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SUMMER FARE: Music fest at Buena Vista

Buena Vista Ski Area, located near Bemidji, is hosting a two-day, outdoor live music event starting at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing throughout the day Saturday.

The event will feature performances by 17 bands, including More Than Lights, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Charlie Parr and Big Tree Bonsai. There will also be food, drink, craft vendors, live painting and more.

The performances will take place in a natural amphitheater on the “backside” along the shore of Larson Lake as part of the northern Minnesota experience.

Tickets are $30 for one day or $50 for two days. Parking is available for $10 and camping is free. The event will take place rain or shine.

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Other happenings

Movie in the Park: Enjoy movies under the stars throughout the summer at various Grand Forks parks. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy family-friendly classics, action, adventure and new releases. The next film will be “The Nut Job” starting at sundown July 15 at Riverside Park. Additional shows: “Little Rascals” July 29 at University Park, “Lego Movie” Aug. 12 at Riverside Park. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 746-2750.

Crazy Days Kid’s Carnival: The Crookston Parks and Rec Club Kid Program is hosting a kid’s carnival from 2 to 4 p.m. July 17 at the Crookston Sports Center on the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus. Stop by for food, drinks, games and prizes. Cost: 25 cents per ticket or five for $1. Info:

Drayton Riverfest Grand Parade: Drayton, N.D., will hold its Drayton Riverfest Grand Parade at 11 a.m. July 19. Those interested in entering the parade should call (218) 843-5228 or

Halloween in July: Turtle River State Park, located 22 miles west of Grand Forks, is hosting its annual Halloween in July event July 25 to 27. Bring a flashlight at 9:30 p.m. July 25 to see what bloodcurling nightlife might be out in the park after dark. Join the Dakota Explorers at 9:30 a.m. July 26 to learn about scary animal adaptations. The real fun begins Saturday night at 7 p.m. with a costume contest at the amphitheater, with prizes awarded for first, second and third in different age categories, followed by trick or treating through the campground at 8 p.m. and a family-friendly movie at 9:30 p.m. To wrap up the weekend, join an interpretive naturalist for some fright recovery coffee and hot chocolate at 9:30 a.m. July 27. Info: (701) 594-4445,

Batman Day: The Grand Forks Public Library will celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary with a showing of Batman cartoons 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 26. Kids of all ages can learn to draw the superhero, make a Batman mask, and, at 2 p.m., play a trivia game to win movie tickets. Participants are encouraged to dress up as Batman characters. Info: (701) 772-8116.