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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

November 17, 2023 - December 18, 2023    
12:00 am
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 [...]
Dark Skies Gallery Exhibition

Dark Skies Gallery Exhibition

November 18, 2023 - December 10, 2023    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for our latest exhibit, Dark Skies, from artists Adam Swanson and Sam Zimmerman. Swanson and Zimmerman join forces to present a powerful exhibition [...]
Dark Sky Festival

Dark Sky Festival

December 7, 2023 - December 9, 2023    
All Day
Cook County is home to one of the darkest skies in the world. Every year, explorers, adventurers, artists and photographers from around the world travel to Cook County to experience the northern lights. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) has been named as one of only 13 certified International Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world! And at over a million acres, it is the largest. Help us to celebrate our dark sky season at the third Dark Sky Festival! More details . . .
North Shore Pancake Spiel

North Shore Pancake Spiel

December 8, 2023 - December 10, 2023    
All Day
Pancakes and curling - the perfect thing to do on a December weekend! Gather your team and register, we gaurantee three games and lots of [...]
Lutsen Mountains Early Season Friday-Sunday

Lutsen Mountains Early Season Friday-Sunday

December 8, 2023 - December 10, 2023    
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Lutsen Mountains open for the season this weekend!
Christmas Tea on the Edna G

Christmas Tea on the Edna G

December 8, 2023    
1:00 pm
The Edna G will be decked out in Christmas finery and beautiful lights for the holidays. This is not your normal Christmas Tea–this is a [...]
Meat Raffle

Meat Raffle

December 8, 2023    
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us every Friday night for a meat raffle at American Legion Post 109!
Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 8, 2023    
7:00 pm
Put a holiday smile on your face with this season's productions of Twas the Night Before Christmas. The Grand Marais Playhouse is swimming in holiday [...]
Fiber Circle

Fiber Circle

December 9, 2023    
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hygge Party Thursdays | 6-7pm This free, drop in fiber circle at Dappled Fern yarn shop is reminiscent of that first Hygge Party. Slip on [...]
Santa at the Lighthouse

Santa at the Lighthouse

December 9, 2023    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Have you ever wanted an epic backdrop for your family photos with Santa Claus? Do you like donating to a worthy cause? On December 9 [...]
Meet & Greet Book Signing with PaulBogard

Meet & Greet Book Signing with PaulBogard

December 9, 2023    
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Part of Cook County's Dark Sky Festival, Paul Bogard will be chatting about the significant role deep darkness has played in human life and what [...]
Christmas Tea on the Edna G

Christmas Tea on the Edna G

December 9, 2023    
1:00 pm
The Edna G will be decked out in Christmas finery and beautiful lights for the holidays. This is not your normal Christmas Tea–this is a [...]
Up Yonder Music, Trivia, Open Stage & Events

