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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.

Check out what’s going on during your visit!

Moose lick salt on road

Moose lick salt on road

March 1, 2023 - April 30, 2023    
All Day
When temps warm in the spring, roads are salted to keep ice from forming. Like many of us, moose crave a little salt. Carefully drive [...]
Sweetwater Shakedown

Sweetwater Shakedown

March 31, 2023 - April 2, 2023    
All Day
The cool nights and warm spring sun that pushes North Shore maples into producing the finest maple syrup in the world coincidentally are the best [...]
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Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
May 26, 2023 - August 26, 2023    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Exhibiting Artists Mary Bergs Alexa Horochowski Ben Moren Galilee Peaches OPEN – Wednesdays – Saturdays, June-August 10 AM – 3 PM Member Preview May 26 [...]
Photography and Art at the Rock: Featuring Amber Nichols
August 1, 2023    
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Photography & Art at the Rock is a a monthly exhibit in the lobby of the Split Rock Lighthouse Visitor Center that showcases local artists, [...]
Kids' Day at Chik-Wauk
August 1, 2023    
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Don't miss out on the FUN!! Mark your calendars – Kids’ Day is returning. One of the most popular days at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature [...]
94th Annual Fisherman's Picnic
August 3, 2023 - August 6, 2023    
All Day
This is way more than just shore lunch! It’s the Annual Fisherman's Picnic in downtown Grand Marais, filled with family, friends, and fun! Featuring Crazy [...]
Two Harbors City Band Summer 2023 Concerts
August 3, 2023    
7:30 pm
A Two Harbors summer tradition! Live music by the Two Harbors City Band. Bring a blanket or chair, arrive early and enjoy an evening of [...]
Bill Bally Blacksmith Shop open & demo
August 4, 2023 - August 5, 2023    
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bally Blacksmith Shop was built in 1911 and has housed three generations totaling 98 years of Bally blacksmiths. Three generations of the Bally family worked as blacksmiths. Sam Bally, whose skills were crucial to the lumber industry, arrived in 1903 to work for a sawmill. In 1911 he started his own business and built the long-standing Bally Blacksmith Shop that we see today.
Music by the Lake
August 6, 2023    
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for Music by the Lake, a family friendly event most Sundays this summer. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and get ready [...]
Daily Interpretive Programs at Grand Portage National Monument
August 7, 2023    
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join the staff at Grand Portage National Monument to learn about traditional canoe building, cooking, fur trade era trades, and Anishinaabe crafts and games. Free [...]
Letteracy Deck
August 7, 2023    
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Enjoy a free, fun, family activity of writing or drawing a post card or letter at the new Letteracy Deck on Lake Superior in downtown [...]
Northern Lights August 7-8
August 7, 2023 - August 8, 2023    
11:45 pm - 4:00 am
Find the best stargazing dates on the North Shore. There is a good chance to see the Aurora Borealis aka 'northern lights' tonight. Watch from [...]
Dark Sky Caravan 2023
August 8, 2023    
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
We are on a journey to celebrate and preserve Northeast Minnesota’s dark sky window to the universe. The Dark Sky Caravan will begin on August [...]
Collagraph Printmaking Demo with OPEN Acrylic Paint
August 9, 2023    
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A collagraph print is made from a surface on which collage elements and texture have been applied.  Plates will be created using GOLDEN mediums and [...]
Dark Sky Caravan 2023
August 9, 2023    
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
We are on a journey to celebrate and preserve Northeast Minnesota’s dark sky window to the universe. The Dark Sky Caravan will begin on August [...]
Lake County Fair
August 10, 2023 - August 13, 2023    
All Day
The Lake County Fair is an educational and fun weekend for all residents of Lake County and surrounding area. Presentations, judging, entertainment, food, and family [...]
Two Harbors City Band Summer 2023 Concerts
August 10, 2023    
7:30 pm
A Two Harbors summer tradition! Live music by the Two Harbors City Band. Bring a blanket or chair, arrive early and enjoy an evening of [...]
Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow Wow
August 11, 2023 - August 13, 2023    
All Day
Annual Grand Portage Pow Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Ojibwe (Anishinaabe), is an American Indian cultural gathering focused on dance, [...]
Best Stargazing August
August 16, 2023    
9:00 pm - 11:45 pm
New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing. Here’s a great way to start – [...]
Silver Bay Men’s Invitational Golf tournament
August 18, 2023 - August 20, 2023    
All Day
The Silver Bay Men’s Invitational Golf tournament is a 3 day event.  All players play an 18 hole qualifying round on Friday.  Players are then [...]
Gitchi-Gami Trail Association's Annual North Shore Bike & Roll
August 19, 2023    
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
The 23rd Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2023. The recreational ride will again offer 55-mile, [...]
Borders and Boundaries
August 26, 2023    
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Stop by the naturalist table as we reflect on the significance of he multilayered borders and boundaries near the park, including how they influence the [...]
August Full Moon
August 30, 2023 - August 31, 2023    
All Day
This month we have a Supermoon, a Blue Moon, and it's the Sturgeon Full Moon! A supermoon is when the moon is closest to earth [...]
Chasing Waterfalls
August 30, 2023    
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Guided Walking Tour with Park Naturalist Join Interpretive Park Naturalist on a tour of Gooseberry Falls State Park?s major waterfalls. On this walk, you can [...]
Blue Moon Supermoon Sturgeon Moon
August 30, 2023 - August 31, 2023    
8:00 pm - 6:45 am
Once in a blue moon, a month will have two full moons, the second is known as the blue moon.  About 3-4 times per year [...]
Events on July 30, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 31, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 1, 2023
Events on August 2, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 3, 2023
Events on August 4, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
94th Annual Fisherman's Picnic
3 Aug 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 5, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
94th Annual Fisherman's Picnic
3 Aug 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 6, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
94th Annual Fisherman's Picnic
3 Aug 23
Grand Marais
Music by the Lake
6 Aug 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 7, 2023
Events on August 8, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Northern Lights August 7-8
7 Aug 23
Silver Bay
Dark Sky Caravan 2023
8 Aug 23
Two Harbors
Events on August 9, 2023
Events on August 10, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Lake County Fair
10 Aug 23
Two Harbors
Events on August 11, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Lake County Fair
10 Aug 23
Two Harbors
Events on August 12, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Lake County Fair
10 Aug 23
Two Harbors
Events on August 13, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Lake County Fair
10 Aug 23
Two Harbors
Events on August 14, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 15, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 16, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Best Stargazing August
16 Aug 23
Silver Bay
Events on August 17, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 18, 2023
Events on August 20, 2023
Events on August 21, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 22, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 23, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 24, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 25, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 26, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Borders and Boundaries
26 Aug 23
Grand Portage
Events on August 30, 2023
August Full Moon
30 Aug 23
Silver Bay
Chasing Waterfalls
30 Aug 23
Two Harbors
Blue Moon Supermoon Sturgeon Moon
30 Aug 23
Silver Bay
Events on August 31, 2023
August Full Moon
30 Aug 23
Silver Bay
Blue Moon Supermoon Sturgeon Moon
30 Aug 23
Silver Bay

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upcoming events
Dark Skies Gallery Exhibition
18 Nov 23
Grand Marais
Julebyen
2 Dec 23
Knife River
Christmas Tea on the Edna G
3 Dec 23
Two Harbors
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