Music at the headwaters

Lake Itasca, Minn.

Enjoy music and the outdoors in northern Minnesota during the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival Friday through next Sunday. Everything from bluegrass to gospel to old-time music will be performed by artists from around the country. The festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday across from Itasca State Park and continues with concerts, music workshops, jam sessions, camping ($10-$20) and children's activities. Stop by the park for a close look at the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Admission ranges from $10 to $65 (1-218-333-1421;

Pie before BBQ and blues

Braham, Minn.

If you like pie, you'll want to be at Pie Day Friday at Freedom Park in Braham, Minn. Hundreds of homemade pies will be available for tasting and as usual the festival includes a pie-eating contest, the Pie-Alluia chorus, an art show, car show, arts and crafts, children's tent, a Scandinavian dance and other entertainment.

Visitors are invited to stay for weekend to check out the first Braham-B-Q and Blues Festival on Saturday and a Celebration of Praise next Sunday (1-320-396-4956;,

Chill with Bayfront Blues


Blues fans will gather along the shore of Lake Superior for the Bayfront Blues Festival Aug. 7-10 at Bayfront Festival park in Duluth. Local and national bands will perform on three outdoor stages, including the New Soul Cowboys, Timmy Haus and John Wilber, The Nappy Brown Orchestra, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Radiators. Tickets range from $25 to $99 (1-800-438-5884;

Over the river for jazz

La Crosse, Wis.

Three days of music will be held across the state line in La Crosse, Wis., during the Great River Jazz Fest Aug. 8-10. Dozens of musicians will perform at the Oktoberfest festival grounds. Other events include a jazz parade Friday, daily jam sessions and a jazz brunch on Sunday (1-608-791-1190;