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July 2019

Lake Superior North Shore Fourth of July Festivities

July 4
North Shore MN United States

Head to Tofte for a full line-up of family-friendly events, beginning at 11 a.m., including food and a beer garden, live music by Josh Schmidt and Cook County’s Most Wanted, minnow races, an arts and crafts show, bingo, bouncy houses, and a parade at 2 p.m. There will also be a spaghetti dinner at Zoar Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. At roughly 10 p.m., find a spot in either Grand Marais, Tofte, Grand Portage, Two Harbors or Silver Bay for…

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Thunder Bay Blues Festival

July 5 - July 7
Marina Park Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

The 18th Annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival is sure to entertain this year, with 20 blues artists performing, including this year’s headliners Johnny Reid, Bryan Adams, and Burton Cummings and Band. Held at Marina Park in Thunder Bay, other performers include Amanda Marshall, Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Meghan Patrick, 54.40, St Paul and the Minneapolis Funk Allstars, Dawn Tyler Watson, and The Trews. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the Thunder Bay…

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Hovland, MN Arts Festival

July 5 @ 10:00 am - July 6 @ 4:00 pm CDT
Hovland Town Hall Hovland, MN United States

The 14th Annual Hovland Arts Festival, held at the Hovland Town Hall, will showcase 30 artists, featuring everything from jewelry, paintings and pottery, to carvings, photography and fiber arts. Artists include Marcie McIntire, Katy Attleson, Jo Wood, Lou Pignolet, Joan Farnam, Dwayne Wabegijig, Lori Maly, Lenore Lampi, and more. There will also be live music and food provided by Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Two Harbors Heritage Days

July 11 @ 12:00 am - July 14 @ 12:00 am CDT
Two Harbors Two Harbors, MN United States
Two Harbors Heritage Days features two parades, live entertainment, a 5k run/walk, vendors, games and more.

The annual Two Harbors Heritage Days features four days of family fun. Activities include live music and entertainment, a medallion hunt, helicopter rides, a bungee jump and slide, arts and craft vendors, a golf scramble, a lutefisk toss, a street dance, pancake breakfasts, the Lake Superior Zoomobile, a 5k run/walk, class reunions, and more. A Kiddie Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a free ice cream social and kids’ activities at Thomas Owens Park. On…

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Bay Days Festival

July 12 @ 12:00 am - July 14 @ 12:00 am CDT
Silver Bay, MN Silver Bay, MN United States

This year’s Bay Days Festival, held in Silver Bay, features live music, vendors, kids’ activities, pancake breakfasts, a street dance, raffle drawings, a silent auction, a bean bags tournament, a golf scramble, the Friends of the Library book sale, and more. A parade will be held on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by family yard games at City Hall and fireworks at dusk. The Bay to Bay Run/Walk will be held Saturday morning, followed by the Soap Box Derby. The…

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Grand Marais, MN Arts Festival

July 13 - July 14
Annual Grand Marais Art Festival, held in downtown Grand Marais,

The 29th Annual Grand Marais Art Festival, held in downtown Grand Marais, will feature over 70 local and regional artists, showcasing their unique, handcrafted work. Enjoy a selection of artwork, such as jewelry, photography, woodcarvings, pottery, watercolor paintings, fiber art and more. There will also be hands-on art-making activities, demonstrations, mini-classes, and more. Also occurring is the Clothesline Art Sale Fundraiser; 5x7-inch original works of art hung in the Art Colony festival booth. Each piece will sell for $35. And…

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Taste of Duluth

July 13 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm CDT
3rd Annual Taste of Duluth, held in Bayfront Park

The 3rd Annual Taste of Duluth, held in Bayfront Park, is taking on a new look and sound this year, with culture and cuisine at the forefront. New this year will be strolling musicians, as well as a kid’s area. Performers featured on the mainstage will reflect many of the ethnic origins that are a rich part of Duluth’s history. There will also be plenty of ethnic and American food offerings, including sample sizes. Enjoy lots of good food, live…

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Schreiber, Ont. Heritage Days

July 15 @ 12:00 am - July 21 @ 12:00 am CDT
Schreiber Heritage Days

Celebrate the culture and heritage of Schreiber with the annual Schreiber Heritage Days, featuring a wide variety of exciting events for the whole family. This year’s theme is “A Blast from the Past” and will feature bocce ball tournaments, a BMX bike performance, bubble soccer games, a drive-in movie, artisan displays, luncheons, a scavenger hunt, bingo, a rock concert, a midway and merchant market, and a nature hike. And don’t miss the entertaining Bed Races on Wednesday, featuring five-person teams—four…

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Summer Theater Festival

July 18 @ 12:00 am - August 11 @ 12:00 am CDT

The Grand Marais Playhouse will be performing A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, and The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On. Shows will alternate each night, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Created by Dean Regan, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline follows her climb to stardom from her hometown in Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry, Las Vegas, and Carnegie Hall. The Marvelous Wonderettes takes place at Springfield High in 1969, with Betty Jean, Cindy…

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North Shore Water Festival

July 19 @ 12:00 am - July 21 @ 12:00 am CDT
Test the newest kayaks, canoes and paddle boards, as well as outdoor gear and clothing. Free paddling demonstrations.

