Happenings around the lakes area, July 10-20

All the upcoming events and gatherings in the Detroit Lakes area.

Lincoln, a chocolate Labrador from Detroit Lakes, leaps from a dock as part of the puppy plunge during the 85th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes on July 11, 2021. This year's Pup Plunge is set for Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items for publication online and, space permitting, in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions. Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or Each submission must include the date, time and location of event, 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, July 9

Northwest Water Carnival: The 86th Annual Northwest Water Carnival continues with the final day of Citywide Garage Sales; the Midsummer Bike Tour starting at 7 a.m. outside the DL Pavilion; the Dangerzone Crazies Crash Course at the City Beach, starting at 8 a.m.; the Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast at the Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport, 8 a.m.-noon; Stomp That Stigma Remembrance Walk starting outside the Pavilion at 11 a.m.; Sailboat Regatta racing at Holiday Inn Lakefront's public access, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and the Demolition Derby, 5 p.m. at the Becker County Fairgrounds (gates open at 4 p.m.). Full schedule available online at .

Sunday, July 10

Color Guard Breakfast: The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Suggested donation is $8 for a meal including scrambled eggs, pancakes or French toast, sausage or bacon, and coffee or orange juice. All are welcome.

Family Day at the NWC: The 86th Northwest Water Carnival continues with a plethora of Family Day activities, including a Sidewalk Chalk Contest and Trolley Rides starting at 9 a.m.; turtle and frog races starting at at 9:30 a.m.; a sand dig and Rotary Club book giveaway both starting at 10 a.m.; Toddler Trot at 10:30 a.m.; ship building, face painting and kids' magic show, all starting at 11 a.m.; family picnic starting at noon; "bring your own t-shirt" tie-dying at 12:30 p.m.; inner tube racing at 1 p.m.; sand castle building contest at 1:30 p.m.; Pup Plunge at J & K Marina, 2 p.m.; watermelon feed at 2:45 p.m.; and a water balloon and egg toss competition at 3 p.m. All events take place at the City Park, City Pavilion and City Beach unless otherwise specified. Full schedule available online at .

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "The Great Yellowstone Thaw, Part 3," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. It’s summer in Yellowstone, and with soaring temperatures and drought comes an increased risk of wildfires. All the water from the thaw has long since flowed away and a lack of rain since has left the ground tinder dry. Although these fires can cause devastation to huge areas of forest and wildlife, they’re essential for new growth. The movie is approximately 50 minutes long; all are welcome.


Wild Wilderness Adventure: Explore the natural wonders of Tamarac Refuge with a Ranger on a guided one-hour hike (1.4 miles). Meet at the Discovery Center at 3 p.m. for an introduction to the habitats we share. Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellant and a water bottle are suggested for this free adventure, as the hike will be over uneven terrain, into the woods. Bring your camera/binoculars as there will be plenty of chances to pause and search for discoveries along the way. Learn how you can give back to nature's habitat. Free and open to the public.

Family Picnic: The Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church will host a family picnic at 5 p.m. Burgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies & beverages will be served up until 8 p.m., so feel free to bring a side dish, veggies or fruit to share if you would like! Also, bring a white t-shirt for all members of your family who would like to do some tie-dying following the picnic; tie-dye supplies will be provided.

Detroit Lakes Baseball: Come out to Detroit Lakes' Washington Ballpark for a doubleheader featuring the city's new amateur baseball club; they will play Dilworth at 6 p.m. Open to the public.

Monday, July 11

Northwest Water Carnival: Today's Northwest Water Carnival events include Xtreme Tippy Cup at the City Park, 6 p.m.; Beach Soccer at the City Beach, 6 p.m.; and Water Carnival Trivia at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, 8 p.m. Full schedule available online at .

Patriot Assistance Dogs Golf Tournament: The Patriot Assistance Dogs program will host its 10th annual golf tournament fundraiser at Lakeview Golf Course, 24962 County Road 22, Detroit Lakes, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Team up with friends or coworkers in support of rescue dogs and veterans living with mental illness by spending an afternoon at the golf course participating in games, a meal, and 18 holes of golf. Event will be held rain or shine. For more information, please visit the PAD website at .

