Thief River Falls Visitors Guide

Upcoming Events

Quilters The Musical
June 4th, 2024 to June 7th, 2024
Finding Nemo Kids 2024
June 25th, 2024 to June 27th, 2024
The Outsider
July 9th, 2024 to July 11th, 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

June 4th, 2021 at 6pm
Ralph Engelstad Arena Thief River Falls

Masks required. No family allowed on floor of REA.

Car Seat Check - June 2021
June 2nd, 2021 at 4pm to 6pm
Inter-County Head Start - Northland Campus - 1101 Highway 1E Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Safe Kids will be headed to Thief River Falls to offer free car seat check up events! Join us on Wednesday, June 2 from 4-6 p.m.

2021 Nordic Fest
May 13th, 2021 to May 21st, 2021

Sunday, May 16

Drive­Thru Dinner Noon ­ 1 p.m. $12

Meatballs/gravy, mashed potatoes, veggies, homemade bun and bar, lefse, fruit soup

Pick up at Cul­de­sac behind the Eagles, TRF

MUST call Dave 686-­0733 or Tiffany 689-­0748 by Wed., May 12 to reserve

Sunday, May 16

“Leonard Furuseth Day” at Gazebo Park 2 p.m.

(Floyd B. Olson Park downtown TRF – Zion Church, if it rains)

Honoring Leonard Furuseth of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Sep)

Book Launching, Musical Entertainment, Norwegian flags, Coffee served, Ice Cream for the kids, Children’s Parade in the park!


Thursday, May 13 – Friday, May 21

Radio programs at 8:30, 12:30, and 4:30 every day on Pioneer 90.1 FM

Several Snorre Lodge members relating stories and articles on Scandinavian topics.

April 28th, 2021 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Eagles Club

Classroom and practice ride

Participants over 21 eligible for BOGO beverage after the ride.

April 14th, 2021 at 6pm to 7:30pm
Eagles Club
April 12th, 2021 at 5:30pm
Eagles Club

Fun, free, community event for anyone that likes to ride!

Meet at the Eagles & we will go on a 4-5 mile ride. All ages welcome for the ride and participants 21+ are eligible for BOGO drinks at the Eagles afterwards.

Sponsored by Bike Thief River Falls. Click below for more information:

March 25th, 2021 to April 3rd, 2021
Legacy Event Center

Come join us for a night full of fun. Dress in your favorite 1920's attire and step back in time.

Hotel Evelyn is in the heart of Thief River Falls and is scheduled to be demolished. There is a rumor in town that the hotel has long been a hideout for bootleggers dating back to the prohibition era. It is believed that millions of dollars in bank notes, cash and poker chips may be stored somewhere within the hotel. You have one hour to recover it before the whole place will be reduced to rubble.

Enjoy an evening out with a sit down meal and an hour long escape room-$50 per person

or choose to complete the escape room only-$30 per person

There is a limit of 10 people per time slot.

Thu, Mar 25, 2021
Fri, Mar 26, 2021
Sat, Mar 27, 2021
Fri, Apr 2, 2021
Sat, …

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.

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