Thief River Falls Visitors Guide

Upcoming Events

Summer Solstice Festival
June 20th, 2024 at 4pm to 8pm
Community Bike Ride
June 20th, 2024
Farmers Market
Saturdays (until 28 September 2024) at 9am to 12pm
June 22nd, 2024 at 9am

In Thief River Falls you can choose from an endless list of events.

We have worldclass snowmobile races, cultural festivals and entertainment, county fairs, Fourth of July fireworks nearby, historical celebrations and professional bull riding contests. Check out our calendar below.

Past Events

Aug. 6th, 2022
Oakland Park

Help support the Elevate Youth Center and promote mental health resources with a fun and exciting obstacle course! There are Open and Compete Divisions in the 1.5k, 5k and 10k distances. There is also a 1.5k Youth Heat! Check-in starts at 8am. There will be heats starting at different times- you get to pick your start time when you register. For more information go to See you soon!

Aug. 6th, 2022
Floyd B. Olson Park

Come out to see classic cars!

Aug. 5th, 2022
Parking Lot of Greenwood Trails

Register at RehabAuthority. T-shirt available if pre-registered by July 28th. $20 for 5k, Free for 1K. Call 218-681-0449 with any questions

Aug. 5th, 2022 to Aug. 6th, 2022
Hartz Park

RiverFest is a community celebration featuring talented musicans, tasty food vendors and cold brews! Friday headliner is Arch Allies; Saturday headliners are Rumble Seat, The John Mellencamp Experience and the World According to Garth. Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information at 218-681-3720.

Aug. 5th, 2022 to Aug. 7th, 2022

Thief River Falls is excited to welcome back all graduates for a weekend of fun, entertainment, tailgating, golf, music, farmer's market, classic car show, crazy days, painting for the kids, and ending the weekend with church. Something for everyone!

Aug. 4th, 2022
At dusk, the City of Thief River Falls is hosting Movie in the Park at Hartz Park, featuring the animated film "Sing 2". It will start at dusk on a 30' screen.
Aug. 4th, 2022

TRF Downtown Art & Wine Walk 20+ Businesses and Artist Receive a sample of wine and look at all the art in each business

Aug. 2nd, 2022 to Aug. 7th, 2022
Greenwood Trail

Walk or bike with your youngsters on the Greenwood Trail to read about a Bear and a Bike. Pages of the book will be posted along the trail for a fun walk or bike ride around the trail.

July 30th, 2022
Eagles, Thief River Falls

Color Street


Usborne Books


Perfectly Posh

Many Crafters

Baked goods

And More….

July 27th, 2022 to July 29th, 2022
Northland College Theater

Beauty and the Beast will run from July 27-29, 7 p.m. at the Northland College Theater. Tickets are available at Hope Pediatrics in TRF, online at and at the door each evening of performance. Box office opens at 6 p.m.

Don't miss this epic performance!

July 15th, 2022
Pennington County Fair

As the top bull riders in the world prepare for the 2022 summer run of events across the country, the infa- mous King of the North Showdown series is back and boasting 12 events spanning fan-favorite venues and cities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana.

King of the North Showdown is now part of the soon-to-launch PBR Challenger Series, which consists of more than 60 events traveling to 27 states across the United States, in conjunction with the soon-to-launch PBR Team Series – an eight-team league competing in five-on-five bull riding games July to November 2022.

Bull riding fans will be on the edge of their seats as top competitors in the sport put it all on the line to gain crucial points available at the events toward the coveted “King of the North” title and $100,000 bonus paycheck which goes to the rider with the top aggregate …

July 15th, 2022 to July 16th, 2022
Ralph Engelstad Arena

In conjunction with the Pennington County Fair, come see the best collections of Arctic Cat products from over 60 years!

July 13th, 2022 to July 17th, 2022
Pennington County Fairgrounds

The Pennington County Fair has been running for 100+ years and it keeps getting better. Parade, fireworks, huge midway, 4H exhibits, bingo, free bandshell entertainment, food stands and Grandstand entertainment. Hairball performs at the Grandstand on Thursday evening, the Thunder on Hooves Bullride celebrates its 25th year on Friday and Saturday, and the Sunday Grandstand entertainment is to be announced.

