Area Events

Area Events

Saturday, October 21


Come celebrate the 32nd annual Oktoberfest at Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge starting at 9am on Saturday, October 21! They will have traditional German festivities that feature live entertainment, authentis German Food and Drinks, an arts and crafts fair and much more! See dinner menus and schedule of events at

Bee-Bop and Bobby Sox

Starting October 19 through the 29 the Franklin Arts Center will be putting on a new show, Bee-Bop and Bobby Sox- Geritol Frolics! Tickets are available by calling the box office at 218-825-4993 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-3pm.

Gallery Show

The Forty Club Banquet Center in Aitkin is hosting the Starving Artist Gallery Show Saturday, October 21 at 5pm featuring photography by local artist Doug Larson.  There will be music, snacks and cash bar on site, admission is $3 with proceeds to benefit the local food shelf.

Fall Bazaar

All are welcome to the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison for their Annual Fall Bazaar Saturday, October 21 from 9am-2pm. They will have Lefse, baked items, pastries, craft items, Grandpa's Shed and Grandma's Attic, they will also be serving soup and fresh bread, homemade pies, coffee and lemonade.

Friday, October 20

3rd Friday Dinner

The Aitkin VFW is having their third Friday Dinner on October 20 from 4:30 until everything is gone. They will have Paulson's Famous bbq turkey, potato salad, baked beans, buns and dessert. Adults are $10 and kids 10-under are $5.

Wednesday, October 18

Turkey Dinner

The Motley United Methodist Church in Motley is having a Fall Harvest Turkey Dinner wednesday, October 18 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. It will be a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Adults are $10.00 and kids 6-12 are $5.00.

Tuesday, October 17

Winter Driving

The Triad of Crow Wing County is having a Winter Driving Safety Tips for Seniors event on Tuesday, October 17 from 10am-11:30am in the land services buildings lower level. The event is free and they will be serving coffee and cookies and as an added bonus you can make and take a winter car safety kit. Register by calling  the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office at 218-829-4749.

Monday, October 16

Honor Flight

Veterans and friends come hear all about the Honor Flight Northland with Speaker Karen Swor on Monday, October 16 at 1pm.

Saturday, October 14

Fire Prevention

Since it is fire prevention week the Palisade Fire Department is having an open house Saturday, October 14 at 2pm. They will be having fire prevention demonstrations, serving hot dogs with chips, door prizes and gift certificates and the Red Cross will have a booth for information and safety for everyone and free smoke detectors.

Trappers Demo Day

On Saturday, October 14 the Spang Townhall in Hill City is having a Trappers Demo Day from 8am-6pm. The event will be hosted by the Commercial Trappers of Minnesota, they will have trapping demos all day long, free tailgating on site, free limited camping on site and trapping supply dealers on site. For more information you can go to

Music Jam

The Aitkin Legion is hosting a Music Jam where all are welcome Saturday, October 14 from 1-4pm.

Terror Trail

Looking for a fun Halloween event? Then check out the Terror Trail just ten miles north of Aitkin Osprey starting Saturday, October 14th thru the 28th. For more information and directions visit their facebook page

Sunday, October 8

Pastoral Anniversary

The fellowship and coffee hour at Bethal Lutheran Church in Palisade on Sunday, October 8 will be in honor of the 20th anniversary of Pastor Bill Sass at Bethel. This observance follows the weekly 9:30am worship service, everyone is welcome to attend!

Saturday, October 7

Golf Tournament

The Cuyuna Rolling Hills is hosting their annual fall 2 person iron man scramble at noon on Saturday, October 7. The cost for the tournament is only $40 per person which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, a dinner and cash payout. Just call Cuyuna Rolling Hills at 218-534-3489 or visit their website at 

Harvest Dinner

The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin is having their Harvest Dinner and Live Art Auction Saturday, October 7 from 5pm-8:30pm at the Heartwood Conferance Center. They'll have a delicious harves dinner, live art auctions with Bob Janzen, Laugh out loud entertainment with singer/songwriter Elisa Korenne and a raffle drawing. Tickets are $50 call to reserve your spot at 218-927-2363.

