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October 2019

Boo at the Zoo

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
Lake Superior Zoo Duluth,

The Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth presents Boo at the Zoo, held Saturday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. There will be endless trick-or-treating stations, special Halloween-themed animal treats, food trucks, games, activities and more. Tickets are $12 in advance or $13 at the gate (all ages); or $10 for members.

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Family Weekend

October 17 - October 20

Bring the whole family to the North House Folk School in Grand Marais and celebrate the joy of learning together. Family Weekend includes course offerings specifically for kids, as well as courses for kids and adults to take together. Courses include printmaking for kids, mason bee houses built by kids, sustainable stringed instruments for families, kids knit, families at the forge, and more?class registration required. There will also be a contra dance, live craft demonstrations, a wood-fired pizza potluck and…

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Slate River Slaughter Halloween Display

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - October 31 @ 9:30 pm CDT
Slate River Slaughter, 661 Hwy 130
Thunder Bay, Canada

The 7th Annual Slate River Slaughter Halloween Display will take place Oct. 17-26 (Thursday through Saturdays), from 6:30-10 p.m. and Oct. 29-31, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Held in Thunder Bay, this display and walk is set in a dark area teeming with vile creatures waiting for you in the night. Brave the long, dark, tree-covered driveway that leads in. All ages are welcome, but it might not be suitable for young children. Cost is free; donations are appreciated. Held at 661…

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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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Jake Foresman Memorial Car Show & Burnout Competition

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
Ely MN United States

The 3rd Annual Jake Forsman Memorial Car Show and Burnout Competition, held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Ely, will feature a traditional car show with a unique mix of classic and modified cars, as well as an optional burnout contest. This is the last big event of the year for all area car enthusiasts, and it’s fun for all ages. Held on Chapman Street in front of City Hall, there will be also be a silent auction, face painting, door…

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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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Boo at the Zoo

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
Lake Superior Zoo Duluth,

The Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth presents Boo at the Zoo, held Saturday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. There will be endless trick-or-treating stations, special Halloween-themed animal treats, food trucks, games, activities and more. Tickets are $12 in advance or $13 at the gate (all ages); or $10 for members.

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Raag-Rung Music Circle Fundraiser

October 19 @ 5:00 pm CDT
Italian Cultural Centre Thunder Bay, Canada

Raag-Rung Music Circle will celebrate its 36th Annual Fundraising Dinner and Concert on Oct. 19 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Thunder Bay, featuring authentic cuisine and music of India. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. and the concert is at 8 p.m. Enjoy India’s top maestros: Abhijit Banerjee on Tabla and Snehasish Mozumder on Mandolin. Tickets are $65 if purchased before Oct. 12 ($70 after Oct. 12). There will also be a gift package drawing…

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The Go Show Expo

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT
Duluth DECC

The Northland Senior Expo in Duluth is now the Go Show, held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the DECC. Today’s seniors are still active. They are still: working, having fun, helping raise their children’s children, vacationing, crafting, building, buying: they are still going. The Go Show will help you find all the information needed to get there. You’ll still find important information needed as you get older, such as estate planning and healthcare, but you’ll also find exhibitors featuring beer,…

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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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North End Nightmare

October 26 @ 12:00 am CDT
Superior Wisconsin

Grandma’s Marathon offers a new event this month: the 1st Annual North End Nightmare 5k and Spider Dash races. Grab your family and friends and dress up for this spooky 3.1-mile race on the streets of Superior, Wisconsin’s North End, open to ages 6 and up. There will be a costume contest, and all 5k participants will receive a commemorative hooded sweatshirt. Kids ages 14 and younger can also signup for the free Spider Dash, featuring short races ranging from…

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Oktobeerfest

October 26 @ 6:00 pm CDT
Lutsen Resort MN United States

Head to Lutsen Resort for the first inaugural Oktobeerfest, held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Enjoy seasonal beer from six breweries, cider from two local breweries, traditional Oktoberfest food, live polka music, Oktoberfest games, and more. Cost to attend is $60 (plus tax). Must be 21 or older to attend.

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Halloween Dance & Costume Contest

October 26 @ 9:00 pm CDT
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino

Grand Portage Lodge and Casino will hold a Halloween Dance and Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 p.m. to midnight, featuring cash prizes for the top four best costumes: First Place will win $500; Fourth Place wins $100. There will also be live music by Westside Band. Judging will take place at 11 p.m. and admission is free. Must be 21 years or older to participate.

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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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Superstition Tours

October 29 @ 7:00 pm CDT
Fairlawn Mansion Superior, Wisconsin

The Fairlawn Mansion in Superior will hold Superstition Tours on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Tour the darkened house with flashlights and learn about the superstitious life of the Victorians. Tours will leave every half hour, starting at 7 p.m. Bring your own flashlight. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors/college students, and $5 youth. Not recommended for children under age 5. The Mansion will also be open for Trick or Treating on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

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Halloween Celebration

October 31 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
AmericInn Lodge & Suites Silver Bay,

AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Silver Bay will hold a Halloween Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 31, featuring trick-or-treating from 4-6 p.m. There will also be prizes for best costume and best decorated doors.

