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Weekend Picks: June 7-9, 2024

An abstract painting with alternating stripes of black/white and green/blue/gold
Nameless Coalition for the Homeless
One of the paintings that are part of the Nameless Stories Art Exhibition, on display at Wild Hare Bistro in Bemidji in June.

From Bagley, Bemidji, Brainerd, Coleraine, Embarrass, Cook and Grand Rapids, small towns across Northern Minnesota are chock-full of events.

Summer is in full swing in Northern Minnesota. There’s no reason to be bored this weekend! Here are some options for an exciting weekend:


Hear about National Sauna Day in Embarrass above!

In honor of the 80th anniversary of D-Day, historian Arn Kind will give a presentation at the American Legion at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. The program will be two hours long, with a short intermission.


Wild Hare Bistro has an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7, featuring an art exhibit created by guests of the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless, under the guidance of White Earth artist Kent Estey. There will be hors d’oeuvres and live music by T-Chill. Listen to Andrew Dziengel's Area Voices discussion with the Planning Director Amy Karwoski.

Wellness at the Arb with Breton Monroe

Bemidji Senior Center features an antique car show at their monthly pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. Cars will be on display at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation parking lot across from the senior center on Third Street.


Two woman stand in front of a microphone.
Mesabi Musical Theater
Megan Reynolds and Amy Koivisto star in "Always...Patsy Cline," which will be performed June 7 and 9 at Greenway High School in Coleraine.

The Brainerd/Baxter Youth Center is hosting “Wellness at the Arb” from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter. The event includes support, education, games, prizes, free food and more. Executive Director Breton Monroe joined the KAXE Morning Show, take a listen to our conversation here .


Mesabi Musical Theater has encore performances of “Always... Patsy Cline” at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at Greenway High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at


Cook’s annual Timber Days celebration is June 7-9. Highlights include a library book sale on Friday, a classic car show on Saturday, and lawnmower races on Sunday. Find a full schedule of events.


Sisu Heritage celebrates National Sauna Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Nelimark Homestead and Museum in Embarrass. There will be a pulled pork meal, squeaky cheese, a boot-throwing contest, baby goats, plus saunas and stoves on display. Listen to our conversation with organizer Marlin Bjornrud above.

Grand Rapids

The First Friday Art Walk in downtown Grand Rapids includes art openings, live music and more. Find events and locations.

What's going on in your community this summer? Let us know!

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