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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 - June 26, 2022
All Day

Lutsen 99er Mountain Bike Race
Lutsen 99er Mountain Bike Race

Lutsen Mountains | Lutsen MN

The Lutsen 99er is an ultra-marathon mountain biking event in Lutsen. There are 4 distances including 19er, 39er, 69er and 99er mile options, catering to all riding levels and abilities. There are also free kids’ races the morning after the event. The course consists of snowmobile and ski trails, Forest Service roads, and a bit of pavement and single track. The event begins and ends at Lutsen Mountains.

Friday, June 24, 2-8:30pm

Check-in, Live Music, BBQ, Fulton beer and North Shore Winery sampling

Saturday, June 25 Race Day

Breakfast, check-in. 7:30 am race start and  7:30pm awards ceremony

Sunday, June 26, Kids’ Races

Junior, Mini and Micro Niner races

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 26, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Craft Demonstration
Craft Demonstration

North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN

Stop by our outdoor commons in the center of campus each week to see live traditional craft demonstrations with our talented artisan instructors. Each week a different instructor will be featured and visitors will have the opportunity to observe their hands at work as well as ask questions about the craft.


June 23-26 :: Roger Abrahamson – Spring Pole Lathe Turning
June 30-July 3 :: Christine Novotny – Weaving
July 7-10 :: Kim Garrett – Rosemaling
July 14-17 :: Nate White – Turned & Hand Carved Wooden Bowls
July 21-24 :: Tara Austin – Rosemaling
July 28-31 :: Jim Sannerud – Woodworking, Woodturning & Woodcarving
August 4-7 :: Julie Arthur (Weaving & Wool Dyeing ) and Angela Robins (Woodturning)
August 11-14 :: Caleb Mattison (Wood-Fired Baking) and Marybeth Garmoe (Broom Making)
August 18-21 :: Cheryl Larsen – Metal Dye Printing
August 25-28 :: Mary MacDonald – Weaving
September :: TBA

June 26, 2022
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Naturalist Hike at the Glove
Naturalist Hike at the Glove

Caribou Highlands Lodge | Lutsen MN

Explore unfamiliar territory while escaping large crowds with our guided hiking tour in the Superior National Forest! We’ll be sure to point out flora and fauna along the way and talk about our local history. Approximate Distance: 2.5-3 miles. Ages 8+  $10-$20

Tours lead by local expert guides you can trust.


June 26, 2022
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Weekend Wine Down
Weekend Wine Down

North Shore Winery | Lutsen

Each Sunday of the summer, North Shore Winery hosts a new musician on their outdoor stage and natural amphitheater! Seating is available, but bring your own blanket or camp chair for a spot in the intimate festival field. We look forward to seeing you there!

June 19: Teague and the Paddy Wagon
June 26: Ben Suchy
July 3: Black River Revue
July 10: Danny Frank and Smokey Gold featuring the DSSO concertmaster, Erin Aldridge playing bluegrass fiddle
July 17: Lutsong Music Festival Leftovers
July 24: Billy Johnson
July 31: Gordon Thorne
Aug 7: Sarah Morris
Aug 14: TBD
Aug 21: Billy Johnson
Aug 28: TBD
Sept 4: Mary Bue
Sept 11: Billy Johnson
Sept 18: Brilliant Colors
Sept 25: Gordon Thorne
Oct 2: TBD
Oct 9: Local music, weather dependent

June 27, 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

June 26 :: The Splints | Jim Miller
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 27, 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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