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Malloween

October 31 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
Miller Hill Mall Duluth,

Head to the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth for Malloween on Thursday, Oct. 31. Held from 4:30-7 p.m., there will be trick-or-treating in the mall, a costume contest, and a Disney Jr. event.

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November 2019

Bluegrass Masters Weekend

November 1 - November 3
Lutsen Resort MN United States

From Nov. 1-3, NSMA will host its 29th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. Fiddle is the instrument of focus this year, with master fiddler Dan Kelly teaching instrumental workshops all day Saturday. Workshops are $8 per hour or $40 for the full day. All skill levels are welcome; registration is at event only. Then, Saturday at 8 p.m. in the resort ballroom, Dan will be joined in concert by Nashville Network and Grand Ole Opry stars Michael and…

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Aurora Summit

November 1 - November 3
Harbor View Event Center Washburn, Wisconsin + Google Map

Northern Lights enthusiasts will flock to the Aurora Summit, held Nov. 1-3 at the Harbor View Event Center in Washburn. This weekend workshop offers presentations about the wonders of the night sky, ranging from photography, astronomy and space weather, to art, culture and mythology. There will be hands-on night demonstrations, guest speakers, panel discussions, aurora trivia, special programs and classes, raffle prizes and more. This year’s keynote speaker is Chris Ratzlaff, admin of the Alberta Aurora Chasers and one of…

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Duluth Junk Hunt

November 1 @ 10:00 am - November 2 @ 4:00 pm CDT
Duluth DECC

Love antique shopping and searching for goodies? Take part in the semi-annual, two-day Duluth Junk Hunt at the Duluth DECC, featuring vintage, antique, and repurposed treasures from more than 100 of the area’s finest vendors. There will also be a farmer’s market with local foods and flowers. Admission is $5 at the door (good for both days) or $10 for early admission on Friday. Part of the proceeds are donated to Project Joy. The Junk Hunt will be held from…

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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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Chick-uamegon Women’s 5k, 10k & 1-mile Walk/Run

November 2 @ 10:00 am CDT
Railyard Park Ashland, Wisconsin + Google Map

Get your girlfriends together and visit Ashland for the annual Chick-uamegon Women’s 5k, 10k and 1-mile walk/run on Saturday, Nov. 2. Held at Railyard Park, same-day registration and packet pick-up will take place from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Bretting Community Center (pre-registration suggested). The races start at 10 a.m. and are not timed. Awards will be given to the first and second place 5k and 10k winners. All participants will receive a tiara and a finisher medal. Prizes will also…

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Harvest Fest

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
North Shore Winery Lutsen, Minnesota

The 4th Annual Harvest Fest will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at North Shore Winery in Lutsen. Winemaker Chuck Corliss, and his assistant Charlie Bronstein, will demonstrate how North Shore Winery ferments and processes wines after receiving grapes. Step into the barrel room to get a personal tour of the operation, including the opportunity to see each piece of equipment and understand how it is used in the process. There will also be warm soup starting at noon…

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Holiday Craft n’ Stuff Fair

November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Schreiber Community Hall Schreiber, Ontario Canada + Google Map

The annual Holiday Craft n’ Stuff Fair in Schreiber, Ontario will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. Held at the Schreiber Community Hall, there will be homemade crafts and Christmas gifts to shop for, such as jewelry, apparel, candles and more. Admission is $2.

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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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Big Moose Art & Crafts Show

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CST
Amici’s Event Center Ely, + Google Map

Head to Ely for the Big Moose Art and Crafts Show, held Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Amici’s Event Center. Roughly 30 local and regional artists and crafters will have their work on display for your viewing and purchasing pleasure, featuring everything from mixed media art and jewelry to rosemaling, photography, embroidery, pottery and wood turning. This year’s vendor lineup includes Sharee Johnson, Doug Kalina, Kim Gross, Marty Fautch, Tom McDonald, Heidi Pinkerton, and Linda Trapkus. The show is held…

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Holiday Market and Open House

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
Thunder Bay Museum Ontario Canada + Google Map

Join the Thunder Bay Museum for the 2nd Annual Holiday Market and Open House on Nov. 9. Purchase hand-made arts and crafts from local vendors, enter to win prizes, and experience all three floors of exhibits with all proceeds going towards helping the museum continue to make history. Held from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free.

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Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm CST
Split Rock Lighthouse Two Harbors, MN United States + Google Map

Held at Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, this annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on Nov. 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building, and visitor center will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Fitzgerald in the visitor center. At…

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