Festivals & Events In Cook County

In Cook County, Minnesota, we know how to have a good time. And we have no shortage of fun things to do in Minnesota . Among the thousands–that’s not a typo–of happenings we host each year are over a dozen festivals and major events. Whether your definition of “good time” is discovering the vibrancy of Ojibwe culture, chowing down on fish burgers, or dancing the night away, we’ve got a big day for you.

We have things to do in Minnesota in all four of the seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall. Head north to experience a Naturally Unforgettable vacation in the arrowhead of Minnesota.  If you’re finally looking for that reason to head to up the shore to Lutsen, Tofte & Schroeder, or Grand Marais, or you’ve always had it on your Bucket List to see the BWCA up the Gunflint Trail for yourself, or maybe you’d like to poke around Grand Portage for the day, one of our events is sure to be a great start to the trip of a lifetime.

Please check the Event Calendar for the latest updates on event changes and cancellations. 

January:

February:

March:

  • Annual Trout Derby, Gunflint Trail | 3/4/2023
  • Superior Timberwolves Annual Snowmobile Club Picnic, Tofte | 
  • Dog Days of Winter Sled Dog Derbies and Skijoring Races, Gunflint Trail  | 
  • Wood Week at North House Folk School, Grand Marais  | 3/13/2023 - 3/20/2023
  • Family Festival at Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen | 3/25/2023

April:

May:

June:

July:

  • Fourth of July Celebrations, Tofte, Grand Marais, Grand Portage | 7/4/2023 
  • Grand Marais Arts Festival, Grand Marais Art Colony | 7/8/2023 - 7/9/2023
  • Annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races at Gunflint Lodge | 
  • North Shore Water Festival, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Grand Marais | 
  • Biggest Blueberry Contest, Gunflint Trail |

August:

  • 94th Annual Fisherman's Picnic, Grand Marais  | 8/3/2023 - 8/6/2023
  • Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days, and Celebration Pow Wow, Grand Portage | 8/11/2023 - 8/13/2023 

September:

  • Superior Fall Trail Races, Lutsen | 9/8/2023 - 9/9/2023
  • WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival, Grand Marais | 9/8/2023 - 9/10/2023
  • Plein Air Grand Marais  | 9/15/2023 - 9/22/2023
  • Unplugged, North House Folk School, Grand Marais | 9/14/2023 - 9/16/2023
  • Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, Cook County | 09/22/2023 - 10/01/2023

October:

  • Moose Madness Family Festival, Grand Marais  | 10/20/2023 - 10/21/2023
  • Family Weekend, North House Folk School, Grand Marais | 10/20/2023 - 10/22/2023 

November:

  • Empty Bowls, Fundraiser for the Cook County Food Shelf, Grand Marais | 
  • Winterers Gathering & Arctic Film Festival, North House Folk School, Grand Marais | 
  • The New Standards Holiday Show, Lutsen Mountains  | 
  • Oh Ole Night Parade, Tree Lighting and Fireworks, Grand Marais  | 

December:

  • Dark Sky Festival, Cook County | 12/07/2023 – 12/09/2023 
  • Annual Cook County Community Center Holiday Craft Show, Grand Marais |  
  • Hovland Winter Art Show, Hovland Town Hall  | 
  • Snowball Music Festival, Lutsen Mountains |   
  • Northwoods Fiber Guild Open House & Holiday Sale, Grand Marais Art Colony, Studio 21  | 
  • Annual Holiday Art Underground Show, Betsy Bowen Studio, Grand Marais  | 

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