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.

 

Dec 10, 2016

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
10:30 AM
Location: Superior Dome, Marquette
Dec 17, 2016

Michigan Tech University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Michigan Technological University, Houghton
Dec 31, 2016

New Year's Eve Ball Drop

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
Dec 31, 2016

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, 2016

2016 Sobriety Powwow

Annual Events
Location: LSSU Norris Student Activity Center, Sault Ste Marie
Phone: 906-635-6050
Jan 7, 2017

18th Annual Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race

Annual Events
09:30 AM To 04:00 PM
Location: Muskallonge Lake State Park, Newberry
The Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race features over 60 teams from across the continent. Classes include 4-dog, 6-dog, 8-dog and 10-dog, the races begin at 9:30am, with a new team taking off every few minutes. Come out to pet the dogs, meet the teams, and cheer them on during this all-day event! Activities include a bonfire and refreshments as well as food and merchandise concessions.



Volunteers are needed to assist at the start/finish line, checkpoints, road crossings, concession and awards banquet.

Email info@tcsdr.org to volunteer.

For more information www.tcsdr.org

www.michigan.gov/muskallonge

906-658-3365

Don't forget to check us out on Facebook: @TahquamenonCountrySledDogRace
Contact Information: John Brown/Jim Dzelak
Phone: 906-658-3365
Jan 7, 2017

SISU Ski Fest

Annual Events
Location: Ironwood
31K Point-to-Point SISU Marathon - 15K Heikki Lunta Half-Marathon - Taste 'n Tour - Junior SISU 5K Fun Ski Event
Jan 10 - Feb 6, 2017

Heikinpaiva Mid-Winter Festival

Annual Events
Location: Hancock
Celebrate the halfway point of winter at various Hancock locations. Activities include a parade, authentic Finnish smorgasbord dinner & dance, concerts, the Tori Market, cultural demonstrations, the Polar Bear Plunge and more.
Phone: 906-482-0248
Jan 14, 2017

YooperBeiner Snowshoe Race

Annual Events
Location: Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails, Ironwood
10K, 5K Snowshoe Race and 3K & 5K Walk/Tour Part of the Braveheart Series (cutemoose.com) and USSSA sanctioned. Races start at 11:00 $20 registration fee Sponsor: Aspirus Grand View
Contact Information: susan spaete
Phone: 906-932-0509
Jan 27, 2017

128th Annual Suicide Hill Ski Tournament

Annual Events
06:00 PM
Location: Suicide Hill, Ishpeming
Phone: 906-204-0520
Jan 27 - 28, 2017

Downtown Winter Ice Festival

Annual Events
Location: Sault Ste Marie
If you are looking for a thrilling event that will send chills down your spine, we have found it for you!!! In January, an Ice Carving Challenge will be brought to town. Join us throughout the day to watch as the businesses compete for the best Ice Sculpture in Sault Ste. Marie, MI and see some amazing pieces of ice art being sculpted before your eyes.
Contact Information: The Sault Events
Phone: 906-632-3366
Jan 27 - 28, 2017

5th Annual IronLine Sled Dog Race/Fatbike Race

Annual Events
Location: Iron River
Phone: 906-265-9875
Jan 28 - 29, 2017

Noquemanon Ski Marathon

Annual Events
Location: Marquette
UP Health System Noquemanon Ski Marathon and mBank Half Noque. Events include 50K Classic, 50K Freestyle, 50K Classic Touring, 50K Team Relay, 24K Clasic, etc. Race is from Ishpeming to Marquette.
Phone: 866-370-7223
Feb 4, 2017

49th Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race

Annual Events
10:00 AM
Location: I-500 Snowmobile Race Track, Sault Ste Marie
Come join us for the 49th Annual International I-500 Snowmobile Race and experience all the thrills of NASCAR on a one-mile oval ice track. The I-500 is the BIGGEST event in the Upper Peninsula and in the entire snowmobile-racing world. No Hans devices. No padding. Just 100% raw courage!!!

When drivers accelerate to speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour on the straightaways, your heart will race...Mark your calendar for the first weekend in February and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime!!!
Phone: 9066323366
Feb 8 - 11, 2017

96th Annual Michigan Tech University Winter Carnival

Annual Events
Location: Houghton

Features the famous snow statues, sporting events, a torch light parade, fireworks, the Snow-Ball and more. Sponsored by Blue Key National Honor Fraternity.

