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October 2019

Slate River Slaughter Halloween Display

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - October 31 @ 9:30 pm CDT
Slate River Slaughter, 661 Hwy 130
Thunder Bay, Canada

The 7th Annual Slate River Slaughter Halloween Display will take place Oct. 17-26 (Thursday through Saturdays), from 6:30-10 p.m. and Oct. 29-31, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Held in Thunder Bay, this display and walk is set in a dark area teeming with vile creatures waiting for you in the night. Brave the long, dark, tree-covered driveway that leads in. All ages are welcome, but it might not be suitable for young children. Cost is free; donations are appreciated. Held at 661…

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Moose Madness

October 18 - October 20

The annual Moose Madness Festival in Grand Marais, hosted by Visit Cook County, offers lots of fun, family-friendly activities, with the chance to earn Moose Bucks in exchange for prizes. Attend Moose-a-Rama with the Muffin Man at Drury Lane Books, paint clay cut-outs of a moose with Grand Marais Pottery and the Cook County Makers Coop, attend the Raccoon Masquerade Ball at The Big Lake, and decorate your own caramel apple at Gunflint Mercantile. See Lake Superior Zoo’s reptiles, amphibians,…

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Jake Foresman Memorial Car Show & Burnout Competition

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
Ely MN United States

The 3rd Annual Jake Forsman Memorial Car Show and Burnout Competition, held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Ely, will feature a traditional car show with a unique mix of classic and modified cars, as well as an optional burnout contest. This is the last big event of the year for all area car enthusiasts, and it’s fun for all ages. Held on Chapman Street in front of City Hall, there will be also be a silent auction, face painting, door…

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Boo at the Zoo

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
Lake Superior Zoo Duluth,

The Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth presents Boo at the Zoo, held Saturday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. There will be endless trick-or-treating stations, special Halloween-themed animal treats, food trucks, games, activities and more. Tickets are $12 in advance or $13 at the gate (all ages); or $10 for members.

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Raag-Rung Music Circle Fundraiser

October 19 @ 5:00 pm CDT
Italian Cultural Centre Thunder Bay, Canada

Raag-Rung Music Circle will celebrate its 36th Annual Fundraising Dinner and Concert on Oct. 19 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Thunder Bay, featuring authentic cuisine and music of India. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. and the concert is at 8 p.m. Enjoy India’s top maestros: Abhijit Banerjee on Tabla and Snehasish Mozumder on Mandolin. Tickets are $65 if purchased before Oct. 12 ($70 after Oct. 12). There will also be a gift package drawing…

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The Go Show Expo

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT
Duluth DECC

The Northland Senior Expo in Duluth is now the Go Show, held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the DECC. Today’s seniors are still active. They are still: working, having fun, helping raise their children’s children, vacationing, crafting, building, buying: they are still going. The Go Show will help you find all the information needed to get there. You’ll still find important information needed as you get older, such as estate planning and healthcare, but you’ll also find exhibitors featuring beer,…

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North End Spooktacular

October 25 - October 26
Superior Wisconsin

Visit Superior for the North End Spooktacular, featuring an 80’s Halloween party, a parade, craft and food vendors, kid’s games, the North End Nightmare 5k, a Halloween pub crawl, kids’ pumpkin patch, a drive-in movie, costume contests, and more. The family Spooktacular Parade will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m., starting on North 3rd Street and haunting its way to North 8th Street. And from 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. on Saturday, head to the Goin Postal’s Back to…

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North End Nightmare

October 26 @ 12:00 am CDT
Superior Wisconsin

Grandma’s Marathon offers a new event this month: the 1st Annual North End Nightmare 5k and Spider Dash races. Grab your family and friends and dress up for this spooky 3.1-mile race on the streets of Superior, Wisconsin’s North End, open to ages 6 and up. There will be a costume contest, and all 5k participants will receive a commemorative hooded sweatshirt. Kids ages 14 and younger can also signup for the free Spider Dash, featuring short races ranging from…

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October 26 @ 6:00 pm CDT
Lutsen Resort MN United States

Head to Lutsen Resort for the first inaugural Oktobeerfest, held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Enjoy seasonal beer from six breweries, cider from two local breweries, traditional Oktoberfest food, live polka music, Oktoberfest games, and more. Cost to attend is $60 (plus tax). Must be 21 or older to attend.

