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Chippewa National Forest:  The Chippewa National Forest was the first of its kind established east of the Mississippi River in 1908. The forest boundary encompasses about 1.6 million acres and has 700 lakes, 920 miles of streams and 150,000 acres of wetlands. The forest's landscape is a reminder of the glaciers that blanketed northern Minnesota some 10,000 years ago.  The Chippewa National Forest also boasts the largest breeding population of bald eagles in the continental U.S., with 150 active nests found throughout the forest. 

The Chippewa National Forest makes maps available at the Blackduck Ranger Station for most of their hiking and biking trails, ranging from .5 to 68 miles. Some trails are known for their eagle viewing, others are self-guided nature tours. You are able to enjoy any one of these recreational activities while in the Chippewa National Forest: Bike, Hiking and Nature Trails, Camping, Canoeing, ATV, Fishing, XC Skiing, Hunting, Scenic Byways and Snowmobiling 

Distance: 15 miles away
Chippewa National Forest
Camp Rabideau CCC: Take a step into the past at historic Camp Rabideau, one of three remaining Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps preserved Camp Rabideauout of the 2600 that were established in 1935. Today, 15 of the original 25 buildings remain and 4 are maintained to honor those who served as CCC corpsmen. Interpretive displays highlight the buildings and history of the area. A one mile trail runs through Camp Rabideau and an open air picnic shelter is available. The camp is located County Road 39 in Blackduck and tours are conducted Sunday and Wednesdays.

Distance:  6 miles away
Camp Rabideau
Itasca State Park - Headwaters of the Mississippi River: The headwaters of the Mississippi is located in Itasca State Park. At this park you can actually walk across a path of rocks over the Mississippi River by foot. Facilities include The Headwaters History Center, Douglas Lodge and the Museum. Amenities include large stands of pine, paved bike trails, Wilderness Drive, U of M Forestry and Biological Stations, Indian cemetery, and Peace Pipe Vista, and endless miles of hiking trails. You are able to enjoy any one of these recreational activities while in the Itasca State Park: Bike and Hiking and Nature Trails, Swimming, Playing, Camping, XC Skiing, Snowmobiling and Snowshoeing. On site bike rentals can be arranged while spending a day at the park. Click on www.itascasports.com for rental information.

Distance:  55 miles away
Itasca State Park
The Lost Forty: In 1882 a mapping error described the land of the Lost Forty as being underwater, part of a lake, in fact. This caused the virgin pine of the area to be left behind by loggers at the turn of the century. Now a one-mile self guided nature trail winds its way through the majestic Lost Forty, a 144-acre tract of white and red pine, located in the Chippewa National Forest. Many of these trees are up to 350 years old and between 22 and 48 inches in diameter.

Distance: 15 miles away
The Lost Forty
Paul Bunyan and Babe: The home of Paul Bunyan and Babe are located on the shores of Bemidji Lake in Bemidji. These two statues are in the National Register Of Historic Places. Paul stands 18' tall and Babes horns are 14' across. Visitors from all over the world stop here to get their photo taken with these two icons.

Distance: 27 miles away
Paul Bunyan and Babe
Blackduck Public Golf Course: This 9 hole course offers a very well maintained course for a day of golf. Just be on the look out for visiting deer. They have a really good deal for 10 rounds of golf at $110. Golf carts are also available for rent. Contact 218-835-7757 for information.

Distance:  2 miles away
Blackduck Public Golf Course
Stein's Winding River Guest Farm: This farm offers horseback riding adventures for those 8 years and older. They can accommodate groups of 6 people or less. They also have pony rides for younger children as well as wagon rides for groups. These trail rides are all guided thru 100's of acres of private land. It is best to book after arriving at White Birch Resort, so you are able ensure a nice day for riding. Contact 218-243-2629 for information or visit their website at www.steinsguestfarm.com.