Contact Information: Blue Key Honor Fraternity
Phone: 906-487-2818
Feb 11, 2017

25th Annual Long Riders Relic Ride

Annual Events
08:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Location: Jack Pine Lodge, Manistique
Contact Information: Kevin Knaffla
Phone: (906) 573-2414
Feb 12, 2017

7th Annual Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club/Sons of Norway Barnelopet

Annual Events
Location: Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids Ski Trails, Hancock
Join us for a fun day of skiing at Hancock's Maasto Hiihto cross country ski trails. Registration is open to ages 3 through 17; parents encouraged to ski with their children if they wish. Registration time is 1 pm and start time is 2-3 pm. Start is at the Trailhead North of the Houghton County Arena.
Phone: 906-482-0292
Feb 15 - 19, 2017

Michigan Ice Fest

Annual Events
Location: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising
Ice Climbing at it's best. If you are a novice or an expert, this is one event you do not want to miss.
Phone: 906-226-7112
Feb 16 - 19, 2017

UP 200, Midnight Run & Jack Pine 30

Annual Events
Location: Marquette to Grand Marais
The UP200 is one of America's premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog races and draws mushers from around the United States and Canada. The UP200 is an Iditarod qualifying race. Coinciding with the UP200 is the eight-dog Midnight Run, a race from Marquette to Chatham. The Midnight Run, or MNR, draws premier teams wanting to test their skill on a technically challenging trail.






The JackPine 30 rounds out the weekend’s fun with a six-dog, 30-mile sprint from Gwinn, Michigan to Marquette.













Feb 16 - 19, 2017

Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship

Annual Events
Location: Moran Bay, Lake Huron, St Ignace
Join us in 2017 as we celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship in St. Ignace, Michigan. St. Ignace is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, home of one of the largest pond hockey tournaments in North America, and the largest tournament in Michigan. The Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship will be played on Moran Bay, part of beautiful Lake Huron, one of the only locations where our 'pond' is actually one of the Great Lakes! In 2015 we had 200 teams, from 11 states, play over 320 games! We have several age and skill divisions, so your team can compete against others of the same skill level. Format of the games is: 4 on 4 hockey with NO GOALIES on thirty 75 'x 150' outside rinks with snow bank boards played on the 'wild ice' of Moran Bay in Lake Huron. Teams are guaranteed three games, and division winners will receive Labatt's sportsgear and a hardwood championship cup.
Contact Information: St. Ignace Events Committee
Phone: 800-338-6660
Feb 18, 2017

Great Lakes Endurance Tahquamenon Snowshoe Race

Annual Events
Location: Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise
All events start at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. The 10K includes 5K of machine groomed trail and 5K of packed single track. The course includes spectacular views of the Upper Falls and travels through forested sections of towering old growth white pines. The 20K course consists of two loops of the 10K. The 5K and the kid’s 800 meter are single machine groomed tracks.
Feb 18, 2017

29th Annual Glacier Glide Winter Outdoor Art Show

Annual Events
12:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: Presque Isle Park, Marquette
Lake Superior Art Association hosts the 29th Annual Glacier Glide Outdoor Winter Art Show. View adult works outside and youth works inside the pavilion. Vote for your favorite work. Artists are awarded ribbons and cash prizes. Refreshments provided by local Boy Scout Troop 302
Contact Information: Cindy Deo
Phone: 906-225-0254
Feb 18 - 19, 2017

Michigan's Free Fishing Weekend

Annual Events
Location: State of Michigan
No License required for any age.
Feb 25, 2017

24th Annual Trenary Outhouse Classic

Annual Events
Location: Trenary

Contestants build outhouses out of wood or cardboard and mount the structures on a pair of skis. The object is to be the fastest two-person team to push an outhouse 500 feet down the street. Registration through 1:00 p.m. Race, 2:00 p.m.

Phone: 906-446-3210
Feb 25 - 26, 2017

78th Annual Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament

Annual Events
Location: Pine Mountain Ski Jump, Iron Mountain
2017 Will be the 78th Anniversary Ski Jump Tournament. Stayed tuned for updates and special events associated with this event. Pine Mountain Ski Jump hosts world class athletes from all over the world in this Continental Cup competition. Official practice runs are on Friday with competition jumps on Saturday and Sunday. Join thousands of fans at the bottom of the hill for the largest tailgate party of the winter!!
Mar 3 - 5, 2017

7th 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 4, 2017

Twin Sault's Polar Plunge 2017

Annual Events
Location: Sault Ste Marie
Mar 4, 2017

Valley Spur Taste & Glide

Annual Events
11:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Location: Valley Spur Ski Trails, Munising
Skiiers and snow shoers will go from table to table on the trails enjoying delicious goodies provided by Sydney's Restraunt. Participates can also enjoy great selections of food in the lodge along with music.
Contact Information: Peggy Carberry
Phone: 906-387-3690
Mar 4, 2017

9th Annual Glide 'n Gorge

Annual Events
12:00 PM To 03:00 PM
Location: Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids Ski Trails, Hancock
Mar 11, 2017

Great Lakes Antique Snowmobile Series Snow Enduro - Cedarville/Hessel 250

Annual Events
Location: Cedarville/Hessel
Mar 11, 2017

12th Annual Hog-A-Thon Perch Fishing Tournament

Annual Events
Location: Bergland
Phone: 906-365-5050
Mar 11, 2017

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 18, 2017

Marquette Polar Plunge 20156

Annual Events
02:15 PM
Location: Marquette Mountain, Marquette
Apr 21 - 23, 2017

2nd Annual Jeep on the Mac

Annual Events
Location: Mackinac Bridge to Drummond Island
Let's show our Jeep pride! Let's beat the number of Mini-Coopers, ATVs and farm tractors that have crossed the mighty Mackinac Bridge as a group. There will also be a welcome party, trails to ride, lunch on Drummond Island, and prizes. Coming soon will be more details and registration so check back!
Contact Information: St. Ignace Events Committee
Phone: 1-800-338-6660
Apr 29, 2017

