The Mille Lacs Area is a special place and its uniqueness is reflected in the variety of activities and events scheduled throughout the year. From festivals and celebrations to arts and entertainment, you’ll find many activities every year throughout the Mille Lacs, MN area. Annual events include snowmobile races, fishing tournament weigh-ins and ice fishing contests. There are cultural and arts festivals such as the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Pow-Wow and there are traditional events like small town 4th of July celebrations and city play days throughout the summer months.
Mille Lacs Snow Kite Crossing
The Lake Mille Lacs Kite Crossing event takes place in Garrison. Competitors from 14 states catch the big lake’s winds using high-flying kites as “sails" and ride using snowboards or skis. It’s quite a visual feast to see the sky filled with colorful kites.
The main event is a long-distance, kite endurance run — out and back legs that cover from 16–28 miles. Freestyle snowkiting, sprint races, gear demos, and more also take place throughout the 3-day event.