Featured Events

Ely Marathon

Sign up for one of three races in Ely during the annual Ely Marathon. Races include the Northern Lights 5k Glow Run at 7 p.m. on Friday; the Ely Marathon at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday; and the Boundary Waters Bank Half Marathon at 8 a.m. on Saturday. There will also be a children’s marathon at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday. Other activities include the Chocoholic Frolic at participating businesses downtown Ely, live music at Whiteside Park, kid’s activities, food trucks, a beer tent and an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. A free concert will be held from 6-10 p.m., followed by the Marathon Bar Crawl. Race registration required. elymarathon.com

Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars

The songs performed by Grammy-winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue and his Prairie All Stars band—Richard Kriehn, Peter Johnson and Gary Raynor—may take you back to their days on A Prairie Home Companion. But the evening’s offerings will also include music in the styles of blues, rockabilly, folk, jazz and Donohue’s hilarious original parodies. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 ages 18 and under; for sale at the door or in advance at: aca.tix.com. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. northshoremusicassociation.com

Northern Delights Harvest

Thunder Bay’s newest culinary celebration, the Northern Delights Harvest festival, is back. From Sept. 26-Oct. 7, your favorite downtown restaurants will offer prix fixe meals for $25 to $35. This is the perfect opportunity to discover delicious cuisine and celebrate the local culinary scene. facebook.com/northerndelightstbay

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour

The new Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will feature a variety of unique, handcrafted artwork by more than 40 artists at 14 locations throughout Cook County. Locations include home studios, as well as galleries with guest artists, such as Frykman Art Studio, Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, Last Chance Fabricating, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery, the Grand Marais Art Colony, and Ron’s World Rocks, Silver and Gems. All locations will be open daily, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. visitcookcounty.com/arts


Enjoy over 20 family-friendly attractions at the 23rd annual Pumpkinfest at Gammondale Farm. Located in Slate River (near Thunder Bay), Pumpkinfest will feature contests, such as the Needle in a Haystack Photo Contest, local food, games, a tractor-pulled wagon ride, races, prizes and more. Pumpkinfest is open rain or shine. Admission is $10. gammondalefarm.com

Fall Home Energy Tour

The Cook County Local Energy Project presents a free Fall Home Energy Tour in Grand Marais, on Sept. 30, starting with registration at 8 a.m. at the Cook County Community Center. Held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the event will include a solar installation talk with Brian Bennett of Outback Solar Electric; financing solar projects in Cook County with Staci Drouillard; and a tour of five local solar electric systems, including on and off-grid systems, solar thermal, sustainable buildings and more. Must RSVP by Sept. 27 to: localenergy@boreal.org. More information can be found online. cookcountylocalenergy.org