Events


Rallies and races, festivals and tournaments, there's always something exciting happening in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan!

Annual Festivals

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Pasty Fest

Main Street Calumet' Pasty Fest takes place the last weekend of June. Events include the Pasty Walk and the Pasty Parade. There will be food, fun and music in Agassiz Park on 4th Street. The Pasty Bake-off begins at 1 pm, followed by children's games (including a scavenger hunt). For more information, or to register for the bake-off, contact Main Street Calumet at 906-337-MAIN or info@mainstreetcalumet.com or visit the website.

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4th of July Celebrations

Many Keweenaw communities, from South Range to Copper Harbor, have Independence Day celebrations with parades, childrens games, BBQs, entertainment and good old-fashioned family fun. Fireworks displays will be held in Lake Linden on the 3rd and in South Range & Copper Harbor on the 4th.

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Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival, held in the downtown Chassell area, is two days of family fun the first weekend in July that isn't the 4th of July. Events include an Arts & Crafts show, the Chassell Heritage Center Open House, a fish boil, live music and entertainment, a children's parade, awards and auction, queen crowning and dance, a French Toast Breakfast, the parade, a chicken BBQ, the Friends of Fashion Vintage Fashion Show, children's games and a quilt raffle. Strawberry shortcake, brats, hot dogs, ice cream and more will also be available.  For more information visit https://www.coppercountrystrawberryfestival.com/

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Central Mine Reunion

The annual reunion of the former Central Mine M.E. Church is held the last Sunday in July in the historic structure, 18 miles north of Calumet along US-41 in Keweenaw County and features two services, the first at 9 am followed by an 11 am service. For information contact Dave Thomas at 906-289-4579.

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Keweenaw Mineral Days

The A.E.Seaman Mineral Museum on the campus on Michigan Tech University in Houghton invites you to the Keweenaw Mineral Days in early August. This is a week of mineral collecting and more including prepared surface collecting, underground collecting, datolite collecting, photography workshop, a mineral banquet and auctions, invited speakers and more. For more information contact the Museum at 906-487-2572 or visit the website.

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Civil War Encampment

History comes alive in July at Fort Wilkins State Park on US-41 just east of Copper Harbor. Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, a Civil War era living history group returns to Fort Wilkins for a weekend encampment. The weekend event is open to park visitors from 8 am to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 8 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Battery D will interpret army life of the period demonstrating artillery and small arms drills, period cooking and soldiers' pastimes. A Michigan Recreation Passport or a day pass is required for entrance into the park. For more information, contact Fort Wilkins at 906-289-4215.

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Eagle Harbor Art Fair

St. Peters by the Sea on M-26 in Eagle Harbor hosts the annual Eagle Harbor Art Fair the second weekend in August. For information and entry forms call 906-337-1252 or visit the website.

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Heritage Celebration

The annual Heritage Celebration takes place on the third weekend in August in Agassiz Park on 4th Street in Calumet. Activities begin with a breakfast featuring ethnic food followed by the horseshoe tournament, a parade, Coppertown USA Museum open house, live music, guided trolley and horse-drawn wagon tours, old-fashioned children's games, traditional artists/crafters, food vendors and the Great Deer Chase Mountain Bike Race. For more information call Main Street Calumet at 906-337-6246.

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Houghton County Fair

The Houghton County Fair is held the last full weekend of August at the Houghton County Fairgrounds off Birch Street in Hancock. Exhibits, carnival, demolition derby, logging show, draft horse pull and much, much more. For information call the fair office at 906-482-6200 or visit the website.

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Winter Carnival

The Michigan Tech University Winter Carnival takes place on the campus and at various Houghton/Hancock locations in early February. Events include the famous snow statues, sporting events, the queen contest, a torch light parade, fireworks, the Sno-Ball and more. For more information contact Blue Key National Honor Fraternity at 906-487-2818 or visit the website.

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Great Bear Chase

The Annual Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon is held in early March. Choose between the 26-km and the 50-km freestyle races, the 26-km or 50-km classic races, the 14km freestyle race or the new Snow Bike Race. Registration and more information are available on the website.

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Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge, hosted by Michigan Tech University, comes to Houghton in early March and is an intercollegiate design competition that challenges engineering students to re-engineer an existing snowmobile for improved emissions and noise while maintaining or improving the performance characteristics of the original snowmobile.

The public is invited to the Grand Opening Event and the Polaris Acceleration and Objective Handling events, both at the Keweenaw Research Center adjacent to the Houghton County Memorial Airport off US-41 between Hancock and Calumet. They can also view the Static Display. There is an endurance run to Copper Harbor & an Awards Banquet at the Memorial Union Building Ballroom. For banquet tickets call 906-487-2750. For more information contact Jay at 906-487-2750 or jmeldrum@mtu.edu.

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CopperDog 150

The CopperDog 150 features teams of ten dogs and covers 150 miles in three days, while the CopperDog 40 features teams of six dogs and covers approximately forty miles in one day. The CopperDog 150 caps at thirty teams and the CopperDog 40 caps at fifteen teams. Which means the first weekend in March finds 350+ dogs racing through Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula! For more information visit the website.

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Winter Ronde

The Annual Winter Ronde takes place on the Keweenaw in early February. Enjoy a full weekend of Snow Bike Races at the Michigan Tech trails in Houghton on Saturday and the Copper Island Classic in Chassell on Sunday. A pasta feed - the Licious Loppet - is held for all participants Saturday evening. Maps, registration and more information are available on the website.