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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!

95th Annual Fisherman's Picnic

95th Annual Fisherman's Picnic

August 1, 2024 - August 4, 2024    
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 [...]
Artist Reception: Emily Donovan

Artist Reception: Emily Donovan

August 2, 2024    
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 [...]
Lake County Fair

Lake County Fair

August 8, 2024 - August 11, 2024    
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 [...]
Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow Wow

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow Wow

August 9, 2024 - August 11, 2024    
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, [...]
Gitchi-Gami Trail Association's 24th Annual North Shore Bike Ride

Gitchi-Gami Trail Association's 24th Annual North Shore Bike Ride

August 17, 2024    
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
The 24th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride  will again offer 55-mile, 34-mile, and 28-mile route options, as well as an 8-mile family ride on [...]
The Honest Heart Collective

The Honest Heart Collective

August 24, 2024    
8:00 pm
"Two brothers. A flicker of fire. An insatiable need to write together and an affinity for Irish whiskey. T​he Honest Heart Collective​ was born out [...]
Heck of the North Bike Race

Heck of the North Bike Race

September 28, 2024    
All Day
105-, 54- and 18- Mile Bike Race Finland → Grand Marais → Finland 2024 marks the 16th anniversary of The Heck of the North! This [...]
North House Folk School Basket Week

North House Folk School Basket Week

October 1, 2024 - October 7, 2024    
All Day
Join us for a gathering of basket-makers, both advanced and aspiring! Basketry embodies the soul of traditional craft: simple tools, natural materials and skilled hands [...]
North House Folk School Family Weekend

North House Folk School Family Weekend

October 18, 2024 - October 19, 2024    
All Day
Here in Minnesota, kids get a long weekend in October known to most as “MEA.” Use that school break for a folk school break and [...]
Winterers' Gathering & Arctic Film Fest

Winterers' Gathering & Arctic Film Fest

November 22, 2024 - November 24, 2024    
All Day
Celebrate the crafts, customs, and stories that have been inspired by winter at the Winterers’ Gathering & Arctic Film Festival! Featuring winter-centric coursework, a winter [...]
Free entrance days to all Minnesota state parks

Free entrance days to all Minnesota state parks

November 29, 2024    
All Day
Minnesota state parks are open year-round, and there's a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans and 8 North Shore State Parks. With a [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Shout! The Mod Musical at Grand Marais Playhouse
August 6, 2023    
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The 2023 Grand Marais Summer Theater Festival Runs two shows in repertory on weekends from  Shout! The Mod Musical, and Four Old Broads. August Thu [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Dark Sky Caravan 2023
August 10, 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 [...]
Glass Spinner Class
August 11, 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 [...]
Dark Sky Caravan 2023
August 11, 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 [...]
Perseids Meteor Shower
August 11, 2023 - August 12, 2023    
11:00 pm - 5:00 am
The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific showers of the year, producing rich, bright streaks.  The Perseids are active from mid-July until late August [...]
Tori Finnish Marketplace and Music Festival
August 12, 2023    
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
What an amazing day this will be! Charlie Parr The Two Harbors Ukulele Group Goat Yoga Herring Burgers Imagination Station for kids Make a Bird [...]
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 [...]
Grand Marais Harbor History tour
August 19, 2023    
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This free tour begins at the History Museum in Grand Marais, Saturdays at 1 pm. Participants walk a short distance along the harbor to 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
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
Events on August 6, 2023
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
Dark Sky Caravan 2023
10 Aug 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 11, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
Glass Spinner Class
11 Aug 23
Grand Marais
Dark Sky Caravan 2023
11 Aug 23
Grand Marais
Events on August 12, 2023
Events on August 13, 2023
Summer Exhibition | Air – Openness
26 May 23
Grand Marais
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 19, 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
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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