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North Shore Calendar of Events

Each small town celebrates nature, arts and history, the great outdoors, local and regional talents, holidays and community. And you’re invited to join in. This North Shore Calendar of Events lists all kinds of goings-on; guided hikes, 99-mile bike races, fine art exhibits, pie-eating contests, solstice celebrations, historical talks, workshops, classes, summer festivals, small town parades, and the annual lighting of Split Rock Lighthouse.

Check out what’s going on during your visit!


July 31, 2021 - August 4, 2021
All Day

WISE Fisherman's Picnic Buffet in a Box
WISE Fisherman's Picnic Buffet in a Box

Cook County High School | Grand Marais MN

Buffet in a Box is a meal for one that has our famous Lindquist fishcakes, Swedish meatballs with Spry gravy, baked ham, potato salad, dessert bBars, and more. It is our Covid-safe alternative to the buffet we normally have at St. John’s Church Hall.

Order on our website now for pick-up on Wednesday, Aug 4, at the Cook County High School.
Lunch pick-up is from 11:30 – 1:30. Supper pick-up is from 5:00 – 7:00.

The food is made by WISE members. Proceeds go to Cook County schools for grants teachers request to provide enrichment programs for students that they would otherwise not be able to afford, two $1,000 college scholarships for graduating Cook County seniors, and Cook County non-profit organizations.

WISE was previously the Lioness Club. We are continuing the tradition of having a buffet the Wednesday before the start of Fisherman’s Picnic that has existed for decades.

July 31, 2021
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

USFS Summer Naturalist Program
USFS Summer Naturalist Program

The US Forest Service continues its 20-year Naturalist Program offering Tuesdays through Saturdays at different resorts, campgrounds, and nature sites around Cook County. All programs are free and open to the public. Please wear a mask if unvaccinated!

10am – noon :: Nature of Oberg Mountain at Oberg Mountain Trailhead
7:30 – 9pm:: Minnesota Bears at Lutsen Resort

2 – 3pm:: Becoming a Boundary Waters Family at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center
7:30 – 9pm:: Howls in the Night: Wolves at Caribou Highlands

10 – 11:30am:: Wildflower Walk at Eagle Ridge
7:30 – 9pm:: Voyageur Life at Bluefin Bay

10 – 11:30 am:: Explore the Shore at East Bay Suites
7:30 – 9pm:: Mostly Moose at Cascade Lodge

1:30 – 3:30 pm :: Nature of the Point at Grand Marais Artists’ Point
7:30 – 9pm:: Minnesota WILD! at Sawbill Campground

July 31, 2021
8:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Split Rock Lighthouse will be lit
Split Rock Lighthouse will be lit

Split Rock Lighthouse | Two Harbors MN

In conjunction with a special presentation and celebration at Split Rock, the lighthouse will be lit.

The event celebrates Lee Radzak’s new book, The View from Split Rock: A Lighthouse Keeper’s Life. Lee was the former Split Rock site manager for 36 years.

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