Festivals and Major Events | Things to Do in Minnesota

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.

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Please check the Event Calendar for the latest updates on event cancellations due to COVID-19. 


Ski Party Music Festival, Lutsen Mountains – Cancelled in 2021

Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race, Trail Center Lodge,  Gunflint Trail – Cancelled in 2021

Norpine Fat Bike Classic, Lutsen

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Cook County


 Hygge Festival, Cook County

Snowarama, Grand Portage – Virtual Event

Cloud Cult, Lutsen Mountains – Cancelled in 2021

Fiber Week, North House Folk School, Grand Marais – Virtual Event

Snowmobile Drag Races at Hungry Jack, Gunflint Trail – Cancelled in 2021

Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe, Lutsen – Cancelled in 2021

Pincushion Ski Festival, Pincushion Mountain Trails, Grand Marais – Virtual Event

Wood Week, North House Folk School, Grand Marais – Virtual Event


Dog Days of Winter, Gunflint Trail – Cancelled in 2021


Volunteer and Service Learning Weekend, North House Folk School, Grand Marais – TBD


Superior Spring Trail Races, Lutsen – TBD

May 28 – 31, 2021 | Art Along the Lake Spring Gallery Opening , Cook County

Le Grand Du Nord, Grand Marais & Gunflint Trail – Dates TBD

Northern Landscapes Festival, North House Folk School, Grand Marais – TBD


BWCA Expo, Gunflint Trail – TBD

Grand Marais Block Party, 1st Avenue, Grand Marais – TBD

 Voyage North 5 & 10k, Grand Marais – Cancelled in 2021

Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival, North House Folk School, Grand Marais – TBD

June 26-27, 2021 | Lutsen 99er Mountain Bike Race, Lutsen


Fourth of July, Tofte, Grand Marais, Grand Portage – TBD

July 11-12, 2021 | Grand Marais Arts Festival, Grand Marais Art Colony

Gunflint Trail Canoe Races, Gunflint Lodge – TBD

North Shore Water Festival, Stone Harbor, Grand Marais – TBD

July 16 – August 8, 2021 | Biggest Blueberry Contest, Gunflint Trail


Fisherman’s Picnic, Grand Marais – TBD

Rendezvous Days and Celebration Pow-Wow, Grand Portage – TBD


Superior Fall Trail Races, Lutsen – TBD

WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival, Grand Marais – TBD

September 10 – 17, 2021 | Plein Air, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail

Unplugged and Birch Bark Bash, North House Folk School, Grand Marais – TBD

September 24 – October 3, 2021 | Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, Cook County


October 22-23, 2021 | Moose Madness Family Festival, Grand Marais


Empty Bowls, Fundraiser for the Cook County Food Shelf, Grand Marais – TBD

Winterers Gathering & Arctic Film Festival, North House Folk School, Grand Marais – TBD

Thanksgiving Dining Hours, Cook County

The New Standards Holiday Show, Lutsen Mountains – TBD

November 26, 2021 | Oh Ole Night Parade, Tree Lighting and Fireworks, Grand Marais


Dark Sky Festival, Cook County – TBD

Annual Cook County Community Center Holiday Craft Show, Grand Marais – TBD

Hovland Art Festival Holiday Show, Hovland Town Hall, Hovland – TBD

Snowball Music Festival, Lutsen Mountains – TBD

Northwoods Fiber Guild Open House & Holiday Sale, Grand Marais Art Colony – TBD

Annual Holiday Art Underground Show, Betsy Bowen Studio, Grand Marais – TBD

Alexa Can’t Save You Now!, Downtown Grand Marais – TBD

December 24-25, 2021 | Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining Hours, Cook County


View all upcoming festivals on our events calendar.

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