Bazaar and Bake Sale

St. John's Lutheran Church in Aitkin is having a Bazaar and Bake Sale Saturday, October 7 from 9am-2pm. They will have lunch being served all day, you'll be able to find craft items, baked goods, canned goods, garden produce, LEFSE, Grandma's Attic and much, much more!!

Thursday, October 5

Taste of Aitkin

The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to Taste of Aitkin Thursday, October 5 from 5pm-7pm at the Moose Lodge! Come celebrate the tastes of their community with samples from local resturants, a carmel apple bar, raffles, door prizes and good company. Tickets are on sale now at the chamber office, they're $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Sunday, October 1

Chicken Dinner

All are welcome to Holy Angels Catholic Church in Moose Lake on Sunday, October 1 for a chicken dinner from 11am-2pm. The dinner includes golden fried chicken (all you can eat), salad, mashed potatoes and gravu, green beans or corn, fresh baked bread, apple crisp, and a beverage. Adulys are $9, children 6-12 are $6 and children under 6 are free. Take out meals are available as well as delivery just call Louis Butkiewicz before October 1st at 218-273-4805.

Saturday, September 30

Fall Festival

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church is having their Fall Festival on Saturday, September 30. The Meal will start at 5:30pm to 6:30pm with chili, then an auction will begin at 7pm and the items will include many homemade jellies, jams, wood projects, vegetables and maybe even a treasure or two!

Wednesday, September 27

Health and Wellness Fair

There will be a Health and Wellness Fair at the McGregor Community Center on Wednesday, September 27. There will be vendors, flu shots, screenings, farmers market and information for all ages.

Saturday, September 23

Draft Horse Field Days

Be sure to check out the Draft Horse Field Days on Saturday, September 23 starting at 10am on the property of Greg and Donna Westerlund on 31410 230th Lane Aitkin, MN 56431. Admission is $5.00 per person, children under 12 are free. The event starts at 10am with the parade at 3:30pm, they will also have kids games, 8 horse hitch, potato digging and thershing oats.

Friday, September 22


The Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo is having their Annual Jamboree on Friday, September 22 at 7pm. It it one performance only, adults are $5.00 and kids under 12 are free. Come join in on the fun with wonderful music, laughter and refreshments!

Wednesday, September 20

All Veteran's

Please join the Aitkin American Legion on September 20 at 12:30. Ward Wallin from the Silver Bay veterans home will be speaking and answering question about veterans homes an care. Also, the Aitkin County VSO's will be on hand to answer quetions and a light lunch will be served.

Tuesday, September 19

Community Seminar

There will be a Solutions for Reflux and Heartburn Seminar on Tuesday, September 19 from 6 to 7pm at the Fireside Inn in McGregor. There will be a free light meal included and you must register by calling in at 218-927-5188.

Free Lunch

Tim Hanson Insurance is having an appreciation free lunch at their Aitkin office Tuesday the 19 from 11am-1:30pm.

Saturday, September 16

Fall Bike Ride

There will be a fall bike ride on Saturday, September 16 starting at 9am. The ride begins at the Jacobson Community Center where distances vary from Jacobson to Palisade.

Spaghetti Dinner

The City of Palisade is having a spaghetti dinner on Saturday the 16 at 4pm at the Palisade Community Center. It's $5 for adults, kids are $3, help raise funds for broadband hot spots and library reading room.

Friday, September 15

3rd Friday Dinner

The Aitkin VFW is having their annual 3rd Friday Dinner on September 15 starting at 4:30 until everything is gone. They will be serving hot beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies and dessert. It's $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 years old and under.

Golf Tournament

The Cuyuna Rolling Hills is hosting a Law Enforcement Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, September 15. Registration is at Noon, it is 4 person teams and includes 18 holes witha a cart and a dinner with awards and prizes to be given away!

Monday, September 11

Neighborhood Potluck

Mark your calendars for the Tamarack areas Neighborhood Potluck on Monday, Sept. 11 in the Sno-Flyers Building at 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome, area services will be represented so get to know what services are available in your area.

Sunday, September 10

Musical Service

Hilltop Chapel in Palisade will have a music service on Sunday, September 10th at 10am. The public is invited to attend, David Koblish is a soloist and recording artist from Minneapolis and he is one of te great favorites in sacred music. So join us in song and service Sunday, September 10 at 10am.

