Brainerd. The entertainment is free and they just ask that you bring a blanket or lawn chair! In case of rain, the performances will be held at The Center on Kingwood Street in Brainerd.
June 16 The District
June 23 Rockin’ Hill Band
June 30 Day Break
July 7 Jack Franzen & The Muddy Waters Band
July 14 Blues Train Band
July 21 MN Adult & Teen Challenge
July 28 Stoney Brook Strings
Aug 4 Churchyard
Aug 11 Norman’s Bait & Tackle Choir
Aug 18 The Next Best Thing
Aug 25 Michael Hoover
Baxter Farmer’s Market is open every Friday in the parking lot of the Westport Shopping Center and will be open from 8:00-12:30. Lakes Area Growers feature Minnesota grown fruits and vegetables like asparagus, peas, green beans, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes raspberries, grapes, apples and more! They will also have hand-crafted items and locally raised food like meat, breads and dairy products, buffalo meat, eggs, etc.
The Pine River Duck Races have returned to Pine River and will run every Friday now through Aug. 19 at the Pine River Dam on Barclay Avenue. Rent a (rubber) “duck” for just $1 and be ready to cheer on your duck as it swims toward the finish line on the Pine River. Registration begins at 1:30 with the first flight at 2:00. Races usually run for 1 – 1.5 hours. All ages are welcome. Learn more at PineRiverMN.com.
The Northwoods Arts Council of Hackensack will host its second year of its Lakeside Concert Series from 5:00-7:00 every Friday evening now through Aug. 26th. Organizers ask that you bring a lawn chair, snacks and a beverage to enjoy during the show. Concerts are free, but donations are gratefully accepted. (In case of rain, concerts will be held at the Community Building in Hackensack).
June 17 One Night Stand band
June 24 Darlene & The Boys
July 1 Dos Guys
July 15 New Riverside Ramblers
July 22 Acoustofiddle
July 29 Daybreak
Aug 5 The Occasionals
Aug 19 Mike & Jan Cherry
Aug 26 Charlie Wagner
SEPT 3 Rockin Hill (1:00-3:00)
The Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association (NMRHA) Train Club invites the public to stop by their club in Crosslake to see all the trains! The have three different scale layouts in their 8,000 square foot facility in Crosslake. There are fun things for kids and free gifts for them as well! The club is located on County Road 66 across from Zorbaz in Crosslake and is open to visitors every Saturday from 10:00-2:00 year round! A donation of $5 for those over the age of 5 is appreciated.
The Crosslake Ideal Lions presents Crosslake Music in the Park 2022 every Saturday during the summer from June 25-Labor Day. The bands play for FREE in at the Gazebo in Crosslake Town Square starting at 6:00pm. Grab your family and friends, a lawn chair or blanket and head to the park for some great music!
June 25 Faith Boblett
July 2 Brothers Tone
July 9 The Mraz Brothers
July 16 One Night Stand
July 23 Dos Guys
July 30 Fathom Lane
Aug 6 Rockin’ Hill Band
Aug 13 Fourteen Stories
Aug 20 Lisa Wenger
Aug 27 Doug Allen Nash
Sept 3 Lamont Cranston
The City of Pequot Lakes hosts Bands in the Park every Saturday during the summer. Now through Aug. 20th the bands play for FREE on the north side of Trailside Park from 7:00-9:00pm. So grab your family and friends, a lawn chair or blanket and head to the park for some great music!
June 18 Dos Guys Variety
June 25 Greg & Mike Folk, Classic Rock
July 2 LOLAH Variety
July 9 Uncle Wheat & Eddie Rock
July 16 Skippin’ Stones Variety
July 23 One Night Stand Rock, Blues, Jazz & Gospel
July 30 Norman’s Bait & Tackle Choir Band Variety
Aug 13 Daybreak 40’s thru Current
Aug 20 Rockin’ Hill Classic Rock & Jazz
Whatever you do, HAVE FUN THIS SUMMER in the Brainerd Lakes Area!!!!!!