Belwin Bison Festival MayMay 18 2024 10:00am - 02:00pm15601 Hudson Rd. N, Lakeland, MN


Belwin Bison Festival

May 18, 2024
9:00 am 5k "Run with the Bison" Fun Run Check in Begins
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Festival
Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields

Cost: $10 per car (cash or check). Separate entrance fee for 5k "Run with the Bison" Fun Run.

This beloved annual event features the release of the 2024 Northstar Bison herd onto Belwin’s Bison Prairie. In addition to the release, visitors can also enjoy fun activities for all ages, such as live music, eco-arts, and food trucks. Prior to the release, we’ll also host a 5k “Run with the Bison” Fun Run so visitors can run through the Prairie before the bison arrive.

To sign up for our 5k fun run, click here or scroll down to the button at the bottom of this page.

The schedule for the Belwin Bison Festival is as follows:
  • 9:00 am: 5k “Run with the Bison” Fun Run Check-In Begins
  • 10:00 am: 5k “Run with the Bison” Fun Run: Before the bison take to the prairie, have a fun run through it! (Pre-registration required. Runners may arrive for check-in starting at 9:00 am; there is a 10-minute walk to the starting line.) $20 registration through May 17; $25 same-day registration.
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Live Music, Activities in the Tent, Food Trucks including Hannah Lou Woods at 10:00 am and Carpenter Nature Center presenting "Animals of the St. Croix" at 11 am.
  • 12:00 pm: Arrival of the Bison Herd. The bison will arrive at noon and be released shortly after. All who want to see the release should arrive by noon. Imnizaska Dakota Drum Group will perform to welcome the bison prior to the release.
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Live Music, Activities in the Tent, Food Trucks. A performance from The Bad Companions will begin at 1 pm.
  • 2:00 pm: Festival ends

Please Note: No dogs or alcohol allowed at this event or any other Belwin event.



Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields, 15601 Hudson Rd. N, Lakeland, MN


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Masking is optional at Belwin events. If you are not feeling well, we ask that you please stay home. Belwin reserves the right to ask anyone to leave if they are exhibiting symptoms of illness. We are monitoring the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and will modify events as needed in order to follow current public health recommendations.

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If you are unable to attend an event, you may request a refund. Email events@belwin.org to request a refund. Cancellations received 7 days or more before the event will be fully refunded minus the PayPal transaction fee, which covers the cost of related administration. We are unable to provide refunds for registrations cancelled less than 7 days before the event. Thank you for your understanding. In the event that Belwin cancels the event, you will receive a 100% refund, minus the transaction fee. Refunds will be issued within 5 business days of cancellation notice.

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