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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!


April 18, 2022 - September 30, 2022
12:00 am

George Morrison “Connections” Exhibit
George Morrison “Connections” Exhibit

Grand Portage National Monument | Grand Portage MN

At Grand Portage National Monument’s Heritage Center, the George Morrison Exhibit “Connections” will open the week of April 18, 2022. For this exhibit, the National Park Service (NPS) has gathered works in their collection, along with works and artifacts from private collections, to curate the exhibition.

April 29, 2022 - May 22, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Growing Toward the Light Gallery Exhibition
Growing Toward the Light Gallery Exhibition

Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery | Grand Marais MN

Join us for Spirit of the Wilderness’s community art exhibition, Growing Toward the Light.

Michelle Westmark Wingard is an installation-based photographer, curator, and arts educator. She is Professor of Art and Gallery Director of Bethel University’s two exhibition spaces. In her fifteen years of programming exhibitions, Westmark Wingard has worked with more than eighty artists in a diverse range of media. Her photographic and curatorial projects often seek to create experiential and participatory opportunities exploring themes of memory, grief, memorial, perception, and interconnection. She has curated several exhibitions and has also exhibited her own photographic work locally and nationally.

Exhibition runs April 29th through May 22nd alongside our permanent Anna C Johnson collection and charming gift shop.

May 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022
All Day

North House Folk School May Courses
North House Folk School May 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.

May  Courses

Apr 29-May 1 :: Introduction to Jewelry Construction
Apr 29-May 1 :: Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
Apr 29-May3 :: Basic Timber Framing
3-8 :: Building the Wood-Fired Brick Oven
4-8 :: Basic Building Skills Workshop
6-9 :: Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond
6&13 :: Knotwork Dragon online
6-14 :: Build Your Own Smaller Timber Frames
7 :: Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series
7-8 :: Custom Leather Sandal Construction
13-15 :: Knit a Moose Hat in the Round
13-15 :: Bird Carving
13-16 :: Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style & Traditions
14-15 :: All Ground Up: Sausage Making
19-21 :: Open Session Wood Carving
19-22 :: Outdoor Timbered Benches
19-22 :: Traditional Swedish Table-Made Hair Bracelet
20 :: Forgework Skills Refresher
20-22 :: Black Ash Baskets with a Twist
21-22 :: Decorative Ironwork: Art f the Candle Holder
21-22 :: Smørrebrød: Scandinavian Open-Faced Sandwiches
22 :: Fly Casting Workshop & North Shore Fly Fishing Primer
24-26 :: Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
27-29 :: Weft-Faced Weaving ona Rigid Hedlle Loom
27-29 :: Shaker-Style Carriers
27-29 :: Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
27-30 :: Blacksmithing: Crafting the Tools of the Trade
28 :: Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles
28-29 :: Herbal ID Basics and Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit
29 :: Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles
30-Jul 1 :: Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl
31-Jul 2 :: Crafting the Twig Chair

May 11, 2022 - May 31, 2022
All Day

Grand Marais Art Colony May courses
Grand Marais Art Colony May courses

At the Grand Marais Art Colony, we exist to support the enduring human need for creative expression and inspiration. Artists and creative seekers of all levels come from across the country to learn from renowned instructors, create art, and engage together in artistic inquiry.

May Courses

11-14 :: Painting in Pastel:Landscape from Photographs
16-18 :: Listening to Your Draft
16-20 :: The Layered Image
18-21 :: Painting the Wild Places
20-21 :: Drawing with Pastel: Hummingbird
23-24 :: Drawing in the Present
23-25 :: Beginning Oil Painting
23-27 :: Stacking and Carving
23-27 :: Introduction to Mezzotint and Chine Colle
28 :: Mini-Class: Handbuilt Mugs
28 :: Mini-Class: Drawing on Point
30-Jun 3 :: Abstraction from Nature
30-Jun 3 :: Print to Book

May 21, 2022
All Day

Superior Spring Trail Race
Superior Spring Trail Race

Lutsen Mountains | Lutsen MN

The Superior Spring Trail Races 50KM, 25KM & 12.5KM are extremely hilly, rugged and technical trail-races which traverse the Sawtooth Mountain Range via the Superior Hiking Trail

* 15 day lottery registration window opens on January 1 and closes on January 15, drawing is held by January 25.

May 21, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Live Music at Castle Danger Brewery
Live Music at Castle Danger Brewery

Castle Danger Brewery | Two Harbors MN

May Music Schedule

6 :: John Cron
7 :: Hannah Rey
13 :: Northeast Timberland Band
14 :: Elsa Lee
20 :: Hannah Rey
21 :: Jason Shooler
27 :: Adam Moe
28 :: Lindula Brothers

May 21, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

May Live Music at Cascade Restaurant & Pub
May Live Music at Cascade Restaurant & Pub

Cascade Lodge Pub | Lutsen MN

Thu May 19 :: Singer and guitarist Sonofmel (John Adler) will perform
Sat May 23 :: Singer and guitarist John Gruber will perform
Thu May 26 :: Singer/songwriter Joe Paulik will perform
Sat May 28 :: Singer and guitarist Pat Eliasen will perform


May 21, 2022
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jim McGowan Live at Lutsen Resort
Jim McGowan Live at Lutsen Resort

Lutsen Resort | Lutsen MN

Join singer and guitarist Jim McGowan in the beautiful lobby of Lutsen Resort, overlooking Lake Superior.  Jim is always entertaining, and he’s sure to play songs that you know and love. Prepare for a good time!

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