Distance: 15 miles away
Stein's Winding River Guest Farm
Lady Slipper Scenic Byway: This Lady Slipper Scenic Byway in MN 28-mile byway runs through the Chippewa National Forest. Formerly known as "Scenic Highway, the byway was renamed in honor of the state flower. Visitors can hike, bike, fish and boat at Norway Beach Recreation Area on the southeast shore of Cass Lake. This scenic highway extends from Cass lake thru Pennington and onto Blackduck. Pine and aspen are interspersed with large open areas of wetlands, lakes and river systems which will keep your interests as you travel along. Along your route you will come upon a slice of history at Camp Rabideau, one of three 1930's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in the country that are being preserved. Also, with all this water you're sure to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. Located on county 39 between state 2 and 71. Visit their website for more information at:www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/chippewa/
recreation/ auto_touring/scenic_hwy.php

or call 218-835-4291.

Distance:  4 miles away
Lady Slipper Scenic Byway
Restaurant Options: The Blackduck/ Bemidji area offers an extensive range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options unique and varied for your individual tastes in food. When you're in a hurry, the list of fast food franchises awaits with all your favorites. When the occasion calls for either lively fun or more leisurely dining enjoyment, you'll find the area home to relaxed sports bars, family style restaurants, supper clubs as well as numerous fine dining establishments. The closest family style restaurants and supper clubs are as close as 2 miles away from White Birch Resort in Blackduck. Click on this list of local eateries. Remember, this is just a selection. www.visitbemidji.com/dining/index.html
Restaurant Options
Buena Vista Ski Resort: Downhill Skiers, Snowboarders & Tubers will find Buena Vista to be the area's premier spot to enjoy their sport. Sitting astride the continental divide, there are 16 downhill runs, the longest 2,000 ft. boasting a 230 ft. drop. The ski area features 4 chairlifts, a beginners tow, and a three-story chalet with warming fireplace and cafe.

Buena Vista Ski Resort: Downhill Skiers, Snowboarders & Tubers will find Buena Vista to be the area's premier spot to enjoy their sport. Sitting astride the continental divide, there are 16 downhill runs, the longest 2,000 ft. boasting a 230 ft. drop. The ski area features 4 chairlifts, a beginners tow, and a three-story chalet with warming fireplace and cafe.

Buena Vista Ski Resort offers a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy including; downhill skiing, xc skiing, tubing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, Annual Logging Days Celebrations, Buena Vista Ranch, Covered Wagon Rides, Scenic Tours on the Continental Divide. Contact 218-243-2231.

Distance: 15 miles away
Buena Vista Ski Resort
Blackduck Woodcarvers's Festival: The Woodcarvers's Festival showcases wood working crafts of all kinds from craftsman across the nation, not just statewide. You will see vendors lining the Blackduck Wayside Park in Blackduck. Join us for a variety of arts and crafts and great food! The festival is located at the Wayside Park in Blackduck along Hwy. 71 across from Timberline Sports/Shell Gas Station. The festival is held the 3 Saturday in July. 

Distance: 3 miles away
Blackduck Woodcarvers's Festival
Pine Tree Park: Pine Tree Park in Blackduck is a well groomed park offered to the public for bird watching, nature walks, picnics and enjoying the children's playgrounds. If you are lucky enough, you just might be able to view one of Blackduck's longtime eagle families perched upon their nest, if you look close enough. It is also common to see deer wandering thru the park or loons and ducks swimming at the waters edge. The park is located across the road to the West from the Blackduck Golf course and aside the Blackduck Public Water Access. Picnic shelters are located at each end of the park and toilet facilities are also provided.

