There is always something going on in the area for our guests who like to explore the local communities.  


Jaques Art Center in Aitkin (about 8 miles north on highway 169) has an art gallery and gift shop. The gallery features the work of Francis Lee Jaques, and is dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of original art and related materials.

Aitkin Lanes has summer hours Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm, and features a daily lunch special.

The Rialto Theatre in downtown Aitkin is an historic movie house with a nightly showing of a current film.

The Aitkin County Historical Society, located in the old train depot, will give you a good idea of the life of a riverboat town in the early days. Wonderful literature and displays. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Paul Bunyan Land, with a giant talking lumberjack, 30 building Pioneer Village, Amusement park and petting barn! Open 10am to 6pm.


2018 Local Events

July 15-21 Prairie Fire Theatre. "Aladdin" in Milaca.

July 18 Emily Day in Emily, featuring pancake breakfast, parade, crafts, music, games, tractor pull and more!

July 20- Sept 1 "The Eye of an Artist" a juried art show at the Jaques Art Gallery

July 20-22 Garrison Play Days- Fun for the whole family with live music, meat raffle, softball, bake sale and medallion hunt.

July 21 Birch Bark Basket workshop at the Mille Lace Indian Museum. Registration required (320)532-3632

July 26-28 Milaca Blue Grass Festival with live music, art, crafts and food.

July 27 Music in the Park 5-8pm Crosby

July 28-29 Power Boat Races in Crosby on Serpent Lake.

August 5-11 Prairie Fire Theatre. "Alice in Wonderland" Aitkin

August 5-7 Riverboat Heritage Days in Aitkin.

August 10-11 Deerwood Summerfest. Crafts, music, food and fun. Downtown Deerwood.

August 31-Sept 2 McGregor Wild Rice Days. Parade, sidewalk sales, crafts, classic car show.

September 7-27 "Gifts of Nature" Oil and Pastel Painting by Mary Ann Cleary at the Jaques Art Center.

Sept 8 5th Annual Harvest Moon Brewfest at the Butler Building in Downtown Aitkin. Sample 60 beers and ciders from around Minnesota.

Sept 8-9 45th Annual Little Falls Arts and Craft Fair

Sept 29 Olde Tyme Fall Festival, Mille Lacs Lake Museum. Crafters, car show, food - free admission.