Festivals and Major Events

In Cook County, Minnesota, we know how to have a good time. And we have no shortage of fun Minnesota things to do. 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.


2018 Festivals and Major Events

January 5-6, 2018 – Ski Party, Lutsen Mountains

January 6, 2018 – Norpine Fat Bike Classic, Lutsen

January 6-7, 2018 – Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race, Gunflint Trail

January 27, 2018 – Dessa, MONAKR and Aby Wolf & Eric Mason, Lutsen Mountains

January 28-31, 2018 – John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Cook County

February 9-15, 2018 – Hygge Festival, Grand Marais

February 10, 2018 – Cloud Cult, Lutsen Mountains

February 17, 2018 – Candlelit Ski & Snowshoe, Lutsen

February 18, 2018 – Pincushion Mountain Winter Festival, Grand Marais

March 3, 2018 – The Sugar Tour, Lutsen

March 11, 2018 – Dog Days of Winter, Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail

March 31, 2018 – Kid’s Plus Easter Egg Hunt, Grand Marais

April 1, 2018 – Easter Festival, Lutsen Mountains

April 21-22, 2018 – Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge, Lutsen Mountains

May 5, 2018 – Kites at the Harbor: Grand Marais Kite Festival

May 19, 2018 – Superior Spring Trail Races, Lutsen

May 25-28, 2018 – Art Along the Lake: Spring Gallery Tour, Cook County

May 26, 2018 – Le Grand du Nord, Grand Marais + Gunflint Trail

June 9-10, 2018 – Boundary Waters Expo, Gunflint Trail

June 9, 2018, Voyage North 5&10k, Voyageur Brewing Co., Grand Marais

June 22-24, 2018 – Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival, Grand Marais

June 23, 2018 – Lutsen 99er Mountain Bike Race, Lutsen

July 4, 2018 – Fourth of July, Tofte, Grand Marais, Grand Portage

July 14-15, 2018 – Grand Marais Arts Festival, Grand Marais

July 18, 2018 – Gunflint Trail Canoe Races, Gunflint Trail

July 20 – August 11, 2018 – Biggest Blueberry Contest, Gunflint Trail

July 20-22, 2018 – North Shore Water Festival, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply Co., Grand Marais

July 27-29, 2018 – Stars of the North Music Festival, Grand Marais

August 2-5, 2018 – Fisherman’s Picnic, Grand Marais

August 10-12, 2018 – Rendezvous Days and Pow-Wow, Grand Portage

September 7-9, 2018 – Radio Waves Music Festival, Grand Marais

September 7-8, 2018 – Superior Fall Trail Races, Lutsen

September 14-16, 2018 – Unplugged and Folk Artisan Marketplace, Grand Marais

September 26-30, 2018 – Oktoberfest at Voyageur Brewing Co., Grand Marais

September 28-October 7, 2018 – Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, Cook County

October 20, 2018 – Sawtooth Mountain Bike Challenge, Grand Marais

October 19-21, 2018 – Moose Madness Family Festival, Grand Marais

October 27-28, 2018 – Inuit Premiere, Sivertson Gallery, Grand Marais

November 2-4, 2018 – Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend, Lutsen

November 9-11, 2018 – Lake Superior Storm Festival, Lutsen and Grand Marais

November 16-18, 2018 – Winterer’s Gathering, North House Folk School, Grand Marais

November 23, 2018 – Oh Ole Night Parade, Tree Lighting and Fireworks, Grand Marais

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