Northern Wilds Magazine

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

 

 

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...

Sawmill Lake Classic Tour

Quetico Provincial Park Atikokan

Hosted by The Beaten Path Nordic Trails and Quetico Park staff, the Sawmill Lake Classic Tour is an old time traditional ski tour within Quetico Provincial Park. The narrow twisty trails will have skiers meandering through mixed forests along side the Pickerel River, over creeks and through lowland bogs to...

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...

Lake Superior Ice Festival

Barker's Island Superior

The Lake Superior Ice Festival, held on Barker’s Island in Superior, Wisc., features fun activities for the entire family. There’s ice carving demos and sculptures, MIRA racing next to the SS Meteor Whaleback, stock car racing on ice, a local arts and crafts fair, bonfires and s’mores, a snow slide,...

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...

Robert Burns Dinner

Wunderbar Eatery Grand Marais

The traditional birthday celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns falls on Jan. 25 this year, which is Burns’ actual birthdate. Located at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais, the evening starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. with live music and a cash bar. Musicians will be featuring Scottish fiddle...

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...

Northern Delights

Thunder Bay

Northern Delights is Thunder Bay’s fall and winter culinary festival. Established in 2015 by local restauranteurs, this event is now in its fifth year and is being led by Tourism Thunder Bay. It offers the perfect opportunity for patrons to discover delicious cuisine and celebrate the local restaurant and food...

Ridge Riders Snowmobile Fun Run

Gunflint Trail

This month, multiple snowmobile fun runs will take place along the North Shore, starting with the 11th Annual Cook County Ridge Riders Fun Run on Saturday, Feb. 1 on the Gunflint Trail. Collect stamps from participating locations, while enjoying a ride on the scenic trails; open to anyone and everyone by...

Cold Front February

Bayfront Festival Park Duluth

Celebrate winter with the 3rd Annual Cold Front February festival in Bayfront Park in Duluth. Held from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., this family-friendly event includes outdoor skating, a sliding hill, kids snow play areas, snowflake crafts, live music, hay rides, snoga by Runa Yoga, food and drinks, local vendors, fire...

Split Rock Lighthouse Candlelight Snowshoe & Hike

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Two Harbors

Enjoy a candlelight snowshoe and hike at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park near Beaver Bay on Saturday, Feb. 1. Held from 6-8:30 p.m., this self-guided hike is roughly a two-mile round trip, suitable for all ages. Begin at the Trail Center and follow the glowing luminaries to Day Hill. A...

Two Harbors Winter Frolic

Two Harbors

The annual Two Harbors Winter Frolic includes events the whole family will enjoy, such as a medallion hunt, a photo scavenger hunt, a snow building contest, a vendor fair, sledding, and boot hockey. Friday night events include the restaurant chili cook-off, the community curling challenge, the city vs county exhibition...

Ely Winter Festival & ArtWalk

The annual Ely Winter Festival features dozens of family-friendly activities, such as an amateur snow carving contest, a spaghetti feed, live music, a kubb tournament, kicksledding demos, Dorothy Molter Museum tours and a fundraising dinner, snowshoeing, the Great Nordic Beard Fest, a fish fry, candlelight skiing, a medallion hunt, a...

Hygge Festival

Grand Marais

The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah) refers to the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures; feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends and community. This year’s Hygge Festival in Cook County includes a fireplace tour, mellow snowshoe hikes and a night ski with Lake Superior...

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.

Snowarama

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino

Grab your helmets and winter gear for the 17th Annual Thunder Bay Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids snowmobile fundraiser, held in Grand Portage. Over the past 16 years, the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Snowarama has raised over $495,000 for children and youth with physical disabilities. There is a minimum...

Fiber Week

North House Folk School Grand Marais

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fiber Week (formerly Northern Fibers Retreat) at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais with an entire week of hands-on textile exploration. Choose from a dozen multi-day courses in everything from felting and weaving to spinning, dyeing, knitting and more. Also plan to attend...

Northland Outdoors Deer Classic & Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show

The DECC Duluth

The great outdoors is headed indoors for the 54th Annual Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show, and the Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic; two expos in one. This family-friendly event features a variety of fishing and hunting seminars, vendors, workshops, and manufacturers on-hand demonstrating and showing off their newest...

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.  

Book Across the Bay

Chequamegon Bay Ashland

The 24th Annual Book Across the Bay will take place Saturday, Feb. 15. Join more than 3,000 racers for this unique winter event, open to skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10k course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends...

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...

Voyageur Winter Carnival & Ice Dragon Boat Challenge

Fort William Historical Park Thunder Bay

A weekend of winter fun awaits the whole family at Fort William Historical Park’s Voyageur Winter Carnival in Thunder Bay. Enjoy the new outdoor winter Zorb Ball snow track and human bowling alleys, tubing hills, skating, wagon rides, axe throwing, carnival games, live entertainment, contests, curling, winter golf, snow graffiti,...

Ely Skinny Fat

Ely

Join the Ely Nordic Ski Club for a fun afternoon and evening of winter events for the whole family, starting with the free 1k and 3k kids races at 2:30 p.m. Parents can ski with kids or let them go alone. There will be a participant prize and s’mores at...

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...

Bike Across the Bay

Harbor View Event Center Washburn

Head to Washburn for Wisconsin’s most unique fat bike race, taking place on the frozen surface of Lake Superior. Races consist of a 10k and 20k course, starting at noon from the Harbor View Event Center. To participate, 3.5-inch or wider tires are required and studs are highly recommended. E-bikes...

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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