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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!


April 18, 2022 - September 30, 2022
12:00 am

George Morrison “Connections” Exhibit
George Morrison “Connections” Exhibit

Grand Portage National Monument | Grand Portage MN

At Grand Portage National Monument’s Heritage Center, the George Morrison Exhibit “Connections” will open the week of April 18, 2022. For this exhibit, the National Park Service (NPS) has gathered works in their collection, along with works and artifacts from private collections, to curate the exhibition.

May 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022
All Day

North House Folk School May Courses
North House Folk School May Courses

North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN

North House was founded in 1997 by a small handful of inspired locals passionate about traditional craft and cooperative learning.

May  Courses

Apr 29-May 1 :: Introduction to Jewelry Construction
Apr 29-May 1 :: Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
Apr 29-May3 :: Basic Timber Framing
3-8 :: Building the Wood-Fired Brick Oven
4-8 :: Basic Building Skills Workshop
6-9 :: Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond
6&13 :: Knotwork Dragon online
6-14 :: Build Your Own Smaller Timber Frames
7 :: Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series
7-8 :: Custom Leather Sandal Construction
13-15 :: Knit a Moose Hat in the Round
13-15 :: Bird Carving
13-16 :: Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style & Traditions
14-15 :: All Ground Up: Sausage Making
19-21 :: Open Session Wood Carving
19-22 :: Outdoor Timbered Benches
19-22 :: Traditional Swedish Table-Made Hair Bracelet
20 :: Forgework Skills Refresher
20-22 :: Black Ash Baskets with a Twist
21-22 :: Decorative Ironwork: Art f the Candle Holder
21-22 :: Smørrebrød: Scandinavian Open-Faced Sandwiches
22 :: Fly Casting Workshop & North Shore Fly Fishing Primer
24-26 :: Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
27-29 :: Weft-Faced Weaving ona Rigid Hedlle Loom
27-29 :: Shaker-Style Carriers
27-29 :: Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
27-30 :: Blacksmithing: Crafting the Tools of the Trade
28 :: Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles
28-29 :: Herbal ID Basics and Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit
29 :: Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles
30-Jul 1 :: Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
31-Jul 2 :: Crafting the Twig Chair

May 11, 2022 - May 31, 2022
All Day

Grand Marais Art Colony May courses
Grand Marais Art Colony May courses

At the Grand Marais Art Colony, we exist to support the enduring human need for creative expression and inspiration. Artists and creative seekers of all levels come from across the country to learn from renowned instructors, create art, and engage together in artistic inquiry.

May Courses

11-14 :: Painting in Pastel:Landscape from Photographs
16-18 :: Listening to Your Draft
16-20 :: The Layered Image
18-21 :: Painting the Wild Places
20-21 :: Drawing with Pastel: Hummingbird
23-24 :: Drawing in the Present
23-25 :: Beginning Oil Painting
23-27 :: Stacking and Carving
23-27 :: Introduction to Mezzotint and Chine Colle
28 :: Mini-Class: Handbuilt Mugs
28 :: Mini-Class: Drawing on Point
30-Jun 3 :: Abstraction from Nature
30-Jun 3 :: Print to Book

May 27, 2022 - June 19, 2022
12:00 am

The Giving Forest Exhibition
The Giving Forest Exhibition

Johnson Heritage Post | Grand Marais MN

Gallery Exhibition featuring Kimberly Layer
May 27 – June 19

Gallery Hours
May: Mondays 10-4, Thursdays-Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 1-4
June: Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 1-4

May 27, 2022 - May 30, 2022
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Season Opener
Season Opener

North Shore Adventure Park | Silver Bay MN

Zip. Climb. Fun for all ages 3 and up.  May 27 to 30th 10 to 6.

Reservations encouraged

May 28, 2022 - May 29, 2022
12:00 am

Chik-Wauk Museum  & Nature Center Opens for the season
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center Opens for the season

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center | Grand Marais MN

Museum, Nature Center, Watercraft Building, Cabin Exhibit, Programs

Admission – one fee covers entry to all buildings
Adults $5, Children 5-18 $2, senior citizen discount, Free for Gunflint Historical Society members

May 29 4-6pm Special event planned for the installation of the MN State Record walleye gifted by the family of LeRoy Chiovitte
Chiovitte’s, big walleye was caught on the Seagull River where it enters Saganaga Lake. The walleye was caught on May 13, 1979, on the Seagull River, at the end of the Gunflint Trail. The walleye was 35 ¾” long, 21 ¼” girth, and weighed 17 lb. 8 oz.

