COMMUNITY EVENTS ~ MISSISSIPPI MUSIC FESTIVAL AT THE BEMIDJI WATERFRONT ~ Evening, Wednesday, July 15 Mississippi Music’s mission is to provide quality, family friendly live music during summer months to celebrate our community, promote our downtown, and support the continued revitalization of our city. July 17 (Alternate dates July 18 and 19) ~ Ride the Distance for Prostate Cancer ~ Brad Trask (’95) will be attempting to ride 200 plus miles on Lake Bemidji to break the Guinness Book World Record for Distance Snowmobiling on Water. He will be departing from Paul and Babe Friday morning, starting around 6 am, with the event lasting approximately 5 hours. His purpose is to raise awareness and funding to research a cure for prostate cancer. Proceeds will benefit the Joe Lueken Cancer Center and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. To learn more and donate, please visit www.ridethedistance2020.com/. ~ July 15 – 17 and July 19 ~ Paul Bunyan Playhouse: The Historic CHIEF Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave NW. The play will be “Slyvia”. The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is always fun and entertaining. Ticket prices and show times are found on the website 218-751-7270 or visit their website at: www.thechieftheater.com ~ July 16-18 ~ THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE (former Carr Lake School) 2325 Monroe AVE SW 218-751-4723 The Desk Drawer – Gift Shops; The Art Studio – Gallery; Diane’s Dance Studio Thursday, July 16 – The Old Schoolhouse is open 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Friday, July 17 – The Old Schoolhouse is open 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Saturday, July 18 – The Old Schoolhouse is open 10:00 am to 3:30 pm ~ July 16, 17 & 18 ~ Noon to 4:00 pm Beltrami County Historical Society (BCHS) located in the former 1912 Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Avenue SW. BCHS is offering FREE admission to All School attendees! They will be featuring a special Bemidji School exhibit. If you have old high school photos, programs, etc., they will make copies to have on display and in their archives. They are also interested in donations of old sports or cheerleading uniforms. Please check with the staff regarding larger items before bringing them in at 218-444-3376. Attend the BCHS annual fundraising Summer Melodrama on July 19 and 20. For more information please visit the BCHS or their website at www.beltramihistory.org ~ July 18; 1:00 to 3:00 pm – Tour the Restored Carnegie Library! The Carnegie Library was restored in 2019 and reopened to serve the community. It currently has two tenants on the lower level and the Friends of the Carnegie host Storytime for pre-school children on Monday mornings. The upper level is available for rent through City Recreation. There is no charge to tour the building. Visit the Friends website at Friendsofthe Carnegie.org to learn more about this volunteer organization and the Carnegie Library. Paul Bunyan Vintage Car Show July 18; 5:00 PM – 8 PM Area vintage cars will be on display in the parking lot located at 2nd and Beltrami Avenue (next to Frizzel’s Furniture Gallery). There is no cost to attend this event. ~ July 18-19 ~ 52nd Annual Art in the Park Saturday 10:00 AM- 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 pm The Watermark’s annual Art in the Park has been a summer highlight for local residents and visitors from all over the country since 1967. This juried fine arts and craft fair located on the shores of Lake Bemidji in beautiful, tree lined Library Park boasts an annual attendance of over 4,000 visitors. Art in the Park features over 100 artists, a dozen food vendors, and live entertainment all within easy reach and walking distance to downtown Bemidji and all its amenities. Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave N, 218-444-7570 www.watermarkartcenter.org The galleries are free for public viewing and open to everyone! Downtown Bemidji Sculpture Walk www.bemidjisculpture.org If time allows, take a walk downtown and check out our beautiful Sculpture Walk. Sculptures are chosen for display and sponsored by local businesses or private individuals. Maps showing the locations and names of the sponsors are available at the Tourist Information Center by the Paul and Babe statues. Headwaters Science Center 413 Beltrami Avenue 218-444-4472 The HSC exhibit floor is 7,500 square feet and is self-guided and hands-on. The time needed to fully explore depends on you and the members in your party; some visitors are finished exploring in an hour, while others stay for the entire day. Paul & Babe Statues & Tourist Information Center 300 Bemidji Ave N. No visit to Bemidji is complete until you have your photo with Paul & Babe. Please check out Visit Bemidji’s website at www.visitbemidji.com for more information. As time allows, visit our many fine shops and restaurants located in downtown Bemidji and surrounding area.