August 26, 2020 - October 10, 2020
Colors start with a leaf, a streak of orange, or an occasional tree, isolated and red. This is the season of the maple in the valleys behind the headlands rising out of Lake Superior. You will find the best maple colors from about Split Rock Lighthouse northeast up the shore. The ridge line is one to two miles inland from Highway 61.
September 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
Canada geese migrate south because they need open water for food and as a place of refuge from predators. They fly at 40 mph, but can reach 70 mph with a good tailwind. They fly in a V formation with each bird a bit higher than the one in front. Some speculate the lead goose breaks wind and allows the others to draft. Do you know why one side of the V is longer than the other? More birds on that side.
September 11, 2020 - October 10, 2020
Johnson Heritage Post | Grand Marais MN
Plein air [French for outdoors] is the act of painting outdoors. Join the JHP Art Gallery with the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota for an outdoor painting competition in Cook County. Enjoy watching artists from afar while they paint for a week. The artwork will then be displayed at the JHP Art Gallery as well as online
September 11 – 18
September 17, 3-5pm
Online FB Opening Reception
September 18, 5-6pm
September 18 – October 10
The Gallery is open Fridays from 1 – 4 pm & Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm.
September 12, 2020 - October 30, 2020
Each fall thousands of raptors migrate south toward nesting grounds and/or better food sources. The North Shore is one of the best places in North America to view this migration. While kestrels and hawks begin their southern journey in mid-August, the peak of the big bird fly over is mid-September to late October.
Species include Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon, [pictured here].
Head out on a day with northwest winds which concentrate the birds down the shoreline. West winds are almost as effective in concentrating the flock movements. South and east winds produce fewer birds, but they often fly lower and are easier to spot.
Bring binoculars and head to the high point in the area – usually a ridge line, typically a mile or so inland from Highway 61. Hawk Ridge in Duluth is the quintessential [and busiest] place to see the migration. They give daily bird counts and have more info about the migration.
September 14, 2020 - October 20, 2020
As the maple colors peak and fade, the birch and poplar and tamarack turn yellow, creating a second golden fall color season. You will find these colors right along the Highway 61 corridor and just inland, especially from Duluth to Split Rock Lighthouse.
September 18, 2020 - October 10, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Johnson Heritage Post | Grand Marais MN
Plein air [French for outdoors] is the act of painting outdoors. Join the JHP Art Gallery for the exhibit of the autumn Plein Air Exhibit. The artwork will then be displayed at the JHP Art Gallery as well as online.
The Gallery is open
Fridays from 1 – 4 pm
Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm.
September 25, 2020 - October 4, 2020
Fall Studio Tour
Fall in Cook County is a time of tumultuous beauty, so take some time to explore the colors and meet artists during the Fall Studio Tour! Stops include home studios as well as galleries with guest artists. Some of the tour stops may not be open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check for last minute updates.
All locations open to the public will be open from 10am-5pm daily for the duration of the tour. Masks are required and some studios may limit occupancy.
An online component to the tour has been added because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you can’t make the tour in person, visit the artist and gallery websites linked in this directory. The websites show and describe the art, and many offer online buying options, or contact information for phone sales.
September 25, 2020 - April 10, 2021
True hibernators’ body temps drop, their heart beat slows, and they don’t ‘wake up’ when prodded or exposed to loud noises. Black bears, chipmunks, snakes, frogs, toads and some turtles hibernate. Other mammals go into torpor, a state of deep, temporary sleep from which they wake to eat, drink, release waste.
Learn more about bear hibernation.
October 1, 2020 - October 25, 2020
Grand Marais Art Colony | Grand Marais MN
Sep 30-Oct 4 :: Deep Dive
8 :: Woodblock Printmaking
9-10/11 :: Painting Bootcamp
10 :: Japanese Stab bound Books
10-11 :: Beginning Watercolor
10-11 :: Maiolica Tiles
15 :: Art Journaling Re-invented
15 :: Build Your Own Board Game
16-17 :: Spontaneous Process Painting
17 :: Halloween Mask Making
19 :: Novel Starter Class
20 :: Virtual Class _ Ceramics Materials Worjshop
22-25 :: Bringing Movement and Depth to Your Paintings
Check our site for additional information
October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN
Upcoming events and courses at North House Folk School
Sep 3- Oct 4 :: Nature Photography: Fall Equinox Session
4 – &. :: Fly Fishing the North Shore
9 :: Soap Making the Old Fashioned Way
9-11 :: Handcraft a Wool Braided Rug
9-11 :: Herbalism Apprentice
10-11 :: The Cedar Hand Drum
15-19 :: Family Weekend
15-19 :: :: Nature Photography
22-25 :: Yurt Building
23-24 :: Hand-Sewn Leather Tote
23-25 :: Knitting the Borealis Hat
23-25 :: Rosemaling: Valdres Style
23-25 :: Traditional Swedish Hair jewelry
23-25 :: Artisan Breads Immersion
24 :: Viking Posament Bracelet online
29-Nov 1 :: Deersking Mittens with Aniishiinaabe Style Beadwork
30-Nov 1 :: Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings
Find detail on the North House website.
October 1, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cook County Community Center | Grand Marais MN
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Buy Fresh, Buy Local
Local vendors offer produce and food items; through mid-October
October 1, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Clair Nelson / Finland Community Center | Finland MN
Fresh produce, eggs, and homemade baked and canned goods + handmade household items.
Cash, Credit Card and SNAP/EBT accepted
October 1, 2020 - October 2, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 am
Once in a Blue Moon! October 2020 will have two full moons. The Harvest Moon on October 1st and the Hunter’s Moon on the 31st, Halloween. A second full moon in a calendar month is called a blue moon and typically occurs every two to three years.