May 28, 2022 - May 30, 2022
All Day

Tettegouche State Park Memorial Day Weekend Events
Tettegouche State Park Memorial Day Weekend Events

Tettegouche State Park Visitor’s Center | Silver Bay MN

Saturday May 28

10am-noon :: Meet the Weasel Family – drop-in event
The weasel family is a wild and diverse group of mammals. See a variety of pelts of these charismatic critters and learn about their role in the wilds of Tettegouche. In the Interpretive Hall at the Visitor Center.

1-3pm :: Guided Hike to the High Falls
Join a naturalist for a hike up to the iconic High Falls. This has been a dramatic spring for the Baptism River, with high waters and localized flooding. We?ll look at wildflowers and talk about other spring events happening in the Park on our way to the Falls.

Sunday May 29

10am-noon :: Ask A Naturalist
Have you got a burning question about something you have seen? Photographs of wildflowers? A fun story to share? Come see the Naturalist and see if you can stump him!

1-3pm :: Old Time Rope Making – drop-in event
There was a day when many farms and homesteaders had the skills and equipment to make their own rope. Using simple equipment, you can make your own piece of rope to take home! In the Meeting Room at the Visitor Center.

Monday, May 30

10am-noon :: Primitive Fire Starting – drop-in event
Without matches, lighter, or other modern tools, most of us would be in big trouble if we needed to light a fire. Learn traditional and historic fire starting technologies. We?ll be playing with flint-and-steel, bow drills, magnifiers, and other techniques including the use of native mushrooms and fungi to aid in your efforts.

May 28, 2022
8:00 am

Le Grand du Nord
Le Grand du Nord

Cook County Community YMCA | Grand Marais MN

110 mile, 54 mile, & 26 mile Gravel Classic

Welcome one and all to the 7th edition of Le Grand du Nord!

Le Grand represents one of the most amazing gravel courses in the United States. Beginning in Grand Marais, Minnesota’s spectacular harbor, all three events follow the shores of Lake Superior before climbing to their final destinations. With more than 5500 ft of climbing and a decidedly remote feel, the 110 mile course is beautifully challenging. The 54 mile course has plenty of climbing and miles of forested roads. The 26 mile “marathon” route is a Le Grand-worthy introduction to gravel cycling with its mix of paved and gravel roads, climbing and great Lake Superior views.

Registration and info

May 28, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cook County Market
Cook County Market

Cook County Farm & Craft Market | Grand Marais MN

Farm and craft market

Every Saturday

May 28, 2022
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Two Harbors Farmers Market
Two Harbors Farmers Market

Burlington Station | Two Harbors MN

Locally grown produce, and handmade goods fresh from your neighbor.

May 28, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Live Music on Superior at Bluefin Bay
Live Music on Superior at Bluefin Bay

Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior | Tofte MN

Enjoy live music around the bonfire with Adam Moe! Our bonfire pit is located right on Lake Superior, behind the Bluefin Grille.

May 28, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Live Music at Castle Danger Brewery
Live Music at Castle Danger Brewery

Castle Danger Brewery | Two Harbors MN

May Music Schedule

6 :: John Cron
7 :: Hannah Rey
13 :: Northeast Timberland Band
14 :: Elsa Lee
20 :: Hannah Rey
21 :: Jason Shooler
27 :: Adam Moe
28 :: Lindula Brothers

May 28, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

May Live Music at Cascade Restaurant & Pub
May Live Music at Cascade Restaurant & Pub

Cascade Lodge Pub | Lutsen MN

Thu May 19 :: Singer and guitarist Sonofmel (John Adler) will perform
Sat May 23 :: Singer and guitarist John Gruber will perform
Thu May 26 :: Singer/songwriter Joe Paulik will perform
Sat May 28 :: Singer and guitarist Pat Eliasen will perform


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