Calendar of Mississippi Headwater Events

If you enjoy taking a relaxing, beautiful, recreational paddle with other people along with a social event in a timeless, natural environment, then the Mississippi river offers recreational activities for the whole family! We call this RESOURCETAINMENT (resource + entertainment). Come paddle and/or enjoy events located on the upper Minnesota Mississippi river and experience the entertainment each event has to offer. Please view the events below and add them all or just the ones you want to your phone calendar.


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  • Paddle & Pint

    Take a paddle down the Mississippi river and discover important historical places along the way. Enjoy a social event at the Forest History Center. Space is limited so please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paddle-pint-tickets-320828696267 to register for the event.
    Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022 • Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM • Location: Pokegama Dam (34385 US-2, Grand Rapids, MN)


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  • Aitkin Paddle Your Glass Off

    Are you ready to paddle your glass off? Join us June 25th for a kayak paddle on the Mississippi followed by a beer, wine, and whiskey tasting! We'll shuttle you to the launch site at the Kimball Access, and the paddle ends at the Aitkin County Campgrounds Access. The course is approximately 7 river miles and will take about 2 hours to complete. The tasting at the landing site will include samples from Little Round Still, Block North Brew Pub, and Paustis Wine Company and possibly others. Water and light snacks will be available. Your ticket includes the shuttle service, tasting, and a small gift. Your ticket includes the shuttle service, the tasting, and a small gift. Space is limited so please visit www.aitkin.com or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/275043421277 to register for event
    Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022 • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Location: Aitkin Campground. (Park and city pound) 803 4th Ave. NW, Aitkin, MN 56431


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  • Brainerd Ski Loons

    Enjoy a free, water ski show open to everyone! Watch the Ski Loons perform a human pyramid, ski jumping, and other tricks on the water.
    Date: Sunday, July 17, 2022 • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM • Location: Lum Park (1619 NE Washington St, Brainerd, MN)


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  • SMILES ON THE 'SIPPI

    Enjoy this event where the themes of mental health and wellness, entertainment, and recreation are combined at Kiwanis and Rotary park in Brainerd Minnesota. A yoga class starts out your day followed by an organized river race up the Mississippi. Choose to attend a historic river trip following the race where kayaks will also be provided for use. Bring your friends as face painting, balloon artist, live music, ventriloquist & magic show will be provided throughout the day, and don't forget to greet your favorite Disney characters. All entertainment is free, and there will be an inaugural 4.6 mile up-river and back race along the historic Mississippi river, beginning and ending at Kiwanis Park in Brainerd. 3 race categories include kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board. The top 3 racers in each category will receive a special award- determined by finishing order (not timed). TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENT VISIT: www.smilesforjake.org/sippi. To register for the fun race: https://ops3.operations.daxko.com/Online/3062/ProgramsV2/Search.mvc?keywords=smiles+on+the+%27sippi
    Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022 • Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM • Location: Kiwanis and Rotary Park 1101 E. River Road, Brainerd, MN


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  • Brainerd Ski Loons

    Enjoy a free, water ski show open to everyone! Watch the Ski Loons perform a human pyramid, ski jumping, and other tricks on the water.
    Date: Sunday, July 31, 2022 • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM • Location: Lum Park (1619 NE Washington St, Brainerd, MN)


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  • Dragon Boat Festival

    The Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival (8/3 - 8/6) features four days of fun for the entire family. After all, it's not just about Dragon Boat racing: festival activities include great food, music, kids activities, a parade of teams, cultural performances, camaraderie and much more all along the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji (on Bemidji Avenue/Hwy 197 to the left of the Paul & Babe statues). For more information go to https://bemidjidragonboat.com
    Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM • Location: Bemidji Avenue/Hwy 197


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  • Brainerd Ski Loons

    Enjoy a free, water ski show open to everyone! Watch the Ski Loons perform a human pyramid, ski jumping, and other tricks on the water.
    Date: Sunday, August 7, 2022 • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM • Location: Lum Park (1619 NE Washington St, Brainerd, MN)


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  • Brainerd Ski Loons

    Enjoy a free, water ski show open to everyone! Watch the Ski Loons perform a human pyramid, ski jumping, and other tricks on the water.
    Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 • Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM • Location: Lum Park (1619 NE Washington St, Brainerd, MN)


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  • Ripplesippi River Float

    Bust out your kayaks for a FREE event Saturday, August 20th! The Ripplesippi River Float starts at the Ripple River landing at the Aitkin City Park and ends at the Mississippi River Public access located at the Aitkin County Campgrounds. A shuttle service will be provided. Online registration with waiver will be provided. Must wear a PFD. The event goes from 11am-2pm. Last shuttle ride back to your vehicle will be at 3:30 pm. Kayaks are recommended, innertubes will not be passable.
    Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 • Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM • Location: Aitkin City Park (380 Bill Cline Way, Aitkin, MN)


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