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July in Grand Marais: A Month of Celebrations and Activities

Nestled on the edge of Lake Superior, Grand Marais is a haven for those seeking both relaxation and adventure. The natural beauty of the area is breathtaking, with the clear waters of the lake and the lush greenery of the surrounding forests providing a perfect backdrop for outdoor activities. Hiking, kayaking, and fishing are popular pastimes, offering visitors a chance to connect with nature. The town itself is charming, with its colorful storefronts, friendly locals, and a laid-back atmosphere that invites you to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Cook County Co-op: Food to go, to stay, and to cook at home. Here are some of our favorites. | SUBMITTED

Grand Marais is also a cultural gem, home to a thriving arts scene that reflects the creative spirit of the community. Local artists draw inspiration from the stunning landscapes, producing works that capture the essence of the North Shore. The town hosts numerous workshops, galleries, and events that celebrate the arts, making it a destination for art lovers and creators alike. Whether you’re exploring the scenic byways, attending a local festival, or simply strolling through town, Grand Marais offers a rich tapestry of experiences that delight and inspire all who visit.

A Grand Marais tradition since 1971. The Lake Superior Trading Post has everything from fun gifts to camping gear and so much more! Open year-round. | BRYAN HANSEL

July in Grand Marais is brimming with events and festivities that capture the heart of summer. The Fourth of July kicks off the month with a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor. The Grand Marais Arts Festival, held July 13-14, transforms the downtown area into an outdoor gallery, showcasing the talents of more than 60 local and regional artists. Water enthusiasts will love the North Shore Water Festival, held July 19-21, featuring demonstrations, SUP yoga, kayak tours, and more, all on Lake Superior. As the month wraps up, excitement builds for the upcoming Fisherman’s Picnic festival on August 1-4, an annual tradition filled with community spirit and entertainment. Be sure to visit the Johnson Heritage Post and Grand Marais Art Colony for their art exhibits, catch a play at the Grand Marais Playhouse, and join events at the Grand Marais Library. Numerous other events hosted by area businesses make July a lively and engaging time to visit. Check out our calendar of events for dates, times, and more details!

JOIN THE FUN!!! at The Market. | SUBMITTED

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