Michigan's Upper Peninsula Calendar of Events

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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.

 

Feb 22 - 23, 2018

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder at McArdle Theatre

Arts &Theater
07:30 PM
Location: McArdle Theatre, Houghton
Tech Theatre presents When You Comin' Back Red Ryder, a play by Mark Medoff. As children, some of us were raised on comic book and movie heroes. We drank down stories of patriotism and glory and grew up playing roles that shaped our identity and inflated our stature. Some of us were lucky; chance, accident intervened. The employees and customers of Foster’s Diner in Hope, New Mexico, 88250, experience a terrorizing examination their personal desires and dreams when Teddy, a disillusioned biker, calls them on living in made-up worlds. Some pretend nothing happened, but others find a new direction for their lives. Emotionally charged and unpredictably brutal the play plunges from the mundane to frightening.
Phone: 906-487-2073
Feb 23, 2018

Copper Country Community Arts Center Annual Parade of Confections

Annual Events
06:00 PM
Location: Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock
Phone: 906-482-2333
Feb 24, 2018

Snowburst 2018 - Winter Carnival

Annual Events
12:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: Porcupine Mountains Winter Ski Complex, Silver City
A day of fun for the entire family! Kids games, Snowshoe Fun Run, Wheel Barrow Race, GIANT Slalom Race, Food, Live Music, Dancing, Torch Light Parade and FIREWORKS!! Join us!
Phone: 906-885-5275
Feb 24, 2018

Carnival of the Animals at Rozsa Center

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center, Houghton
One of the great zoological works in the orchestral canon, Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns includes humorous depictions of elephants, donkeys, lions, hens, roosters, tortoises, kangaroos, and the famous “swan” for solo cello. This concert, presented by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, also features two Russian masterworks: Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. This concert is sponsored by a genrous gift from John and Biruta Lowther.
Phone: 906-487-2073
Feb 24, 2018

Showshoeing with Sasqhatch

Outdoor
Location: Baraga County Trails in Motion, L'Anse
Baraga County Trails in Motion Presents - Snowshoeing with Sasquatch Hot cocoa, Bonfire Keep your eyes open for a special guest, Bring camera and flashlight and/or head lamp PARKING ON TAILOR ROAD ACROSS FROM THE TRAILHEAD ON SKANEE ROAD.
Phone: 906-524-7444
Feb 24, 2018

3rd Annual Big Hit Wine & Beer Fest at Ironwood Theatre

Shows & Events
07:00 PM
Location: Ironwood Theatre, Ironwood
Phone: 906-932-0618
Feb 27, 2018

Ailey II at Rozsa Center

Arts &Theater
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton
Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters from 1974 to 2012, Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. With Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company. Dance Magazine calls Ailey II “second to none,” and The New York Times declares, “There’s nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II, the younger version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.”
Phone: 906-487-2073
Feb 28, 2018

Superior Snowshoe Walks - ABR Walk

Outdoor
06:30 PM
Location: ABR Trails, Ironwood
Phone: 906-932-3332
Mar 1 - 3, 2018

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder at McArdle Theatre

Arts &Theater
07:30 PM
Location: McArdle Theatre, Houghton
Tech Theatre presents When You Comin' Back Red Ryder, a play by Mark Medoff. As children, some of us were raised on comic book and movie heroes. We drank down stories of patriotism and glory and grew up playing roles that shaped our identity and inflated our stature. Some of us were lucky; chance, accident intervened. The employees and customers of Foster’s Diner in Hope, New Mexico, 88250, experience a terrorizing examination their personal desires and dreams when Teddy, a disillusioned biker, calls them on living in made-up worlds. Some pretend nothing happened, but others find a new direction for their lives. Emotionally charged and unpredictably brutal the play plunges from the mundane to frightening.
Phone: 906-487-2073
Mar 2 - 4, 2018

9th Annual CopperDog 150

Annual Events
Location: Calumet
The culminating "triple crown" of Lake Superior sled-dog racing (Beargrease, UP 200, CopperDog 150) beginning in Calumet and running north with a layover in Eagle Harbor and a stage rest in Copper Harbor
Contact Information: Todd Brassard
Mar 3, 2018

