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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!


January 30, 2022 - February 2, 2022
All Day

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest running sled dog race in the lower 48 states. World class mushers face off against seasoned competitors and the extremes of northern Minnesota weather and the deceivingly rugged terrain of the trail. The “Beargrease” is a qualifier for the famed Iditarod race in Alaska.
Races include the Beargrease 120, a mid-distance race, the Beargrease 40, a recreational class race as well as the Cub Run, a 2 or 4 mile loop for kids to get their chance behind a two-dog team.
All check points and road crossings are easily accessible to the public and provide many opportunities for photographers, winter camping or simply quality time around a campfire with good people, hot chocolate and the thrill of seeing the amazing canine athletes in action.

February 1, 2022 - February 28, 2022
All Day

North House Folk School February Courses
North House Folk School February Courses

North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN

North House was founded in 1997 by a small handful of inspired locals passionate about traditional craft and cooperative learning.

February Courses

2 & 9 :: Knit a Skolt Sami Inspired Hat online
3-6 :: Color Theory Through Weaving
4 :: Pewter Thread Celtic Love Knot Bracelet online
4-5 :: Flatbreads from Around the World
4-6 :: Build Your Own Casket
4-6 :: Bird Carving
5 :: Rosemaling in Fiber – Dala Rooster online
9-13 :: Winter Moccasins: Anishinaabe-Style
10-13 :: Weave to Felt
11-13:: Hand Tool Woodworking

14-21 Fiber Week
Courses in weaving, warping, Nuno felting, crocheting, penny rugs, needle felting, and bead embroidery.
Fiber Friday [Feb 18] is a day of speakers, demonstrations, open studios, and community gatherings free for all enrolled students.

18 & 25 :: Shearling-lined Celtic Cable Crochet Headband online
23 & Mar 2,9,16 :: Swedish Bonadsmalning online
25 :: Winter River Exploration
25-27 :: Masonry Heater Building
25-27 :: Hand-crafted Brooms – An Introduction
25-Mar 1 :: Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood
26 :: Winter River Exploration
26-27 :: All Ground Up – Sausage Making

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