It's fall, y'all: This year's Bemidji-area fall festivities
While some may be getting ready to hibernate for the long winter, the Bemidji area is brought to life with plenty of festivities on the schedule to ring in the fall season.
BEMIDJI — As leaves begin to change color and the temperature starts to drop, it’s a sure sign of fall in Minnesota.
While some Bemidjians may be getting ready to hibernate for the long winter, the area is brought to life with plenty of fall festivities on the schedule to ring in the season.
The Pioneer has compiled a roundup of local fall-themed events. To have your fall event added to the list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before we see the snow (hopefully), here are some of the area’s autumn happenings to add to your calendar.
Fuller Farm recently opened for its third season, offering plenty of family-friendly activities for Bemidjians to enjoy.
Attendees can walk through a corn maze, climb a stray bale tower, paint pumpkins, jump in a corn pit, browse a storybook walk, pet goats, play on a giant pumpkin bouncer and more.
A concession stand is also on site for attendees to purchase snacks and beverages.
Fuller Farm is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 30, weather permitting.
Tickets cost $10 per person, and children ages three and younger are free.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fullerfarmbemidji.com .
Bemidji Brewing Oktoberfest
Bemidji Brewing is set to host its Oktoberfest event from Sept. 21-24.
The celebration will include outdoor games, music and more. Attendees can also purchase a keepsake Oktoberfest Tankard at the taproom.
Thursday, Sept. 22: Oktoberfest/beer trivia will start at 7 p.m. Each trivia team can have up to five people, and the winning team will receive a $100 prize pack from Bemidji Downtown Meats.
Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24: Attendees can enjoy food from Teresa’s Wicked Tasty Food truck, which will be set up in front of the taproom from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and will offer a German meal from 4 to 7 p.m. on both days.
Lake Bemidji State Park events
As fall colors begin to paint the trees, Lake Bemidji State Park is set to host a few events to celebrate the season.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, the park will host an autumn trivia trail. Attendees can stop by to test their autumn nature knowledge while taking a self-guided hike along the paved Rocky Point Trail.
The Story Tree preschool program is set to host two events — “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, and “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.
The Story Tree is a program that offers children the opportunity to explore nature through activities like stories, crafts, games and short walks. Children of all ages are welcome, but activities are designed for children ages 3 to 5.
Attendees are asked to dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. Children and their guardians can meet at the picnic tables next to the park’s marina, or inside the visitors center if it’s raining.
Autumn Pop-up Market
Watermark Art Center will host an Autumn Pop-up Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Watermark's south lawn.
Attendees can purchase food and hand-crafted goods from local artisans, and hear performances from local musicians.
Laporte American Legion Auxiliary fall harvest
The Laporte American Legion Auxiliary will host a fall harvest event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Laporte Town Hall.
The event will offer a selection of hot dishes, salads and beverages served along with a bake sale to raise funds for veterans and scholarships.
Harvest Moon Crafter's Market
A Harvest Moon Crafters’ Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at St. Philip’s Catholic Church.
Several local crafters will be featured at the market, including the Bag Ladies, the Lazy Gnomes, Bended Pages, Lundcroft Farm, Wildflower Farm and Bakery, and more.
Ojibwe fall favorites class
Harmony Food Co-op will host an Ojibwe fall favorites class at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The class will be taught by Michelle Marion, Anishinaabe and Akimel O'otham, who will teach participants how to prepare squash puree casserole.
“Squash is one of the staple foods of Indigenous cuisines, one rich in flavor, healthful and deep with tradition,” a release said.
The cost is $15 per person and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.harmonyfoods.coop.
Great River Rescue’s Fall Harvest Gala
Great River Rescue will host a Fall Harvest Gala from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at Bluebelle Event Venue.
Festivities will kick off with a social hour, followed by dinner catered by Knob and Kettle and a program featuring Anne Gass, rescue relations manager at the Animal Humane Society.
Online and in-person silent auctions and raffles will be held, with the main raffle drawing at 8 p.m.
Raffle prizes include a stand-up paddle board, a $750 gift certificate to Bemidji Communications and a full-day ice house rental from Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service. Raffle tickets are available for $10 each at Great River Rescue or from a GRR volunteer.
Dinner tickets cost $60 for adults and $30 for children ages 10 and under. A vegan meal option is also available.
Several sponsorship levels are available for the event. Contact Great River Rescue for more information.