Distance: 2 miles away
Pine Tree Park in Blackduck

Casinos:  Casinos are abundance in Minnesota.  Guests can choose from any of the following: 

Northern Lights Casino, Walker     Distance:  40 miles away

Red lake Casino, Red Lake   Distance:  20 miles away

Palace Casino Hotel, Cass Lake   Distance:  21 miles away

White Oak Casino, Deer River       Distance:  45 miles away

Lake Bemidji State Park: This park is the perfect playground any time of the year, offering Lake Bemidji State Parkvisitors swimming, boating, fishing, bird watching, hiking, camping, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and year round naturalist led activities. Hikers can explore the beauty of a tamarack bog carpeted with showy lady's slippers, pitcher plants, dragon's mouth, grass pink, and insect-eating sundews. Most flowers are blooming in the bog during late spring and early summer.

Distance: 25 miles away
Lake Bemidji State Park
Concordia Language Village: Visit the unique educational and cultural grounds of Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji. Students come to live the culture and speak the language of 13 different languages with five permanent Villages located in Bemidji: Norwegian, German, Finnish, French and Spanish. Special events to the tradition of the village you’re visiting are available. "International Day" held once in July and again in August gives the public an opportunity to visit and experience the villages. Contact: 218-586-8600 or 800-450-2214 For information

Distance:  23 miles away
Concordia Language Village
Winterfest on Lake Bemidji: Winterfest on Lake Bemidji is a fun filled winter event lasting for two days scheduled in February. Exciting events for the family to enjoy include: Bemidji Pond Hockey Tournament, Bemidji Fishing Challenge, Curling Bonspiel, Broom Ball, Golf on Ice, Berrrmidji Polar Plunge, Cornhole and more. For more information, visit the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce website at www.bemidji.org and choose the category "Events - Calendar".  Feb. 7-8, 2014.

Distance: 27 miles away

Movie Theaters: 

Blackduck Theater - Blackduck.  Offer Matinee and evening shows.  


Distance:  5 miles away 

Bemidji Theaters - 5284 Theater Lane NW Bemidji, Contact 218-759-0324 for information and show times.  Offer matinee and evening shows. 


 Distance:  28 miles away

Movie Theaters

Local Shopping: For those shopping enthusiasts, shopping can be explored in a wide range of stores, ranging from antique stores, boutiques shops, gift shops, shopping mall, outdoor specialty stores and grocery stores. A few of the favorites are local crafts, north country specialties and outdoor specialty stores. A few local favorite stores in the area can be found at Bemidji Woolen Mills, Morell's Chippewa Trading Post, The Old Schoolhouse and Lady Slipper Designs, The Duck Antiques, Northlander Gifts, Anderson's Fabrics, Gander Mountain and of course Target and Wal-Mart. Great towns to spend a day of shopping can be found in the following:

Blackduck Distance: 3 miles away

Bemidji Distance: 25 miles away

Deer River Distance: 45 miles away

Walker Distance: 60 miles away

You can click on this list below provided by the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce to give you a better idea of what stores you can choose from. Remember, this is only a selection of local stores in the Blackduck/Bemidji area. www.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/busdir/SearchResults.jsp?qlid=23


Berry Picking: 

June and July are great months in Minnesota to spend a fun few hours strawberry and blueberry picking. You can pick your own or buy them fresh picked.

Mistic's Berry Farm: Pick-your-own or pre-picked strawberries & raspberries. Containers provided. Charming restaurant, clean restrooms and playground. 22 miles north of Bemidji on Cty Rd 15. Call for availability. Contact 218-243-2587 for information.

Distance: 7 miles away

Uncle TL's Berry Ranch: Pick your own blueberries. From Lake Avenue go east 3.9 miles on Powerdam Road, then south on Frohn Road approximately 700 feet on west side of Frohn Road. Call Ahead Contact 218-751-0830 for information.

Berry Picking
Pumpkin Patches: Enjoy a fall tradition in the Northwood's of Minnesota by picking your very own pumpkin with family or friends. These are a few local farms which offer pumpkin picking, wagon rides, hay rides, walking thru corn maze, playing with the farm animals, catching a bite to eat or buying those specialty gifts.


