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North Shore Calendar of Events

Each small town celebrates nature, arts and history, the great outdoors, local and regional talents, holidays and community. And you’re invited to join in. This North Shore Calendar of Events lists all kinds of goings-on; guided hikes, 99-mile bike races, fine art exhibits, pie-eating contests, solstice celebrations, historical talks, workshops, classes, summer festivals, small town parades, and the annual lighting of Split Rock Lighthouse.

Check out what’s going on during your visit!


September 17, 2021 - October 10, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2021 Plein Air Grand Marais
2021 Plein Air Grand Marais

Johnson Heritage Post | Grand Marais MN

Competition and Festival of Outdoor Painting on the North Shore of Lake Superior

See the final exhibition of 66 Plein Air artists!

Opening Reception
Friday, Sep 17th, 5-8pm (awards at 6:30 pm)

Gallery Hours
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 10-4 (closed Tuesdays); Sundays 1-4

September 24, 2021 - October 3, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour
Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour

Fall in Cook County is a time of tumultuous beauty, so take some time to explore the colors and meet artists during the Fall Studio Tour!  Stops include home studios as well as galleries with guest artists.

Art Along The Shore map, descriptions and events

October 2, 2021
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Beargrease Fur-K & DogtoberFest (5K and Beer Festival!)
Beargrease Fur-K & DogtoberFest (5K and Beer Festival!)

Lake County Fairgrounds | Two Harbors MN

Join us for the official kick-off to Beargrease! Our Fur-K (5k) and DogtoberFest (Beer Festival) will be fun for the whole family!

The run will take place on the Erkki Harju Ski Trail. Register for the morning (8 am to noon) or afternoon (1-4 pm).

Blacklist Brewing Co. will be kicking off the DogtoberFest Beer Tasting Celebration serving samples of Bloody Beers!
Mystery Mobile Catering and Oasis Del Norte Food trucks will be selling on-site to sustain you from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
DogtoberFest Beer Tasting Festival and live music will run from 12:00 – 4:00.

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