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North Shore 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.

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Moose lick salt on road

Date: November 15, 2022 - December 31, 2022

Time: 12:00 am

Event Description

When temps drop in the winter, roads are salted to keep ice from forming. Like many of us, moose crave a little salt. Carefully drive paved roads – like the Gunflint Trail or Minnesota Highway 1 – at dusk . Keep an eye out and be prepared to stop. The same thing happens when temps begin to warm in March into April.

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Moose lick salt on road
7:30 PM - Monroe Crossing
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George Morrison “Connections” Exhibit
April 18, 2022 - September 30, 2022    
12:00 am
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) [...]
Sailing on the Hjørdis
June 1, 2022 - August 31, 2022    
10:00 am
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 [...]
Lee and Florence Jaques in the Boundary Waters
August 28, 2022    
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Don Luce, is a retired curator of exhibits at the Bell Museum. During his career of more than forty years, he developed most of the [...]
Tuesday Kids' Day!
August 30, 2022    
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 [...]
Burger Night & Live Music
August 31, 2022    
6:00 pm
Join us every other Wednesday night and enjoy an acoustic performance by Pat Eliasen. Heis known for his stellar vocals and soulful interpretations of classic [...]
01 Sep
September 1, 2022    
4:15 am
Join us for the group mountain bike ride, starting at Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, every Thursday at 4:15. The ride is 9-12 miles [...]
Artist Reception - Reid Thorpe
September 2, 2022    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
My philosophy of creating art branches from a solid foundation in aesthetics, the study and exploration of beauty. I use the elements of color and [...]
Dusty Heart - Silver Bay Music In The Park Concert
September 2, 2022    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for an evening of FREE music in City Center Park in Silver Bay, MN. We are pleased to welcome Dusty Heart! Rich vocal harmonies merge with intimate layers of guitar, fiddle and banjo to define the lush sound of Dusty Heart. Barbara Jean and Molly Dean are two songwriters recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles that when combined create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own. Through their shared wanderlust and love of adventure, a passion for the open road, vast landscapes & poetry, as well a mutual love for musical harmony, Dusty Heart has crafted a sound that bridges together the diverse musical worlds of roots, indie, pop and folk.
Monroe Crossing
September 3, 2022    
7:30 pm
Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, original [...]
Old Fashioned Pie & Ice Cream Social
September 4, 2022    
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Gunflint Trail Historical Society would like to invite you to the final event of the summer season. The annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice [...]
Radio Waves Music festival
September 9, 2022 - September 11, 2022    
All Day
WTIP is happy to announce that the 15th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival will return to Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park! We’re [...]
Paul Metsa & Sonny Earl - Silver Bay Music In The Park Concert
September 9, 2022    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FREE Friday evening blues in Silver Bay's City Center Park. Come on out an enjoy some Minnesota legends. Paul Metsa and Sonny Earl starting playing together in 1997. At that time, Metsa was a hot name in the Minnesota music scene. Sonny on the other hand was an aspiring musician, looking to advance his music career. Metsa reluctantly agreed to play with Sonny and they have been partners ever since.
Fish and Fishing on the Gunflint Trail
September 10, 2022    
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where did the fish we enjoy so much come from, what’s new (since the last ice age), and how do agencies like the DNR manage [...]
Guided Tenkara Fly Fishing
September 14, 2022    
9:00 am
Join us for Tenkara fly fishing on one of the many tributaries of Lake Superior! This type of fishing is ideal for the narrow rivers [...]
Road Tripping Writers in Silver Bay
September 14, 2022    
6:00 pm
The Arrowhead Library System is please to present Road Tripping Writers with Lorna Landvik and Sarah Stonich, a free program. After cooling their heels throughout [...]
Road Tripping Writers in Ely
September 15, 2022    
10:30 am
The Arrowhead Library System is please to present Road Tripping Writers with Lorna Landvik and Sarah Stonich, a free program. After cooling their heels throughout [...]
Robby  Vee and His Rock & Roll Caravan - Silver Bay Music In The Park Concert
September 16, 2022    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
“A rock-n-roll original...” will close up the 2022 Silver Bay Music In The Park Concert Series. You won't want to miss this FREE concert! Join us for an evening of electricity and music hosted by Second Generation Rockabilly Hall of Fame rocker Robby Vee. Robby Vee "The Prince Of Twang” was born Robert Velline named after his father Bobby Vee.
Northshore Inline Marathon & Skatefest
September 17, 2022    
All Day
Skate along the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior, on our 26.2 mi point-to-point course. Enjoy our spectacular route nestled through the forests of northern [...]
Hikin’ for Lichen
September 17, 2022    
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Northwoods Class with Rory Anderson; learn the physiology and ecology of some of the most overlooked communities in nature, lichen! Then explore lichen species on the [...]
Road Tripping Writers in Two Harbors
September 19, 2022    
1:00 pm
The Arrowhead Library System is please to present Road Tripping Writers with Lorna Landvik and Sarah Stonich, a free program. After cooling their heels throughout [...]
Fall Equinox
September 22, 2022    
All Day
The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also [...]
Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour
September 23, 2022 - October 2, 2022    
All Day
The Fall Studio Tour [Sep. 23 - Oct 22] is an artist-led, county-wide event. Meet artists in their home studios and explore the variety of [...]
Unplugged 2022
September 23, 2022 - September 25, 2022    
All Day
This year North House is turning 25, and this is the party you won't want to miss! Two great nights of music under the big [...]
Bird Banding
September 29, 2022    
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Have you ever had the opportunity to see a wild bird up close? Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center is participating in bird research by banding birds. [...]
Fabulous Fall Geek Out
September 30, 2022 - October 2, 2022    
All Day
Spend a glorious fall weekend on the North Shore of Minnesota learning from experts in the field with our three-day workshops. Whether you’re a seasoned [...]
Heck of the North Bike Race
October 1, 2022    
All Day
2022 marks the 14th anniversary of The Heck of the North! This is the event that started it all on the North Shore. We will [...]
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Sailing on the Hjørdis
1 Jun 22
Grand Marais
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Sailing on the Hjørdis
1 Jun 22
Grand Marais
Tuesday Kids' Day!
30 Aug 22
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1 Jun 22
Grand Marais
Burger Night & Live Music
31 Aug 22
Grand Marais
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Grand Marais
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Fall Equinox
22 Sep 22
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Unplugged 2022
23 Sep 22
Grand Marais
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Unplugged 2022
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Grand Marais
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Grand Marais
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