Pick-a-Pumpkin Patch:

Blackduck Bowling Lanes:  Enjoy a fun game of bowling just in town of Blackduck located at Summit Avenue, Blackduck next door to Timberline Sports Shell Gas Station.  Contact 218-835-6620 for information

Distance: 3 miles away

Blackduck Bowling Lanes
Putt-N-Go Amusement Park: It’s a bonanza of fun in one place with a giant waterslide (smooth riding fiberglass flume, heated pool water, curves, drops & tunnel), go carts, miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cage, showers, changing rooms and special attractions for children. Open 7 days a week Mid-May to September. 11am-10pm located at 3115 Hwy. 71 N., Bemidji in front of Wal-Mart. Contact 218-751-7333 for information.

Distance: 26 miles away
Putt-N-Go Amusement Park

Paul Bunyan Play House:  Bemidji's professional theatre is nationally recognized as the longest continually operating summer repertory. Now located in the historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse in MNChief Theatre at 314 Beltrami Ave NW in downtown Bemidji. Performances are scheduled throughout the year. Contact Ticket Box Office 218-751-7270. Performances are 8pm nightly except, NO performances on Monday & Tuesday.  First Sunday of month offer matinee performances at 2 pm.   

Paul Bunyan Play House
Snowmobile Trails: The Minnesota Northwood's is known for is vast amount of snowmobile trails.  The most popular snowmobile trail our guests at White Birch Resort follow is the Blue Ox Trail from Bemidji, MN up Hwy. 71 N to International Falls, MN.   Our guests  drive their snowmobiles down the roadside trails from White Birch Resort to Countryside Restaurant parking lot and take off on the trail from there. We do have a new trail right out the door of your cabin at the resort that will take you into the woods of northern Minnesota. The trails are all groomed and are not traveled by snowmobilers very much so you will really enjoy your self on these trails. 

Distance:  3 miles away
Snowmobile Trails

Paul Bunyan Animal Land:  Feed and pet tame wildlife including pygmy goats, lambs, calves, ponies, fox, raccoons, exotic birds and everyone’s favorite deer (4 species).  Trout pond.  Over 85 animals representing every continent.  Home of the legendary whitetail deer,  BJ.  Feed him, pet him and take your picture with him. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 7 days a week 10am-6pm.  Located at 3857 Animal Land Dr. SE, Bemidji.  Contact 218-759-1533 for information

Distance: 34 miles away


Paul Bunyan Animal Land
Beltrami County Historical Center: The Great Northern Depot is of historical significance since it was the last depot built by "empire builder" James J. Hill.  It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.  Built in 1912, the arched framework of the Depot windows represents a neo-classic design.  The depot is also associated with two statewide historical events:  Agricultural Development and Railroad construction and the Northern Minnesota Lumbering era, all of which took place between 1870 and 1920.  The depot represents a broad diversity of people who lived and continue to live in this area.  The depot has been restored to house the Beltrami County History Center , a full-service history center which includes a three gallery museum, research library, gift shop, meeting room and public archives.  Open Mon - Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-4pm.  Open Saturdays May thru October 10am-4pm.  Located at 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji.  Contact 218-444-3376 for information.

Distance:  27 miles away
Beltrami County Historical Center

Forestedge Winery:  At Forestedge Winery , wine makers Paul and Sharon Shuster and John Wildmo produce seven to eight thousand gallons of wine per year, but yet craft their wines in small batches.   The winery produces nine different specialty single fruit wines as well as blended wines including Summer Blush (strawberry rhubarb), Headwaters Classic Red (chokecherry rhubarb), raspberry rhubarb, and blueberry rhubarb.  All of these wines are available for tasting and sale in the winery tasting room.

The winery is open May through December, six days a week and closed on Mondays. Tours are available and are designed to allow you to see how these fine wines are crafted, aged and bottled.  Remember, "It's not just grapes that make fine wine!" As Paul bottles a batch of Forestedge Wines, craftsmanship and pride go into every bottle.

