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July 2019

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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West End Flower Show

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
The West End Garden Club, will hold their annual flower show on Saturday, July 20.

The West End Garden Club, (representing the communities of Schroeder, Tofte and Lutsen), will hold their annual flower show on Saturday, July 20. This year’s theme is Painted Garden, and it will feature beautiful, unique arrangements and refreshments. Master gardeners from the local Cook County Extension Office will be on hand to share information and answer questions, as well as provide valuable resources. The show will take place from 1-5 p.m. at the Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte.

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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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Ely Fine Art & Artisan Fair

July 27 @ 12:00 am CDT

Get up close and personal with local and regional artists in an intimate setting at the 6th Annual Ely Fine Art and Artisan Fair. See all aspects of art, from watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, to silversmiths, sculptors and fiber artists. Artists include Dafne Caruso, Doug Kalina, Kim Gross, Brittany Foster, Sharee Johnson, Anne Rasberry and Linda Trapkus. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Amici’s Ceremony Hall, adjacent to The Art Corner, on Sheridan Street in…

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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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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.

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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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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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