Area Events

Area Events

Saturday, December 9

Live Nativity

On Saturday, December 9 the Community Alliance Church of Garrison is having a Live Nativity from 5pm-7pm. They will have live animals, cookies, hot chocolate and a gift for everyone.


On Saturday, December 9 Caleigh will be performing at 7pm at the Butler Building Historic Opera House in Aitkin. You can pre-purchase tickets for $15 at Paulbeck's County Market or at Security State Bank, tickets will also be available the night of the event for $18. For further information contact Sylvia Allen at 218-678-2441.

Friday, December 8

Children's Christmas Party

The Aitkin American Legion is having their annual Children's Christmas Party on Friday, December 8. The doors open at 5pm when they will have refreshments and homemade cookies, at 5:15pm they will put on a Puppet Show with Christmas Caroling and at 5:45pm Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive. Each child from birth to age 10 will recieve a wrapped gift, plus a bag of goodies.


The Crosby-Ironton Wrestlers are hosting a Silent Auction, Dinner and Bake Sale Fundraiser on Friday, December 8 from 6pm-8pm at the Croby Fire Hall. They will have pulled pork and turkey sandwiches, coleslaw, beans, chips and dessert, Adults are $8 and kids 12 and under are $5.

Holiday Bazaar

The Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center Auxiliary in Brainerd is having a Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 8 from 9am-4pm. They will have vendors with personal and home items including sheets and blankets, a cookie walk and a raffle. The Holiday Bazaar will take place in the River Room Cafeteria and Meeting Rooms at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.

Wednesday, December 6

Salad Luncheon

The Glory Baptist Women's Ministries will host their annual Christmas Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, December 6 at 12:30pm in the Glory Community Center. The theme this year is A Cup of Christmas Tea, with Faith Ann Odell as the guest speaker. For questions call 218-927-3678 and leave a message.

Tuesday, December 5

Aitkin 1st Responders

There will be an informational meeting for people interested in becoming a 1st Responder for the South Aitkin 1st Responders. The meeting will be held on Dec 5th at the Riverwood Conference Room Starting at 6pm. No registration is needed, any questions call Amber at 218-831-5799.

Monday, December 4

Operation Christmas

Don't for get to set up your shopping appoinment for Operation Christmas December 4th thru the 8th from 8:30am-4:30pm by calling 218-927-7717. Operation Christmas is a wonderful program that collects and provides toys during the holiday season to children in Aitkin County. The Phone line is very busy and you will not be able to leave a message for a return call so pease be patient. The location of the store will be at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin and will open December 12th to the 14th with appoinment times from 8am-6pm.

Saturday, December 2

Sweetgrass Basket Workshop

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post will have a 2 day workshop where you can learn the art of making a coil sweetgrass basket. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days. The workshop runs Saturday 11am-3pm and Sunday 10am-2pm.

Friday, December 1

Bake Sale

On Friday, December 1, Bremer Bank is having a Bake Sale starting at 9am till everything is sold out. The will have a Christmas Assortment of Lefse, Breads, and Candies made by the members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Also 100% of the proceeds will go to the Community Food Shelf.

Friday, November 24

Holiday Open House

The Boone's 1886 House is hosting a Holiday Open House on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 24, 25 and 26 from 9am-5pm. You'll be able to sample some goodies, find unique handcrafted gifts and enjoy memories of Christmas past.

Wednesday, November 22

Bake Sale

There will be a bake sale on Wednesday, November 22 from 9am-1pm at Security State Bank put on by the Fleming United Methodist Church.

Monday, November 20

Silent Auction

The Aitkin All Starz Dance Team is having a silent auction November 20 thru the 25 at the Butler Building in Aitkin. Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 7am-4:30pm and Sun 9am-1:30pm upstairs above the Beanery Coffee Shop. All proceeds from the auction will go to the dance team for uniforms, hotels, banquet and awards.

Saturday, November 18

Holiday Craft and Vendor Show

On Saturday, November 18 from 9am-4pm the Deerwood Legion Auxiliary is having their 3rd Annual Hunting for the Holidays Craft and Vendor Show. They will have coffee, juice and muffins available with walking tacos start at 11am for purchase until gone. The bar will also be open for additional refreshments.

Craft Bazaar

Bann's Bar and Restuarant on Lake MInnewawa North of McGregor is having a Craft Bazaar Saturday, November 18 from 10am-2pm with Product Vendors like Premier Jewelry, LipSense, Young Living Essential Oils and Scentsy, Circles of Hope, Tastefully Simple, Paparazzi Jewelry, NeighborGoods, Kids Plus and 7 other craft vendors plus more. They will also be serving lunch and drink specials all day.

