Happenings around the lakes area, June 29-July 10

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

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Detroit Lakes' Independence Day fireworks display is scheduled to launch from Little Detroit Lake shortly after dusk on Monday, July 4, 2022. The City Beach offers the best views, though the display is visible from multiple places around town.
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Thursday, June 30

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

Friday, July 1

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.

Saturday, July 2

Free Movie Screening: Cinemagic Cinema 7 at the Washington Square Mall will host a free 10 a.m. screening of "Clifford the Big Red Dog." Open to the public.

Music on the Mountain: Country superstar Jake Owen headlines the 7th Annual Music on the Mountain fundraiser at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, with special guests John Morgan and George Birge. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with the music getting underway at 6:15. Regional food trucks will be available throughout the night. All concert attendees must have a ticket. Music on the Mountain is an all ages event; however, children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Show will go on rain or shine, so please plan accordingly. This is an outdoor event and the lodge will not be open to the general public. General admission lawn seating only; chairs will not be provided so please bring your own. On-site parking limited; free shuttles will be running back and forth from M State to the Mountain, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Tickets available at .


Sunday, July 3

Knights of Columbus Breakfast: The local Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake/French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 am. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. All are welcome.

Monday, July 4

Sallie/Melissa Boat Parades: The Lake Melissa/Sallie Associations' Independence Day Boat Parades are scheduled to begin concurrently, at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Boats should meet at the Shoreham "channel" inlet/outlet, then proceed clockwise around the two lakes. About 60 decorated watercraft of all kinds will, be participating. Traveling trophies will be awarded to boats, properties and people for decorations in various categories. No registration required — simply join in, whether to participate or view the boats from the shore. For more information contact Gail "Commodore" Tronnes at 612-730-9899.

Fireworks on the Fourth: The Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce and area businesses are once again teaming up to present a spectacular Independence Day fireworks show, starting at dusk on Little Detroit Lake. Viewing is best from the City Beach, though there are a variety of spots from which to view the free show.

Tuesday, July 5

Tuesdays in the Park: Mike Hokanson 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.

Thursday, July 7

Live at the Lodge: The Excelsior Trio will present an evening of live music in the Lodge on Lake Detroit's Fireside Lobby from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring Jay Hershberger (piano), Deb Harris (flute), Russ Peterson (sax) and special guest Sonja Bosca-Harasim (violin). Free admission; food and beverages available for purchase. More info at .

Friday, July 8

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.

Library Summer Concert: The Detroit Lakes Library will be hosting a free concert featuring Blu Kanu at 4 p.m. on the library lawn. The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave.; this event is open to the public, free of charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultulral Heritage Fund.

Northwest Water Carnival: The 86th Annual Northwest Water Carnival gets underway in Detroit Lakes. Today's events include the Citywide Garage Sales, going on all day; the City of Detroit Lakes Water Carnival Kickoff Party in front of Lakeside Tavern starting at 6 p.m., with music by Born Too Late and October Road; and Night Frisbee Golf at the City Park course, starting at 9:30 p.m. Full schedule available online at .


Joel McHale: Comedian, actor and television host Joel McHale performs live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino at 8 p.m. Tickets available online at .

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

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 .

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.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

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: Raquel and the Wildflowers, July 1-2, 8 p.m. both nights, at Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge; Boogie Knights, July 1 at 9 p.m., Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes; Tim Eggebraaten, July 2, Long Bridge Bar, Grill and Marina, 6-10 p.m., and July 4, Shady Hollow Flea Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Chris Bertrand, July 1, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.; Dan Brekke Band, July 5 at The Barn at Dunvilla, 7 p.m.; Bruce Williams, July 9, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.

Wild Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, June 8-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, and also Mondays on the Independence Day and Labor Day holidays. 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.

Cornerstone for Kids: Kids from preschool through high school can go to the Detroit Lakes First Baptist Church, 300 Central St. East, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to learn about faith and understand God. There's an adult Bible study at the same time. For more information call 218-847-4571 or email

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. 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.

GED/Adult Diploma Class: Lakes Area Adult Education holds orientation sessions for GED or Adult Diploma classes twice a month. Call 218-844-5760 or email to register.

English Language Instruction: Lakes Area Adult Education offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday through Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or email 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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