Forestedge Winery also carries a wide range of wine-related items and gifts in their gift shop and gallery.  Orders are taken year round.  Open Mother's Day thru December Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.  Closed Mondays.  For more information on Forestedge Winery and Farm, view website at www.forestedgewinery.com or contact 218-224-3535 Forestedge Winery is located at 35295 State 64 Laporte, MN 56461

Distance: 46 miles away

Forestedge Winery
ATV: ATVing is popular in Beltrami County and surrounding counties of Northern Minnesota.  If you have been looking for places to ride your ATV, this is the place for you in the Minnesota Northwoods.  Here are a few great places to ride your ATV, where people will welcome you, and your vehicle.  Your closest ATV trails are in the Chippewa National Forest.

DNR Rules & Regulations: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/ohv/ohv_regs.pdf

DNR ATV Trail Map: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/map.html

ATV Trail Map

Dog Sled Rides: 

DOG Sled Rides Trips available by reservation only.  Half day and Full day trips.  Evening and overnight excursions.     Contact 218-751-2757 for more information or send email to ejhudson@paulbunyan.net.

Dog Sled Rides

Grocery & Convenient Stores:

Blackduck Family Foods/Super Value Located at 288 Frontage Rd. in Blackduck.  This is a small country grocery store.  Call 218-835-4244 for hours and information.

Distance:  4 miles away

Timberline Sport "N" ConvenienceLocated at 209 Summit Ave. SW in Blackduck.  This is a bait store/gas station and convenient store which sells convenient foods, prepared pizzas and prepared subway sandwiches.   Call 218-835-4636 for hours and information.

Distance:  3 miles away

Wal-Mart Super Center Located at 2025 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW in Bemidji.  Call 218-755-6120 for general store information. 

Distance:  27 miles away

Marketplace Food and Drug Located at 2000 Paul Bunyan Dr. in Bemidji.  Call 218-444-1406 for general store information. 

Distance:  27 miles away

Check out all the weekly events in Minnesota 

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This week's highlights include:

May 2-4, Communities along the Mississippi River from Hastings to Winona
100 Mile Garage Sale

May 1-4, Minneapolis
Festival of Nations

May 3 & 4, Little Falls
Greater Minnesota Two Cylinder Club Show

May 3, Ulen
Jared Sherlock: Comic Illusionist

April 27–May 4, Duluth
Homegrown Music Festival

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Southern Minnesota

May 2-4, Communities along the Mississippi River from Hastings to Winona
100 Mile Garage Sale
Residents and stores clean out their attics, garages & basements to create this amazing sale! A trail of distinctive colored ribbons will identify participating garage sales. Bargain hunters can start anywhere along the Great River Road/Hwy 61 following the Mississippi River. Maps and further information. 507-452-0735; 800-657-4972

May 3, Rochester
Rochester Craft Beer Expo
The Rochester Craft Beer Expo is dedicated to introducing beer lovers to some of the finest examples of craft beer brewers in the United States--over 60 breweries expected. Also enjoy great food, educational seminars, and live entertainment. Located at the Mayo Civic Center. 612-234-1430

May 3, Waseca
Springtime on the Farm at Farmamerica
Enjoy the sights, smells and excitement of spring at Farmamerica, with lots of baby animals, "Garden in a Cup," a scavenger hunt, tram rides to the 1930s site, and more. Food and refreshments will be available on the grounds. 507-835-2052

May 9-11, Frontenac, south of Red Wing
Spring Warbler Weekend
Join experienced birders who will help you find and identify warblers, owls, orioles, and many other birds. Groups will take trails or travel by car to Frontenac State Park and other nearby parks on the Mississippi River, known to be one of the best locations to view the spring migration! Held at beautiful Villa Maria in Frontenac. 651-690-4130

May 10, Plainview
Carley Bluebell Festival
The Carley Bluebell Festival is tied to the Bluebell Bloom at Carley State Park, and features an I Can Fish Program, Archery in the Park, and Guided Wildflower Walks. And in the city of Plainview, enjoy a Perennial and Annual Plant Sale, music at Kim's Saloon, a Bluebell Festival Arts & Craft Fair, and Wine Tasting at Whitewater Winery. 507-534-2229