35th Annual Lake Gogebic Ice Fishing Derby

Annual Events
06:00 AM To 05:00 PM
Location: Lake Gogebic
Longest running ice fishing contest in the Western U.P. Over $5000.00 awarded in cash and prizes
Contact Information: Don / Brian Berquist
Phone: 9068423321
Mar 3, 2018

10th Annual Glide 'n Gorge

Annual Events
12:00 PM To 03:00 PM
Location: Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids Ski Trails, Hancock
Mar 4, 2018

Michigan Tech Choir presents: Music for a Sacred Space

Music
07:30 PM
Location: St Joseph Catholic Church, Lake Linden
The choirs of Michigan Tech perform a concert of traditional sacred music for the benefit of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Mar 5 - 10, 2018

Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Outdoor
Location: Houghton
Clean Snowmobile Challenge, hosted by Michigan Tech University. Intercollegiate design a Keweenaw Research Center. Static Display, endurance run to Copper Harbor and Awards Banquet.
Contact Information: Jay
Phone: 906-487-2750
Mar 7, 2018

Superior Snowshoe Walks - Mt Zion

Outdoor
06:30 PM
Location: Mt Zion, Ironwood
Phone: 906-932-3332
Mar 9, 2018

"The Crossing" Celtic Concert

Music
07:00 PM
Location: 612 W Adams St. Iron River, MI 49935
The Crossing, a Celtic band with more than 30 years of experience will share their distinct blend of traditional Irish folk tunes with their original compositions for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Mar 10, 2018

The Red Jacket Jamboree, an old-time radio variety show

Arts &Theater
07:15 PM
Location: Calumet Theatre, Calumet
The Red Jacket Jamboree, Calumet's old-time radio variety show, features stories, music and songs reflecting the history, landscape and culture of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The show is recorded in front of a live audience. The March episode are “The Great Bear Chase” and “Cabin Fever.” Special guests include Breathe Owl Breathe and storyteller Pete Griffin. Every episode of The Red Jacket Jamboree includes performances by “The Copper Cats,” with Bill Carrothers on piano, Jerry Younce on guitar, Carrie Biolo on percussion and vibraphone and Harry South on bass; and humorous sketches by the Red Jacket Actors as well as a little Keweenaw trivia! The show is a production of Main Street Calumet and Real People Media. The program is made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and private donors.
Contact Information: Rebecca Glotfelty
Phone: 231-838-6460
Mar 10, 2018

UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Location: Swedetown Ski Trails, Calumet
The UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon has something for everyone and enough snow to go around, even in March! Skiers can choose from the 50k Skiathlon (limited to the first 100 entries), our signature freestyle and classic 50k races, or freestyle or classic 25k or 10k distances. The Great Bear Chase has earned a reputation as a laid-back, skier-oriented weekend that allows skiers of all experience levels to finish their season with a high quality event.
Contact Information: Angela Luskin
Phone: 906-483-1153
Mar 13, 2018

Shh! We Have a Plan - Class Acts at Rozsa Center

Arts &Theater
09:30 AM & 1:00 PM
Location: Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton
Based on the picture book by Chris Haughton. Created and Directed by Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney. Music by Garth McConaghie. Produced by Cahoots NI. From Belfast, Northern Ireland. A nonverbal tale featuring magic, music, and puppetry based on the Chris Haughton book of the same name. Follow the delightful and surprising journey of a family adventuring through the woods - when they see a beautiful bird perched high in a tree, each of these three madcap characters have a plan to capture it! Sounds simple, but the quest soon becomes an obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd! Where will it all end? Join us as the youngest teaches everyone that kindness and treating nature with respect is more important than getting what you want at any cost. Prepare to be enchanted and amazed by this new and exciting theatrical adventure for young children! Best for Grades PreK-3rd
Phone: 906-487-2073
Mar 14, 2018

Superior Snowshoe Walks - Wolverine Ski Trails

Outdoor
06:30 PM
Location: Wolverine Ski Trails, Ironwood
Phone: 906-932-3332
Mar 17, 2018

