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September 2019

Slate River Plowing Match

September 6 - September 7

The 87th Annual Rural Heritage Days Slate River Plowing Match, presented by the Rural Heritage Agricultural Society, will take place Sept. 6-7 in the Slate River Valley near Thunder Bay (field at corner of Piper Ave and Hwy #130). There will be tractor and farm exhibits and displays, celebrity plowing, live music by Radar and the Rockets, food vendors, a tractor rodeo, sawmill and farm demos, a kids play area, an antique tractor parade, a raffle draw, a “Back to…

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Unplugged XVIII

September 13 - September 15

Celebrate community, music, craft and storytelling at the annual Unplugged festival at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. Friday night will feature the Birch Bark Bash fundraising celebration with a dinner that explores the northern landscape provided by chefs Judi Barsness and Scott Graden, followed by guest speaker Carol Sauvion of PBS’ Craft in America. Saturday night will feature performances by Claudia Schmidt, Prudence Johnson, Dan Chouinard, Marc Anderson, Simone Perrin, Dane Stauffer, Bradley Greenwald, and special guest…

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Duluth Oktoberfest

September 13 - September 15

The first annual Duluth Oktoberfest, held at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, will feature food, games, arts and craft vendors, and fun for the whole family. There will be authentic Bavarian bands and musicians performing, as well as local bands. Bring the kids to Der Kinderplatz for carnival rides and traditional German games. Other games include yodeling competitions, stein holding contests, a pretzel toss, the chicken dance, cornhole, a brat toss, nagelbalken, a dachshund derby, and a barrel roll. There…

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Booya Harvest Fest

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

The 7th Annual Booya Harvest Festival in Finland will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 14. There will be crafters and vendors, live music by Casey Aro, an apple cider demo, a live falcon presentation by Jackie Fallon, a BRCC bake sale with fresh lefse and a lefse demo, a farmer’s market, kid’s games, and more. There will also be the famous bowl of booya, a baked potato bar, fry bread, brats, hotdogs and grilled corn. And don’t…

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September 28 @ 11:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm CDT
Gammondale Slate River Valley, Ontario Canada

Enjoy over 20 attractions at the 25th Annual Pumpkinfest at Gammondale Farm. Located in the Slate River Valley (near Thunder Bay), Pumpkinfest will feature contests, such as the Needle in the Haystack Photo Contest, local food and treats, games, a tractor-pulled wagon ride, races, prizes, harvest displays and more. Find your way through the three-acre boreal forest maze and two-acre kids’ monster corn maze. Other activities include the kid’s corral, duck races, pumpkin sling shots, a pumpkin train, Canada’s largest…

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October 2019

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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Grand Marais Apple Festival

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
Throughout Grand Marais

Grand Marais will hold its first Apple Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, featuring presentations, tours, demos, apple-inspired treats, and more. Visit or pick your own apples at three orchards in town: Ray Block’s, Stan Bautch’s, and Great Expectations School. Experience farm life at a new orchard at the Berglund Farm. Visit the Community Center from 1-5 p.m. for a different activity each hour, starting with a beekeeping presentation, followed by cooking with apples; tree planting and…

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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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The Hunger 14

October 26 @ 9:00 pm - October 27 @ 2:00 am CDT
Thunder Bay waterfront Ontario Canada

If it’s Halloween, it must be The Hunger 14. Held downtown Thunder Bay on Oct. 26 as a fundraiser for Definitely Superior Art Gallery, the 14th Annual Hunger Halloween festival features 50 performance acts?including 38 bands and DJs?taking place at eight bar venues: The Foundry, Black Pirates Pub, The Paramount (two venues/levels in one), The Sovereign Room, Red Lion Smokehouse, El Tres, and ATMOS. There will be thousands in prizes for best costume at each location and you can even…

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Halloween Carnival

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Birch Grove Community School Tofte,

The annual Halloween Carnival at Birch Grove Community School in Tofte will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. There will be kids games, cookie decorating, kids games, tasty foods, a cake walk, a special pre-school activity room (ages 3-5), and prizes. Wear a costume and bring the whole family.

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November 2019

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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North Shore Readers & Writers Festival

November 7 - November 10
Grand Marais Art Colony Grand Marais, MN 55604 United States + Google Map

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is a biennial event that locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word. Readers, writers, and book professionals come together over four days filled with author talks, panel discussions, mini-classes, and craft seminars. This year’s authors, presenters and book professionals include Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Joan Crosby, University of Minnesota Press, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Beth Dooley, Leif Enger, Shannon Gibney, David Mura, Marcie Rendon, and more. Festival registration…

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Lake Superior Storm Festival

November 8 - November 10
Throughout Grand Marais

The annual Lake Superior Storm Festival, organized by Visit Cook County, honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake. Held at various locations throughout Cook County, this family-friendly event includes the Storm into Winter Showcase fashion show at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, a lakeside poem and remembrance ceremony at Artist Point, a carin stacking contest, a mystery dinner at Moguls Grille, water-themed crafts and activities at Lutsen Resort, and a Lake Superior and storm-themed call-in trivia show on…

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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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Heart of the Holidays & Craft Revival

November 22 - November 24
Thunder Bay waterfront Ontario Canada + Google Map

Enjoy a family-friendly holiday weekend in Thunder Bay with Heart of the Holidays, located in the North Core. There will be a tree lighting display in the Bay Algoma Neighbourhood Friday evening, photos with the Grinch on Saturday, and shopping, food and fun activities all weekend. On Sunday, browse over 200 art and craft vendors at 24 locations during the annual Holiday Craft Revival, held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists include Vik Wilen, Elephant Shoe Design, La Petite Maison Crafts,…

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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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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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