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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.

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 24, 2022 - July 17, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Through Our Hands VI
Through Our Hands VI

Johnson Heritage Post | Grand Marais MN

A Celebration of All Things Fiber

Knitting – Weaving – Handspun Fibers – Paper – Quilting – Rugs – Baskets – Beadwork – Clothing – Jewelry – Accessories – Felt
created by the Northwoods Fiber Guild

Gallery Hours … Wednesday-Saturday and Monday 10am-4pm  and Sunday 1-4pm

June 28, 2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday Kids' Day!
Tuesday Kids' Day!

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center | Grand Marais MN

Children under the age of 18 can visit the Chik-Wauk Campus free of charge. Staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects. A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center.
Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies.

June 28, 2022
12:00 pm - 3:00 am

Music in the Park on Grand Marais Harbor
Music in the Park on Grand Marais Harbor

Harbor Park Grand Marais | Grand Marais MN

Enjoy live, outdoor musical performances on the harbor in Grand Marais every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday

Line up
July 3 :: Fred Anderson | North Shore Swing Band
July 4 :: Joe Paulik | Bump Blomberg
July 5 :: John Gruber
July 10 :: Pete Kavanaugh | Zahir Orest
July 17 :: Don Bauer
July 24 :: Chris Gillis | Fred Anderson
July 25 :: Roxanne Berglund | Briand Morrison
July 31 :: Dan Nelson Trio | North Shore Swing Band
August 1 :: Jim Miller
August 2 :: John Gruber
August 14 :: Chris Gillis | Don Bauer
August 21 :: Briand Morrison | Roxanne Berglund
August 22 :: Michelle Miller
Septmber 4 :: Zahir Orest

all other dates TBA

June 28, 2022
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Hedstrom Lumber Company Sawmill Tours
Hedstrom Lumber Company Sawmill Tours

Hedstrom Lumber Company | Grand Marais MN

Sawmill tours are held twice a week during the summer tourist season. These tours are led by the interpreters of the US Forest Service. Learn about the history of our hundred-year-old sawmill, timber harvesting, sawmill processing, lumber products, and byproducts as you wander through a tour of the biggest hands-on sawmill in Minnesota, watching the lumber be processed, seeing employees in action, and getting an eyeful of our complex (and sometimes vintage) machinery!

Tours are free of charge, but require a reservation.

June 28, 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 28, 2022
7:00 pm - 11:45 pm

Best Stargazing
Best Stargazing

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing.

Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper.

In the summer, the dipper is at ‘9-o’clock’ and hangs dipper down.

June 28, 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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