May 17, Whalan and Lanesboro
Stand-Still Parade and Bluff Country Gathering Barn Dance
Begin the day with Whalan's Stand Still Parade, then enjoy the many artists and crafters, demonstrations, live music, children's games, and pie eating contest. Later that day, head to nearby Lanesboro for the Bluff Country Gathering Barn Dance to learn dancing techniques, followed by a dance with live music and calling. Consider coming a day early for the Bluff Country Gathering Concert on Friday, May 16, featuring old-time country music experts. 507-498-5452; 507-467-2696

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity

Feb. 23-May 18, Minneapolis
Behold vivid, shockingly bold works of art by a 20th-century master of color, shape, and balance at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Spanning six decades of Matisse's prolific career, with an emphasis on the artist's earliest works, this special exhibition features 50 works of painting and sculpture, 30 prints, and the artist's book Jazz. 612-870-3000, 612-870-3131, 888-642-2787

May 1-4, Minneapolis
Festival of Nations
The Festival of Nations is Minnesota’s largest multi-cultural celebration, with over 90 ethnic groups sharing their traditions and customs through food, music, arts and dance. This year’s theme, Peace Among the People, will be seen throughout the Festival and presented in over 60 exhibits, including an Art Slam competition, the Peace Bell on load from Duluth, a Peace Path, and a pop-up Peace Coffee shop. 651-647-0191

May 2 & 3, Minneapolis
Minnesota Inventors Congress Invention Expo 2014
The 57th Annual Invention Expo is the oldest annual, continuous running, invention convention in the world. The Expo is designed to help inventors test market their products, and the general public helps them determine how much more time and money to invest in their invention. Inventions are also for sale. And don't miss the new Design Corner where industrial designers provide free 20-minute design consults to anyone wanting to flesh out their invention concepts. Held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 507-627-2344; 800-INV-ENT1 (800-468-3681)

May 3, St. Paul
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta - Minnesota's Spiciest Celebration!
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is one of the 10 largest festivals of its kind nationwide, attracting more than 100,000 visitors to District del Sol on St. Paul's West Side. Embracing the colorful history and rich traditions of Hispanic/Latino culture, this award-winning, family-friendly experience features over six blocks of food, music, dancing, children's activities, a lowrider car show, colorful parade, “People’s Choice” salsa tasting contest and more. 651-223-7401

May 4, Minneapolis
MayDay Celebration
A vibrant parade of puppets will travel from the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis to the banks of Powderhorn Lake at noon, followed by a celebration in Powderhorn Park with music, dancing, poetry, great food, canoe rides, and the Tree of Life Ceremony. 612-721-2535

May 9-11, St. Paul
Friends School Plant Sale
The Friends School Plant Sale is held each year over Mother's Day weekend at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, with 2,300 varieties of plants for sale. 651-621-8930

May 10, Minneapolis
Pedal for Pints
Spin your pedals along 25- and 50-mile routes through Hennepin County and the western suburbs. Fuel up at rest stops along the way, and enjoy a free pint of Surly's award winning beers when you arrive back at the brewery. Registration includes a T-Shirt, refreshments along the route, a free pint of Surly Beer, and other miscellaneous goodies. The ride begins between 7 & 9 a.m. 320-266-0305

May 17, St. Paul
EcoArts Festival: Spirit of the Mississippi River
ArtStart's EcoArts Festival features cultural performing groups, hands-on and interactive arts activities, environmental presentations and displays, artist vendors, food vendors, and an audience performance piece concluding the day. Held on Harriet Island and in the Pavilion. 651-698-2787

Upcoming Twin Cities concerts and performances include: 