Up Yonder Music, Trivia, Open Stage & Events

December 9, 2023    
6:00 pm
Open Stage | Tuesdays, 6-9pm Come on up and strut your stuff in a safe and welcoming space. Whatever your jam is! Trivia Night | [...]
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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 [...]
Law Day 5K
April 30, 2023    
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
On April 30, 2023, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern MN (LASNEM) will be hosting our second annual Law Day 5K in Duluth, MN as a [...]
Live Music & Events at American Legion Post 109 in Two Harbors
May 1, 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 [...]
Live Music & Events at Castle Danger Brewery
May 3, 2023    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesdays: Cribbage Nights 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Cribbage fans! This one is for you. Register to play by 5:45pm on Wednesday nights. Game play [...]
Live Music & Events at American Legion Post 109 in Two Harbors
May 3, 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 [...]
Bald Eagle Chicks Hatch
May 5, 2023 - May 19, 2023    
All Day
Bald eagles migrate back up the North shore in March, lay 1-3 eggs in April and incubate them for about five weeks. Chicks hatch mid-May. [...]
Live Music & Events at Castle Danger Brewery
May 5, 2023    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesdays: Cribbage Nights 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Cribbage fans! This one is for you. Register to play by 5:45pm on Wednesday nights. Game play [...]
Artist Reception - Dodie Logue
May 5, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tettegouche hosts year-round art shows in the Visitor Center. We hold a reception for these artists on the first Friday of the month. This month's [...]
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
May 5, 2023 - May 6, 2023    
11:00 pm - 5:00 am
The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is active between Apr. 15 and May 27 and peaks on May 5-6. The maximum rate for shooting stars in a clear [...]
Tour the North House Campus
May 6, 2023    
2:00 pm
From the blacksmith shop to the woodshop, there is always something happening on campus. Discover the rich folk school tradition, visit the classrooms in action, [...]
Live Music & Events at American Legion Post 109 in Two Harbors
May 8, 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 [...]
Live Music & Events at Castle Danger Brewery
May 10, 2023    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesdays: Cribbage Nights 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Cribbage fans! This one is for you. Register to play by 5:45pm on Wednesday nights. Game play [...]
Live Music & Events at American Legion Post 109 in Two Harbors
May 10, 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 [...]
Fishing Opener 2023
May 13, 2023    
All Day
Whether you're going out at the stroke of midnight or heading out later into the day, Minnesota's fishing opener is a can't miss day of [...]
Moose Calves Born
May 19, 2023 - June 9, 2023    
All Day
Gangly, tawny moose calves are born about nine months after the autumn rut [mating season]. Born at 25-35 pounds, the average adult moose weighs close [...]
Best Stargazing May
May 19, 2023    
8:00 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 – [...]
Superior Spring Trail Race
May 20, 2023    
All Day
The Superior Spring Trail Races 50KM, 25KM & 12.5KM are extremely hilly, rugged and technical trail-races which traverse the Sawtooth Mountain Range via the Superior [...]
The Green Door Smelt Fry
May 20, 2023    
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hear ye, Hear ye! The historic Green Door Smelt Fry returns to Beaver Bay on Saturday, May 20th, 2023. Featuring all-you-can-eat fried smelt using the [...]
Live Music & Events at Castle Danger Brewery
May 24, 2023    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesdays: Cribbage Nights 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Cribbage fans! This one is for you. Register to play by 5:45pm on Wednesday nights. Game play [...]
Live Music & Events at American Legion Post 109 in Two Harbors
May 24, 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 [...]
Spring Hike
May 25, 2023    
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join Park Naturalist on a leisurely hike to find new spring growth. Bring your camera and favorite wildflower book or borrow a guidebook for the [...]
Children's Storytime: Pollinators
May 25, 2023    
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Park Naturalist for an exciting set of stories about our buzzing friends. Pollinators are an important part of the world around us, and often [...]
Music & Events | Up Yonder on 61
May 26, 2023    
12:00 am
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 [...]
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 [...]
Music & Events | Up Yonder on 61
May 27, 2023    
12:00 am
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 [...]
Clover Valley Farm Trail
May 28, 2023    
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Clover Valley Farm Trail is a co-operative group of locally-owned, small farms located in or near Clover Valley, a farming community between Duluth and [...]
North House Folk School Northern Landscapes Festival
June 2, 2023 - June 4, 2023    
12:00 am
Spring is an explosion of life in the North! Discovering the birds, wildflowers, insects and more of this dynamic and rich northern landscape is the [...]
Events on April 30, 2023
Law Day 5K
30 Apr 23
Events on May 1, 2023
Events on May 5, 2023
Events on May 6, 2023
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
5 May 23
Silver Bay
Tour the North House Campus
6 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on May 7, 2023
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Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Best Stargazing May
19 May 23
Silver Bay
Events on May 20, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Superior Spring Trail Race
20 May 23
Lutsen
The Green Door Smelt Fry
20 May 23
Beaver Bay
Events on May 21, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Events on May 22, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Events on May 23, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Events on May 25, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Spring Hike
25 May 23
Two Harbors
Children's Storytime: Pollinators
25 May 23
Two Harbors
Events on May 26, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Music & Events | Up Yonder on 61
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on May 27, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Music & Events | Up Yonder on 61
27 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on May 28, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Clover Valley Farm Trail
28 May 23
Duluth
Events on May 29, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on May 30, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on May 31, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on June 1, 2023
Moose Calves Born
19 May 23
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais

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