Badge at Ironwood Theatre

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Ironwood Theatre, Ironwood
Badge has been performing classic rock n roll throughout the Midwest & Canada for more than 40 years. Over the years, Badge has performed with big names including Boston, Steppenwolf, Herman’s Hermits, The Association, Ricky Nelson, Tommy James & the Shondells, The Grassroots, The Fifth Dimension, Black Oak Arkansas, and more. Badge has had three (3) 45rpms (for our younger patrons, those would be vinyl singles) that have done well, including their biggest successes, "Glory Bound" and "She Put Me Down". You may have heard Badge on the radio, tv or live, and they're still going strong. We look forward to welcoming them to Ironwood, where they will feature a few of our local youth vocalists in their show. We extend our thanks to Badge for helping us nurture young talent.
Phone: 906-932-0618
Mar 22, 2018

The Ballad of Fred Hersch at Rozsa Center

Shows & Events
07:00 PM
Location: Rozsa Center, Houghton
The Ballad of Fred Hersch is an intimate portrait of one of today’s foremost jazz pianists. With more than 30 albums and eight Grammy nominations under his belt, Hersch is internationally revered in jazz circles as a master improviser. A maverick in music and in life, he was the first jazz musician to come out as gay and HIV-positive in the early 1990s, and he miraculously survived a two-month AIDS-related coma in 2008. Both exacting and full of love, our unfettered cameras capture Hersch’s creative process as he does double duty as a workaday jazzman and first-time theater producer—turning his tragedies into triumphal art.
Phone: 906-487-2073
Mar 23, 2018

Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert at Rozsa Gallery

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center for Performing Arts, Houghton (Outside)
Michigan Tech was one of the pioneering Jazz Ensemble programs in the Midwest. The late Associate Professor Don Keranen was a visionary educator that not only added jazz to the fines arts curriculum but also developed the Huskies Pep Band by putting them in stripes and giving them the scramble band format. This concert will feature the resident Research & Development Big Band, the Jazz Lab Band, and the fantastic, audience favorite the MTU Alumni Jazz Lab Band. Music will highlight the great repertoire from the last 50 years of Jazz at MTU. Guest artists will also perform.
Phone: 906-487-2073
Mar 24, 2018

Fred Hersch Trio at Rozsa Center

Shows & Events
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center, Houghton
As a solo pianist, composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, Fred Hersch lives up to the praise of the New York Times, who in a featured Sunday Magazine piece, aptly declared him, “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” With three-dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader, and numerous awards including a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Hersch was named Jazz Pianist of the Year in 2011 by The Jazz Journalists Association. He is also the first artist in the 75-year history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard to play weeklong engagements as a solo pianist. He has received eight Grammy® nominations – as pianist and composer (two in 2012 for his historic Alone at the Vanguard). Hersch is among the most admired of contemporary jazz musicians, having collaborated with an astonishing range of instrumentalists and vocalists throughout worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald). He has been dubbed by Vanity Fair magazine as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so” and he has been an obvious influence on a new generation of pianists.
Phone: 906-487-2073
Mar 28, 2018

Scrap Arts Music: Children of Metropolis at Rozsa Center

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center for Performing Arts, Houghton (Outside)
Scrap Arts Music delivers intricate rhythms, raw energy, athletic choreography and the hottest –most inventive– reuse of materials on stage today. With instruments fashioned from industrial scrap and offbeat materials ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells, Scrap Arts Music’s original instruments and music are as visually striking as they are sonically riveting. Audiences from four continents have welcomed this electrifying quintet with unbridled enthusiasm, embracing their intoxicating mix of music, movement and spectacle. Transcending language, culture and age, Scrap Arts Music offers a highly physical, wildly theatrical and thoroughly entertaining taste of the musical vanguard. Suitable for all ages.
Phone: 906-487-2073
Apr 3, 2018

Zak Ebrahim: Peace Activist at Rozsa Center

Shows & Events
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center, Houghton
“I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace.” If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful and, ultimately, inspiring. Groomed for terror, Zak Ebrahim chose a different life. The author of The Terrorist’s Son, he hopes his story will inspire others to reject a path of violence. When Zak Ebrahim was seven, his family went on the run. His father, El Sayyid Nosair, had hoped Zak would follow in his footsteps -- and become a jihadist. Instead, Zak was at the beginning of a long journey to comprehend his past. Zak Ebrahim kept his family history a secret as they moved through a long succession of towns. In 2010, he realized his experience as a terrorist’s son not only gave him a unique perspective, but also a unique chance to show that if he could escape a violent heritage, anyone could. As he told Truthdig.com, “We must embrace tolerance and nonviolence. Who knows this better than the son of a terrorist?” In 2014 Ebrahim published the TED Book The Terrorist’s Son, a memoir written with Jeff Giles about the path he took to turn away from hate. In early 2015 the book won an American Library Association Alex award. “His message is tolerance and peace. And how the son can be different from the father.” — Philadelphia Inquirer, February 3, 2011
Phone: 906-487-2073
Apr 5, 2018

