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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 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

June 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
All Day

Grand Marais Art Colony June courses
Grand Marais Art Colony June 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.

June Courses feature lidded vessels, abstract art, print to book, watermedia, woodcut, clay, monotype, painting, watercolor, oil painting, smashing color, oil and cold wax, and mini-classes.

18 :: Artist Talk: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

June 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
All Day

North House Folk School June Courses
North House Folk School June 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. Our mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind.

June courses include sailing, canoe repair, tool-making, paddle making, knitting, needle felting, sausage making, fly fishing, bark weaving, shoemaking, growing medicinal permaculture, forge work, wooden spoon carving, cedar-strip boat construction, kayak building, Swedish Folk painting wax casting, sewing, weaving and carving.

17-19:: Wooden Boat Show – event includes Crafting in the public commons, Wooden Boat Display, Family Drop-In Crafts, Boats-to-Tools Auction, Pie Social, Chowder, and the Solstice Pageant

June 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
All Day

Steve Simmer Exhibit
Steve Simmer Exhibit

Split Rock Lighthouse | Two Harbors MN

Photography at the Rock

“Photography at the Rock,” a rotating monthly photography show in the lobby of the visitor center at Split Rock Lighthouse, showcases landscape and wildlife photographers of the area.

Our featured photographer for the month of June is Steve Simmer, a natural resource professional and outdoor photographer based out of the Twin Cities.

Meet Steve and talk with him about his work and approach on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-6pm, June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19.

June 1, 2022 - August 31, 2022
10:00 am

Sailing on the Hjørdis
Sailing on the Hjørdis

North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN

The flagship of the Grand Marais Harbor, Hjørdis shares the name of the mythical Norse goddess of war. Take a trip on this 50’ traditionally-rigged steel schooner and gain access to both the largest lake in the world and experience Grand Marais as it was approached in the centuries before Highway 61 — from the water.

Sails will be approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes at 10am, 1pm and 3pm
Sunset sails are approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.


June 10, 2022 - August 27, 2022
All Day

75th Anniversary Summer Exhibition
75th Anniversary Summer Exhibition

Studio 21 | Grand Marais MN

7-5 Summer Exhibition

June 10 – August 27, 2022

7-5 is a celebration of the Art Colony’s place within the Great Lakes region as well as a way to highlight our various program areas. Seven artists from around the region have been invited to each submit five pieces for this summer-long exhibition.

Invited Artists:

  • Mary Brodbeck | Printmaking
  • Magdolene Dykstra | Mark Making
  • Jonathan Herrera Soto | Residencies (Print)
  • Anthony Ingrisano | Painting
  • Mika Laidlaw | Ceramics
  • Danny Saathoff | Sculpture
  • Leslie Smith III | Mixed Media

June 14, 2022
6:45 am

Full Strawberry Moon
Full Strawberry Moon

The full moon is an amazing sight.

Along the north shore and away from the lights of a city, it lights up the night sky.

Be sure to listen for wolves howling!

June 14, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Locals Night at the Winery
Locals Night at the Winery

North Shore Winery | Lutsen

While tourists are of course still welcome, each Tuesday, North Shore Winery will be offering Local Discounts, Local Music, and Local food! Come by for some pizza from our wood-fired oven, and live music featuring local performers

June 14, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June Music at Bluefin Grille
June Music at Bluefin Grille

Bluefin Grille | Tofte MN

Enjoy live music at the Bluefin Grille on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the summer.
June Musician Schedule
13 :: Briand Morrison
14 :: Lake Superior Bonfire Music [5-8pm]
15 :: John Gruber
17 :: Southpaws Duo
18 :: Lake Superior Bonfire Music [5-8pm]
20 :: Kevin Buck
21 :: Lake Superior Bonfire Music [5-8pm]
22 :: Tim Haussner
24 :: Joe Paulik
25 :: Lake Superior Bonfire Music [5-8pm]
27 :: Jim McGowan
28 :: Lake Superior Bonfire Music [5-8pm]
29 :: Pete Kavanaugh

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