Rich in history downtown has change significantly from the old railroad days while still showcasing many of its historic buildings.

The historic buildings add charm to the unique shops that call downtown Brainerd home. Many people who visit the Brainerd Lakes area make the downtown a regular stop for shops like the Olde Open Window, Design To Consign, or to enjoy a sweet treat at Fancy Pants Chocolates, Knotty Pine Bakery and Coco Moon Coffee Bar.

Downtown Brainerd hosts a variety of events throughout the year from Arts in The Park in nearby Gregory park, Street Fest on 7th , St Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, Downtown Brainerd Golf Open, Hometown Holidays, Spooktacular Halloween, and other great events.

Downtown Brainerd is also the cultural center of the lakes area featuring The Crossing Arts Alliance, Lakes Area Music Festival, a number of murals and a self guided downtown history walk.