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August 2019

Mid-Trail Fundraiser

August 7

Support the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department with the annual Mid-Trail Fundraiser, held at Fire Hall #1, 7500 Gunflint Trail (about 28 miles up the Gunflint Trail). This year’s fundraiser will be held from noon to 4 p.m., featuring a flea market and boutique, and a live auction at 1:30 p.m. under the big tent. Don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket to win a handcrafted quilt, donated by the Mid-Trail Quilters. Tickets are $5 each, or three for $10.

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CLE Family Fair

August 7 @ 12:00 pm - August 11 @ 11:59 pm CDT
Canadian Lakehead Exhibition Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

The 129th Annual CLE Family Fair in Thunder Bay features all kinds of fun activities, including Midway rides and kiddie rides, live entertainment, games, make-and-take crafts, and concessions. There will also be a petting zoo, cooking demos, a baby boom contest, and a creative arts contest. Entertainers include Hypnotist JayDee, Sass Jordan, Rynestone Magician, The Sensational Hot Rods, and Harlequin. Visit Kid’s World for face painting, balloon artists, an illusionist, a fish pond, a bean bag toss and putting green,…

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Lake County Fair

August 8 - August 11
Two Harbors Two Harbors, MN United States

The Lake County Fair in Two Harbors provides four days of non-stop fun, from the 3k Dirty Dash Obstacle Race, live music, and the annual pie contest and auction, to an amateur talent contest, Magic Village shows, and MWA Professional Wrestling. There will also be kid games and activities, the RRSC annual Barrel Race, a 4-H horse show, food vendors, commercial booths, contests and exhibits, and more. This year’s Saturday headlining band is Christopher David Hanson Band. Other performances include…

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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. bayfrontblues.com

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Under the Spreading Walnut Tree Art Festival

August 9 - August 11
Two Harbors Two Harbors, MN United States

The annual Under the Spreading Walnut Tree Art Festival will take place over the course of three days in Two Harbors and feature roughly 30 fine artists. Held on the grounds of the P.K. Anderson House, the festival with feature artwork of all kinds: photography, ceramic, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, printmaking, metal, wood and more. Folk musician Thea Ennen will provide love music Saturday and Sunday. The festival will take place from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m.-5…

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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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International Ukulele Carnival

August 16 - August 18
Silver Creek Town Hall Two Harbors, MN United States

The 9th Annual Silver Creek International Ukulele Carnival will be held at the Silver Creek Town Hall in Two Harbors. This year’s mini-theme is “Music of the 1960s.” The event is open to all beginner and experienced ukulele players, of all ages. There will be informal beginner and children’s lessons, open mic time, mini concerts, workshops, a free afternoon concert for the general public, and plenty of time to practice your ukulele skills. There will also be a few ukuleles…

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Blueberry Blast Festival

August 17 - August 18

The 18th Annual Blueberry Blast Festival will take place in downtown Nipigon near the Paddle to the Sea Park. This is a fun-filled family event with guided blueberry picking, food vendors, arts and craft vendors, information booths, live music, a magic show, Zumba, face painting, children’s crafts and activities, an Eco-Fashion Show, and more. On Saturday there will be a pancake breakfast at the Legion and a spaghetti supper at St. Mary’s Church. There will also be a drawing for…

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GGTA Annual Bike Ride

August 17 @ 9:00 am CDT

The 19th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. The recreational ride will offer 55-mile, 34-mile and 28-mile route options, as well as an 8-mile family ride on the trail, all starting at Gooseberry Falls State Park near Two Harbors. Refreshments will be provided at rest stops and post-ride. The 8-mile family ride will also provide treats and special events. All adult riders will receive a t-shirt and younger…

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Battle of Fort William

August 17 @ 10:00 am - August 18 @ 5:00 pm CDT
Fort William Historical Park Ontario Canada

Enjoy an action-packed weekend filled with drama and suspense at the Battle of Fort William, held at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay. Travel back in time to the early 1800s and discover battlefield action and strategy, the daily life of soldiers, and period medical techniques. Be prepared for excitement and adventure as re-enactors bring to life a variety of events, including a battlefield sequence, council of war, and more. Activities will occur from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.…

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Art in Bayfront Park

August 17 @ 10:00 am - August 18 @ 4:00 pm CDT

Held on the beautiful Lake Superior waterfront in Duluth, Art in Bayfront Park features over 100 juried artists, as well as live music, demos, food and drink vendors, and a culinary arts market. Artwork includes jewelry, paintings, photography, metalwork, glass, ceramics and more, by local and regional artists. New this year is the Vintage and Vinyl Market, featuring the Tattersall Craft Cocktail tent, where shoppers will find vintage treasure from clothing to homegood and vinyl records galore. The festival will…

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Wawa Salmon Derby

August 23 - August 25
Wawa, Ontario Wawa, Ontario Canada

The 37th Annual Wawa Salmon Derby in Wawa, Ontario, will be held Aug. 23-25 on Lake Superior. Known as “Wawa’s Superior Sporting Event,” the contest includes multiple categories, prizes and activities for the whole family. The winner of the largest salmon wins $6,000 in cash. There is also a five-day pre-fishing contest held Aug. 17-21. Derby headquarters are located in Bucks Marina. Registration fee required. wawasalmonderby.com  