Mitten Workshop

There will be a two day workshop at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post on Saturday, November 17 from 11am-3pm and Sunday, November 19 from 10am-2pm. Learn techniques of leatherworking to make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days.

Friday, November 17

3rd Friday Dinner

The Aitkin VFW is having their annual 3rd Friday Dinner on Friday, November 17 from 4:30pm till everything is gone. The dinner will have fish, augratin potatoes, green beans, cole slaw and dessert, adults are $10 and kids 10 and under are $5.

Thursday, November 16

Bake Sale

There will be a Bake Sale for the Aitkin Rebekah Lodge #151 on Thursday, November 16 from 10am to 5pm and on Friday, November 17 from 9am till gone. The Bake Sale will be held in the lobby of the Verizon Wireless store at the stop light in Aitkin.

Open House

The Support Within Reach program of Aitkin County is having an Open House on Thursday, November 16 from 11am-1pm at their Aitkin office on the second floor of the Eye Care Center Building. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided, for more information,call 218-927-6226.

Tuesday, November 14


The Board of Education for Independent School District #2 is having a workshop on Tuesday November 14 at the Hill City School, Room 250 at 7pm where they will also discuss the budget.

Saturday, November 11

Music Jam

All are welcome to the Aitkin Legion for a Music Jam on Saturday, November 11 from 1-4pm. 

Hunter's Supper

The Hilltop Chapel will be having a Hunter's Supper at the Waukenabo Community Center & Town Hall from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. They will have a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, plus pie, adults are $10, ages 6-12 are $3 and ages 5 and under are free.

Celebration of Veterans

The Aitkin American Legion will have a light meal for the public served by the legion at 11am plus a presentation of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for the "Voices of Democracy" and "Patriot's Pen" Essay Winners.

Wednesday, November 8

Celebration of Veterans

On Wednesday, November 8 the Aitkin High School will host a breakfast for all veterans served by the Student Council at 8:30 am in the Cafeteria. They will also have a high school program in the Aitkin High School Auditorium at 9:40pm with Brian Ayres and Travis Weimer as Guest Speakers.

Saturday, November 4

Hunter's Breakfast

There will be a Hunter's Breakfast and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 4 from 5am-Noon. The breakfast will include eggs(any style), bacon, juice, coffee, milk and all you can eat pancakes. Adults are $6, kids 6-12 are $3 and ages 5 and under are free.

Craft and Vendor's Fair

There will be a Craft and Vendors Fair on Saturday, November 4 from 9am-3pm at the American Legion Post 86 in Aitkin. They will have plenty of Homemade baked goods as well!

Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

The Backus Lions will hold their annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 8am-Noon on Saturday, November 4 in Downtown Backus. They will have many beautiful, handcrafted items on sale plus homemade baked goods as well as raffle tickets on sale for some wonderful items.

Craft and Bake Sale

The Bethal Lutheran Church in Palisade is having a Quilt Craft Bake Sale on Saturday, November 4 from 9am-3pm with dessert and coffee available.

Bazaar and Bake Sale

The Motley United Methodist Church is having their Annual Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturda, November 4 from 9am-3pm. Shop Homemade items like Lefse, pies, cookies, bars, muffins, breads, candy, jam and jelly. They will also have local crafters' with special homemade items and white elephant treasures.

Hunter's Supper

Glory Baptist is having a Hunter's Supper on Saturday, November 4 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Glory Community Center. The meal will feature Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, bread, pie and a beverage. Proceeds from the free will donation will go to purchase a defibrillator and remaining funds to South Aitkin First Responders.

Friday, November 3

Threasures and Tastes of Christmas

The St. James Catholic Church is having their Treasures and Tastes of Christmas event Friday, November 3 and 4 from 9am-5pm. They will have gently used Christmas Decor for sale, baked goods like cookies and fudge and a country store with pickles, preserves, handmade items, quilts, and toys.

Saturday, October 28

Holiday Bazaar

The Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo is having a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, October 28 from 9am to 2pm. They will have a cookie walk, bake sale, Lefse making and sales, crafts, quilts, a raffle and lunch counter.

Friday, October 27

Pork Chop Dinner

The Aitkin All Starz are having their annual pork chop dinner on Friday, October 27 from 4:30pm to 8pm at the Aitkin VFW. Tickets are on sale now for $10 from any All Starz Dancer or Pine Insurance Agency in Aitkin. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $12. They will have grilled pork chop, corn, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, dessert bar, coffee and lemonade. They will also have a bake sale too with lots of goodies.

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.