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Superstition Tours

October 29 @ 7:00 pm CDT
Fairlawn Mansion Superior, Wisconsin

The Fairlawn Mansion in Superior will hold Superstition Tours on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Tour the darkened house with flashlights and learn about the superstitious life of the Victorians. Tours will leave every half hour, starting at 7 p.m. Bring your own flashlight. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors/college students, and $5 youth. Not recommended for children under age 5. The Mansion will also be open for Trick or Treating on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

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Halloween Celebration

October 31 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
AmericInn Lodge & Suites Silver Bay,

AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Silver Bay will hold a Halloween Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 31, featuring trick-or-treating from 4-6 p.m. There will also be prizes for best costume and best decorated doors.

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October 31 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
Miller Hill Mall Duluth,

Head to the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth for Malloween on Thursday, Oct. 31. Held from 4:30-7 p.m., there will be trick-or-treating in the mall, a costume contest, and a Disney Jr. event.

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November 2019

Bluegrass Masters Weekend

November 1 - November 3
Lutsen Resort MN United States

From Nov. 1-3, NSMA will host its 29th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. Fiddle is the instrument of focus this year, with master fiddler Dan Kelly teaching instrumental workshops all day Saturday. Workshops are $8 per hour or $40 for the full day. All skill levels are welcome; registration is at event only. Then, Saturday at 8 p.m. in the resort ballroom, Dan will be joined in concert by Nashville Network and Grand Ole Opry stars Michael and…

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Finland Community Bazaar

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
Clair Nelson Center Finland, MN United States + Google Map

Visit Finland on Saturday, Nov. 2 for the annual Finland Community Bazaar, presented by FFC Booya Committee and supported by the Silver Bay Tourism Association. Held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Clair Nelson Community Center, there will be multiple vendors and crafters selling their wares, as well as live music by Casey Aro from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale, a craft table, and homemade chili or soup. The kitchen opens at 10 a.m.

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Chick-uamegon Women’s 5k, 10k & 1-mile Walk/Run

November 2 @ 10:00 am CDT
Railyard Park Ashland, Wisconsin + Google Map

Get your girlfriends together and visit Ashland for the annual Chick-uamegon Women’s 5k, 10k and 1-mile walk/run on Saturday, Nov. 2. Held at Railyard Park, same-day registration and packet pick-up will take place from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Bretting Community Center (pre-registration suggested). The races start at 10 a.m. and are not timed. Awards will be given to the first and second place 5k and 10k winners. All participants will receive a tiara and a finisher medal. Prizes will also…

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Harvest Fest

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
North Shore Winery Lutsen, Minnesota

The 4th Annual Harvest Fest will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at North Shore Winery in Lutsen. Winemaker Chuck Corliss, and his assistant Charlie Bronstein, will demonstrate how North Shore Winery ferments and processes wines after receiving grapes. Step into the barrel room to get a personal tour of the operation, including the opportunity to see each piece of equipment and understand how it is used in the process. There will also be warm soup starting at noon…

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Big Moose Art & Crafts Show

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CST
Amici’s Event Center Ely, + Google Map

Head to Ely for the Big Moose Art and Crafts Show, held Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Amici’s Event Center. Roughly 30 local and regional artists and crafters will have their work on display for your viewing and purchasing pleasure, featuring everything from mixed media art and jewelry to rosemaling, photography, embroidery, pottery and wood turning. This year’s vendor lineup includes Sharee Johnson, Doug Kalina, Kim Gross, Marty Fautch, Tom McDonald, Heidi Pinkerton, and Linda Trapkus. The show is held…

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Holiday Market and Open House

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
Thunder Bay Museum Ontario Canada + Google Map

Join the Thunder Bay Museum for the 2nd Annual Holiday Market and Open House on Nov. 9. Purchase hand-made arts and crafts from local vendors, enter to win prizes, and experience all three floors of exhibits with all proceeds going towards helping the museum continue to make history. Held from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free.

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Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm CST
Split Rock Lighthouse Two Harbors, MN United States + Google Map

Held at Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, this annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on Nov. 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building, and visitor center will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Fitzgerald in the visitor center. At…

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Empty Bowls Fundraiser

November 14 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm CST
St. John’s Catholic Church Grand Marais, MN United States + Google Map

Each year, the Empty Bowls fundraiser in Grand Marais works to raise awareness and provide funds for the Cook County Food Shelf and other community organizations, addressing Cook County’s critical hunger needs year-round. This year’s event will be held in the lower level of St. John’s Catholic Church, and will feature a simple meal of soup and bread, provided by local restaurants (cost is $6). There will also be a sale of handcrafted bowls made at the Grand Marais Art…

