Thief River Falls Visitors Guide

Upcoming Events

City Wide Sale May 2024
May 11th, 2024
Pennington County Fair 2024
July 17th, 2024 to July 21st, 2024

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

March 2nd, 2021 at 8:30am to April 29th, 2021 at 5pm
Northland Community & Technical College

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce Birds – An exhibit featuring the work of Ross Hier of Crookston, Stephanie Anderson of Fosston, Doug Dallman of Thief River Falls, Sherri Kruger of Badger, Zach Rowatt of Roseau, Travis Hanel of Warren, Ivy Baille of Fosston, Rock Bakken of Hallock, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla, Kathryn Rynning of Kennedy, Janet Johnson of Roseau, Karen Monson of Plymouth, and Cindy Kolling of Gully.

The exhibit is open from March 2 through April 29, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. It includes paintings, stained glass mosaic sculpture, fiber and mixed media, bird houses, pen and ink, photography, pottery, chalk pastel, and watercolors. Like art, birds reveal a spot of beauty with their plumes and songs and allow us to escape the stressful and mundane. These artists have captured the simplicity, as well …

Dec. 18th, 2020

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge staff invite you to participate in the Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Friday, December 18th. The National Audubon Society administers the Christmas Bird Count and this year marks the 121st year. This is the longest running citizen science bird project in the U.S.

Counts are held in designated areas throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America every year between Dec. 14thand Jan.5th. Information from the count provides important information on winter ranges of birds, population trends, and how changing climate alters winter bird distribution.

The count area covers a 15-mile diameter circle that includes the cities of Newfolden, & Viking and areas in-between. Highlight species from last year’s count include bald eagle, northern shrike, rough-legged hawk, numerous sharp-tailed grouse and wild turkeys.

Due to COVID-19, participants will count independently instead of going in groups as we did in the past. If you are interested in …

Dec. 10th, 2020 to Dec. 12th, 2020
Thief River Falls, MN

Warm up and gather treats from local businesses while shopping this holiday season during Be Merry & Shop Holly Days December 10 - 12 in Thief River Falls!

During the event, stop by all participating businesses to enjoy a treat (businesses choice!), shop and have fun. Participating businesses will be listed as the event nears.

During the event, post a photo of yourself at a participating business to Facebook using the #hollydaystrf for a chance to win gift cards & Chamber Bucks!

Please practice safe COVID-19 protocol while out shopping.

Dec. 5th, 2020
Eagles Club

Vote for your favorite decorated tree. Buy an ornament in memory of a loved one. Information 218-681-2406

Nov. 15th, 2020
River Walk Public House

Check out the latest fashions from local businesses. Information 218-681-3720

Nov. 14th, 2020 at 10am to 3pm
National Guard Armory

Unique, antique flea market with 30+ vendors. Information 701-866-7531

Oct. 25th, 2020 at 4pm to 7pm
C’mon Inn

Hosted by Kidz First Foundation. Information 218-681-5862

Saturdays (until 26 September 2020) at 9am to 12pm
Floyd B. Olson Park


Sept. 25th, 2020 to Sept. 27th, 2020
Middle River, MN

Live music, games, food stands and parade. Information 218-222-3767

Thursdays (until 24 September 2020) at 4:30pm to 7pm
Floyd B. Olson Park

Information 218-686-0179

Sept. 7th, 2020 at 1pm to 5pm
Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village

They are still open by appointment for Escape Rooms, Laser Tag and Mini Golf.

Sept. 4th, 2020 to Sept. 6th, 2020
Newfolden, MN

Live music, games, food stands and parade. Information 218-874-7136

Thursdays (until 27 August 2020) at 7pm
Floyd B. Olson Park

Information 218-681-2519

Aug. 14th, 2020 to Aug. 16th, 2020
Viking, MN

5K, threshing bee, flea market, music, games, food stands and blacksmith shop. Information 218-523-6082

Aug. 8th, 2020 to Aug. 10th, 2020
Karlstad, MN

Outdoor movie, 5K color run, parade, car show, rib fest, street dance, rodeo. 218-436-2178 • 218-686-3766

Aug. 8th, 2020 at 9am

Hosted by the St. Hilaire Lions. Gates open at 9 a.m. Race begins at 3 p.m. Concession stand. Beer garden. Free overnight camping in the pits. Tailgater’s area – bring your own cooler and critters. 4 & 6 cycle front wheel drive cars. Rear wheel drive class. Powderpuff. Redneck finale. • 218-688-2699

2020 Fall Outdoor 3D Archery Shoot
Aug. 8th, 2020 at 8am to Aug. 9th, 2020 at 5pm
Outdoor Archery Range

Bring your Rangefinder & have some fun!

Aug. 1st, 2020 to 8:20pm

Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Fellowship and fun with a program at 2 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Worship services with Bishop Bill Tesch, 12 p.m. Catered dinner with RSVPs required – Call Faye Auchenpaugh at 218-681-3410. This country church was started by Norwegian immigrants in 1895 and is continuing to be vibrant today.

Aug. 1st, 2020 at 1pm to 5pm
Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village

Wash clothes the old-fashioned way, haul water and have some old-fashioned fun. Also, try an Escape Room, Laser Tag, and Glow in the Dark Mini Golf. Adult beverages available. Information 218-681-5767

Aug. 1st, 2020 at 9am to 3pm
Downtown Thief River Falls

Enjoy endless shopping opportunities with deep discounts💸, food vendors😋, Thief River Falls Farmers Market, LIVE music in Floyd B. Olson Park🎶, Thief River Falls Public Library kids book sale📚, Kids Bike Rodeo🚴‍♂️, Swag Bags🛍 and more!

July 24th is the last day for vendor registration! If you would like to participate, email Registration forms can be found at

***This year, all vendors will be following COVID-19 Guidelines and Social Distancing. Masks are strongly recommended 😷***

July 30th, 2020
Hartz Park

At dusk. • 218-681-2519

July 23rd, 2020 to July 26th, 2020
Red Lake Falls, MN

Live music, parade, activities for the whole family, food vendors, rib cook-off and log carvings. Information 218-684-1184

July 20th, 2020
Thief River Golf Club

Shotgun Start at noon. This tournament is a special event hosted by the Thief River Falls Education Foundation. • 218-681-8711 ext. 5228

July 19th, 2020 at 4:30pm
Pennington County Fairgrounds

July 18th, 2020 at 10am

Starting line at west entrance of the Fairgrounds on Barzen Avenue. This run/walk is in memory of all those classmates and family members no longer with us. People of all ages are invited to participate • Caren Alten 218-686-2722

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