Happenings around the lakes area, Oct. 1-12

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

The chart-topping country band Lonestar performs live at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre next Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
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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, October 1

Lakes Area Coffee Crawl: The 2nd Annual Lakes Area Coffee Crawl takes place between 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with five stops between Hawley and Perham including Fill Thy Cup in Hawley, Ella Marie's Cafe and Collectibles in Lake Park, Roasted and La Barista in Detroit Lakes, and Gathering Grounds in Perham. With purchasing a $25 ticket you will receive a customized coffee mug along with a road map to each of the destinations. At each destination your cup will be filled with a fall themed coffee. Tickets available at .

Free Movie Screening: A free showing of the family-friendly animated movie "Hotel Transylvania" will take place at 10 a.m. inside Cinemagic Washington Square 7 Theaters in Detroit Lakes. Concessions available for purchase starting at 9:30 a.m.

Family Storytime: Wiggle, giggle, sing and play at a family storytime session starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., and help your child develop exceptional reading skills. Family storytime lasts 30 minutes and includes a coloring sheet. Free and open to the public.

Damien Home Tour: The Damien Society will host a tour of five area homes including residences on Detroit, Franklin and Pelican lakes, 12:30-4 p.m. Tickets for this fall fundraiser for area charities are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the event, available at Central Market, Mainstream Boutique and the Chamber of Commerce in Detroit Lakes as well as from Damien members. For more information, contact Mara Bergen, 218-234-6041.


Frazee Fall Extravaganza: A fall-themed craft and vendor show takes place at the Frazee Event Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., followed by a "Christmas in October" open house at Forest Edge Gallery, 4-7 p.m., with live music, fire pits, concessions and horse-drawn wagon rides. Open to the public.

Vergas Hairyman Festival: The Vergas community will host its "Hairyman Festival," including an ATV trail ride, scavenger hunt, kids games, trap shooting and wood burning demonstrations, axe throwing, a live performance by the band Whiskey Business, farmers market, bean bag tourney, beer pong, food and beverage trucks and so much more. Festival hours are 12 to 7 p.m.; full schedule available online at .

Dancing Into the Future: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for a performance and presentation on Native American jingle dresses and dancing, starting at 1 p.m. Four different jingle dresses will be featured, along with a drum circle and dance demonstrations. Free and open to the public.

Bucktoberfest: Bucks Mill Brewing in Detroit Lakes will host its inaugural Bucktoberfest, with live music from 6 to 9 p.m. as well as the debut of a new festival-themed lager, trivia questions, fest food delivery from La Barista and more.

Lonestar: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will host a 7:30 p.m. concert by the multi-platinum-selling, award-winning country band Lonestar. Tickets available online at , by phone at 218-844-7469 or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Sunday, October 2

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.

Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "The Serengeti Rules," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. All are welcome. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Monday, October 3

Ask a 'Techspert': Do you have a phone, tablet, laptop, iPad, Kindle or other device that you’re struggling to use? Visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., at 4 p.m. to learn more about your device, plus learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks free of charge.


Energy Assistance Presentation: Join Sara Peterson of MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, Inc., as she explains the MN Energy Assistance Program and helps you sign up for the program. Program starts at 7 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 4

John Denver Tribute: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will host a special 2 p.m. matinee performance celebrating John Denver’s music, as presented by Dennis Warner & The D’s. Warner will share stories and explore Denver’s music in his own distinctive style. Tickets available online at , by phone at 218-844-7469 or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Sustainability 101-Recycling: Sandy Gunderson from Becker County Environmental Services will discuss recycling and reducing toxins within the home, 7 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Free and open to the public. If you have any questions, send an email to or call 218-847-2168.

Wednesday, October 5

Writers Group: Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Writers' Group, which meets at the library at 3 p.m. If you have any questions, send an email to or call 218-847-2168.

Thursday, October 6

After Hours Book Club: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host an After-Hours Book Club from 7 to 8 p.m. The subject of this month's discussion is "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by V.E. Schwab, which follows the adventures of Addie, a young woman who will live forever, but will be forgotten by everyone she meets. All are welcome, even if you haven't read the book. If you have any questions, send an email to or call 218-847-2168.

Tour of Manufacturing: The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Tour of Manufacturing at six area businesses — SJE Inc., Lakeshirts, BTD Manufacturing, Dynamic Homes, Team Industries Audubon, Rural Minnesota CEP-CareerForce and Friesen's, Inc. — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. These local manufacturing facilities will open their doors for free public tours and on-site job interviews; those who visit all six sites can register to win a prize package worth over $400. All are welcome.

Detroit Lakes Chamber Splash Awards: The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Splash Awards, 4-6 p.m. at the Lodge on Lake Detroit (1200 East Shore Drive). Tickets for the ceremony are sold out; call the Chamber at 218-847-9202 to be added to the waiting list.

Becker County Republicans: The October meeting of the Becker County Republicans will take place at the Detroit Lakes American Legion, 810 West Lake Drive. There will be a strategy get-together at 6 p.m., with the official meeting following at 7 p.m.


Friday, October 7

Zion Fall Rummage Sale: Detroit Lakes' Zion Lutheran Church will host a fall rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with all proceeds going to church mission projects. Takeout lunches will also be available. The church is located at 1100 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Runaway June Concert: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host an 8 p.m. concert by chart-topping country music trio Runaway June. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the casino box office.

Saturday, October 8

Children's Winter Gear Give-Away: Detroit Lakes' Trinity Lutheran Church will host a free winter gear give-away for children (preschool through high school age) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winter jackets, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens/gloves and sweatshirts will be given away; attendees can select one item from each category per child. Church is located at 1401 Madison Ave. in Detroit Lakes.

Lakes Pet Fest: The 2nd Annual Lakes Pet Fest in Detroit Lakes will include a variety of events, from Woof-Woof Day at Mi Cartegena Cafe (702 West Lake Drive) at 10 a.m. to Barktoberfest at Bucks Mill Brewing (824 Washington Ave.), 4-7 p.m. Other activities will include a "Fast and Furrious 5K" at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center at 8:30 a.m.; a Toy and Treat Bar at Becker Pet and Garden , 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pet-themed Playdate and Storytime at Lincoln Education Center (204 Willow St. East), 10 a.m. ( hosted by the Detroit Lakes Public Library ); and "Sippin' With Our Furry Friends" at Seven Sisters Spirits , 12-3 p.m. Full schedule at .

Christmas in October: Forest Edge Gallery, located between Frazee and Vergas, will host a Christmas in October event from 4 to 7 p.m., with indoor and outdoor shopping, prize drawings, live music on the patio, assorted treats and refreshments, fire pits and horse-drawn wagon rides. Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 9

Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "Leave it to Beavers," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. All are welcome. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Tuesday, October 11

Breakfast Rotary Wine and Dine: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary will host a wine pairing dinner at Spanky's Stone Hearth; cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. Cost is $65 per person, and includes four courses with a different wine served for each. Wine basket raffle, prize giveaways and more. For ticket sales or more information, send an email to .

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Janu's Pumpkin Patch: The fun starts this weekend at Janu's Pumpkin Patch , 50617 404th Ave, Frazee, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9. Come on out and pick some pumpkins for the whole family!

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

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.

Holy Rosary Al-Anon Meeting: There will be an Al-Anon meeting every Thursday, starting at noon, inside Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.

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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