Tuesday, July 12

Teen Writers Group: Teens interested in pursuing writing are invited to join this group from 4-5 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library for inspiration and support. Grab a snack, do a writing prompt, learn writing tips, and hear feedback from peers. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Northwest Water Carnival: Today's Northwest Water Carnival events include the Junior Pageant at the DL Pavilion, 6 p.m.; Dance on Detroit featuring Doc & the Scrubs at the City Park Bandshell, 7 p.m.; junior and adult tug-o-war competitions both starting 7 p.m. on the City Beach (registration at 6 p.m.; Strong Person Competition at the City Beach, 7:30 p.m. Full schedule available online at .

Sons of Norway: The Detroit Lakes Sons of Norway Vikingland Lodge 1-495 monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the City Park. All are welcome. Any questions call Cindy Sauer at 218-234-5737 or e-mail .


Wednesday, July 13

Writers Group: Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join the group which meets monthly at the Detroit Lakes Public Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This event is offered free of charge and will be held in the library's main meeting room.

Northwest Water Carnival: Today's Northwest Water Carnival events include the Great Admiral’s Hat Hunt, 4 p.m. at various locations around Detroit Lakes, with clues to be released via the Detroit Lakes Tribune; Junior Water Fights, 5 p.m., Ice Cream Social and Water Fights registration, 6 p.m., and Adult Water Fights, 7 p.m., all at the City Park. Full schedule available online at .

Cruise DL Night: Come down to Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park (alternate location due to water carnival activities at the City Park) and check out all the cool cars on display from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission; no registration required.

Thursday, July 14

Northwest Water Carnival: Today's Northwest Water Carnival events include Home Brew Beer Tasting at Lakeside Tavern, 5-8 p.m.; and Bingo at the City Pavilion, 5-10 p.m. Full schedule available online at .

Water Games at the Library: Cool down with some water games and a water obstacle course, 2 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.). Swimsuits recommended. Free and open to the public.

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, The Cropdusters will be performing. Admission is free, though the cost of food may vary from truck to truck.

Friday, July 15

Northwest Water Carnival: Today's Northwest Water Carnival events include Kegs & Eggs with KFAN’s Power Trip Morning Show, at the City Pavilion, 5-9 a.m.; softball and Legion baseball tournaments in Snappy Park and Washington Ballpark, respectively, starting at 8 a.m.; Bearded Ax Throwing in the City Park, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Inflatable Games at the City Park, 3-9 p.m.; Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics Open House, 1306 Rossman Ave., 5-7 p.m.; and Bash on the Beach, featuring music by the Fabulous Armadillos and Hairball, gates open 6 p.m. at the City Beach. Full schedule available online at .

Food Truck Fridays: Hosted by Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary, Food Truck Fridays will take place every Friday through Sept. 2. 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 $13 per plate; serving will continue until all the steak is gone.

Saturday, July 16

Northwest Water Carnival: Today's Northwest Water Carnival events include the Water Carnival Fun Run, 9 a.m., and Sand Volleyball Tournament, 9 a.m., City Park; Pet and Doll Parade, 10 a.m. (line up 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Church parking lot); Bearded Ax Throwing at the City Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Pet Show at the City Park Bandshell, 10:30 a.m.; bean bag tournament, 11 a.m. on the City Beach (registration starts at 10 a.m.); Family Picnic at the City Park, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Classic Car Show at the City Park, 12-3 p.m.; Inflatable Games, 12-9 p.m. at the City Park; Junior Bean Bag Tournament, 1 p.m. at the City Beach; and Bash on the Beach, featuring music by Troubadour and Eddie Montgomery, gates open 6 p.m. at the City Beach. Full schedule available online at .

Sunday, July 17

Northwest Water Carnival: The 86th Northwest Water Carnival concludes, with events including the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast, 8-11:30 a.m. at the City Pavilion; Parade of the Northwest along Washington Avenue, 1 p.m.; and a Water Ski Show at the City Beach following the parade, with start time approximately 3 p.m. Full schedule available online at .

Faith Christian All School Reunion: Faith Christian School, located at 24688 Co. Hwy. 6, Detroit Lakes, will be having an all-school reunion in honor of its 25th anniversary, starting at 1 p.m. for those who want to participate in the water carnival parade and ending after the parade with a meal, program, and tour of the new building at the school. Call 218-847-7375 or visit for more information.

Tuesday, July 19

Old-Time Variety Dance: Stan's Country Dutchmen will provide the music for an Old-Time Variety Dance taking place from 1-4 p.m. at the Frazee Event Center. All are welcome; admission is $5 per person.

