Happenings around the lakes area, Sept.24-Oct. 5

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

The Friends of Maplewood State Park will hold their annual Leaf Days celebration this weekend, Sept. 24-25 at the park. Family-friendly activities like grinding corn (shown) will take place on both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Saturday, September 24

Ride to Provide: A motorcycle ride to raise funds and awareness for the Lend a Hand Up organization, the Ride to Provide departs from Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes at 11 a.m., returning at approximately 4:30 p.m. for an evening of live music, pizza and prizes. Registration starts at 10 a.m.; cost is $25 per bike in advance, $30 on the day of the event. You can call Terry at 701-866-0591 for more information, or sign up online at .

Pumpkin Fest: The city of Lake Park will conclude its annual Pumpkin Fest fall celebration today, with events including a parade, street dance, and various pumpkin-themed contests. Full schedule available at the Lake Park Pumpkin Fest Facebook page .

Detroit Mountain Oktoberfest: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host its first-ever Oktoberfest starting at 10 a.m., with events throughout the day including a Sasquatch Run, More Cowbell Bike Ride, community picnic with games, face painting and brats, and wrapping up with a Rolling Thunder Rock Concert featuring The Fat Cats and Guys & Dahls. Visit or call 218-844-7669 for more information.

Taste of Lund: The 17th Annual Taste of Lund celebration gets underway at 9 a.m. inside Lund Lutheran Church , located nine miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road. A wide variety of Scandinavian delicacies will be served, with sample tickets being sold for $1 each. There will also be a quilt and bake sale. Call 218-847-9662 for more information.


American Legion Luau: Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 will host a luau fundraiser from 4 p.m. to midnight, with music, food, hula, karaoke and more. Come dressed in your best Hawaiian attire and join in the fun.

Richwood Winery Closing Celebration: Richwood Winery will end its 12-year run with a closing celebration and retirement party for winery coordinator Deb Krogsgaard, starting at 1 p.m.; Doug Thompson will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. The winery will officially close its doors after the last guest goes home.

Sunday, September 25

Tamarac Fall Festival: The annual Fall Festival at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will take place from noon to 4 p.m. There will be children's activity stations, nature walks, photography workshops, a phone photo contest, family photo booth and more, all taking place at the Visitor Center, Discovery Center and points in between. An "early bird" photo safari at 11 a.m., with photographer Denise Warweg and refuge manager Kent Sundseth, will take participants by carpool, behind the gates to one of the Refuge's best spots for fall photography; and you can also take a scenic photo cruise on the Blackbird Wildlife Drive to soak in all the season has to offer. The Friends of Tamarac will be serving lunch for just $5 per plate; all other activities are free and open to the public.

Shelter Bash 2022: The Humane Society of the Lakes' week-long Shelter Bash festivities conclude with an end-of-week celebration at TJ's on Lake Eunice, 12-3 p.m.

Monday, September 26

Anime and Manga Club: Anime and manga fans are invited to geek out over their favorite shows and stories, starting at 4 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. A different theme is discussed at each monthly meet-up, and snacks are always available.

Candidate Forum: The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters and Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a candidate forum for all 2022 Becker County commissioner and sheriff candidates, starting at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Detroit Lakes Police Department, 807 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Holmes Art Club Kickoff: The kickoff for the Holmes Art Club's fall season takes place at 4:30 p.m. for grades 1-6 and 6:30 p.m. for grades 7-12, in the Holmes Art Cellar at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Weekly sessions will be held every Monday at the same time and location, through Nov. 21 (no session Oct. 31). Cost is $130 per person, and includes all materials. Class size is limited, so sign up promptly by visiting the website at , or calling 218-844-7469.

Tuesday, September 27

Detroit Lakes Library Club: This month's Library Club will feature a 2 p.m. presentation about the Washington Park development project by Terry Eiter, DLHS Social Studies teacher and baseball coach, in the main meeting room of the DL Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.). Eiter will provide information about the project, and answer questions. The meeting will start with a sing-a-long led by Carol Shipley and Kris Tovson! Stay after the program for refreshments and conversation. Library Club is open to all. Anyone is invited to join for $5 a year, or $50 lifetime membership.


Family Fun Movie Night: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 5 p.m. for a special screening of the 2022 animated movie "The Bad Guys," based on the popular children's chapter book series.

Wednesday, September 28

Meatball Supper To Go: The Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church will host its annual meatball supper from 4 to 6:30 p.m., with "to-go" meals only. Menu includes two meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, roll, green beans, coleslaw and dessert; cost is $12 per plate, with cash, credit cards and checks all accepted for payment. The church is located at 885 Pembina Trail in Detroit Lakes.

Open Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments and go to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for an unplugged jam session, starting at 5 p.m.

Candidate Forum: The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters and Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a candidate forum for all 2022 Detroit Lakes School Board and City Council candidates, starting at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Detroit Lakes Police Department, 807 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, September 29

Pints and Plaid: The St. Mary's Essentia Health Foundation will host a Pints and Plaid fundraiser at Bucks Mill Brewing, 824 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring gourmet cuisine, live and silent auctions, and a cash bar for testing some of Bucks Mills' variety of brews, made on site. Proceeds support patients with cancer in our community. Call Cara Frank at 218-847-0867 to learn more, or visit to reserve your spot.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Vergas Hairyman Festival: The Vergas community will host an all-day "Hairyman Festival," including an ATV trail ride, scavenger hunt, kids games, trap shooting demonstration, axe throwing, a live performance by the band Whiskey Business, bean bag tourney, beer pong, food and beverage trucks and so much more! Open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Lakes Area Changed Lives Outreach: Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church will host three days of outreach by evangelist Danny Ottoson, Sept. 23-25, with sessions at 7 p.m. each night and 10 a.m. on Sunday. There will be special music by the Ottosons and area artists. The church is located at 12986 Co. Hwy. 15, Detroit Lakes. No cost to attend.

Maplewood Leaf Days: The Friends of Maplewood State Park will host a Leaf Days celebration at the park on Sept. 24-25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will be hot dogs and brats available at the Friends' food stand, and various activities taking place throughout each day, along with hiking and viewing Maplewood's gorgeous fall colors.

Shady Hollow Flea Market: Detroit Lakes' Shady Hollow Flea Market will be open two more Saturdays this season, on Sept. 17 and 24. Hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit or call 602-809-6661 for more information. You can also check out the market's Facebook page for updates.

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.

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 through September, 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.

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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