Head to the Grand Marais harbor for a weekend on the water, hosted by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply. Test the newest kayaks, canoes and paddle boards, as well as outdoor gear and clothing. There will be free paddling demonstrations, as well as free standup paddle board (SUP) yoga classes; class registration required. Take part in the World Tour Paddling Film Festival on Friday (tickets are $10), starting with a casual dinner and drinks at 5:30 p.m. and the film at…

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Ashland Bay Days

July 19 @ 12:00 am - July 21 @ 12:00 am CDT
Annual Bay Days festival in Bayview Park in Ashland, Wisc.,

Head to Bayview Park in Ashland, Wisc., for the annual Bay Days festival, located on beautiful Chequamegon Bay along the South Shore of Lake Superior. Bay Days offers great, old-fashioned family fun with activities for all ages. Kids will love the baby crawl, toddler run, and big wheel races. Bay Days also features delicious food, arts and crafts, a strongman competition, 1-mile/5K/10K races, live music and entertainment, a pie-eating contest, cardboard boat races, Battle of the Bands, karaoke finals, a…

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Lake Superior Salmon Classic

July 20 @ 12:00 am - July 21 @ 12:00 am CDT

The annual Lake Superior Salmon Classic Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Silver Bay PTSO, will take place in the Silver Bay Marina. There are three contest divisions, with five place winners per division: coho salmon, king salmon, and lake trout. The entry fee is $20 per person. There will also be a raffle drawing with cash prizes, totaling $1,500, as well as other prizes; tickets are $5. Raffle tickets and tournament registration can be purchased at various Lake County businesses.…

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Chalk.a.Lot Festival

July 20 @ 12:00 am - July 21 @ 12:00 am CDT

Decorate Two Harbors’ Waterfront Avenue with chalk, both on the sidewalks and on the road, during the Chalk.a.Lot Festival. Held at Thomas Owens Park, enjoy live music, food vendors, art booths, and more. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, see artists working on their masterpieces, while you enjoy music in the park and free activity booths. On Sunday, artists will be finishing up their work, and Louise’s Place will be on hand for coffee and pastries.

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Duluth Airshow

July 20 @ 9:00 am - July 21 @ 12:00 am CDT

Minnesota’s largest airshow will return to Duluth International Airport this year. The Duluth Air and Aviation Expo, presented by St. Luke’s, will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Other performers and attractions include Gerry Conley, Michael Goulian, William Ward, LD Jeffries, the U.S. Air Force C-17 demonstration team, B-17 “Yankee Lady,” Shockwave Jet Truck, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, U.S. Coast Guard SAR demo, and more. There will be aircraft displays and vendors, a Runway 4k run/walk (held Saturday morning),…

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Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

July 20 @ 11:00 am - July 21 @ 12:00 am CDT

Held at Bayfront Park in Duluth, the annual Reggae and World Music Festival is a celebration of world music with artists who spread the message of love, hope, and equality for everyone. This year’s lineup includes Kymani Marley, Demarco, Kabaka Pyramid, Samantha Moon, Olatunji, Woodblind, and DJ Sound of Fujun. Gates will open at 11 a.m., rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

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Board Across the Bay

July 26 @ 12:00 am - July 27 @ 12:00 am CDT
The Washburn Board Across the Bay Race is a unique standup paddleboard (SUP) event for all paddling enthusiasts.

The Washburn Board Across the Bay Race is a unique standup paddleboard (SUP) event for all paddling enthusiasts. Held on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay in Washburn, Wisc., categories include a 3-mile, 7-mile or 14-mile race. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with a free historic paddle, starting at Memorial Park. Races will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday; registration required. There will also be SUP demos from leading manufacturers at Thompson’s West End Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.…

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Blueberry/Art Festival

July 26 - July 28

Ely’s signature summer event, the Blueberry/Art Festival features more than 300 juried artists and crafters selling their hand-crafted items, 30 food vendors and local musicians. Held at Whiteside Park, the festival includes a blueberry pancake breakfast, a beer garden, live music each day, and activities for the kids, such as the bungie jump. Local stores and restaurants will offer specials and tasty concoctions with a blueberry theme, such as blueberry smoothies, tea, muffins, lemonade and scones. The food court will…

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7th Annual Bay and Algoma Buskers Festival

July 27 @ 12:00 am - July 28 @ 12:00 am CDT
The Buskers Festival in Thunder Bay features all kinds of live music and entertainment.

