AITKIN

Art events

Kaleidoscope, 10-11:30 a.m. first Saturday of the month, Jaques Art Center. More information available at www.jaquesart.com or 218-927-2363.

BRAINERD

Explore Music!

Lakes Area Music Festival opens registration for Explore Music!, a day camp for students entering first through fifth grade, 9 a.m. to noon July 29-Aug. 2, Washington Educational Services Building. Register at www.lakesareamusic.org/explore or sign up through Brainerd Community Education.

CROSBY

Strings camp

Cuyuna Lakes Area Strings Camp, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24-25, Assemblies of God Church. Cost is $150 per person. Send payment to Mary Aulie, P.O. Box 125, Crosby, MN 56441. For more information, call Aulie at 218-839-1085.

HACKENSACK

Two-day music festival

Josh Duffee and his big band to perform at a two-day music festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, at the Hackensack Community Building. The First Ladies of Song also will perform. Tickets are available at Southside Fuel Plus, Swanson’s Bait and Gas in Hackensack, the July Flea Market at Sacred Heart Church and on the NAC website at www.northwoodsartscouncil.org.

LITTLE FALLS

Green Fair Folk Festival set 4-8 p.m. Aug. 7, on the west lawn at St. Francis Convent in Little Falls.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Instrument Petting Zoo for youth from 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 242, St. Francis Music Center. For more information visit www.sfmusiccenter.org or call 320-632-0637.

Summer Harvest Dinner

Summer Harvest Dinner is scheduled at 5 p.m. July 26 at Sprout. Reserve tickets for $60 per person online, www.sproutmn.com/harvestdinner.

MERRIFIELD

Park fest, car show

The Merrifield Lions Park-Fest and Car Show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 at the Merrifield Lions Park on Crow Wing County Highway 3. The Car Show will be on the baseball field of the park and registration of $10 begins at 8:30 a.m.

NISSWA

Annual gala

The Gull Chain of Lakes Association’s gala and fundraiser, July 21, Grand View Lodge, with social hour and silent auction at 5 p.m., and dinner and entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase for $50, which includes dinner and entertainment by going to gcola.org or contacting Rosemary Goff at togogt@charter.net.

PIERZ

Freedom Fest

Pierz Freedom Fest, Saturday, Genola Ball Park. Shalo Lee Band performing at 3 p.m.; Tennessee River at 6 p.m.; Thompson Square at 8 p.m.; and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at 10 p.m. General admission tickets are available online at https://www.pierzfreedomfest.com/buy-tickets. General Admission is $60. Tickets available online or at the gate.