Annual Festivals

Pasty Fest

Main Street Calumet’ Pasty Fest takes place August 18, 2018. 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.  

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.

Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival, held in the downtown Chassell area, is two days of family fun July 7 and 8th 2018. 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/

Central Mine Reunion

The annual reunion of the former Central Mine M.E. Church is held Sunday July 29th, 2018 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.

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 starting Monday July 16-21st 2018. 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.

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. The encampment takes place July 27th – July 29, 2018.

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. The Art Fair takes place August 11, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm and August 12, 2018 from 12 pm- 4 pm.  

 

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. The 2018 Houghton County Fair will be held from August 23, starting at 3 pm and will go through Sunday August 26, at 4 pm.  

Winter Carnival

The Michigan Tech University Winter Carnival takes place on the campus and at various Houghton/Hancock locations February 6 – 9th 2019. 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.  The dates for the 2019 Winter Carnival are not yet available.  Please check back for more information as it becomes available.  

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. The  Great Bear Chase will be held Saturday, March 9th, 2019.  

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.

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 March 1st – 3rd 2019  finds 350+ dogs racing through Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula! For more information visit the website.

 

 

 

Antique Snowmobile Run-For-Fun

Come join us for the annual vintage snowmobile show and ride happening in February of each year.  All proceeds to benefit Keweenaw random acts of community kindness.  The dates for the next one are February 22 & 23, 2019 at the Range Snowmobile Club in Atlantic Mine.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keweenaw International Migratory Bird Festival 

Not only is the Keweenaw Peninsula an extremely active migratory fly-way, but it offers a wide variety of bird habitats. Copper Harbor itself is a quiet place of refuge for many migrating species and even Sea Ducks. The Annual International Migratory Bird Festival in Copper Harbor offers a series of programs, dinners and birding activities throughout the migration period beginning the end of April and going through mid May.

 

 

 


Experience the Keweenaw

Experience the Keweenaw has come together through collaborative efforts, a love for our community and a drive to get people outdoors and active. This event is not only to help showcase our beautiful region and shine a light on silent sport opportunities, but to raise money to support and grow them. The Portage Health Foundation and several other community organizations have come together to give you a weekend full of events. Get out and support the cause. Ride. Hike. Paddle.  We will have more details on the 2019 version of the event closer to the winter of 2018/2019.  Be on the lookout for more info then!  In the meantime, we invite you to take part in our upcoming Bell’s Beer Copper Harbor Trails Fest on Labor Day weekend later this summer.  SEE YOU THERE???

 Bridgefest                                 

Bridgefest was organized to celebrate the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which officially opened in 1959. The Bridge is a vital link between the communities of Houghton and Hancock, and is a gateway to the rest of the historic Keweenaw Peninsula.   The Bridgefest will be held from June 2019.  Come on out and see us for some great food, music and lots of fun.   You can find a detailed schedule of events by clicking here.  http://www.bridgefestfun.com/about.html   

The International Guts Frisbee Tournament

Guts Frisbee™ is a high-speed sport in which players try to throw the disc so fast, or with so much movement, that members of the opposing team—lined up fingertip to fingertip 14 meters (15 yards, 11 inches) away— cannot catch it cleanly with one hand. Teams take turns throwing and catching. With speeds hitting over 80 mph, players can have less than one third of a second to react. Over the past 60 years, the intense, “original extreme sport” action of Guts Frisbee™ has fueled its spread around the world, with countries like Japan, Finland, Canada, England, Germany, Norway, and the United States all hosting major international tournaments. If you can throw the disc accurately and hard, have great hands, quick reaction time, and fearless diving ability, Guts could be the most exciting game you’ll ever play!  July 7 & 8, 2018

Canal Run

The 43rd Annual Canal Run is taking place Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Hancock, Michigan. The event includes a half marathon, 10 mile run, 10 mile walk, 5 mile run, 5 mile walk, 2 mile run/walk (NEW for 2018) and a Kids Dash. Additional features include a beautiful course along the Portage Canal, early registration and team discounts, participants receive an awesome Canal Run t-shirt and custom awards for top finishers.

 

 

 

End of the Road Keweenaw Tour Classic Car Show

The End of the Road Keweenaw Tour & Car Show brings car and truck enthusiasts to Copper Harbor on July 21, 2018. The Cruise leaves from the Pat’s IGA Parking lot on Sixth Street in Calumet and the Car Show is held in Copper Harbor with awards, live entertainment, food and refreshments.  The event is a benefit for the Copper Harbor school.  For more information contact Matt at the Drift Inn at 906-337-3884 (ride questions) or Don at the Mariner North at 906-289-4637 (lodging questions)

Copper Harbor Ladies Weekend

Improve your riding, meet new people and have a weekend of fun on the world class trails in Copper Harbor.  We feature a skilled cast of professional coaches with lead coach Lindsey Richter of the Liv Ladies Allride MTB Clinic Series once again joining us July 27, 28, & 29th 2018. Who should attend? Any woman that wants to improve their mountain bike skills in a supportive and fun way.  

