Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fall Events & Activities in the Brainerd Lakes Area

It's a magical time of year in the Brainerd Lakes area, and there are plenty of fun activities coming up. We've shared them below!

2017 Crosslake Days

Thursday, September 28 - Saturday, September 30

The celebration offers something for all ages including a classic and custom car, motorcycle and tractor show, arts & crafts fair, chili cook-off, kid's activities, live music and much more. Join us and enjoy this fall festival while taking in the natural beauty of Crosslake, splashed in the glorious autumn colors.
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Mount Ski Gull Fall Fundraiser

Thursday, September 28

There will be fabulous food, wine and beer tasting showcasing a wide assortment of food, beers and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be entertainment featuring a silent auction, games, raffles, a kids area and music as well as a amazing ONLINE silent auction that opens on September 21st! Proceeds go to youth programs.
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Outdoor Movies at Crosslake Campground - Now Showing: Grease!

Friday, September 29
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The US Army Corps of Engineers - Crosslake Campground has been the site for outdoor movies in Crosslake this summer, and we're wrapping up the season for Crosslake Days! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a different family friendly movie to kick off your weekend. There is no charge to attend and water & popcorn will be provided too! All donations are appreciated and will be matched dollar for dollar by the Crosslake Ideal Lions. 100% of the proceeds will be used to enhance the Christmas lights on the Dam and US Army Corps properties.
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2017 Crosslake Ideal Lions Flea Market

Saturday, September 30
8am - 4pm

Largest market of the summer. More than 30 vendors.


2017 Jacktoberfest at Jack Pine Brewery

Saturday, September 30
10am - 11:55pm

Music, beer special and German food.


Teravail Oremageddon Mountain Bike Race

Saturday, October 7
7am - 3pm

Registration: 7:00am to 8:00am – Miner’s Mountain Rally Center


4th Annual Oktoberfest at Gull Dam Brewing

Saturday, October 7
12pm - 11pm

Come join in celebrating Oktoberfest with live music by Jolly Zuk Brothers and Wyld Rice. There will be a Bavarian costume party. $500 in games and prizes. This is part of the Gull Lake Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.


Oktoberfest Pub Crawl

Saturday, October 7
2pm - 10pm

The 7th Annual Oktoberfest Pub Crawl is October 7, 2017. Cost is $25 and includes... • A FREE shuttle service from 2pm-10pm to all locations (The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Zorbaz, Cowboy’s, Jake’s City Grill, Ernies, Side Track, Gull Dam Brewery) • A punch card for a 4 oz. sample of Oktoberfest beer at each location. If you complete your punch card you will be entered to win prizes. All proceeds benefit Confidence Learning Center, Soup Kitchen and the Food Shelf. Buy tickets at sponsoring locations
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Saturday, October 7
6pm - 10pm

The eighth annual KFAN Golftoberfest Tent Party will be held October 7 at The Pines Golf Course. Join us for a FREE concert featuring GB Leighton. The opening band will be Mark Mraz. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.


Fall Craft Fair at Brainerd High School

Saturday, October 14
9:30am - 4:30pm

Sponsored by Community Education. Over 150 vendors and attendance is free. Refreshments are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting student scholarship funds. 


Ruttger's Bay Lake Oktoberfest

Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22

Schedule of events:
Friday, October 20
Harvest buffet dinner shows (seating at 5:15 and 7:30 pm. Reservations required.) NEW in 2017! Alpensterne will perform with the Narren of New Ulm at all Friday night seating.
Saturday, October 21
7 - 10 AM - Breakfast buffet (reservations not required.)
10 AM - 4 PM - Arts & Crafts Fair. 160+ booths. Specials at Auntie M's, the Country Store, The Garage and the Fine Line Salon and Spa at Ruttger's.
10 AM - 4 PM - Picknic & Unterhaltung (Entertainment) Food and drink (beer garden), two performances by the Concord Singers and Alpensterne. Stilkwalker, balloon twist, moonwalk, Kids' Kamp Krafts, Kids pedal tractor pull, Narren of New Ulm.
5:30 - 9 PM - Oktoberfest Dinner Buffet (reservations required) Music by Alpensterne
9 PM - Oktoberfest Bingo - Island Ballroom
Sunday, October 22
7:30 - 11 AM - Breakfast Buffet (no reservations required) Featuring Jim Olsen on acoustic guitar Free parking and shuttles available at Lion's Field Paid parking across the street from main lodge


Halloween Craft and Vendor Show

Friday, October 27 - Sunday, October 29

Come and Shop your favorite stores and vendors at Westgate Mall.


Costume 3K Zombie Fun Run

Saturday, October 28

Wear your Halloween costume and head for the starting line at Ruttger's. It's not a race, but zombies will be chasing you, trying to snatch your "Brains" attached to your race bibs. Each "Brain" is worth a post-race drink, so try your best not to run too slowly. Racers receive a t-shirt!


Holiday Arts & Craft Fair at Brainerd High School

Saturday, November 11
9:30am - 4:30pm

Sponsored by Community Education. Over 150 vendors and attendance is free. Refreshments are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting student scholarship funds.