Canary Beach Resort 2017 Events Calendar

When you’re a guest at Canary Beach, you will find many activities to keep you as busy as you want to be.

There is something here for everyone!


 Hayrides and Barrel Train Rides are Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer.

Canary Beach Resort has been known to have spontaneous movie nightif the weather prevents a hayride.


May 4-8: Dock In Weekend: On May 6th at 10am, we will be working with guests to place docks and lifts into the lake. Afterwards, there will be a Sloppy Joe Lunch in the Event Center.

May 11-15: Fishing Opener: Lake Villard has some of the best fishing in the spring when the water is still cool.  Anglers hook walleye, northern pike, bluegills, black crappie, yellow perch and largemouth bass on Lake Villard. Larger Walleyes are taken out early in the season!

May 25-30: Memorial Weekend: On Sunday, May 28th Awake the Grapes, Minnesota’s most unique 5K & 10K races at Carlos Creek Winery. Run through 160 acres of vines and treat yourself to a glass of wine afterwards. Also, on May 28th, Ole Oppe Fest downtown Alexandria: Live music, food, beer garden, wing competition and activities. Villard Fire Departments hosts their annual Pancake breakfast on Sunday with demonstrations of fire safety and equipment.


June 1-6: Sawdust Savvy!  Artists from Stillwater, MN will be Hosting a Painting project on Sunday, June 4th in the Event Center from 3:30-6:30pm.  Participants must register at  Glenwood Lakes Area Kids Day is on Saturday, June 3rd and includes: Take a kid Fishing, Bike Rodeo, Demonstrations, activities and lunch in the park! On June 4th, there is also the Forada Street Dance from 8pm to midnight!

June 8-13: Adopt a Highway! It is important that we keep Minnesota and our 10,000 lakes clean. Join us in picking up 2.5 miles of Highway 28. Refreshments for those who help afterwards!

June 17-24: Silent Auction! Thursday and Friday, Veld Family Silent Auction, many homemade items to bid on with proceeds going towards a charity.

June 25: Osakis Parade is on Sunday, June 25th from 1pm to 5pm.

June 24-July 1: Beach Week! We are known for our 1000 feet of sandy shoreline. Family Sand Castle/Creation contest during the week. Kiddos, come to the lodge during your stay and decorate your own personal beach ball to keep!  Villard Days are on June 24th!


July 1-8: Independence week! Villard hosts several events during the weekend, including a street dance, parade, breakfast and more!

On July 4, there will be a Bike Parade through the resort. Decorations are provided in the Event Center for bikes, wagons, strollers and more!

July 8: Golf Scramble! Join other Canary guests at Rodina Golf Course in the morning for our 4th annual Golf Scramble. Sign-up sheet in Lodge.

July 8: Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat Show! The 30th annual Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat Show (10am-3pm) at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center will feature land and in-water boat displays, food, music, boat fly-by, awards, vendors, and much more! This event is free and open to the public.

July 8-15: Rustic Painting!  Laura Backhaus from Simply Rustic will be here Thursday, evening, July 13th for a Rustic Paint Project night!  Please reserve your spot with her at   Frisbee! Catching flying disks has been a summertime pastime for almost 80 years! Kiddos are welcome to come to the lodge to color their own personal sized Frisbee for a fun souvenir!

July 12-15: Sinclair Lewis Days in Sauk Centre (the Home of Nobel Prize winner Sinclair Lewis), complete with fireworks, turtle races, parade, car show, games/inflatables, street dance, vendors, kids run, and more!

July 21: Bingo! Bring a wrapped White Elephant gift (one for each player). Game will take place in the Event Center on Friday evening of the 21st. All ages can play! Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.

July 22-29: Ice Cream Social! You Scream! I Scream! We all Scream for Ice Cream! Friday evening, all guests may join us in the Event Center for ice cream and toppings! Meet your neighbors and make new friends.

July 25-30: 62nd Waterama Festival in Glenwood. The multiple day festival is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnewaska and includes: 100-unit parade, kiddie parade, water shows, pageants, dances, craft sales, races contests, medallion hunt, Lighted Pontoon Parade and fireworks.