Tuesdays in the Park: Generation Gap 2.0 performs live as part of Detroit Lakes' Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series at 7 p.m. under the City Park Bandshell. Picnic hosted by Fuller Center for Housing starts at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so bring your own blankets or chairs. Admission is a free will donation; all proceeds from the picnic benefit Fuller Center's local housing projects, while donations for the concert go to support the artists.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Saturday Critter Tales: Every Saturday, July 2-Sept. 3, join resident volunteer Sandi Wicklund at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge for some fascinating personal stories about wildlife encounters during her many seasons at refuges throughout the country. Learn about wildlife viewing etiquette and find out the best places to view wildlife at Tamararc. All ages welcome. Meet at 1 p.m. by the Tamarack tree in front of the visitor center for this 45 minute program.

Cormorant Area Art Show: The Cormorant Area Art Club will host its annual art show on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10 at the Cormorant Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission; enjoy two rooms full of all kinds of art made by regional artists, with door prizes, refreshments and more. Open to the public.


Live Music: Bruce Williams, July 9, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.; ForeFeathers, July 9, 6 p.m. at Long Bridge; Katie Baker, July 9, 7 p.m., Hub 41; The DeadBeats, July 9, 9 p.m. at Zorbaz (Detroit Lakes); The Dunn Show, July 12 at The Barn at Dunvilla, 7 p.m.; D.J. and the Atomics, July 9, Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge, 8 p.m.; Island Time, July 10 and July 17, 2 p.m., Long Bridge; G.C. "Gordy" Christensen, July 16, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.; The DeadBeats, July 16, 9 p.m. at Hotel Shoreham; Jonah and the Whales, July 16-17, Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge, 8 p.m. both nights; Silverado, July 19 at The Barn at Dunvilla, 7 p.m.

Wild Wednesdays: Every Wednesday through Aug. 31, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will be offering two sessions of "Wild Wednesdays," at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Explore the world of Nature with your child during this hour-long adventure for 3-7 year-olds. Listen to a story, go for a hike, make a craft. There's a different topic every week! Space is limited, so pre-registration required for these free programs. Sign up online at , or check Tamarac's Facebook page for the link.

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday and Saturday this summer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park. All are welcome.

Shady Hollow Flea Market: Detroit Lakes' Shady Hollow Flea Market will be open every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 4, plus Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day), and Saturdays on Sept. 10, 17 and 24 as well. Visit or call 602-809-6661 for more information.

Plant, Pest and Gardening Clinics: To help answer your questions and provide helpful ideas for your trees, shrubs, home gardens and lawns, the Becker County Extension Service hosts plant, pest and gardening clinics by the Becker County Master Gardeners every Monday (May through September) and Friday (June through August) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Extension office. Stop by the Clinics with your questions and problems. The Becker County Extension Office is located at 1120 8th St. SE Detroit Lakes; for more information, call 218-846-7328 (Ext. 7105).

DL Cloggers: The DL Cloggers meet to dance and socialize every Tuesday (excluding holidays) at 1 p.m. in the basement of Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676. No prior dance experience necessary. For more information, call Ruby at 218-847-7741.

HR Connect: The Detroit Lakes Chamber is hosting an opportunity for human resources professionals, business owners and managers to connect, every first Thursday of the month at 8:15 a.m. at the Chamber office at 700 Summit Ave. Discuss human resource topics, share best practices and review data to help attract, retain and grow the workforce for the lakes region. Event is free for Chamber members, $10 for non-members.

Library Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public Library offers weekly storytime sessions every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join library staff for stories, flannel boards, finger plays, songs and more. This early literacy experience explores a different theme each week and is a way to encourage young children to enjoy reading; sometimes held outdoors during the summer months, weather permitting. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.


Baby Bounce: Songs, stories, and action poems for infants, toddlers and their caregivers are offered every Monday at the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Program runs about a half hour including playtime and chatting with other caregivers. For ages 0-18 months. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Detroit Lakes Alano Club meets at 827 Summit Ave. on the following days and times: Sundays at 1 p.m., 12x12 open meeting; Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Big Book open meeting; Wednesdays at 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 218-844-9970 or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.

Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon at Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); use the south parking lot entrance. The Freedom From Bondage OA Group meets Sundays at 6 p.m. at the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Use the east door.

Lake Country Woodcarvers: At the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. Bring woodcarvings to show and/or take part in a free woodworking session. Pattern books and other resources available for checkout. No cost to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.

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