There’s nothing quite like a November gale — wind howling, icy waves lashing the rocks, a shiver of awe running down your spine. Treat yourself to a storm-season retreat before the bedlam of the holidays begins. This event honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake.
Check out this video of Lake Superior waves exploding against the Grand Marais breakwall just a few days after the festival.
Storm Festival 2016 | November 11-13, 2016
Friday, November 11th
5:30 p.m. Taking Fashion by Storm | Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply | Grand Marais
Lifestyle & outdoor fashion show presented by Stone Harbor
Please bring a donation for the Cook County Food Shelf & receive 20% off regular priced items in the store!
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Call-In Trivia Radio Show | WTIP 90.7 | Grand Marais
Tune your radio in Cook County to 90.7 FM or click to live stream from the website WTIP.org
Live call-in trivia hour with Lake Superior and storm themed questions. Call in at 1-800-473-9847 or locally at 218-387-1070
Saturday, November 12th
12:00 p.m. The Annual Wave Dash!! | Lutsen Resort
You have probably heard of a “polar plunge.” Wave Dash takes the idea one step further — literally. You don’t just dunk in Lake Superior — you run into it.
That’s right. Take a quick, chilly dash into Lake Superior, contribute to a good cause, and win bragging rights for life, a and a special festival gift of a logo fleece hat.
Afterward, warm up with a roaring fire on the beach. Changing rooms, towels and hot cocoa provided in resort pool area.
Suggested $10 donation benefits the Cook County Community YMCA.
2:00 pm | The Loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald | Caribou Highlands Mountain View Conference Room, Lutsen
Jim Shinners speaks about the loss of the ship and the 29 member crew.
4:00 p.m. Reading by Peter Geye | Voyageur Brewing | Grand Marais
Peter Geye is the author of the popular book, Wintering, set in Northern Minnesota. Come join him as he reads a stormy section of his new novel. He will also discuss why he choose the North Shore as the setting for all three of his books. He’ll end with Q & A.
5:00 – 7:00 pm | Timmy Haus Concert | Moguls Grille, Lutsen
Timmy will be performing favorites from Gordon Lightfoot including “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”
7 pm | “Spirits of Lake Superior” Shipwreck Dinner | Moguls Grille, Lutsen
A Dinner showcasing local fare from in and around Lake Superior, as well as a tasting of Locally Distilled Spirits. $39 per person. There will be four courses and each course is paired with a story of a Shipwreck on Lake Superior. You can call 663-7241 ext. 4507 for more information. Reservations required.
Friday evening Painting Up a Storm Class (Time is TBD) | Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery | Lutsen
Come enjoy this painting and wine class with a stormy Lake Superior theme. Local artist Kathy Fox-Weinberg will guide you through painting this Lake Superior themed piece that you’ll be able to take home with you!