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Discover May 2024 Events in Nisswa and Brainerd Lakes Area – Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Kickoff

Updated: May 5




Welcome to our curated guide of upcoming events in the Nisswa and Brainerd Lakes Area this May! Whether you're a local resident or planning a visit, these activities—from live music and outdoor events to community gatherings—promise something for everyone. Below are some highlighted events to help you plan your May. If you'd like to add your event to our list, please send us an email or submit your event details. There's always something exciting happening in the Lakes Area, and we're thrilled to be your virtual guides to all the fun! Read on to plan your perfect May in the heart of Minnesota. 


May 2024 Events: 


  • Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes | May 3rd-4th, 2024 | Nisswa Community Center, Nisswa, MN | Event Details

  • Arbor Day Celebration | May 4, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Northland Arboretum, Baxter, MN | Event Details

  • Kentucky Derby Party | May 4, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Lakes Tavern, Pequot Lakes, MN | Event Details

  • Kentucky Derby Party | May 4, 2024 | 2:00 PM | b*merri (The Woods), Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • 2024 "Hoffman Weber Construction" Bracket Races 1/2 & CRA Superbikes | May 3-5, 2024 | Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • Breezy Point Aviation Days 2024 | May 4, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Breezy Point Airport, Breezy Point, MN | Event Details

  • Cinco de Mayo Party | May 5, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Sunshine's SummerHouse, Lake Shore, MN | Event Details

  • NAPA Street Legal Drags | May 8, 2024 | Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • 2024 "Hoffman Weber Construction" Bracket Races 3/4 & Slow Pokes (Fri) | May 9-12, 2024 | Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • Whole Hog Party - 2024 Fishing Opener | May 10th, 2024 | 5:00 PM | Sunshine’s Summerhouse, Lake Shore, MN | Event Details

  • Party for the Parks | May 10, 2024 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Ye Old Pickle Factory, Nisswa, MN | Event Details

  • Sidewalk Sale | May 9 - 11, 2024 | Crosslake Town Square | Crosslake, MN | Event Details


  • Fishing Opener | May 11, 2024 | Minnesota | Event Details

  • Pequot Lakes Community Action - Opening Fishing Block Party | May 11, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Pequot Lakes, MN | Event Details

  • 2024 Mindfulness Triathlon | May 11, 2024 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Nisswa City Park, Nisswa, MN | Event Details

  • Keys for Community (Dueling Pianos) | May 11, 2024 | 5:30 PM | Gull Lake Center at the Historic Grand View Lodge | Event Details

  • Mega Garage Sale | May 11, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | The Gathering Event Center, Crosslake, MN | Event Details

  • Spring Arts & Craft Festival | May 11, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Brainerd High School, Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • Mother's Day | May 12, 2024 | Events Guide

  • Daddy + Me Birdie & Bonding | May 17, 2024 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, MN | Event Details

  • SPRING BASH 2024 | May 17 & 18, 2024 | The Green Lantern, Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • POWERCRUISE | May 17-19, 2024 | Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • 2024 Nisswa Chocolate Walk | May 18, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Event Details

  • Snarky Loon 3rd Anniversary Party | May 18, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Jenkins, MN | Event Details

  • Miles for Smiles (5k Family Run + Walk) | May 19, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM | Forestview Middle School | Baxter, MN | Event Details

  • NAPA Street Legal Drags | May 22, 2024 | Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • 2024 Street Car Showdown & SCCA | May 23 - 26, 2024 | Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • Spring Fling Lakes Tavern One Year Anniversary Party | May 23, 2024 | 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM | Lakes Tavern, Pequot Lakes, MN | Event Details

  • 13th Annual Brainerd Junior Jaycees Lil Rubber Duckie Race | May 25, 2024 | 12:30 PM | Brainerd High School, Brainerd, MN | Event Details

  • Brainerd Lakes Bloody Mary Fest | May 25, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Dockside Lounge, Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point, MN | Event Details

  • Memories of Elvis Show | May 25, 2024 | 8:30 PM | Dockside Lounge, Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point, MN | Event Details

  • Wyld Ryce on the Dockside Deck | May 25, 2024 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Dockside Lounge, Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point, MN | Event Details

  • Family Sundae Funday — Open House at Camp Knutson | May 26, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Crosslake, MN | Event Details


Additionally, for those looking for live music in May in the Nisswa and Brainerd Lakes Area, check out these local establishments:

  • Big Axe Brewing (Nisswa, MN) - Website

  • Roundhouse Brewery (Nisswa, MN) - Website

  • Jack Pine Brewery (Baxter, MN) - Website

  • Snarky Loon Brewing (Jenkins, MN) - Website

  • Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake (Nisswa, MN) - Website

  • 14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company (Crosslake, MN) - Website

  • The Commander Bar & JJ's Pub (Pequot Lakes, MN) - Website

  • The Side Track Bar and Restaurant (Brainerd, MN) - Facebook Page

  • Sherwood North (Nisswa, MN) - Website

  • Dockside Lounge - Breezy Point Resort (Breezy Point, MN) - Website


Farmers Markets in the Nisswa and Brainerd Lakes Area:

Farmers markets in Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa, and Pine River offer a great selection of local crafts and fresh produce, with most opening in mid-May.


Brainerd Farmers Market

  • Location: Franklin Arts Center Parking Lot, Brainerd, MN

  • Schedule: Tuesdays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, starting mid-May (specific start date to be announced)

  • More Info: Facebook Page


Northern Gifts and Sweets - The SPOT 371

  • Location: Brainerd, MN

  • Schedule: Wednesdays from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM

  • More Info: Facebook Page


Nisswa Farmers Market

  • Location: Nisswa American Legion Parking Lot, Nisswa, MN

  • Schedule: Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, starting mid-May (specific start date to be announced)

  • More Info: Facebook Page


Baxter Farmers Market

  • Location: Westport Shopping Center Parking Lot, Baxter, MN

  • Schedule: Fridays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, starting mid-May (specific start date to be announced)

  • More Info: Facebook Page


Pine River Market Square

  • Location: 102 W Barclay Ave, Pine River, MN 56474

  • Schedule: Fridays from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM, starting May 24, 2024

  • More Info: Website

Cuyuna Range Farmers Market

  • Location: Main Street Plaza (On the corner of Cross and Main), Crosby, MN

  • Schedule: Saturdays from 9:00 PM to 1:00 PM, starting May 25, 2024

  • More Info: Facebook Page


Stay updated with our weekly Weekend Roll Call! Check out the full list of events happening from Thursday to Sunday.


Please note, events and times are subject to change. We strive to provide the most accurate information possible, but if you notice an error or know of a date change or canceled event, please contact us at info@campnisswa.com.


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