Michigan's Upper Peninsula Calendar of Events

Winter, spring summer or fall - you are sure to find something to do in Michigan's Upper Peninsula! Have an event that is not listed on our calendar? You can Add Your Event to our calendar.

This calendar of events has been compiled from information provided to the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association from local Chambers of Commerce, Tourist Associations and tourist related facilities. Please check local areas for detailed and updated information on dates and locations.


Nov 1 - Dec 30, 2017

Marquette Regional History Center Special Exhibit: Logging Marks

Shows & Events
10:00 AM To 05:00 PM
Location: Marquette Regional History Center, Marquette
Logging was a large and powerful industry that shaped the landscape of our backyards and forests. Michigan law required logs to be marked on both ends to reduce the theft of timber. Rod Smith, education coordinator with the Michigan DNR, collected many of these log marks. Study these logs from around the Upper Peninsula and learn about the logging companies they represent. This exhibit is sponsored in part by the Rod Smith Family. Open during regular Museum Hours and included with admission. Please visit marquettehistory.org or call 906-226-3571 for more info.
Contact Information: Jessica Bays
Phone: 906-226-3571
Nov 6, 2017 - Jan 9, 2018

"Puppets on Parade" Gallery Exhibit

Arts &Theater
10:00 AM To 04:00 PM
Location: Erickson Center for the Arts, Curtis
The “Puppets on Parade” exhibit is comprised of puppets made at the very beginning of the Erickson Center’s involvement with this art in 2002, to recently made puppets. This exhibit, featuring over 20 handmade puppets, includes the earliest characters, Finn, Fern, and Forest, made by Ruthette Mills. It also includes creations from last summer’s “In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater” workshop, made by the participants, and some puppets from classroom projects. See the famous puppets from the “Art on the Lake Art and Music Festival” Puppet Parade up close and personal! This exhibit is open to the public during regular business hours and will be on display until January 9th.
Contact Information: Rachel Bonacorsi
Phone: (906)586-9974
Dec 8 - 16, 2017

Players de Noc presents: The Marvelous Wonderette: Winter Wonderettes at the Bonifas

Arts &Theater
Location: Bonifas Arts Center, Escanaba
The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ‘60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
Dec 14 - 17, 2017

"Scrooge!" at Forest Roberts Theatre

Arts &Theater
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette
A return of a tradition rings in the holiday season! The Dickens classic is brought to life once again by NMU students and faculty along with locals from the Marquette community. A musical retelling of “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge! shows us the journey of a bitter old miser's discovery of the true meaning of Christmas, courtesy of good folks and strange ghosts. Join the FRT in celebrating one of our traditional shows! Thursday, December 15th at 7:30pm Friday, December 16th at 7:30pm Saturday, December 17th at 1:00pm Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm
Contact Information: FRT Box Office
Phone: 906-227-2553
Dec 15 - 16, 2017

Martina McBride at Island Resort & Casino

Shows & Events
08:00 PM
Location: Island Resort and Casino, Harris
Phone: 800-682-6040
Dec 16, 2017

Michigan Tech University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Michigan Tech University, Houghton
Dec 16, 2017

Downtown Marquette Farmers Market

09:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Location: Marquette Commons, Marquette
This is a weekly, outdoor market that features fresh produce, small farm raised meat and eggs, flower bouquets, plant starts (early in the season), tasty baked goods, jams, personal care items and gift quality handcrafted artisan products and more. The vendor mix varies some each week, so come often and see who is at the market. Music weekly from 10-1. See you at the market.
Phone: 906-362-3276
Dec 16, 2017

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Superior Dome, Marquette
Dec 16, 2017

Tahquamenon Falls State Park - Snowshoe Making Workshop

09:30 AM To 06:00 PM
Location: Tahquamenon Falls State Park- Upper Falls Brew Pub
This all-day workshop will take you step-by-step through the process of weaving your own traditional wood framed snowshoes. Each kit includes one pair of wood frames, tubular nylon lacing, boot bindings and personalized instruction. Three styles of snowshoe kits will be offered: Bearpaw, Ojibwa and Alaskan. Check out the styles at www.snowshoe.com. Please contact Theresa with your style choice and size. Meet at the Upper Falls Tahquamenon Brewery and Restaurant, 24109 Falls Road, Newberry. Registration deadline is November 27, 2017. For more information contact Theresa Neal at 906-492-3415 or email: nealt1@michigan.gov. Sign up on the Michigan e-store. Cancellations must be made by December 2 to ensure a full refund.
Contact Information: Theresa Neal
Phone: 906-492-3415
Dec 16, 2017

The Sound From Within Us at Rozsa Center

07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center, Houghton
The Michigan Tech Choirs and Superior Wind Symphony combine for a concert of American music written for wind band and voices.
Dec 16, 2017

Snowmobile the Mighty Mac

10:00 AM
Antique snowmobiles cross the Mackinac Bridge
Phone: 800-338-6660
Dec 16 - 17, 2017

MTU CCSA Race & Junior Cup

Location: Houghton
Dec 17, 2017

Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra at Reynolds Recital Hall

03:00 PM
Location: Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU, Marquette
Dec 17, 2017

The Lettermen Christmas at the Historic Ironwood Theatre

Arts &Theater
06:00 PM
Location: Ironwood Theatre, Ironwood
Phone: 906-932-0618
Dec 20, 2017

Muffin Runners Santa Run

09:00 AM
Location: Marquette Commons, Marquette
Phone: 906-361-5059
Dec 22, 2017

The Red Jacket Jamboree- old time radio variety show (Holiday Show)

Shows & Events
07:00 PM To 09:15 PM
Location: Calumet Theatre, Calumet
An old-time radio variety show with stories, music and songs reflecting the history, landscape and culture of the Keweenaw. The December show "Christmas in Calumet" will include an eclectic array of holiday music by The Red Jacket Band and guest artists woven into historical narratives, interviews and humorous sketches by Red Jacket Actors. With Bill Carrothers on piano, Jerry Younce on guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Bob Hiltunen. Jetty Rae is the featured singer-songwriter.
Contact Information: Rebeca Glotfelty
Phone: 2318386460
Dec 26, 2017

Holiday Luminary Ski

06:00 PM
Location: Maasto Hiihto Trails, Hancock
A candle lit skiing evening on the Maasto Hiihto trails, 6pm-8pm starting at the Four Seasons Chalet trailhead, fun bonfire, hot drinks and snacks!
Dec 31, 2017

New Year's Eve on Mackinac Island

Annual Events
04:00 PM
Location: Mackinac Island
Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island with countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. With cars banned, walk or snowshoe though a peaceful downtown Mackinac Island to one of the six accommodations, a restaurant and America’s Family Owned Oldest Grocery Store, Doud’s Market. Several shops also open their doors for guests.
Dec 31, 2017

2017 Sobriety Powwow

Annual Events
Location: JKL Bahweting Anishnabe Academy, Sault Ste Marie
Phone: 906-203-4977
Dec 31, 2017

New Year's Eve Ball Drop Bash

Annual Events
11:45 PM
Location: Downtown Marquette
Every New Year’s Eve the intersection of Washington St and Front St in Downtown Marquette becomes the location where locals and visitors to the area come together in a large crowd to welcome in the New Year. On the 12th strike an illuminated ball is lowered from the historic Savings Bank Building. This year will mark the 27th anniversary of the Downtown Marquette New Year’s Eve Ball Drop!
Phone: (906) 228-9475