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Wednesday, August 25

Wild Wednesday at Tamarac: Children between ages 3-7, and their parents, are invited to come to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Discovery Center to take part in a Wild Wednesday program, "Hangin' Out With Bats," at either 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. Listen to a story, go for a hike and take home a craft project. Space is limited to 25 children per session. Sign up your child via the link on the refuge website Adults do not have to sign up. For more information, contact the refuge 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 & Tunes: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club is sponsoring an evening of food, fun and live music at the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 5 p.m. A variety of food trucks will be gathered in the parking lot until 8 p.m., serving up a host of summer favorites, while over at the bandshell, Tim Eggebraaten & Friends will be performing. Admission is free, though the cost of food may vary from truck to truck. Rotary raffle tickets will also be on sale for $10 each.

Live at the Lodge: Kathie Brekke & Friends will be performing live at the Lodge on Lake Detroit from 5 to 8 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

Lakes Area Women's Expo: Rachel Ianiro will be performing live as part of the Lakes Area Women's Expo, set from 2 to 7 p.m. at Richwood Winery. There will also be plenty of shopping, food and beverages available. Tickets are just $5, and may be purchased online at and the Richwood Winery Facebook page (under the "events" tab) or in person at Leighton Broadcasting in Detroit Lakes.

Ojibwe Forests Rally Kickoff Party: Disgruntled Brewing in Perham will host the kickoff party for the 2021 Ojibwe Forests Rally, from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be rally cars on display, Slim Piggins BBQ serving up food, and some of the best brew in the lakes area on tap. The kickoff party will also serve as a celebration of the life of former rally chairman Kerry Freund, who passed away in January. No cost to attend this event.

Friday, August 27

Food Truck Friday: Hosted by Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary, Food Truck Fridays will take place every Friday through Sept. 3. Detroit Lakes City Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Food trucks on site may change; event will be held rain or shine.

Steak Fry: The First Zinger Squadron of American Legion Post 15 will be hosting a steak fry fundraiser starting at 5 p.m. in the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Cost is $14 per plate; serving will continue until all the steak is gone.

Chase Bryant in Concert: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will be hosting an 8 p.m. concert by country music star Chase Bryant. Tickets start at $14. Visit for more information.

Bands, Beer & BBQ: The Detroit Lakes Kiwanis will be hosting an evening of live music, brews and barbecue at Detroit Lakes' Washington Ballpark (1330 Washington Ave.), from 5 to 10 p.m. Opener Mick Klein and headliner October Road will be featured; music starts at 5:30 p.m. 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 raising funds for the Marshmallow Animal Shelter with "maCAWS for PAWS 8" at Zorbaz on the Lake (402 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes) from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Evening festivities will include live music by Island Time and a silent auction; there will also be a raffle prize drawing, with cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500, at 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, August 28

Boats & Bars 15.5: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads will host their annual Boats and Bars fundraiser, rain or shine, starting with the 11 a.m. kickoff party at Zorbaz, featuring live music from Jim Hoehn. Then at noon the action sifts to the Sandbar between Big & Little Detroit Lake, where The Castaways will be performing from 12 to 4 p.m. From 3;30 to 5 p.m., Jenn Bostic will be performing at Longbridge Bar, Grill & Marina, while Island Time will wrap up the day's festivities with a 4-7 p.m. set at the Holiday Inn Beach Bar. The prize drawings will take place at the Beach Bar starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 each; sales start in front of Zorbaz at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Marshmallow Animal Shelter.

Lake Park Firemen's Dance: Slamabama will be performing for the Fire Department Dance and Customer Appreciation event at Lake Park Liquors from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There will also be an outdoor bean bag tournament starting at 4 p.m.; cost to register is $20 for a two-person team. Come early to sign up.

Tuesday, August 31

Tuesdays in the Park: The Historic Holmes Theatre's Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series concludes with a 5:30 p.m. picnic lunch, 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 the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 7 p.m. Funds raised from the picnic will help provide affordable housing for needy families in the lakes area, while funds raised from the concert will help support the arts in Detroit Lakes. In case of rain, both the picnic lunch and concert will be canceled. For more information about the picnics, contact Bob Jernberg, 218-847-6626 or 701-367-2934. For more information about the concerts, call 218-844-7469 or visit

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

Sunday, August 5

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


Area Artisans and Performers Wanted: Calling all area artisans, crafters, dancers, musicians, singers, chefs and other cultural exhibitors ... the Becker County Museum is looking for presenters to take part in a special event, "“I Am Becker County: A Celebration of Heritage,” on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 25. Whether you make a culturally-specific type of food like lefse or fry bread, perform in a drum group or square dance, do hardanger or Ojibwe beadwork, this event is for you! Contact the museum at 218-847-2938 for more information.

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

UFDA Festival: This festival featuring all-local food and music will take place on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27-28 at the DL King Estate, 2072 310th St., Waubun, featuring Detroit Lakes' own Rootz Within, Hardwood Groove and more. Cost is $30 for a single day pass, or $50 for the weekend. Bring your whole family: Kids are admitted free, and camping is included in the cost of admission. Parking is $10, but if you carpool with three or more people, it's free.

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion: The 2021 Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion will take place on Sept. 3-6 at the WMSTR grounds in Rollag, Minn. Once you pay 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 at no additional cost. Food, beverages and festival memorabilia can be purchased on site; primitive camping (no water, electric or sewer hookups) is also available. Go to for more information.

Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Races: Maplelag Resort in rural Callaway will be hosting the 10th race in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, known as Laddies Loppet, on Sept. 4-5. Competitions will be held in both the cross country (kids comp, citizen, sport, comp and elite) and short track (open men's and women's, kids comp, citizen, sport, comp and expert/elite) categories. Racing action begins on Saturday with the traditional cross country races, concluding on Sunday with the short track races. This is the 20th annual event (it was canceled in 2020). No day-of race registration; you must sign up in advance, both for the races and for camping on site. For more information visit

Peoples Park Pickleball: The pickleball courts at Peoples Park are owned by the City of Detroit Lakes, and are open to the public 24/7. Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball (DLAP) offers organized play every Monday through Friday, from 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.

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market is now open for the season at Detroit Lakes’ Peoples Park (behind Zorbaz). Hours are 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., 12x12 open meeting; Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Big Book open meeting; Wednesdays at 12 noon, Grapevine open meeting; Wednesdays at 6 p.m., women's open meeting; Thursdays at 7 p.m., Intro to AA open meeting; Saturdays at 7 a.m., men's open meeting; Saturdays at 9 a.m., Women's Big Book closed meeting; Saturdays at 8 p.m., open topic 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.

Overeaters Anonymous: Do you find yourself turning to food for comfort? Is your eating affecting your health or the way you live your life? Do you find your mind preoccupied with thoughts of food? If any of these describes you, then Overeaters Anonymous may be for you. No diets to follow, no weigh-ins, no fees — just a 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon in Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); please use the south parking lot entrance. The Freedom From Bondage OA Group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Please use the east door.

Lake Country Woodcarvers: Anyone interested in wood carving or woodworking is welcome to bring their latest projects to the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and enjoy a free woodworking session. Pattern books and other resources are available in the Woodcarvers' library for checkout. There is no cost to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.