The 7th Annual Bay and Algoma Buskers Festival in Thunder Bay is a two-day, family-friendly street festival that features live music and entertainment, a food village, artists and vendors, sidewalk sales, kids’ activities, games and more. Located in the Bay and Algoma neighborhood, this year’s buskers will feature eight stages and showcase major talent, including Arty the Circus Drummer, Mental Floss Sideshow, Creed Statuary, and Kyle Hicks. The festival will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, rain or…

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Fat Guys Auto Parts Car Show

July 27 @ 12:00 am CDT
See hundreds of collector cars, street rods, antiques, custom, and special interest cars and bikes at the See hundreds of collector cars, street rods, antiques, custom, and special interest cars and bikes at the Fat Guys Car Show in Thunder Bay. in Thunder Bay.

The Fat Guys Annual Car Show in Thunder Bay has earned a reputation for being one of the biggest and best car shows in northwestern Ontario, and this year will be no different. The parking lot at Fat Guys Auto Parts and the neighboring streets will be lined with hundreds of collector cars, street rods, antiques, custom, and special interest cars and bikes. This year’s special guest is Dave Kindig, from the hit Velocity Channel show “Bitchin’ Rides.” There will…

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August 2019

Fisherman’s Picnic

August 1 - August 4

This year marks the 90th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic festival in Grand Marais, and there’s lots to look forward to. There’s bingo, live music, food and artisan vendors, the fish toss and loon calling contests, a dunk tank, kiddy rides and inflatable games, blacksmithing demos, a raffle drawing, and of course, the fishburger stand. There will be multiple contests and races, including the Big Fish Contest, sponsored by Buck’s and Northern Wilds; held July 27-Aug. 3. Don’t miss the fireworks over…

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Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival

August 2 - August 4

Whether you’re a cross-country spandex warrior, free riding adrenaline junkie, or a family that craves adventure, good times are guaranteed with the Bike Duluth Festival. Held at Spirit Mountain, this family-friendly festival will include races of various distances and categories, including a short-track cross country sport/recreational and competitive races, short and long enduro races, a downhill race, and a youth downhill race. Saturday events also include a silent auction and raffle, kids and youth activities, an adventure ride, food from…

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Beaver Bay Daze

August 2 - August 3

Celebrate the town of Beaver Bay with Beaver Bay Daze, featuring two days of family-friendly activities. There will be live music and entertainment, food trucks, artisan vendors, kids’ games, prize drawings, and more. Saturday’s events include the Beaver River Run, a 100-mile motorcycle ride with a tribute to our veterans; and a car and motorcycle show from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Rendezvous Days & Pow-Wow

August 9 - August 11

Re-enactors from across the U.S. and Canada gather together during the annual Rendezvous Days and Pow-Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. This year’s theme is “Hats off to the Fur Trade.” Special programming will give visitors a look back at the hats of the era, how the beaver hat fueled the business of the fur trade, and some of the hat traditions still enjoyed today. Kids will have a chance to make their own guide’s…

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Bayfront Blues Festival

August 9 - August 11
Bayfront Festival Park Duluth, MN United States

The annual Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth features more than 30 acts on two stages, making it one of the biggest outdoor music events in the area. Held in Bayfront Festival Park, this year’s performers include the Kentucky Headhunters, Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Bobby Rush, Allman Betts Band, Lurrie Bell, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Sugaray Rayford, Jennie DeVoe, and more. All tickets are sold as general admission and can be purchased online or at the gate.

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Live from the Rock Folk Festival & Paju Mtn Run

August 9 - August 11

Held in Red Rock, Ontario, the annual Live from the Rock Folk Festival is a music and arts festival that is 100 percent run by volunteers. The festival offers world class music on four daytime workshop-style stages, as well as an evening festival concert stage. This year’s performers include Tragedy Anne, So Long Seven, Roxanne Potvin, Phil Drost, Nadjiwan, Cassidy Houston, Rachel Romu, and more. There will be food and drink vendors, an artisans marketplace, yoga by the lake, camping,…

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Tori Music Festival

August 10 - August 11
Finland Heritage Site Finland, MN United States

The annual Tori Music Festival in Finland is fun for all ages. In Finnish, Tori means “open marketplace,” so the festival has grown to include local artists, merchants and demonstrations. This year’s music lineup includes the Two Harbors Ukulele Group, Dance Attic and Tom Schramm. There will be crafters and vendors, a silent auction, food booths, games, blacksmithing, historic buildings open to tour, and a cash raffle at 5 p.m. The festival will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at…

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Festival of Sail

August 11 - August 13

The Festival of Sail (previously known as the Tall Ships Festival) returns to Duluth this year, offering you the rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. There will be ship tours, day sails, educational programming, food and beverages, entertainment and fun for the entire family. In addition to all the ships, the world’s largest rubber duck will make an appearance, turning Lake Superior into her own personal…

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