Northern Wilds Magazine

Download Northern Wild’s February 2020 colorful monthly event calendar here! See below for a selection of upcoming events.



Duluth Christmas City of the North Parade

Duluth, MN MN

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...


Bentleyville Duluth

Located in Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” invites guests to stroll under the glow of over 5 million lights, while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and roasted marshmallows. Get your photo taken with reindeer and visit with Santa (kids 10 and under will receive a...

Ely’s Small Town Christmas Celebration & Parade

Whiteside Park Ely

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....

Cantus: One Giant Leap

Arrowhead Center for the Arts Grand Marais

The North Shore Music Association in Grand Marais will kick off the 2020 season with a concert by Minnesota’s acclaimed choral group Cantus. Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming, and riveting performances of...

Northland 300

Grand Ely Lodge Ely

The Northland 300 is a 300-mile, three-day charity snowmobile ride, made up of volunteer participants who raise funds to support Special Olympics Minnesota. Held in Ely, this year marks the 32nd anniversary ride. A drawing will be held for 10 raffle prizes on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9:30 p.m. at...

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. It’s also a qualifier for the famed Iditarod in Alaska. There are four races for mushers of all experience levels to enter: the full distance marathon, the Beargrease 120, the...

Boulder Night Ski & Snowshoe

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center Duluth

Break out your Hawaiian shirt and enjoy an evening of tiki-lit skiing and snowshoeing through the woods at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center in Duluth. There will be a small groomed loop on the lake for kids and beginner skiers, along with games and races. Enjoy a bonfire near the...

Ridge Riders Drag Race

Skyport Lodge Grand Marais

Jan. 25, Saturday Join the annual Drag Races on Devil Track Lake, held by the Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club. Signup starts at 11 a.m. and racing starts at noon. Classes include 600cc, 700cc, 800cc, and Open. Prizes will be awarded inside Skyport Lodge after the races. There will also...

Winter Plein Air Retreat & Exhibit

YMCA Camp Menogyn Gunflint Trail

The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota (OPM) will gather at YMCA Camp Menogyn up the Gunflint Trail for the annual Winter Plein Air painting retreat., where artists will paint the winter wonderland of the Northern Wilds. Cost to participate is $285 per person, which includes all meals and lodging for five...

Winter Frolic Vintage Snowmobile Ride

Two Harbors Two Harbors

The Winter Frolic Vintage Snowmobile Ride will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 in Two Harbors. Registration is from 9-10:45 a.m. at 815 Airport Road; ride leaves at 11 a.m.

Ely Candlelight Ski

Hidden Valley Trails Ely

The Ely Nordic Ski Club will hold a candlelight ski on Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Held in Ely, enjoy skiing on a section of the Hidden Valley Trails with glowing luminaries. Afterwards, hangout with other local skiers in the chalet. This is a free event for all ages.  

Pincushion Ski Festival

Pincushion Mountain Grand Marais

Celebrate over 40 years with the North Superior Ski and Run Club during the Pincushion Ski Festival near Grand Marais. Held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Pincushion Mountain, ski races and tours for skate, classic, woodies and youth will begin at 10 a.m. Food and beverages will be available in...

Finland Vintage Rendezvous Snowmobile Ride

Clair Nelson Center Finland

The 16th Annual Finland Vintage Rendezvous Snowmobile Ride will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15, sponsored by the Finland Snowmobile/ATV Club and local businesses. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Clair Nelson Center. Afterwards, enjoy music, food and prizes. All sleds are welcome in this family-friendly event. To learn more, find...

Gooseberry Falls State Park Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe or Hike

Gooseberry Falls State Park Two Harbors

Gooseberry Falls State Park, located near Two Harbors, will hold a candlelight ski, snowshoe or hike on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6-8:30 p.m. Begin at the Visitor Center and follow the glowing luminaries along the trail. A bonfire and marshmallows await visitors at the Lady Slipper Amphitheater and hot beverages and...

Tofte Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe or Hike

Oberg Mountain Trailhead Tofte

Head to Oberg Mountain parking lot near Tofte for a candlelight ski, snowshoe or hike on Saturday, Feb. 15. Held from 6-8 p.m., the Oberg Mountain Trailhead will be lit with luminaries for this fun, family-friendly event. And enjoy a bonfire, hot cocoa and a cookie either before you leave or...

Fire & Ice Festival

Red Rock Marina Red Rock Township

In Red Rock, skaters enjoy a unique track on the frozen surface of Nipigon Bay within the protected area of the Red Rock Marina. When they get chilly, they can warm up at a cozy bonfire. Held from noon until 4 p.m. Fire and Ice is a collaborative effort between...

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