Annual Festivals

Annual Festivals

Because of the COVID-19 many annual events have been canceled this summer.  Things are continually changing so check back for updates.  

Pasty Fest

Main Street Calumet’s Pasty Fest takes place August 15, 2020 CANCELED .  It’s a celebration of the Cornish food staple, the pasty, which sustained Copper Country miners 100 years ago and satisfies hungry Yooper’s today.  Attendees can enoy a parade, street, live music, as wells as children’s activities in downtown Calumet.  There will be food, fun, and music.  For more information, or to register for the bake-off, contact Main Street Calumet at 906-337-MAIN or or visit the website. 

4th of July Celebrations

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

Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival, held in the downtown Chassell area, is two days of family fun July 10 and 11, 2020. CANCELED 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

Central Mine Reunion

The annual reunion of the former Central Mine M.E. Church is held Sunday July 26, 2020 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 visit 

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 July 14-18, 2020. 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 in July.



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 Houghton County Fair will be held from August 27, 2020, starting at 3 pm and will go through Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 4 pm.  

Winter Carnival

The Michigan Tech University Winter Carnival takes place on the campus and at various Houghton/Hancock locations February 3 – 6 2021. 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.  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 50-km skiathlon, and the 50-km, 25 km, 10 km freestyle races, or the 26-km or 50-km, 26 km, 10 km classic races.  Registration and more information are available on the website. The  Great Bear Chase will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020.  

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. This event takes place March 9 – March 14, 2020.  For banquet tickets call 906-487-2750. For more information contact Jay at 906-487-2750 or

CopperDog 150

The CopperDog 150 features teams of ten dogs and covers 80 miles in three days, while the CopperDog 40/25 features teams of six dogs and covers approximately twenty-five miles in one day. The CopperDog 150/80 caps at thirty teams and the CopperDog 40/25 caps at fifteen teams. Which means February 28 – March 1, 2020  finds 350+ dogs racing through Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula! For more information visit the website.




Vintage 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 21 & 22, 2020 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 sports 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.  Experience the Keweenaw will be held May 22-24, 2020. CANCELED


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 18 – 20, 2020 CANCELED 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.   

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! September 5-6, 2020

Canal Run

The 45th Annual Canal Run is taking place Saturday, July 18, 2020  CANCELED – GOING VIRTUAL 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 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 July 18, 2020. 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)




Farm Block Fest

The Farm Block Fest be held in  July 31-August 2, 2020. For more information please visit their website at   








Eagle Harbor Art Fair

It has been over 50 years that the CCAA is hosting the Eagle Harbor Art 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.  For information and entry forms call 906-337-1252 or visit the website.  The Art Fair is held at St. Peters by the Sea on M-26 in Eagle Harbor on August 8, 2020 from 10 am to 5 pm and August 9, 2020 from 12 pm- 4 pm. For information and entry forms call 906-337-1252 or visit the website



Great Deer Chase

Great Deer Chase will be held August 15, 2020 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 15-16, 2020





Keweenaw Brew Fest

The annual Keweenaw Brewfest will be held September 12, 2020 CANCELED 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:




Bell’s Beer Copper Harbor Trails Festival

The Copper Harbor Trails Fest is September 4-7, 2020 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. We’ll see you there!

Parade of Nations Multicultural Festival

The Parade of Nations, “Global Beats, International Treats,” will take place September 19, 2020. 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, a 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 a 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 2,100 ft  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 3-4, 2020.




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. This October 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 Join us this October.



Poor Artists Sale

The Poor Artists Sale is an annual juried holiday art fair hosted by the Copper Country Community Arts Council as a benefit for the Community Arts Center in Hancock.  It’s a great place to do your holiday shopping.   More than 60 artists and fine crafts persons will be selling their work.  Shoppers will find handmade jewelry and pottery, holiday wreaths, ornaments, baskets, wood art, glass, rugs, fiber arts, photography and many other special items made by local artists. Shop and visit with friends in a relaxing, social atmosphere and enjoy homemade treats at the hospitality table.  This event is held at the CLK Gymnasium in Calumet on December 5, 2020.  





Heikinpaiva Mid-Winter Festival in Hancock.  Celebrate the halfway point of winter at various Hancock locations.  Activities include a parade, smorgasbord dinner & dance, concerts, Tori market, cultural demonstrations, the “Polar Bear Plunge” and More.  This event will be held on January 9 – 28, 2020.  




Mardi Gras Madness

The annual Mardi Gras Madness at Mount Bohemia March 7, 2020.    Girls ski for free that day, the girl with the most beads wins $1000.  After party at Mount Bohemia’s North Pole Bar and Restaurant.          




Junior Bear Chase

The Junior Bear Chase Under the Lights Cross Country Ski race at the Swedetown Trails in Calumet.  Race length varies with the age group.  March 6, 2020.



Walleye/Pike Fishing Tournament

19th Annual Walleye/Pike Fishing Tournament in Lake Linden.  The tournament includes the waters of Lac La Belle, Torch Lake & Portage Lake.  It will take place on June 6, 2020. CANCELED



Fishing Derby 

The 47th Annual Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsmen’s Club Fishing Derby at Rice Lake will take place on June 14, 2020.  Enjoy a family day of fun with prizes, lunch & refreshments.  CANCELED





Copper Country Fireman’s Tournament

The Copper Country Volunteer Fire Departments work hard all year responding to fires and many other emergencies.  Every year in June they compete on a local level before going the state competition.  Games, music, food, and lots of fun for everyone.  This years tournament will be hosted by the Twin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department which is located in Twin Lakes in June 27, 2020.  





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