July 26-30: The Steans County Fair in Sauk Centre.

July 2930: Art in the Park in Alexandria. It is free and open to the public. Rain or shine! Fine art, food, quality handmade crafts, entertainment, demonstrations, and so much more!

July 29-August 5: Bird Lovers week!  Birds know that Canary Beach Resort is the place to be during the summer!  Discover the birds in the wildflowers in front of the cabins.  Each cabin guest has the opportunity to make a homemade bird house or feeder.


August 2-5: Pope County Fair! Highlights include: Demolition Derby, games, rides, antique Tractor Pull, food and more!

August 5-12: Birthday Week! It’s your birthday! Everyone has a special day, let’s celebrate! All resort birthday party in the Event Center on Friday evening, complete with a Piñata!

August 11-12: Annual Starbuck Dragon Boat Festival.

August 12-19: Float Week! After a long week of floating on the water and enjoying the sandy beach, all guests may join us in the Event Center on Friday evening for Root Beer Floats!  August 17-20th, Douglas County Fair.

August 19-24: Nature Scavenger Hunt, come to the lodge for a collection sheet and let the fun begin on Sunday afternoon of the 20th!

August 26: Halloween in August on the 26th! Bring your costumes for the whole family, decorate your cabin, camper or tent and watch the goons and goblins come. Theme related treat, stories, and movie in the Event Center afterwards.

August 26: 5k Scrub Run/Walk at the Glenwood City Park. Also, Glenwood Yard Olympics and Human Foosball Tournament at the Fair Grounds.

August 27: Youth Outdoor Activity Day at the Alexandria Shooting Park – a completely free day with over 30 hands-on activities including archery, tomahawk throwing, trap shooting, BB gun shooting, geocaching, orienteering, bow fishing shooting, mock blood trail, shoot/don’t shoot course, outdoor cooking, fire building, and shelter building.

August 27-September 1: Boat Days! Free half-day pontoon rental with cabin stay.


September 1-5: Labor Day Weekend! Potluck picnic for all our guests on Sunday. We provide the meat, plates, and utensils. Just bring a side dish, drinks for yourself and enjoy!

September 2: Craft/Vendor Show in the Event Center from 10am to Noon, hosted by our seasonal guests.

September 7-11: Family Weekend! Take time to enjoy your family and the simple moments of life with hayrides, barrel train rides, campfires, fishing and relaxing!

September 9: Moonshine Madness Day in Osakis, with Al Capone, Bonnie & Clyde, trolley rides, live music, inflatables, street dance, vendors, Panther Whiskey distillery tours, and more.

September 15-17: Grape Stomp! Carlos Creek Grape Stomp, this three-day festival is packed with excitement including 12 bands on four stages, over 150 food, juried art and marketplace vendors, a man cave featuring Schell’s Brewery, wine tasting, and of course Grape Stomping!!

September 16: Rustic Painting! Laura Backhaus from Simply Rustic will be here Saturday, evening, September 16th for a Rustic Paint Project night! Please reserve your spot with her or contact the lodge. There is a fee for this activity.

September 21-25: Model Boat Weekend! Bring your Model boat and test/race it with Scott!  One of his many hobbies includes model boats.

September 28-October 1: Dock out Weekend! Saturday at 10am, we’ll work together to take the resort dock and lifts out of Lake Villard. There is a free Sloppy Joe feed in the Event Center after dock work is completed.


October 19-22: MEA weekend: Enjoy a quiet final fall getaway — only eight cabins are available year-round, so reserve one today!

October 21: Applefest at Carlos Creek winery.  This family event includes: pumpkin craving, catapult pumpkin throwing contests, horse drawn wagon rides, pie eating contest, lawn games, live music, wine tours and tasting!


November 4-19: Deer Hunting: With the abundant deer population in Pope County, our lake front cabins make for the perfect accommodations for any deer hunter! There are several Walk-In Access sites in both Pope County and Douglas County.

News & Specials

We still have some availability during our most popular vacation dates, but our cabins do book quickly!

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