Duluth

August 24-25: Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival

Barker’s Island—Come see what it’s all about—the fastest growing water sport in the world: Dragon boat racing. Attend the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival and be a part of a growing community-building tradition. Watch the races, feast on fantastic food, enjoy live music, peruse the craft fair and more at this world-class, multicultural event.

September 14-16: Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival

Bayfront Festival Park – Arguably the most beautiful festival to ascend from the city of Duluth, MN. Join us at Bayfront Park for FREE as hot air balloons demonstrate and educate. There will be plenty of food and display vendors including NASA and the National Weather Service. Come and get a hot air balloon tethered ride, watch live music, visit the craft brew village, and fly a kite.

September 28 – September 30: Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour

As crisp fall temperatures and colors fill the air, the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour embarks on its sixth year, bringing a range of artistic talent. Come enjoy the fine arts and crafts, music, refreshments and demonstrations in a “road less traveled” atmosphere along the majestic shoreline and woods of Lake Superior!


Two Harbors

August 18: North Shore Bike Ride — 18th Annual Hosted by the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association

GGST—Enjoy a recreational bike ride on the Gitch-Gami State Trail along Lake Superior’s scenic North Shore. There are multiple trail lengths to choose from: 28-, 34-, and 55-mile ride options. Also, there is an 8-mile family ride complete with a rest stop at the 4-mile mark with activities for the whole family.

September 15: North Shore Inline Marathon

Two Harbors—The largest inline marathon in North America will take place for its 23rd year. The skating event features races and activities for all ages and experience levels, though its marathon premier event is the largest draw. Over 2,000 inline skaters will race along the course originally developed and made famous by Grandma’s Marathon.

November 10: Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

Two Harbors—This annual event at Split Rock Lighthouse Historic site commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of its 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open. Costumed guides will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. The beacon will be lit in the evening and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark.


Lutsen and Grand Marais

September 7-8: Superior Fall Trail Races

Superior Hiking Trail—The Superior Fall Trail Races are thrilling and challenging ventures, not for the faint of heart. Runners will test their tenacity September 7 and 8, embarking on 26.2-mile, 50-mile, and 100-mile races along the Superior Hiking Trail between Gooseberry Falls and Lutsen.

November 9-11: Lake Superior Storm Festival

Cook County—Lake Superior Storm Festival is a weekend of events celebrating Lake Superior. A variety of activities that both educate and entertain will be available at an array of locations throughout the North Shore. Presentations, games, races and more will take place.

August 21: Kid’s Day & USDA Forest Service Naturalist Presentations

Grand Marais—Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is reintroducing its Kid’s Day event. Children under 18 years of age can visit the museum free of charge and enjoy an array of educational and hands-on activities related to the history and nature of the Gunflint Trail. Stories, hikes, journal making, crafts and more will be offered at the event. Also, U.S.D.A. Forest Service naturalists will give a presentation on the Northwoods.

August 23: The Lucky Dutch – benefit for nsma (Live Music)

Grand Marais—The Lucky Dutch will perform at Wunderbar Eatery & Glamground. The American rock band aims to raise money for the North Shore Music Association through donations—there is no cover for this open-to-the-public event.

September 2: Annual Old Fashioned Pie & Ice Cream Social

Grand Marais—Attend the annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social at Chik-Walk Museum and Nature Center. An assortment of offerings will delight your taste buds and excite. Locally homemade pies, ice cream and refreshments will be for sale. The annual “sidewalk sale” will take place, offering discounted gift shop items. Guest author, Cary J. Griffith, will sign and chat about his latest book “Gunflint Burning – Fire in the Boundary Waters.” The North Shore Swing Band will perform live.

September 7-9: 11th Annual Radiowaves Music Festival

Grand Marais—Attend the 11th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival. A three-day event located at Sweetheart’s Bluff. Over 30 bands will perform and a variety of activities will take place throughout the festival. Tickets are $10 per day or $20 for the weekend. Children ages 12 and under get in free.

September 7-14: Plein Air Grand Marais

Grand Marais—This annual artistic tradition draws outdoor painters and art enthusiasts to the community of Grand Marais and Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery. Seven days of events include: workshops, demos, activities for artists and visitors to engage, etc. A culminating exhibit of work by competition artists will be hung at the Jonson Heritage Post Gallery, featuring art that has been painted on-site during the week of competition.

September 26-30: Oktoberfest

Grand Marais—Voyageur Brewing Co. is hosting a weekend full of authentic Oktoberfest festivities including music, games, and specialty beer.

October 19-21: Family Weekend at north House Folk School

Grand Marais—North House Folk will host a weekend of family-oriented activities. A variety of educational and instructional courses will be offered throughout the weekend. The family contra dance will take place Friday night at 7 p.m.

October 19-21: Moose Madness Festival

Grand Marais—Moose Madness Festival is a weekend celebration of all things moose, offering family-focused fun. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic with the goal of earning “moose bucks” which can be spent on prizes. A scavenger hunt, races, crafts and more will take place throughout the festival.

November 9-11: Lake Superior Storm Festival

Cook County—Lake Superior Storm Festival is a weekend of events celebrating Lake Superior. A variety of activities that both educate and entertain will be available at an array of locations throughout the North Shore. Presentations, games, races and more will take place.

November 16-18: Winterer’s Gathering

Grand Marais—Winterer’s Gathering is a weekend celebration of the crafts, customs, landscape and history of winter travel and traditional ways of life in the North. To welcome the “season of the white,” several activities will be offered throughout the days’ events. A winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, film festival, speakers and more will be featured.