Updated on: 05/23/2015
Itasca’s Forest Hike
Discover what wildflowers, trees and wildlife make up the Itasca forest on a naturalist led hike from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Meet outside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge).
It’s Itasca! Campfire
Sit around a campfire and test your knowledge of the incredible features and history of Itasca State Park. Prizes are included. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23 in the picnic grounds at the museum amphitheater located below Wegmann’s Cabin (at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom if it rains).
Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer
Jim and Molly Bauer are returning to perform familiar folk and folk rock songs in historic Forest Inn. This Minnesota-based duo, with Jim playing acoustic guitar, will share stories and songs and share the “Jim and Molly Bauer concert” collector T-shirts. They will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 24.
New York City Street Fair
Stroll the streets of New York City in downtown Park Rapids! Street performers and musicians will entertain while you shop for specialty items for sale from Park Rapids merchants, enjoy brats, hot dogs and pop, and participate in family-friendly games and activities (eye art and fair hair, photo booth, face painting). Meet the Jets and Sharks -- the street gangs from "West Side Story" (Northern Light Opera Company's summer production)! The Street Fair will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at Armory Square, main level (203 Park Avenue So., Park Rapids). Admission: $1 "West Side Story" button. (Available at the door).
Cabaret 'Club 203'
Enjoy musical entertainment by Northern Light Opera Company vocalists in an intimate New York City night club setting. Cash bar with wine and beer. Strawberries & chocolate for dessert. Limited seating. Don't miss this "West Side Story” sing-a-long & fundraiser, not to mention a great date night! The Cabaret will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at
Armory Square, lower level (203 Park Avenue So, Park Rapids). Admission: $25/adult or $40/couple (includes one free drink per person). Tickets available at Beagle Books (downtown Park Rapids) or at the door.
Tails on the Trail
The Headwaters Animal Shelter is sponsoring the 7th Annual Walkathon and Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13 - rain or shine - at Heartland Park in Park Rapids. The event features a two-mile walk to raise money for ongoing support of Shelter programs. Each registered dog will receive a bandana and there will be prizes for the humans who raise the most money. The pet expo will include exhibitors, vendors, food and fun contests. There will also be a microchip clinic. Registration and pledge forms are available at the Shelter ((901 Western Avenue South), Angie’s Groom ’n Board, Ark Animal Hospital and Dogs Paw or online at www.headwatersanimalshelter.org/Walkathon.
Through July 11
Amy Toscani & Renee Danz exhibit at Nemeth Art Center
The first exhibition in the grand gallery of Nemeth Art Center this season is sculptures by Amy Toscani. The Minneapolis artist describes her sculptures as “...powerful and provocative with an expansive presence, and still they connect personally, even emotionally with people…” Paired with this show, artist Renee Danz of Fargo debuts her most recent collection of assemblages. An opening reception and artist talks will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20 with a members-only preview from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Check back for more details on these and other events
May 1 Nemeth Art Center and Hubbard County Historical Museum open for the season
May 23 Park Rapids Farmers Market opens for the season at the Park Ace Hardware parking lot
May 24 Itasca State Park's Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer
May 31 Itasca State Park's Music Under the Pines: Hog Rooster
June 4 New York City Street Fair and Cabaret at Armory Square
June 5 Extended deadline for Artist Applications for Bite of Park Rapids Food & Art Fair (see promotions)
June 9 Bugs and Blooms: Orchids of Itasca
June 13 Tails on the Trail, walkathon for the Headwaters Animal Shelter, at Heartland Park
June 13 Nature photography event for kids at Itasca State Park
June 13 Itasca State Park's Music Under the Pines: Park Rapids Area Community Band Concert
June 18 2nd Street Stage concerts start
June 23 Bugs and Blooms: Orchids of Itasca
June 28 Itasca State Park's Music Under the Pines: Unpolished
June 20 Author Fest 11 am-6 pm at Beagle Books & Bindery
July 2, 3 & 4 PBR Bullride at the Jokela Rodeo Grounds
July 4 4th of July Parade
July 9 Wet and Wild Mississippi River Day at Itasca State Park
July 12 Bite of Park Rapids Food & Art Fair
July 15 Itasca's 20th Annual Butterfly Hike
July 15 Nature for the Nation - A Walking Play at the Antique Tractor Club Showgrounds
July 15-19 Hubbard County Fair
July 17 Nature for the Nation - A Walking Play at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds
July 23 Downtown Dash
July 23 & 24 Crazy Days
July 23 Smokey Bear Day at Itasca
July 31 Where's Waldo Party at Beagle Books & Bindery
July 31, August 1 & 2 Northern Light Opera Company: West Side Story
August 6, 7 & 8 Northern Light Opera Company: West Side Story
August 6 Legends & Logging Days Water Wars on Main Street
August 7 & 8 Legends & Logging Days at the Antique Tractor Club Showgrounds
August 13-16 Park Rapids All School Reunion www.prhsreunion.com
August 14 Youth Music Showcase at Pioneer Park
August 29 9th Annual North Country Trail Hiking Festival at Itasca State Park
September 26 & 27 Art Leap 2015
September 26 Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council's 10th Anniversary Celebration at Armory Square
September 26 8th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival at Itasca State Park
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