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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!

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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 [...]
Reconsidering Fire in the BWCAW
June 25, 2023    
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The BWCAW is a place known and loved by many. The connection that many people feel to the waters and forests of this Border Lakes [...]
Hovland Arts Festival
July 1, 2023 - July 2, 2023    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Hovland Arts Festival is a semi-annual art festival showcasing the talent and artistry of Hovland area artisans, crafters, and musicians. Held at the historic [...]
4th of July on the Shore
July 4, 2023    
All Day
Small town 4th of July festivities include parades, ice cream socials, bands, vendors and, of course, evening fireworks. Here's what's going on at each community [...]
Kids' Day at Chik-Wauk
July 4, 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 [...]
Daily Interpretive Programs at Grand Portage National Monument
July 5, 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
July 5, 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 [...]
USFS Summer Naturalist Programs
July 6, 2023    
All Day
Hosted annually for over two decades, the US Forest Service hosts a summer series of Naturalist Programs at different resorts, campgrounds, and nature sites around [...]
Bird Banding
July 6, 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. [...]
Bill Bally Blacksmith Shop open & demo
July 7, 2023 - July 8, 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.
North Shore Water Festival
July 14, 2023 - July 16, 2023    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
We look forward to the North Shore Water Festival every year! It’s a day of paddling nirvana, held the third weekend of July every year, [...]
Glass Spinner Class
July 14, 2023    
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Jeri Person is a local glass artist who invites you to make a small glass project with her, as she explains the process and let's [...]
Salmon Classic
July 15, 2023 - July 16, 2023    
All Day
Excellent annual fishing tournament with proceeds supporting the Silver Bay Parent-Teacher Organization. 3 Divisions - King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Lake Trout with top 5 [...]
Best Stargazing July
July 17, 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 – [...]
Gunflint Trail Canoe Races
July 19, 2023    
4:00 pm
This community gathering and fundraiser supports the efforts of the Gunflint Trail Fire Department (GTFD) while bringing together residents and visitors to the Trail for an evening of Northwoods-style fun. 16 canoe races, a Trail Cup, Food Tent, T-Shirts, Raffles and for the first time - an after-races dance. Click title for all the details
Stan Tekiela Author Event
July 22, 2023    
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Meet naturalist, wildlife photographer, and writer Stan Tekiela and for a book signing and to learn about his work. Tekiela is the author of more [...]
Stand-Up Comedy at the Log Cabin
July 22, 2023    
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
We're excited to bring stand-up comedy to Grand Marais! YOUR PERFORMERS Danielle Thralow is the regular host of the Dubh-Linn's Pro Comedy Tour. She has [...]
Cars & Cocktails
July 23, 2023    
1:00 pm
Stop by the inaugural "Cars & Cocktails" Car Show at Up Yonder, Sunday, July 23, starting at 1 pm.
Stars of the North Music Festival
July 28, 2023 - July 29, 2023    
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
The Grand Marais Music Collaborative will once again be hosting the Stars of the North Music festival in Harbor Park this summer. This annual fundraising [...]
Keeper's View Anniversary Event
July 28, 2023    
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Celebrate Split Rock’s 113th birthday with food, fascinating stories, and a breathtaking lighthouse beacon lighting. Hear first-hand accounts on the difficulties of building the light [...]
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 [...]
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.
Comedy Weekend
August 4, 2023 - August 5, 2023    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Laff Inn Comedy Club presents Comedy Weekend at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino Headlining: Mark Poolos Featuring: John Russel Admission is free, and you [...]
Events on June 25, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Reconsidering Fire in the BWCAW
25 Jun 23
Grand Marais
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Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on June 27, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
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Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on June 29, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on June 30, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 1, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Hovland Arts Festival
1 Jul 23
Hovland
Events on July 2, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Hovland Arts Festival
1 Jul 23
Hovland
Events on July 3, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 4, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Kids' Day at Chik-Wauk
4 Jul 23
Grand Marais
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Events on July 6, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Bird Banding
6 Jul 23
Schroeder
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Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
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Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 11, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 12, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 13, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 14, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
North Shore Water Festival
14 Jul 23
Grand Marais
Glass Spinner Class
14 Jul 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 15, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
North Shore Water Festival
14 Jul 23
Grand Marais
Salmon Classic
15 Jul 23
Silver Bay
Events on July 16, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
North Shore Water Festival
14 Jul 23
Grand Marais
Salmon Classic
15 Jul 23
Silver Bay
Events on July 17, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Best Stargazing July
17 Jul 23
Silver Bay
Events on July 18, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 19, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Gunflint Trail Canoe Races
19 Jul 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 20, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 21, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 22, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Stan Tekiela Author Event
22 Jul 23
Two Harbors
Stand-Up Comedy at the Log Cabin
22 Jul 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 23, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Cars & Cocktails
23 Jul 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 24, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 25, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 26, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 27, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Events on July 28, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Stars of the North Music Festival
28 Jul 23
Grand Marais
Keeper's View Anniversary Event
28 Jul 23
Two Harbors
Events on July 29, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Stars of the North Music Festival
28 Jul 23
Grand Marais
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
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Events on August 2, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
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Events on August 4, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Comedy Weekend
4 Aug 23
Grand Portage
Events on August 5, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Comedy Weekend
4 Aug 23
Grand Portage

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