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  1. City of Lights Celebration & Holiday Fireworks

    25532 Main St
    Nisswa, MN 56468
    Call: (218) 963-2620
    Toll Free: (800) 950-9610

    Nisswa is the place to be the day after Thanksgiving! While others are thinking about the hustle and bustle of Black Friday shopping, the Nisswa downtown is creating a Norman Rockwell scene. Festivities for the 36th annual event begin in the afternoon with horse-drawn wagon rides, storytelling, food vendors, bonfires, holiday carolers and live reindeer. Pioneer Village is the setting for the live nativity, and Love Lights a Tree program, which supports Good Samaritan Society's Home Hospice program. At 5:30, the LIGHTS come on throughout town and Santa Claus greets the children. The event culminates with a rare winter fireworks display that lights up the crisp night sky. Enjoy live music at the Legion and the Pickle Factory after the fireworks.

  2. Confidence Learning Center Golf & Fishing Classic

    1620 Mary Fawcett Memorial Dr
    Brainerd, MN 56401
    Call: 218-963-2620

    Mariucci Fiesta with incredible Italian food, Live & Silent auctions and more! All monies raised facilitate programs for the special campers at Confidence Learning Center. For more information and/or to register for the golf or fishing tournament, please visit

  3. Fall Festival and Smokin' Hot BBQ

    25532 Main St
    Nisswa, MN 56468
    Call: (218) 963-2620
    Toll Free: (800) 950-9610

    Nisswa ushers in fall with the 44th annual Nisswa Fall Festival. The 12th annual Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge is part of this annual fall tradition. Start your day with a pancake breakfast. You can participate in the medallion hunt and compete in the bean bag tournament. Kids congregate by the turtle track parking lot for activities that include bounce houses and games. The tantalizing smell of barbecued ribs wafts through town as teams compete in the Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge. After ribs are judged, the public gets it's chance to taste the creations. Late afternoon live music outdoor concert throughout the day.

  4. Freedom Day Celebration & Parade

    25532 Main Street
    Nisswa, MN 56468
    Call: (218) 963-2620
    Toll Free: (800) 950-9610

    Celebrate FREEDOM in Nisswa on Monday, July 3, with a full schedule of fun! Activities throughout the day include Turtle races, Water Wars, music, food vendors and more! The Freedom Day Parade starts at 7pm. Spectators line both sides of Main Street to watch the parade that includes various floats, marching veterans' groups, high school marching bands, clowns, area royalty, fire trucks, car clubs, horse-riding groups and more.

    **Nisswa fireworks are on Saturday, July 1st at Grand View Lodge.**

  5. Gull Lake Classic Boat Show

    8164 CR 77
    Lake Shore, MN 56468
    Call: (218) 963-2620

    This is a rare opportunity to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of some of the world's most unique vintage wood boats. These breathtaking beauties are on public display dockside along the shores of Gull Lake. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the sun and learn the history of these inspiration from the past. The event also includes the Classic Boat Tour of Gull Lake and Shoreline parade, departing around 4:30 pm, weather permitting.

  6. Gull Lake Oktoberfest

    25532 Main St
    Nisswa, MN 56468
    Call: (218) 963-2620
    Toll Free: (800) 950-9610

    The Gull Lake Events group joins forces to bring a fun, autumn Pub Crawl to the lakes area. FREE shuttle service between locations, commemorative mugs and lots of great food and music are all part of the event. Participating locations include: Ernie's on Gull, Zorbaz on Gull, Grand View Lodge, Jakes Gull Lake, Cowboys, Sherwood Forest, Bar Harbor and Gull Dam Brewing. Proceeds benefit Confidence Learning Center, Soup Kitchen and the Food Shelf. This event runs in conjunction with Grand View Lodge's 7th annual Golftoberfest, featuring live music under a heated tent.

  7. Nisswa Crazy Days

    Call: (218) 963-2620
    Toll Free: (800) 950-9610

    Nisswa merchants offer crazy discounts during the Nisswa Crazy Days! Merchandise lines the sidewalks as shoppers browse for good buys!

  8. Nisswa Firecracker Run

    25628 Main St
    Nisswa, MN 56468
    Call: (218) 963-2620
    Toll Free: (855) RECESS1

    The Firecracker tradition means something different to everybody - family get togethers, summertime, sunshine, up north, the lake, Forth of July, friendships, and more. The Nisswa Firecracker Run Up North events is a northwoods family tradition that has grown exponentially since its debut in 2010. The event features a morning 5K, 10K and Kids Run. It is known for it's laid back atmosphere, comfy event shirts, amazing crawfish boil, free Pabst and super fun finish line. The race starts on Main Street. Participants run through town, into the woods, and on a scenic tour along Lower Cullen Lake. The finish line is at the Nisswa Community Center with awards, prizes, and the Kids Run. Try live crawfish from the Bayou prepared and served at the Event!

  9. Nisswa Turtle Races

    Nisswa Turtle Races

    25532 Main St
    Nisswa, MN 56468
    Call: (218) 963-2620
    Toll Free: (800) 950-9610

    The official Turtle Race Track in Downtown Nisswa is the place to be Wednesday afternoons in summer to cheer on turtles as they make a break for the outer circle finish line. The 54th season of Nisswa Turtle Races will kick off Wednesday, June 7th, at the turtle track located behind the welcome center building/public restroom along the Paul Bunyan Trail in downtown Nisswa. No matter what the weather, races start at 2pm each Wednesday through Aug 16th, attracting huge crowds each week. Rent a turtle for an afternoon of fun! Registration begins at 1pm. Awards are given for the Grand Champion Turtle Race, Resort Race, Tiny Tots Race, Out of State/Country Race, Grandparents Race and Locals Race. Turtle Races are open to kids of all ages, no matter if you are 1 or 101!

  10. Nisswa-Stamman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival

    Nisswa-Stamman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival

    25611 Main St
    Nisswa, MN 56468
    Call: (218) 764-2994

    The Nisswa Stamman Scandinavian folk music and dance festival will celebrate its 18th year at the Nisswa Pioneer Village. This ever-growing event offers a celebration of Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American folk music in the northwoods. Performers travel from Norway and Sweden, as well as various parts of the United States and the local area, to play at this festival on several stages. The event also offers singing and dancing workshops, a children's activity area and Scandinavian foods. On Saturday, June 10th a fiddler's parade on the Paul Bunyan State Trail in Nisswa kicks off the all-day folk music festival, which culminates with a smorgasbord feast. Don't miss this annual gathering of fiddlers, nyckelharpers, hardingfele players, accordionists, guitarists, vocalists, dancers and general aficionados of Scandinavian folk music!

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