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Festival of Trees

November 16 @ 9:00 am - November 17 @ 3:00 pm CST
Duluth DECC

The annual Junior League of Duluth’s Festival of Trees is Nov. 16-17 at the Duluth DECC. In the past, this event has included over 160 of the area’s top crafters and vendors showing off their wares. This year, Santa will arrive on his sleigh on Saturday for pictures. Other highlights include JLD toffee, live entertainment, and beautiful hand-decorated trees. Proceeds go to the Junior League of Duluth and community projects. Cost to attend is $6 on Saturday and $4 on…

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Art and Fine Craft Show

November 16 @ 10:00 am - November 17 @ 4:00 pm CST
Valhalla Inn Thunder Bay, Ontario + Google Map

The not-for-profit Artisans Northwest group in Thunder Bay will celebrate their 44th Annual Art and Fine Craft Show Nov. 16-17 at Valhalla Inn. This year’s juried show will feature a variety of media by multiple artists, from woodworking and jewelry, to photography and paintings. Held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Fest

November 22 - November 24
North House Folk School Grand Marais, MN United States + Google Map

Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life ways in the North. Featuring winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, a film festival, a poetry slam, speakers and more, this is a classic event to welcome the season of white. Held at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Bill Hanlon is this year’s featured speaker. An avid backcountry hunter, Bill made an amazing discovery of mummified ancient hunter while in…

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Duluth Christmas City of the North Parade

November 22 @ 6:25 pm CST
Duluth, MN MN United States + Google Map

The annual downtown Duluth Christmas City of the North Parade will take place on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6:25 p.m. A holiday tradition since the 1950s, it features marching bands, dance performances, colorful floats, and an appearance by Santa. For the parade route and more information, find the Christmas City Parade on Facebook.

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Holidays in Schroeder

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm CST
Cross River Heritage Center & Schroeder Town Hall Schroeder, Minnesota + Google Map

Holidays in Schroeder will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the Schroeder Town Hall for the North Country Creations Bazaar, featuring hand-made items, baked goods, tasty treats and coffee. Then, visit the Cross River Heritage Center for the “Eclectic Electric” quilt raffle drawing at 2 p.m. Other Cross River happenings include make and take cards, krumkake and lefse demos, and a gift shop sale.

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Amsoil Snocross National

November 29 - December 1
Spirit Mountain Duluth, MN United States + Google Map

The annual Amsoil Snocross National snowmobile races, presented by Kwik Trip, will be held at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Rider categories include Sport, Sport Lite, 200 Stock, Pro AM Plus 30, Pro AM Women, Amateur Snowbike, Jr. Girls 9-13, Jr. 14-15, Jr. 16-17, and more. There will be vendors, food and beverages, and autograph opportunities. Parking will be at the Proctor Fairgrounds and shuttle services will be provided.

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European Christmas Market

November 29 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST
North Shore Winery Lutsen, Minnesota + Google Map

North Shore Winery’s 2nd Annual European Christmas Market will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in Lutsen on Friday, Nov. 29, featuring a variety of art, gifts, food and wines. Vendors include H. Lill’s, The Big Lake, Wild Country Maple Syrup, Kari Vick, Mueller Studios, Jillian Kratt, Kathy Weinberg, Anna Hess, and more. There will also be live music from 1-4 p.m. and soup from noon until it’s gone.

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Light Up Lutsen

November 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
Downtown Lutsen Lutsen, Minnesota + Google Map

The annual Light Up Lutsen celebration will take place Friday, Nov. 29, hosted by various downtown Lutsen merchants. Held from 2-5 p.m., there will be food and drinks, caroling, bonfires, sales and more. Head to Great Gifts for pictures with Santa Claus until 4 p.m. Lutsen Liquor will host North Shore Winery tastings. Lockport Marketplace will have cookie decorating. End the evening with a hot metal pour demonstration and a bonfire at Mueller Studio at 5 p.m.

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Ely’s Small Town Christmas Celebration & Parade

November 30
Whiteside Park Ely, Minnesota + Google Map

Find a wide variety of gifts for everyone on your shopping list during Ely’s Small Town Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 30. After a day of shopping, gather for the Christmas Parade at 5 p.m., followed by hot cocoa, cider and cookies, and a tree lighting ceremony in Whiteside Park. Santa will also be in attendance.

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December 2019

Craftland: A Winter’s Market

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CST
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada + Google Map

Craftland: A Winter’s Market will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, with vendors on all three floors and onstage. Shop for unique, handcrafted gifts for your loved ones, and maybe a treat for yourself. You’ll find everything from home décor, children’s toys, ornaments and clothing, to mosaics, original paintings, Indigenous artwork, photography, and more. Admission is free.  

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