 

 

 

 

 

Farm Block Fest

Will be held on July 27, 28, & 29, 2018 For more information please visit their website at http://farmblockfest.com/   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagle Harbor Art Fair

It has been over 50 years that the CCAA is hosting the fair, and it will continue to be as spectacular as ever. There will be over 60 artist vendors, selling their wares; photography, pottery, jewelry, painting, woodworking…just about anything you can think of. Goodies to eat are provided by the Eagle Harbor Township to raise money for various projects. There are several lovely hotels in the area, a swimming beach and restaurants can be found in Eagle Harbor as well as a few miles up or down the road in Eagle River or Copper Harbor. The show runs from 10-5 on Saturday and noon – 4 on Sunday, August 11 & 12, 2018. 

 

 

Great Deer Chase

Great Deer Chase will be held August 18th, 2018 in Calumet, Michigan. Run on that special breed of trails the Great Deer Chase is a mountain bike race that is fun for everyone – from first-timer to expert.

 

 

 

 

Art in the Park

Held at the Grant Township Community Center and Park in Copper Harbor, this two day craft fair features local and regional artists, food and live entertainment. For information contact Johanna at 906-289-4363.  August 18-19th, 2018

 

 

 

 

Keweenaw Brew Fest

The 2018 Annual Keweenaw Brewfest will be held August 25, 2018 at the Raymond Kestner Waterfront Park (Chutes & Ladders) in Houghton. More information will be made available on the Keweenaw Brewfest Facebook page, on Keweenaw Community Foundation’s website, and in the press. The proceeds will benefit the Keweenaw Community Foundation. Learn more at: www.keweenawgives.org

 

 

 

Bell’s Beer Copper Harbor Trails Festival

The Copper Harbor Trails Fest is September 1-2, 2018 in Copper Harbor, MI. The annual Labor Day Weekend event features short and long Enduro races, short (~15 miles) and long (~30 miles) XC courses, Downhill Race, and a Junior Fat Tire event (for kids 14 & under), and a 10K Trail Run. Enjoy music, beer, and good times on Saturday and Sunday! The long Enduro and Downhill are part of the Lake Superior Gravity Series.  All participants and volunteers receive free entry to music, for all others a $10 donation gets you a wristband good for both nights of music. PLEASE CHECK THE PARTICIPANT GUIDE BELOW FOR ALL THE INFO AS THE WEEKEND SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED! We’ll see you there.

 

Parade of Nations Multicultural Festival

The 29th annual Parade of Nations, “Global Beats, International Treats,” will take place on September 15th, 2018. The Parade of Nations strives to promote worldwide culture and national awareness in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through a community-wide annual event that includes a parade and a multicultural festival. The parade begins at 11 a.m., making its way through Hancock across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Houghton. There’s a float contest featuring $600 in cash prizes. Everyone is invited to march with their country. The procession winds up at Dee Stadium, an historic waterfront venue transformed into a global marketplace featuring dozens of food and craft booths and performers from around the world. No-cost children’s activities and meals averaging in the $5–8 price range make this an affordable-yet-exotic family experience.

Mount Bohemia’s Trail Running Festival

Mount Bohemia is well known for being one of the premier adventure ski resorts in the nation. Trails consist of a combination of single track, double track, rolling hills and a few “good climbs.” The ½ Marathon and 10k will gradually climb to the peak of the mountain and offer spectacular views from near the top of the chairlift. The 5k will offer more gradual but still challenging terrain that traverses a scenic trail around the mountain. There is a net elevation gain of approximately 2,100 ft and a net loss of 2,100ft (see maps below) in the half-marathon. The course for the 50k ultra is currently in development. It will include the trails that are traveled in the ½ marathon, as well as brand new trails on our property near Lac La Belle. October 6-7, 2018.

 

 

 

Keweenaw Cup Cyclocross Races

The Red Jacket Cycling Team is proud to present the annual Keweenaw Cup Cyclocross Race, a two-day cyclocross extravaganza! Held in conjunction with the UPCROSS Points Series. The October 27 and 28, 2018, event again brings cyclocross racing to the Keweenaw. Prizes to be awarded to overall weekend champions in five classes.

 

 

 

 

Lake Superior Performance Rally

Founded on October 21, 1994, the “Oldest, Toughest, Meanest Rally on the Circuit” Houghton – Sidnaw – L’anse | www.LSProRally.com Join us October 19-20th, 2018.

 

 

Poor Artist Sale

The Poor Artists Sale is hosted by the Copper Country Community Arts Council as a benefit for the Community Arts Center in Hancock.  Do your holiday shopping at our annual Poor Artists Sale. More than 60 artists and fine crafts persons will be selling their work.
Artists: Applications for booth spaces will be available late August.

This event is held in December 1st 2018.