Saturday, September 9

Pig Roast

The Minnesota National Golf Course is having a Pig Roast and Fall Celebration on Saturday, September 9 from 4pm-8pm. They will have a pig roast with baked potato bar and a gourmet corn on the cob station. It's open to the public at $10 a person, they will also have live entertainment by DJ Wiz.

Tuesday, September 5

Blood Drive

The Aitkin community is having a blood drive on Tuesday, September 5 at the Aitkin VFW Post 1727. The American Red Cross is Sposoring the blood drive, to make an appointment contact Dean at 612-590-0856. All presenting donors will recieve a Red Cross t-shirt.

Sunday, September 3

Grand Breakfast

All are welcome to Holy Angels Catholic Church's Grand Breakfast on Sunday, September 3 from 8am to Noon. Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with a grand breakfast of pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, egg bake, sausage, whole ham, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, strawberries with juice, milk and coffee. Take out and Delivery options are available just call Louis before September 3 at 218-273-4805. The breakfast is $7.50 per person, children 6-12 are $4.00 and children under 6 are free.

Thursday, August 31

Rummage Sale

The Sowing Seeds for God Ministries 2nd Annual Fundraising Rummage Sale begins Thursday, August 31 thru Monday, September 4 from 9am to 6pm at the Hazelton Town Hall in Aitkin! They are still looking for donations, if you have some goods to donate contact Mary at 218-670-0536. All donations & proceeds will be used for operating costs of the Sober Recovery Homes, benevolence fund for Community Outreach, and Recovery Church Services with Food and Fellowship.

Saturday, August 26


Your local farmers are proud to present the Farm2Families event on Saturday August 26 from 3-7pm at the Heimark Farm of Dove Street in Aitkin. They will have dinner, live music, hay rides, demonstrations, kids activities, fun for the whole family! Adults and children ofer 10 are $5 to enter and $15 for the meal and children under 10 are free to enter and get a free meal with purchase of an adult meal.

Outdoor Gospel

The Malom Evangelical Free Church in Isle is having an outdoor gospel concert featuring Duane and Deb Hawkinson and Friends Saturday, August 26 at 7pm. The Hawkinsons are local musicians that perform in many venues and their hope is that music will reach out to those who are searching and bring them closer to the Lord. Come as you are and bring a lawn chair to enjoy Malom Church's 23rd year of great music in the outdoors. This will be their last concert of the summer so be sure not to miss!!

Thursday, August 24

Alzheimer's Association

On Thursday, August 24, the Alzheimer's Association is holding an informational meeting at the United Methodist Church in McGregor from 11:30am-1:30pm. You can RSVP with the ANGELS by calling (218) 768-2762, a $4 donation includes lunch. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more!

Sunday, August 20

Fun Run

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is having their 51st Annual Powwow for their Fun Run. Registration begins at 9am, you'll be able to run or walk a mile across the Powwow grounds to claim your free t-shirt. This event does not take place at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum, for more information call (320)-532-3632.

Buffet Breakfast

The Aitkin American Legion is having a Buffet Breakfast Sunday, August 20th from 8am to Noon. They will be serving biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, fruit, coffee and juice and it is open to the public.

Friday, August 18

Rummage Sale

The St. James Catholic Church is having their 10th Annual Rummage Sale on Friday, August 18 from 9am to 5pm and Saturday, August 19 from 9am to 5pm. Some items they will have for sale are glassware, dishes, cookware, furniture, jewelry, books, sports equipment and toys. This is one sale you don't want to miss!!

Pig Roast

The Aitkin VFW is having their third Friday Dinner on August 18 from 4:30 until everything is gone. They will have a pig roast with potato salad, beans, cole slaw and a beverage. It's $12 for adults and $6 for kids 10 and under.

Addiction in America

Central Lakes College is hosting a free community awareness event in the Chalberg Theater. Guest speakers include Brian Marquart (Minnesota State-Wide Gang and Drung Cooridnator), The Brainerd Police Department, Lutheran Social Services, Essentia Health, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, Community Members and Peer Recovery Stories. There is no registration fee it is open to the public.

Thursday, August 17

Rummage Sale

Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes is having a Rummage Sale Thursday, August 17 from 8am-5pm and Friday August 18 from 8am-Noon. All the free will proceeds go to missions for the church.

