Arts/Culture

Year-round activities

Beyond the University, the city of Bemidji is a culturally rich community with strong ties to the arts. The city's streets are lined with small shops and unique art sculptures. Residents place a high importance on art, music, and languages. In fact, several language conversational groups  (including French, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, and German) meet weekly in local coffee houses.

When you visit, be sure to check out the local scene, including the nationally known Paul Bunyan Playhouse, the Bemidji Community Art Center, the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, and the Beltrami County Historical Center, which is located in what was once a railroad depot owned by railroad magnet James J. Hill.  Or, simply take in some live music at one of our local acoustic stages. The Bemidji Chamber of Commerce Calendar for upcoming events.

Take in a show 

Photo of performerThe Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex is a nationally recognized creative center for the performing arts, which includes recital halls, experimental theaters and rehearsal studios. Performances during the school year draw a large crowd, so plan ahead.

Explore Ojibwe culture

The Chippewa (Ojibwe) tribe settled here in 1750 and continue to hold an important place in the cultural fabric of the community. On campus, the American Indian Resource Center provides a setting for studies and events that support American Indian students while serving the surrounding community. Stop by on your tour and see the unique facility and its beautiful native-inspired displays.


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