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's "Mom! A New Musical" 
at the Ames Center in Burnsville, April 25 - May 11 
For Pete's Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger's 95th Birthday at the Fitzgerald Theater, May 3
Jesse Cook at the Pantages Theatre, May 3 
Sara Evans at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, May 3
Stars On Ice at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, May 4 
Queens of the Stone Age at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre, May 6
Minnesota Vikings 2014 Draft Party at the Minneapolis Convention Center, May 8
Lewis Black: The Rant is Due at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, May 9 
Twin Cities Ballet Of Minnesota - Beauty & The Beast at Ames Center, May 9-11 
Mother's Day Comedy Jam in Minneapolis at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, May 10 
Nickel Creek at the Historic State Theatre, May 11 
Rodriguez at the Historic State Theatre, May 17
Aziz Ansari at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, May 17 & 18 
Lady Gaga's artRave - The ARTPOP Ball at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, May 20
For more on these and other performances, contact Ticketmaster. 651-989-5151

Central Minnesota

May 3, Carlos/Alexandria
Welcoming the Bluebirds
Springtime means the return of the popular songbird, the Eastern Bluebird, all decked out in bright blue feathers, a rusty colored throat and white belly. The entire family is invited to learn about this great bird, how to attract bluebirds, and how to increase the bluebird population. 866-857-2757

May 3, Big Lake 
Moms' Night Out
Are you a mom in need of a night out? Invite your moms and sisters, friends and neighbors for a night of pampering, personal shopping, a Scavenger Hunt, raffles, facials and fun at the Carousell Works Historic Event Center in Big Lake. Admission is free! 612-619-1999

May 3 & 4, Little Falls
Greater Minnesota Two Cylinder Club Show
This show features John Deere Letter Series tractors, Minnesota-made tractors and equipment, Wheel Horse garden tractors and Scorpion snowmobiles. In addition, enjoy the 22nd Annual Field Days, Swap Meet & Auction, with demonstrations, a swap meet, flea market, parts vendors, crafts, displays, play area for kids, live music, daily prizes, an old-fashioned jam session, and open house at the Old Schoolhouse. Held at the Morrison County Fairgrounds. 320-393-2542

May 8-11, Brainerd
2014 Governor's Fishing Opener
The 67th Annual Governor's Fishing Opener will be hosted by Governor Mark Dayton and the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, featuring fishing and the many recreational and travel opportunities in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The public is invited to a Community Picnic in downtown Nisswa on May 9. Highlights include a free picnic dinner, welcome program hosted by our Governor, fun activities and games for the entire family, and a concert by the Gear Daddies. And on May 10, enjoy a Spring Arts and Craft Festival at Brainerd High School, with more than 150 artists and crafters offering quality handmade items. 218-829-2838; 218-454-6926

May 9, Fergus Falls
Frank Ferrante: An Evening with Groucho
Frank Ferrante (Groucho) is an actor, director, and producer described by The New York Times as "the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx's material." Discovered by Groucho’s son Arthur, Frank originated the off-Broadway title role in “Groucho: A Life in Revue,” which was written by Arthur. Held at A Center for the Arts’ Fergus Theatre. 218-998-2787

May 16-18, Sauk Centre
MN-ND Arabian Horse Show and City Wide Garage Sale
Head to the Stearns County Fairgrounds for the beautiful Arabian Horse Show. During the breaks, visit the many citywide garage sales, with a multi-vendor sale at the Sauk Centre Civic Arena, Saturday, May 17. 320-352-2482

Northwest Minnesota

April 8-June 2, Moorhead
The FMVA BIG Art show is a wide variety of art (2D and 3D) from both emerging and established artists. Each piece of art is accompanied by a statement from the artist involving their individual inspiration in creating the work and the technique involved in making it, helping the viewer to develop their own understanding of the artwork and the creative process involved. Held at the Hjemkomst Center. 218-299-5511

May 3, Ulen
Jared Sherlock: Comic Illusionist
An award-winning illusionist and comic magician, Jared Sherlock performs modern magic, and offers clean comedy entertainment. Held at the Top Hat Theater. 218-596-8853

