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 – 8:00 pm 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!
6:00 pm Steamship America: a North Shore Legend | Arrowhead Center for the Arts | Grand Marais
The Cook County Historical Society, along with WDSE will be hosting a big-screen showing of their documentary, Steamship America: a North Shore Legend. This event is free, and will follow with Q&A with the film makers.
7:00 – 8:00 pm 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 pm 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.
1:00 pm | Book Signing by Peter Geye | Lake Superior Trading Post, Grand Marais
Peter Geye is the author of the popular book, Wintering, set in Northern Minnesota. He will be signing and selling books at Lake Superior Trading Post.
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.
3:00 pm | 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 chose the North Shore as the setting for all three of his books, and take questions from the audience.
5:00 – 7:00 pm Painting Up a Storm Class | Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery | Lutsen | $25
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! Reservations are required so call 218-387-2585 to save your spot.
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”
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Storm Fest Survivors’ Night Cascade Lodge | Lutsen
Join Cascade Restaurant as they celebrate Storm Festival and their survival through another busy summer season! There will be good friends, yummy food and multiple wonderful musicians.
7:00 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.
Sunday, November 13th
1:00 pm Painting Party | Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais $35
$35 includes instruction and all materials. See Voyageur Brewing for more information.
Weekend Long Events
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday | Plein Air Exhibit | Johnson Heritage Post
Check out the art that was made during the Grand Marais Art Colony’s Plein Air event.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday | Annual Member Show | Grand Marais Art Colony
The Annual Member Show & Sale is open at the Grand Marais Art Colony.