David Rogers, Classical crossover guitar

Music
07:30 PM To 09:30 PM
Location: The Orpheum Theater
Termed, 'a prominent guitarist,' by the New York Times and praised by The Washington Post for his 'astonishingly florid' improvisations, David Rogers presents an evening of solo guitar music with strong leanings towards jazz, world, folk and classical music.
Contact Information: Mike
Phone: (906) 482-5100
Apr 7 - 8, 2018

Cor PowerSports XC Series at Blackjack

Outdoor
Location: Blackjack Ski Resort, Bessemer
Apr 12 - 14, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Rozsa Center

Arts &Theater
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center, Houghton
Love abounds! Trickery and magic reveal lovers and fools. A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings together some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters in a romantic and hilarious adventure. Lysander loves Hermia, but Hermia loves Demetrius. Th trouble is Demetrius loves Helena who believes she loves Lysander! This is what happens when alove potion gets into the wrong hands. How does it end? Happily, of course! But the mad romantic romp won’t end until magic restores the lovers’ senses. In Shakespeare’s words: “Ay me! for aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth."
Phone: 906-487-2073
Apr 14, 2018

Family Fun Fair

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 02:00 PM
Location: WIC Elementary School Gym
Free games and prizes for the whole family. Meals also available for purchase.
Apr 14, 2018

Art Show

Arts &Theater
12:00 PM To 04:00 PM
Location: Beechwood Hall, Iron River
Enjoy a free showing of area artists' works as well as other artists from around the country. Enjoy the show in the historic Beechwood Hall, a local historical landmark.
Apr 14, 2018

Spring Craft and Art Show

Shows & Events
09:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Location: Windsor Center, Iron River
Local artisans, crafters, bakers, and home-based businesses come together in the historic Windsor Center for one of the largest craft shows of the year!
Apr 14, 2018

Live, Work, Play Expo

Shows & Events
09:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Location: WIC High School Gym
A business expo reimagined to include recreation opportunities, employment opportunities, and local business information in one location. Free admission and lots of giveaways.
Apr 20, 2018

Beyond the Veil at Rozsa Center

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center, Houghton
The choirs of Michigan Tech (Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers) combine for a concert that explores music at the margin, between love and loss, life and death, and health and sickness.
Phone: 906-487-2073
Apr 21, 2018

Superior Wind Symphony presents: Right Now at Rozsa Center

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center, Houghton
Superior Wind Symphony performs music by contemporary composers, people you could meet today!
Phone: 906-487-2073
Apr 28, 2018

Tchaikovsky's Fifth at Rozsa Center

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Rozsa Center, Houghton
The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra continues its symphonic tour of the great “fifth” symphonies by performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor. The orchestra will perform this work on their Midwest concert tour in April 2018.
Phone: 906-487-2073
May 5, 2018

Michigan Tech University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Michigan Tech University, Houghton
May 10 - 13, 2018

Fiddler on the Roof Musical

Arts &Theater
Location: Windsor Center, Iron River
The West End Players are excited to announce their 2018 Spring Musical, Fiddler on the Roof directed by Mason Gray of Iron River. “Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed at the Windsor Center in Iron River, Michigan on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 10, 11, and 12, and on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13.
May 10 - 13, 2018

Fiddler on the Roof Musical

Arts &Theater
Location: Windsor Center, Iron River
The West End Players are excited to announce their 2018 Spring Musical, Fiddler on the Roof directed by Mason Gray of Iron River. “Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed at the Windsor Center in Iron River, Michigan on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 10, 11, and 12, and on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13.
May 25 - 27, 2018

Ride The Keweenaw Weekend

Annual Events
Location: Keweenaw Peninsula
Phone: 906-289-4303