May 4, Bemidji
Stirring Celebrations! Symphony Concert
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 75th anniversary, presents "Stirring Celebrations!" featuring Mahler's 2nd Symphony "Resurrection," one of the most powerful and stirring pieces in the history of music. Held at the Sanford Center. 218-444-7914

May 8-10, Fargo/Moorhead
Fargo Marathon
This exciting annual event includes youth, 5K and 10K races, as well as half and full marathons. At the finish line on May 10, the party gets hopping as Broadway Street is closed down for everyone to celebrate with great food, 60 live bands, and an Old Fashioned Street Dance. And don't miss the Swanson Products Health & Fitness Expo, May 8-10, with over 60 vendors showcasing the latest and greatest in food, clothing, shoes, souvenirs and more! 888-786-3274

May 10, Detroit Lakes
The Elevators
The Elevators bring "modern jazz with a lift" to The Lodge on Lake Detroit. Also enjoy complimentary wine sampling during this musical event. Open to the public and hotel guests. Admission is free. 218-847-8439

May 15-18, Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds
Nearly 200 bird species are recorded annually during the spring migration occurring at the time of the festival in this unique transition zone of tall-grass prairie, northern hardwood & conifer forests. Enjoy numerous field trips, workshops, socials, a silent auction, birding bazaar, and more. Register online. 800-542-3992

Northeast Minnesota

April 27–May 4, Duluth
Homegrown Music Festival
The Homegrown Music Festival is Duluth’s annual showcase of rock and roll music, featuring over 180 musical acts, along with a few filmmakers and other artists. 218-590-1210

May 2-4, Lutsen
Spring Food & Wine Event 
The Spring Food & Wine Event will be a South American culinary adventure! Enjoy Friday Night Flights food pairing, a 6 Course Wine Dinner on Saturday, and/or a Sunday Champagne Brunch. Lodging specials also available. 855-286-3066

May 2-4, Sandstone
Women's Wellness & Adventure Weekend
A complete, all-inclusive holistic adventure and wellness weekend for women of all ages, with comfy lodging, wonderful food, and a variety of classes and activities to choose from! 320-245-2648

May 2 & 3, Tofte
Bluefin Bay: Spring Food & Wine Lovers Weekend
The Spring Food and Wine Lovers Weekend includes a Four-Course Dinner on Friday, and a Wine-Tasting event and Five-Course Dinner on Saturday. And May 9-11, enjoy complimentary hikes, workshops, yoga sessions and more with a team of professionals, as well as discounted massages and lodging during the 1st Annual Waves & Wellness Weekend. Availability is limited; please call to reserve your spot. Held at Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior. 800-258-3346

May 10, Soudan
Night Sky of the Northwoods
Enjoy a spectacular tour of the night skies through telescopes and binoculars following a short indoor presentation. If it is cloudy, the indoor presentation will still occur. Held at Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Begin the day with Birding at Bear Head Lake at nearby Bear Head Lake State Park, and enjoy a guided walk to listen and look for a wide array of bird species within the park. 218-753-2245; 218-365-7229

May 11, Grand Marais
Mother's Day Brunch at Naniboujou
Treat Mom to a special weekend getaway, with a free brunch for Mom when you stay at Naniboujou Lodge. Naniboujou is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lodge has Minnesota's largest native rock fireplace, and designs covering the walls and ceiling have been described as a "North Woods answer to the Sistine Chapel." 218-387-2688

May 17, Ely
Ely's Annual City Wide Rummage Sale and Business Crazy Day
Ely's citywide Rummage Sale and Business Crazy Day offers something for everyone, with over 60 sales during the two day event. Find a variety of rummage sales around town, with unique shops and restaurants offering amazing deals. Don't miss the Ely Greenstone Art & Flea Market at Miners Dry House at the Ely Arts & Heritage Center. 218-365-6123; 800-777-7281