Northwestern Minnesota

The Arts and Culture

Galleries, concerts, and plays!  Culture, history, and festivals!  It's all here in the Land of the Dancing Sky.

We would love to be able to keep an up-to-date calendar of the events happening in the arts throughout the region but we do not have the staffing resources yet to accomplish this task.  Other sites are doing a good job so we have listed them below.  If you know of other web places to find good arts and culture calendar information for Northwest Minnesota please let us know so we can provide a link.  E-mail with your suggestion. 

Here is a brief list of arts and cultural businesses by community that have facilities:  (for a more complete list of Arts organizations who do not have buildings please see the Arts Directory)

  • Ada: Prairie Village.  Historical Museum.  Open June - August on Tues. and Thurs. 2-5 pm.

  • Argyle: Argyle Depot Museum.  Open Sunday afternoons in summer.  Tours call 218-437-6621.  Preserved Great Northern Depot, log shanty, and old jail. 

  • Argyle: Old Mill State Park.  13 Miles east of Argyle on County Road #4.  Larson Mill and pioneer cabin.  National historic registry for WPA building site.  Open year-round.  218-437-8174

  • Baudette: Lake of the Woods County Museum.  8th Ave. SE.  Open May - Sept. 10-4 Tue - Sat.  Exhibits centered around topics of local and natural history.

  • Baudette: Historical sites.  Fort St. Charles at Northwest Angle; Wilderness Drive Area; Norris Camp.   

  • Crookston: Polk County Historical Museum.  Free Late May - mid Sept.  218-281-1038. 

  • East Grand Forks: Heritage Center.  Next to technical college.  Festival 3rd weekend in August.

  • East Grand Forks:  Stages.  Theater camps for kids, touring theater troupe Safari who provides youth from your community with a week long theater experience that results in a full scale production

  • Fosston:  East Polk County Historical Center.  June - mid Sept.  Free.  Guided tours. 

  • Fosston:  Library, Theater,  and Visual Art Gallery.  4th and Foss. 218-435-1320   

  • Goodridge:  Historical Sites.  Summer by appointment 218-378-4380.  The County Store Museum, Log Barn and House, School Museum, Train Depot, Telephone Building, and 1914 House.

  • Grand Forks: Alerus Entertainment Center.  Ticketmaster for details on schedule. 

  • Grand Forks: Artsplace Gallery.  1110 2nd Ave. N.  Open daily. 701-746-6479. 

  • Grand Forks: Browning Arts Gallery.  23 S. 4th St.  701-746-5090.

  • Grand Forks: Chester Fritz Auditorium.  Ticketmaster for details on schedule.

  • Grand Forks: Empire Arts Center.  415 DeMers Ave. Ticketmaster for details on schedule.  701-746-5500. 

  • Grand Forks: Firehall Theater.  412 2nd Av. N.  Productions every month throughout the year. 701-746-0847.   

  • Grand Forks: North Dakota Museum of Art.  Contemporary art museum. Open daily.

  • Grand Forks.  Ralph Engelstad Arena.  Ticketmaster for details on schedule. 

  • Grand Forks: River Front Gallery.  17 3rd St. N.  701-795-8971

  • Greenbush: Pelan Pioneer Park.  9 miles west on Highway 11.  Restored Pioneer Village, wild flower gardens and berries.

  • Lake Bronson:  Kittson County Museum - Free admission  9-5 weekdays; 1-5 Sat and Sun in Summers.  Free. 

  • Middle River: Olde Depot Theater - Goose Festival Production 1st weekend in October

  • Oslo: American Legion Museum.  War relics.  Tours call Ole at 218-695-2721.

  • Red Lake Falls:  Old Crossing and Treaty Park.  10 miles NW.  Monuments commemorate the Ox Cart Trail across the Red River at this site, and the signing of the treaty in 1863.

  • Red Lake Falls:  Of the Land Gallery.  Downtown.  Retail location for pottery made by local artisans with Red Lake clay.

  • Roseau:  Pioneer Farm and Village.  2 miles west of Roseau on Hwy 11.  Festival every August.  Summer hours 12-5 Monday - Friday.

  • Roseau:  Roseau County Historical Museum.  Open year round.  9-4 Monday - Friday. Location: 121 Center Street E. 218-463-1918 

  • Roseau:  Polaris Experience.  This state of the art museum focuses on the history of Polaris Snowmobiles. 

  • Shelly: Red River History Museum.  Features a Red River collection.  218-886-7335.

  • Shevlin: The History Center.  Open all year 10-4 Tues - Fri and Sat. in the summer. 

  • Stephen: Old Home Town Museum - open June - September.  218-478-2456 for tours

  • Stephen:  Stephen Arts Council Center.  Variety of programming.  Space for rent.  Contact Betty Pikop 218-478-2213.

  • Thief River Falls: Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village.  Open Memorial Day - Labor Day daily from 1-5 pm.  Lifelike historical village with 19 buildings.  South on Hwy 32.

  • Thief River Falls:  Visual Art Gallery at Northland Community Technical College

  • Twin Valley:  Heritage Center.  Exhibits and art by local painter Gene Lysaker. Open daily.

  • Warren:  Settlers Square.  May - Sept. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Eight store fronts, antique farm machinery and the UFO Sheriff's car of Marshall County.  East end of Johnson Ave. 

  • Warroad:  Warroad Summer Theater (productions on weekends throughout the summer)

  • Warroad: Marvin Museum.  Opened in fall 2005 this state of the art museum focuses on the history of Marvin Windows and Doors. 


The Northwest Regional Arts Council has created the Northwest Artist and Arts Organization Directory that is published on-line as well as in printed form.  It is currently being updated and restructured.  You can see the old version at Arts Directory   If you would like to be listed in the directory contact  The new version of the directory will show an example of the artists work sample or a picture of the artist or group.  We are excited to be offering this new directory in 2008. 

If would like to find out more about using the Land of the Dancing Sky trademark on your artistic products see About Land of the Dancing Sky

OTHER PLACES WITH ARTS CALENDARS is a wonderful calendar of events site.  This site highlights with pictures and text events from throughout Greater Grand Forks, Northwest Minnesota, and Northeastern North Dakota. is filled with artists listings, calendar events and opportunities in Minnesota. 

Grand Forks Herald Local newspaper website that lists events for Greater Grand Forks and the surrounding area. Website that hosts a calendar of events for Northwest Minnesota.  Festivals and other events are listed. Although our area has not yet embraced announcing arts events on this website, it is still worth mentioning.

Throughout this website there is additional information on arts groups, festivals, and events in the Tourism Directory








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