Area Events


Brainerd Lakes Area Community Event


Fri & Sat 10.19-20 Haunted Trail 2018 – Monster Bash @ Northland Arboretum 7-9 Bonfire and cider at the end of the trail Pre-sale tickets available 829.8770'

Sun 10.21 Sober Squad presents:  Rising To Recovery Walk on Sun. Oct. 21st at Lum Park in Brainerd.  The event, that will run from 11:00-4:00, hopes to empower people who are in recovery, add value to recovery, raise awareness to the drug problem in our community and support those who support people who are in recovery.  There will be food, fun, games, fellowship and music… and a number of prizes!  Organizers say, “we don’t want your money, just show up and show support.”  For more info, contact Nicholas at 218-821-0892.

Sun 10.21 Sunday Breakfast @ The VFW 8:30-Noon

Thu 10.25 Distinguished Service Awards Banquet hosted by Brainerd Jaycees and Brainerd Community Action @ NP Center in Brainerd 6:30 Social...7 Dinner & Program Nomination Letters should be submitted by 9.21 Please send to Brainerd Community Action c/o Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) 213 S. 5th Street Brainerd, 56401

Sat 10.27 Howlerween @ Northland Arboretum 11-1 with creepy crawly animals, lunch and creepy cupcakes for sale. Presentation by Pine Grove Zoo...see and touch a boa snake, tarantula, chameleon, tortoise and cane toad Call 829.8770

Sat 10.27 Annual Meeting @ Northland Arboretum 9-10:30

Sun 10.28 Sunday Breakfast @ The Legion 8:30-Noon

Sun 11.4 Sunday Breakfast @ The Elks Club 8:30-Noon

Sat 11.10 Crossing Arts Alliance has art event for kids @ their new location 711 Laurel St in Brainerd. 10-Noon or call 833.0416

Sun 11.11 Sunday Breakfast @ The Eagles Club 8:30-Noon

Tue 11.13 Master Gardner Class @ Brainerd Public Library “Worm Composting” Noon-1 Call 829.5574

Sun 11.18 Sunday Breakfast @ The VFW 8:30-Noon

Sun 11.25 Sunday Breakfast @ The Legion 8:30-Noon

Tue 12.11 Master Gardner Class @ Brainerd Public Library “Holiday Pizzazz” Noon-1 Call 829.5574




Thu 10.18 Caregiver Support Group @ Crosslake Lutheran Church 10:30-12:30 Call 218.692.3682 (3rd Thursday of month)

10.18 through 10.27 weekends Join the Greater Lakes Performing Arts Group of Pequot Lakes will present The Haunted Hallows of Crosslake – When Things Went Horribly Wrong on Fri-Sat. Oct 19th-21st (and Fri. and Sat. Oct. 26 & 27) at the Crosslake Historical Log Village from 7:00-10:00 each night.  The event will be a repeating, scary, scripted, family oriented show with thrills and fun for all ages.  Go to for more information.  

10.20 Pay It Forward Brainerd Lakes Cancer Fund present the first annual Rock It Forward event on Sat. Oct. 20th at Pine Peaks Wedding & Event Center north of Crosslake.  The evening will feature ZEPPO, playing the music of Led Zepplin, with special guest, lakes area favorite Wyld Ryce.  The event is for all ages, as in addition to the music, there will be a cash bar, non-alcoholic beverages, food from Maucieris and more!  Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to the Fund.  Get tickets online at : or at the door.  The Pay It Forward Fund helps provide financial assistance for basic living expenses to lakes area residents who are undergoing cancer treatment.


Sat 10.20 The annual LWML Fall Bazaar will be held on Sat., Oct. 20th from 9am to 2pm at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison.  There will be Lefse, craft items, a bake sale, Grandpa's Shed and Grandma's Attic. A luncheon of Soup & Fresh Bread, Homemade Pies, Coffee and Lemonade will be available.  Shepherd of the Lake is located on Highway 169, one mile north of Garrison.  Everyone is Welcome!  For more information, please contact the Church at 320-692-4581.




The Motley United Methodist Church invites everyone to its Fall Harvest Turkey Dinner on Wed. Oct. 17th from 4:30-6:30. It’s a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. You’ll also enjoy music by Rod Enberg.  $10 for adults…. $5.00 for 6-12 year olds….5 and under are free.   Motley UMC is on 3rd Avenue South in Motley.



