There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Minnesota—especially in Cook County. It’s no wonder this amazing location also inspires amazing music and nightlife.

When you think of music in Cook County, Minnesota, your first thoughts may be of loons calling, surf crashing or a bonfire crackling.

How about the exuberant playing of a world-class performer before a crowd of hundreds?

Here in Lutsen/Tofte/Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, the live music scene is getting better every season. During peak times, you can enjoy live performances seven days a week at multiple venues. Sitting around a bonfire, a stage in Harbor Park or at a local tavern; music is found anywhere and everywhere in Cook County. In any given visit, you might catch local virtuosos and an up-and-coming artist from the Twin Cities. There are venues to suit every taste: an intimate restaurant, a large concert space, or an outdoor festival. You can savor sounds ranging from bluegrass folk to zydeco to rock. Throughout the year, you can enjoy concerts and special performances at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, hosted by the North Shore Music Association. In Cook County, live music is a way of life, and it is ingrained in every event and every evening.

In late summer and throughout the winter, Papa Charlie’s, at Lutsen Mountains, hosts Songwriter Series. They transform their large concert venue into a listening room environment for Monday and some Wednesday evenings. This provides a chance to connect with big name and local singer/songwriters, and to enjoy an intimate music environment. Bring your dancing shoes though; Papa Charlie’s also hosts a plethora of late night music festivals.

Late night activities aren’t just about live music. Other things to do include trivia, karaoke and family festivals.

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