The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items, for publication online and in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions, space permitting.

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Each submission must include the following: Date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

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.

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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, 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 the Holmes Theatre at 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.

Wednesday, September 1

Library Writers Group: The Detroit Lakes Library will hold meetings of its Writers Group on the first Wednesday of every month from 1 to 5 p.m. in the library's main meeting room at 1000 Washington Ave. Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are invited to meet regularly to tell their stories, share ideas and discuss writing tips. There is no cost to attend.

Thursday, September 2

Lakes Area Women's Expo-Rescheduled: 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. This event was originally scheduled for Aug. 26; all tickets for that date will still be honored.

Saturday, September 4

Snellman Days: The tiny community of Snellman will hold its annual Labor Day weekend festival from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Events include breakfast at Gethsemane Lutheran Church from 7:30 to 11 a.m.; yard games throughout the day, including a bean bag toss, lawn bowling, Jenga and yard Yahtzee; Bingo (100% payback) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; DJ music and karaoke, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; hot dog eating contest, 12:30 p.m.; and the Mayoral "Election" Drawing, 2 p.m., followed by raffle prize drawings. There will also be a flea market, rummage sale and bake sale throughout the day, the St. John's Lutheran Church Lunch Wagon (turkey, brats, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans) as well as root beer floats and popcorn for sale. Door prize drawings will also be held throughout the day; must be present to win. Snellman is located 20 miles east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 34.

Sunday, September 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.

Wednesday, September 8

Cruise DL Night: Come down to West Lake Drive along the Detroit Lakes City Beach between 4 and 8:30 p.m. to see a wide array of vintage vehicles, which will be parked along both sides of the street for viewing. No registration fee; all classic cars are welcome. Visit 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

Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public will offer weekly Storytimes this fall. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join library staff for stories, flannel boards, finger plays, songs and more every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave.

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.