Fridays Grassroots Fall Concert Series @ Live Well Nightclub & Coffee Bar Doors open @ 6:30 Showtime @ 7:30 Fri 10.12 - James Keelaghan Fri 10.26 - Gurf Morlix Fri 11.9 - Pushing Chain Fri 11.30 – Brianna Lane

10.18-10.20 Nisswa Christmas Home Tour to benefit The Lakes Area Food Shelf $38 per ticket and are available @ The Woodland Meadow, Green Porch and Buffalo Plaid or call 218.963.0036


Sat 10.27 American Indian Teen Photography Exhibit Closes @ Mille Lacs Indian Museum 320.532.3632

Sat-Sun 10.27-28 Beading 101 2-Day Workshop @ Mille Lacs Indian Museum...Sat Noon-4 Sun 10-2 320.532.3632


Sun 10.21 A benefit called “Baggin’ To Beat Leukemia” will be held on Sun. Oct. 21st at the Pelican Lak Ballroom in Avon in support of Theresa Lamser Gerads who recently was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, began chemo and is now awaiting match results for a stem cell transplant.  The benefit will be held from 11:00-6:00 and include a chicken dinner, bean bag tournament and silent auction.   When the transplant happens, Theresa will need to be at Hope Lodge in the Twin Cities for 3 months.  The money raised will help the family with medical bills and expenses.  For more info, call 320-266-4635.  Monetary donations can also be made or mailed to any Central MN Credit Union, attention Theresa Gerads Benefit.




Sat 10.20 Pine River Fire Department for a Chili Feed & Bean Bag Tournament on Sat. Oct. 20th at the Pine River fire hall.  The chili feed will start at 12:00 and go til it’s gone.  It’s $5 for all-you-can-eat.  The bean bag registration will also start at 12:00 with throwing starting at 1:00.  $35/team and that includes the chili.  Payout for tournament will be based on entries.  All the proceeds will go to the Pine River Fire Department.

Sun 10.21  Soups and Sweets, a fundraiser to benefit the Pine River Area Food Shelf.  Soups and Sweets will be held on Sun. Oct. 21st at the Pine River American Legion from 11:00-1:00.  There will also be a silent auction.  The “Super Soupers” include Bites, The A-Pine, JR’s #19 BBQ, Cozy Cottage Café and The Corner Store.  Tickets are $8 for adults… $5 for children 10 and under (or $25 max. per family).  All the proceeds will benefit the Pine River Area Food Shelf, a service of the Pine River-Backus Family Center.

Sat 10.27 Community Bowl in Pine River is holding a 9-pin no-tap Bowling Tournament for Breast Cancer with 3 shifts... 10am – 12:30 – 3pm bowl 3 games Early Bird price $20 Day of $25 with t-shirts starting at $20 and all proceeds to National Breast Cancer Foundation



The Staples Motley Area Community Connect fair will be held on Thurs. Oct. 18th from 10:00-2:00 at Timbers Restaurant & Event Center.  This is for all community residents, especially those interested in connecting with local resources.  The fair will provide free haircuts, free consultations, free connections, free prizes and a free meal.  If you or someone you know needs help with mental or physical health, education, housing, employment, financial issues or chemical dependency, please attend this fair.  For transportation, call Friendly Rider at 218-631-5730.


Wed.       10/17                    8:00-2:00               Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena
     Wed.       10/17                    9:00-3:00               Pillager High School in Pillager
     Mon.       10/22                    12:0-6:00               Gull Lake Center at Grand View Nisswa
     Tues.       10/23                    12:00-6:00             Community Center in Staples
     Wed.       10/24                    10:00-3:00             VFW in Brainerd
     Thurs.     10/25                    12:00-6:00             Browerville Elementary School
     Mon.       10/29                    1:00-7:00               St. Francis Center in Little Falls
     Tues.       10/30                    12:00-6:00             St. Francis Center in Little Falls
     Tues.       10/30                    9:00-3:00               Northland Arboretum in Baxter
     Wed.       10/31                    8:30-2:30               St. Francis Center in Little Falls
     Wed.       10/31          10:00-4:00             Brainerd Public Library



Immunization Clinics Call 218.547.1340 (Ext 246)

10/16 Tues   10-12 & 1-2:30       Pillager Family Resource Center
10/23        Tues   9:00 – 11:00           Cass Co. Health, Human & Vet. Services 
For more information, call 218-547-1340 ext. 246

Health, Human and Veterans Services Flu Shots  Thu 10.18 Four Seasons Apartments in Cass Lake 1-2