June 28th, 2022 to June 30th, 2022
1101 State Hwy 1 Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Come on out to the Thief River Falls Community Theatre's shortened version of the original musical designed especially for young actors. Great acting and songs! Perfect family fun.

June 15th, 2022
324 Second Street E, Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Thief River Falls is very excited to have a brewery open up on June 15th! Now we have 1 more reason to Visit Thief River Falls!

May 26th, 2022 to May 28th, 2022
Lincoln High School Auditorium

Nordic Fest 2022 will span more than one week. This year, our main program will be on the 99th Infantry (Sep.) Battalion, a unit of Norwegian-Americans and Norwegians-in-exile during World War 2. We have people coming from all over the country, including Deputy Chief of Mission Torleiv Opland and Military and Assistant Defense Attache Col. Eric F. Kelley from the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Kyle Ward, director of social studies and history professor at MN State Univ. Mankato, will speak on the history of the 99th. He is on the board of directors for the 99th Battalion Educational Foundation and is collaborating with Odd Lovoll on a forthcoming book, “Viking Battalion: The Norwegian-American’s War Against Hitler,” which looks at 99th Infantry Battalion history. Erik Brun, president of the 99th Foundation, will show photos and have rosters and data for the 99th.

Check the Sons of Norway Snore Lodge #70 …

May 14th, 2022

More information to follow.

May 14th, 2022 at 7am to 11am
Heritage Center

Pancake, Egg & Sausage Breakfast

Saturday, May 14th 2022

7:00am - 11:00am

Heritage Center - Dine-In or To-Go

During the city-wide garage sale, Everyone is welcome!

April 17th, 2022 at 6am to 9am
Thief River Falls and St. Hilaire

KidZ First Foundation is sponsoring the 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 17th from 6-9am. Register for this event by 4/9/22 and your child will get 10 eggs thrown in your front yard that morning. If they find an orange piece of paper, they will go to that business sponsor the next week for a special Easter present! Any questions, please call 218-681-5862.

April 9th, 2022 at 10am to April 10th, 2022 at 5pm
Ralph Enelstad and Huck Olson Arenas

2 Arenas with over 170 companies represented

Saturday, April 9th 10am to 6pm

Sunday, April 10th 11am to 5pm

March 23rd, 2022 at 6pm
Ralph Engelstad Arena Thief River Falls

Arctic Cat vs. Digi-Key Electronics hockey game. Concessions, prizes, free-will donation.

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March 17th, 2022 at 7pm
Ralph Engelstad Arena

The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the Ralph Engelstad Arena here in Thief River Falls on March 17th!

Feb. 12th, 2022 at 3pm to 5pm
Northland Community & Technical College

Please join us for an Artist Reception with Betsy Saurdiff. Her work is featured in our exhibit at NCTC in Thief River Falls -- Celebrations: The Ceramic Art of Betsy Saurdiff.

Artist Reception Saturday, February 12 from 3 to 5 pm at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at
NCTC in Thief River Falls. The exhibit is open through February 28.
Betsy Saurdiff lives in Grygla and studied Art and German at Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota. Highlights of her career include two McKnight Fellowship Awards, two Merit Awards at the NW MN Arts Council exhibit and Art Advocate of the Year. She has sold her functional pottery at local businesses and art fairs. She recently retired from teaching and began selling her pottery online. You can find her at

Saurdiff shared, “I really enjoyed the challenge of creating a new body of work for …

Jan. 15th, 2022 to Jan. 16th, 2022

Ice Fest is a winter festival aimed to celebrate winter in Thief River Falls. It’s comprised of winter events such as a skating competition, hockey games, a fat bike ride and much more.

Click here for the full schedule of events!

Dec. 13th, 2021 at 7pm
Lincoln High School Auditorium

Get in the holiday spirit with beautiful music from our high school and middle school choirs on Saturday, Dec. 11th and Monday, Dec. 13th. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm.

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