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Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival

August 23 - August 24

Head to Barker’s Island in Superior for the annual Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival. Watch or participate in the races, feast on fantastic food, and gather for celebratory music and dancing. There will also be children’s activities, the Optimist Club breakfast, a rose petal ceremony, a parade of teams, an awards ceremony, and fireworks held at 9 p.m. on Friday. Musical performers include Woodblind, Laura Velvet and the Bookhouse Boys, Mackie Brothers, Slamming Doors, One Less Guest, and Black River…

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Ray Bonneville

August 23 @ 7:30 pm CDT
Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais Grand Marais, MN 55604 United States

A rich stew of Americana, blues, and Southern groove cooked up on guitar, harmonica and vocals that speak the poetry of hard living and deep feeling, Ray Bonneville’s music is an exquisite gumbo for the soul. Since 1992, Bonneville has released nine albums, earning wide critical acclaim along the way and gaining an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has shared bills with artists including Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Dr. John, J.J. Cale, and Robert Cray. He’s…

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Xterra Sleeping Giant

August 24

Come race the giant at the Xterra Sleeping Giant Triathlon, held at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay. The course has everything you would expect when racing in Ontario’s remote wilderness. The swim will be in the clean and clear spring fed Marie Louise Lake. From there, ride on the grassy mountain bike trail. Intended to be a fast ride, it will provide ample opportunity for passing. Then, enjoy views of Lake Superior on the technical, yet beautiful trail…

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Boundary Waters Blues Fest

August 31 - September 1

Located in Winton (near Ely), the 19th Annual Boundary Waters Blues Festival begins on Thursday, Aug. 29 with an indoor kickoff party at 7 p.m., featuring Mark Cameron Band. Then, enjoy multiple performances starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year’s festival lineup includes P.K. Mayo, Annie Mack, Brian Naughton, Head Honchos, Vince Agwada, Calico Tango, Tommy Wotruba, and more. After the music, socialize around a campfire and you might be treated…

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September 2019

Hymers Fall Fair

September 2 @ 9:00 am CDT
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Plein Air Competition

September 6 - September 13

Plein Air has been an annual tradition, bringing outdoor painters to Lake Superior’s North Shore and the community of Grand Marais since 2003. See 75 competition artists and more than 30 open class painters create plein air paintings in Cook County, exhibit paintings, and compete for prizes. Activities include daily mini-workshops, paint-outs, artist social events, public plein air painting activities, and more. This year’s juror is oil painter Joshua Cunningham from St. Paul. Ron Piercy, owner of Yellow Bird Fine…

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Slate River Plowing Match

September 6 - September 7
$5

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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Superior Fall Trail Race

September 6 @ 12:00 am - September 7 @ 12:00 am CDT

Superior Fall Trail RaceSept. 6-7 This challenging footrace, held on the Superior Hiking Trail, offers distances of 100, 50 and 26.2 miles. If the distance isn’t challenging enough, the terrain is. It is a rugged, rooty and rocky single-track trail with near constant climbs and descents. The 100-mile race will begin at Gooseberry Falls State Park at 8 a.m. on Friday; the 50-mile race starts at the Finland Rec Center at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday; and the 26.2-mile race begins…

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Harvest Moon Festival

September 6 @ 10:00 am - September 8 @ 5:00 pm CDT
Ely Ely, MN United States

Enjoy autumn in Ely with the 26th Annual Harvest Moon Festival, filled with arts and crafts, food vendors, a Saturday Fall Harvest Market, live entertainment and activities for the whole family. Held at Whiteside Park, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, and live music by Timmy Haus and the Singing Slovenes. Shop a delightful mix of original arts and crafts from 125 local and regional juried artists and craftsmen, as well as locally made merchandise, books and outdoor…

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Harvest Festival

September 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT

For 26 years, the Lake Superior Chapter of SFA (Sustainable Farming Association) has put on the Harvest Festival, connecting producers and consumers. Located in Bayfront Festival Park in downtown Duluth, the festival features one of the largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, 20 local art and craft vendors, educational exhibits, a nonprofit showcase, a food court, family activities, an energy fair, demonstrations, and more. Practice weaving on a full-size loom, see solar robots, try maypole dancing,…

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Terrace Bay Fall Market

September 8 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Terrace Bay Arena Terrace Bay, Ontario Canada

The 38th Annual Terrace Bay Fall Fair is one of the largest arts and crafts show on the top of Lake Superior. Held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Terrace Bay Arena, this event attracts local residents, individuals from surrounding communities, and tourists who are passing through Terrace Bay. Featuring unique vendors, community groups, artists and artisans from across the Lake Superior region, the Fall Market is the perfect opportunity to experience the many local flavors and cultures of…

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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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Wake the Giant Music Festival

September 14 @ 11:30 am - 11:00 pm CDT
Thunder Bay waterfront Ontario Canada

Wake the Giant is a cultural awareness project in Thunder Bay aimed at building understanding and showing Indigenous people that they are valued members of the community. The music festival is a celebration of all cultures with a spotlight on Indigenous culture and music. Held from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Thunder Bay waterfront, the festival will feature a mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. This year’s lineup includes Metric, Coleman Hell, July Talk, Crown Lands, Wolf Saga, Ansley Simpson,…

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