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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!

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour

September 22, 2023 - October 1, 2023    
All Day
Fall in Cook County is a time of tumultuous beauty, so take some time to explore the colors and meet artists during the annual Art [...]
MUSE 12x12 Exhibit

MUSE 12x12 Exhibit

September 27, 2023    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
MUSE is a celebration of our diverse arts community, both near and far. It is open to all current members, as well as 2023 program [...]
Music on the Mountain

Music on the Mountain

September 27, 2023    
4:00 pm
Join us Sunday nights 5 - 7 pm and Wednesday nights 4-6 pm this summer at  Mogul's Grille & Taproom at Caribou Highlands Lodge for [...]
Live Music & Events at American Legion Post 109 in Two Harbors

Live Music & Events at American Legion Post 109 in Two Harbors

September 27, 2023    
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Karaoke at the American Legion in Two Harbors on Wednesdays all year, 7-10 pm, hosted by Fish. Come on out and sing a few! Open [...]
Bird Banding

Bird Banding

September 28, 2023    
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. [...]
MUSE 12x12 Exhibit

MUSE 12x12 Exhibit

September 28, 2023    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
MUSE is a celebration of our diverse arts community, both near and far. It is open to all current members, as well as 2023 program [...]
Thursday Afternoon Art

Thursday Afternoon Art

September 28, 2023    
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us @ Joy & Co. Thursdays 4-6pm for fun demos and projects. More info can be found on our website and on Facebook Cost [...]
Grand Marais Farmer's Market

Grand Marais Farmer's Market

September 28, 2023    
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Where the food producers of Cook County MN and their fans gather to share the bounty of the season!
Finland Farmers Market

Finland Farmers Market

September 28, 2023    
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Locally grown produce, and handmade goods from the Finland MN area.
Cook County Trivia Night

Cook County Trivia Night

September 28, 2023    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us and test your wits at Historic Cook County Trivia Night, bar style trivia hosted at Up Yonder and presented by the Cook County [...]
Date Night at the Winery

Date Night at the Winery

September 28, 2023    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for Date Night at the Winery! We are open late on Thursdays, so grab your date and come down to the winery for [...]
Chasing Waterfalls Guided Walking Tour with Park Naturalist

Chasing Waterfalls Guided Walking Tour with Park Naturalist

September 29, 2023    
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join Interpretive Park Naturalist on a tour of Gooseberry Falls State Park's major waterfalls. On this walk, you can see views of Upper, Middle and [...]
MUSE 12x12 Exhibit

MUSE 12x12 Exhibit

September 29, 2023    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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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hotel room with fireplace in Grand Marais on Lake Superior
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upcoming events
Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour
22 Sep 23
Grand Marais
MUSE 12x12 Exhibit
27 Sep 23
Grand Marais
Music on the Mountain
27 Sep 23
Lutsen
Bird Banding
28 Sep 23
Schroeder
sparkling wintry lake superior and ice sheets stacked on north shore

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