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Plan Your Next Vacation in the Park Rapids Lakes Area

Winter is ending soon, which means it’s time to start planning your warmer weather vacations!


If you haven’t considered Park Rapids Lakes Area before now, you should add it to your must-visit list. There are many great events happening in Park Rapids Lakes Area this spring and summer to compliment your vacation.


Celebrate Saint Urho Day

Saint Urho is a mythical Finnish-American hero. He originally came from Northern Minnesota in the 1950’s and represents chasing grasshoppers out of ancient Finland. According to legend, this helped the crops of grapes and the vineyard works. The Park Rapids Lakes Area celebrates Saint Urho Day March 16-18 with a large celebration for the entire community. It involves a parade, live music, food, and lots of fun for the whole family.

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Minnesota Bike Opener

Another fun event for the entire family is the Minnesota Bike Opener. It is a free event for anyone to join. It celebrates everything bike related on the amazing Heartland Trail. Get your family and bikes ready for this fun event on May 19th.


Second Street Stage Summer Music Series

A great all summer-long event is the 2nd Street Summer Music Series. It begins June 14th and continues every Thursday through August 16th. It is a free summer music series for the entire family that involves live music, a beer garden, kid activities, and much more! Get your family together and head on down to Main Avenue any Thursday during the summer from 6 PM – 8 PM to enjoy the fun! You can view the band schedules here.

Book Lover

Park Rapids Authorfest

Last but certainly not least, bookworms will love the annual Park Rapids Authorfest. It is a great event featuring Minnesota authors reading, discussing, and promoting their books. It’s a great, kid-friendly event that will inspire many to continue to read during their childhood and even as adults.


These are only some of the big events to enjoy this spring in the Park Rapids Lakes Area. The events and being close to Itasca State Park will be a great spring vacation for the entire family. You can discover even more to do in the Park Rapids Lakes Area with the 2018 Discovery Guide.



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