Saturday, August 12

Family Fun Event

The Holden Lutheran Church is having an auction, pig/turkey roast and gospel/classic country concert Saturday, August 12. The auction begins at 2pm where they will have household and outdoor items along with hand crafted items and collectibles. After the live auction they will have a free concert featureing Alan Godage and Sundown Classic Country Music. Dinner will include roast pork and turkey sandwich, potato salad, beans, pickles, bar and a beverage, adults are $9.00, kids ages 5-12 are $6.00 and kids ages 1-4 eat free.

Golf Fundraiser

The 11th Annual Swanson's Melanoma Golf Open Fundraiser is taking place at Breezy Point Resort Traditional Golf Course Saturday, August 12. It's $75.00 per person to participate that includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch and dinner, prizes, a gift bag and participation in Skins Game. Registration begins at 7am and noon with shotgun starts at 8am and 1pm, it is a four person scramble with four game holes, putting contest, prize for the best golf attire and a silent auction. 

Friday, August 11

Jumpin Jehosafats

The Motley United Methodist Church is hosting The Jumpin Jehosafats concert Friday, August 11th at 6pm. It is open to the public, they will also have brats, chips and a drink for $5.00. Don't forget to check out the Haitian products on sale like their metal art and coffee.

Sunday, August 6

Outdoor Service

The Bethal Lutheran Church in Palisade will have thei annual outdoor worship an Holy Communion service at Berglund Park along the Mississippi River in Palisade on Sunday, Agust 6 at 10am. Special music will be provided by the "Johnson Chix" and a potluck meal will follow the service. In case of bad weather,the alternate location is the Palisade Community Center.

Saturday, August 5

Riverboat Days Celebration

The Aitkin American Legion is celebrating the Aitkin Riverboat Heritage Days Saturday, August 5 from 10am to 9pm. They'll have a craft fair fro 10-4 as well as serving comfort food. They will also have a beer garden from 10-4 with the bean bag tournament starting at 1pm. Finishing off the night will be DJ Karaoke inside the Aitkin American Legion!

57th Birthday Celebration

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is celebrating their 57th birthday on August 5th! Explore the exhibits like the popular Four Seasons Room with life sized dioramas and don't forget to check out gift shop next door and get 10% of purchases for the day. The celebration starts at 11am and goes till 4pm and it's $10 for adults and ages 5-17 are $6. 

Dump Run

On Saturday, August 5 as a part of the Riverboat Heritage Days in Aitkin, they are having The Dump Run quarter  and 5k marathon starting at 8 and 8:30am. Register to run today at

Thursday, August 3

Garage Sale

The Aitkin County Historical Society is having their annual garage sale at the Aitkin County Fairgrounds Thursday August 3 thru Saturday August 5 from 8am to 3pm. They have two whole buildings full of collectables and other merchandise. 

Sunday, July 30

Fly-In Breakfast

The 22nd annual Backus Fly-In Pancake breakfast will be held Sunday, July 30 from 7:30am to noon at the Backus Airport. The pancake breakfast is a benefit for the Backus Fire Department and First Reponders, it's $6 at the door and $3 for kids under 12 years old and Fly-In pilots eat free. They will also be serving sausage, juice, coffee and milk along with the pancakes.

Saturday July, 29

All You Can Eat Corn

The Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo is having an All You Can Eat Corn Dinner Saturday July, 29 from 4:30 to 7pm. They will have corn of course, beef sandwich, coleslaw, beans, dessert, coffee and lemonade. It's $10 for adults and kids under 10 are $5. 

Because of Brandon

The Because of Brandon Fundraiser is taking place on July, 29 at the Crosby Bar and Grill starting at 3:30pm with the mega meat raffle. Then they'll have a silent auction with wine and craft beer tasting from 4-7pm with the raffle drawing taking place right after. The fundraiser will finish off with a street dance from 8pm-midnight, for more details about this event call 218-545-4447 or visit

Friday, July 28

Salad Luncheon

The McGregor United Methodist CHurch is having their Annual Salad Luncheon Friday, July 28th from 11am-1:30pm. They'll have homemade salads, rolls, dessert and a beverage, along with a silent auction and craft sale.