Area Events


The CP Rail Holiday Train is setting out once again to entertain hundreds of thousands of people, celebrating 20 years of collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America. The Holiday Train will be making stops in the region again this holiday season, with entertainment from The Trews and Willy Porter. Stops on Thursday, December 13th include:
Detroit Lakes – 2:30pm arrival; event from 2:45-3:15pm (Holmes St RR Crossing near Holmes Community Center – 826 Summit)
Mahnomen – 4:20pm arrival; event from 4:20-4:50pm (West of US 59 & Sout of E Washington Ave)
Plummer – 6pm arrival; event from 6:15-6:45pm (mail RR crossing on Central Ave)
Thief River Falls – 7:30pm arrival; 7:45-8:15pm event (City Hall – 405 3rd Street East)

Fosston High School Band and Choir students grades 7-12 will be presenting their winter concert on Thursday, December 13th in the FHS Old Gym at 7pm. The concert is free and open to the public.

Ada-Borup Elementary Grades 3, 4 & 5, along with the 5th Grade Band, will be presenting their Winter Concert 2018 on Thursday, December 13th at the Ada-Borup High School Auditorium beginning at 7pm. Doors will open at 6:30PM.

The Mahnomen Area Boosters are hosting a visit from Santa Claus on Thursday, December 13th from 4-6pm at the Mahnomen Fire Hall. There will also be cookie decorating, craft projects and letters to Santa, as well as a chance to talk to Santa. The 1st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 5pm at the corner of Main Street and Monroe Avenue. There will also be caroling.

The Prairie Grains Conference will be held on Thursday, December 13th at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Registration begins at 6:30am. Keynote speakers begin at 9:15am. For more information, go to

The Fertile-Beltrami Choirs will present their annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 13th in the old gym at the Fertile-Beltrami School beginning at 7:30pm. There will be performances by the Senior High Choir, Freshman Choir, Junior High Choir, Pop Choir and Madrigal singers. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will donation will be accepted at the door.


A Winter Wonderland Craft & Vendor Event will be held at the halls of the Shooting Star Casino & Event Center in Mahnomen on Saturday, December 15th from 10am-4pm.

REACH Holiday Extravaganza 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, December 15th, from 9am to 1pm in Hawley. The start/finish line will be at St Andrews Church. A brunch will follow the walk/run at the church. (The event would be indoors at the Hawley Elementary indoor running track if inclement weather). All proceeds from the 5K will benefit REACH and their many programs. Register before December 7th by calling REACH at 218-483-3145. You can also stay for Toy Bingo from 2-4pm at the church. 20 games of bingo for $20.

Clay County Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club is offering a Snowmobile safety class on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Class registration begins at 7:30 am with classes running from 8 am - 3 pm at the Moorhead High School, 2300 4 Ave S.  This class is free. A pizza lunch is provided. Requirements for the class include: * Must be 11 years old on or before the date of class. * Successfully complete and bring with your printed certificate from the MN Snowmobile safety online training course. * Birth Certificate or driver’s license required. * Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during registration. * Dress according to the weather. Snowmobiles are supplied. Do not bring your sled. For questions or comments send an e-mail to Harvey Moos at

The Fertile Lions Club is sponsoring a Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Saturday, December 15th from 2-4pm at the Fair Meadow Assisted Living Activities Room in Fertile. The party is free and all local seniors are welcome.


Fisher High School Music Concert will be held on Monday, December 17th, beginning at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.

The 23rd Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Monday, December 17, 2018. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Lobby between 7:30 and 8 a.m. for assignment of count areas. Explore Itasca’s count area in search of the winter bird residents.  Stay a few hours or spend the whole day. Information collected is used to track migration patterns and changes in winter bird species abundance throughout North America. To learn more about this nation-wide bird survey go to: For questions and further details, call 218-699-7259.


Fosston Elementary band and choir students grades 4-6 will be performing their winter concert on Tuesday, December 18th at the Fosston High School old gym. There will be a performance at 10am, and again at 7pm. The concerts are free and open to the public.

The Ada Lions Club is having a Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 18th at the Ada Event Center. Call Gary Hedman at 784-2297 to make an appointment.


First Day Hike: A Backcountry Exploration at Itasca State Park will be held on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, then join in for an invigorating snowshoe hike as we explore the Dr. Roberts Trail. Dress for being outdoors, bring along your snowshoes, water and sunglasses. A limited number of snowshoes are available at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center for use during the program and are first-come-first-serve. P


Fight The Frost – Indoor Inflatable Carnival Beating the Winter Blues will be held at the Fargodome Friday, January 11th through Sunday, January 13th, 2019. Kids of all ages will enjoy three days of jumping on inflatables at the Fargodome. Games Galore and the Fargodome have teamed up again for the sixth annual Fight the Frost. More than 30 inflatables, including 8 obstacle courses and even a designated kiddieland will occupy the main floor of Fargodome. The popular Archery Tag and Blacklight; Dodgeball, 9 Square and Mini Golf will be held on the other two levels of the Fargodome. Admission is free, only pay to play the games. Concessions will be available for an additional cost.


A Barn Quilt Workshop will be held on Saturday, January 12th from 9am-4pm at the Valley Innovation Building (former NC West High School) in Halstad. A 'barn quilt" is flat piece of wood painted to look like quilt blocks. Registration is $40 (lunch included). Pre-registration is required. To register, call 218-790-1005 or email


Temple Grandin, American autism spokesperson, professor of animal science, and consultant to the livestock industry, will speak at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. Interest is great, seating is limited and free. RSVP before December 14 and print your free ticket to assure a seat for this much anticipated event. A book signing will take place from 5:30-6:30 as well as a chance for photos.


Frostival will be held on Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo January 25-26, 2019. Embrace the cool of winter with 3 days of outdoor events such as snow golf, cross country skiing, ice skating and family friendly events. North of Normal games in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead, include snow golf, kickball tournament, "Ice Bowl" disc golf, cross-country ski race, cardboard sled race and volleyball tournament. Base Camp is the Frostival Fargo location. Activities there include a beer garden, live music, Frosty Cup Winter Olympics and more. Frostival's West Fargo location is the kids' Winter Boot Camp. Kids will be able to participate in cookie decorating, crafts, science projects, sleigh rides and more. Frostival's Moorhead Frozen Fortress location provides activities for the whole family. Taking place at the Hjemkomst Center on First Avenue North, events include an all-day chili feed, snow sculptures, snowga, dance attack and more. To get the full schedule, go to


Grand Forks Men's Show will be Friday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 24th, 2019 at Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND. The event is actually fun for the whole family. Some of the festivities include hunting & fishing expo, camping, RV & motorcycle show, wing wars, free beer tasting and much more. Hours: Friday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Annual Celtic Festival will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. It is a celebration of the rich culture of the seven Celtic Nations featuring the intriguing history, arts and traditions of Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy lyrical Celtic music played by great bands from the community and region. The festival features entertainment stages, several presentations about folk traditions of the past and present, activities booths and Celtic foods. All exhibits, performances and activities are free with the exception of Activity Passport ($2). The Activity Passport is the key to many of the craft stations and once completed can be turned in for a prize. Hours are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.