5th Annual Wakefield-Marenisco Craft/Vendor Spring Fling

Annual Events
10:00 AM To 02:00 PM
Location: Wakefield-Marenisco School Gym, Wakefield
5th Annual Craft/Vendor Fair with Scholastic Book Fair Many different RAFFLES
Contact Information: Teri Giuliano
Phone: 906-224-7211
Apr 29, 2017

Michigan Tech University Commencement

Annual Events
10:30 AM
Location: Michigan Technological University, Houghton
Apr 29, 2017

Lake Superior State University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Norris Center, Sault Ste Marie
Apr 29 - 30, 2017

29th Annual Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Spring Fling

Annual Events
Location: Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

The Observatory welcomes recreational bird watchers from around the world to Whitefish Point during Spring Fling. Birders can expect excellent birding along with opportunities to learn more about avian migration and conservation in the Great Lakes. Attendees will learn from fellow birders, field trip leaders, and guest speakers.

Apr 30, 2017

Finlandia University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Paavo Nurmi Center, Hancock
Phone: 906-487-7348
May 6, 2017

Bay College Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Escanaba
May 6, 2017

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
10:30 AM
Location: Superior Dome, Marquette
May 12, 2017

Gogebic Community College Commencement

Annual Events
06:30 PM
Location: Ironwood
May 13, 2017

International Migratory Bird Day

Annual Events
Location: Copper Harbor
Phone: 906-289-4588
May 15, 2017

Opening Day of Walleye & Northern Fishing Season

Annual Events
Location: Upper Peninsula Wide
May 20, 2017

28th Annual Zoo de Mack Bike Bash

Annual Events
Location: Boyne Highlands to Mackinac Island
Join a few thousand folks as they make their way from Boyne Highlands to Cross Village then to Mackinac Island. No professional cycling experience needed, just the will to have a great time in Northern Michigan. Starts at Boyne and ends on Mackinac Island with a break in Cross Village at the legendary Leggs Inn.
May 26 - 28, 2017

Ride The Keweenaw Weekend

Annual Events
Location: Keweenaw Peninsula
May 27, 2017

Opening Day - Smallmouth Bass Season

Annual Events
Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
May 29, 2017

Fort Mackinac Memorial Day Observance

Annual Events
08:30 AM
Location: Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island
A brief and informal Memorial Day observance to pay tribute to the soldiers who served at Fort Mackinac. Soldiers will assemble at 8:30 a.m. at Fort Mackinac, march to the cemetery, perform a short ceremony and salute, and return to the fort.
Jun 2 - 3, 2017

32nd Annual Krusin' Klassics Fun Run

Annual Events
Location: UP State Fairgrounds, Escanaba
Jun 9 - 18, 2017

69th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Annual Events
Location: Mackinac Island
Jun 10, 2017

Whitefish Point Marathon

Annual Events
07:00 AM To 05:00 PM
Location: Sawmill Creek Park, Paradise
Don't miss this opportunity to get an early start to the summer marathon events at Paradise Michigan in the Eastern UP This road race travels the shores of the Whitefish Bay, crosses the Betsy River, the shores of Lake Superior, and the Whitefish Point Light Station while winding through the area on Whitefish Point Road. After the race, unwind by visiting the Tahquamenon Falls or the Shipwreck Museum.
Contact Information: Bill Sved
Phone: 906-492-3219
Jun 15 - 17, 2017

25th Annual Jeep Jamboree

Annual Events
Location: Drummond Island
Phone: 586-431-1688
Jun 16 - 18, 2017

2017 Great Lakes Rodeo

Annual Events
Location: Marquette County Fairgrounds, Marquette
Marquette County Fairgrounds, M-553. Watch professional cowboys and cowgirls compete in bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, Barn Dance, Vendors, camping and more. Times vary.
Contact Information: Jesie Melchiori
Phone: 906-360-7069
Jun 22 - 24, 2017

69th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

Annual Events
Location: St Ignace
Jun 24, 2017

Annual International Bridge Walk

Annual Events
09:30 AM To 12:00 PM
Location: LSSU Norris Center, Sault Ste Marie
Please join us young and old, physically fit or fitness challenged, to enjoy the fantastic views and the resultant pictures that will last a lifetime as we walk across the International Bridge. Best of all, there’s no admission fee, no long waits, and no sweltering heat to contend with, since the walk steps off at 930am sharp.

Organizers remind walkers to bring a passport or other approved I.D. Bus transportation is available to bring walkers from Ontario back to the starting point for a small fee of $4.
Contact Information: Sault CVB
Phone: 906-632-3366
Jun 30, 2017

Cloverland Hydroelectric Plant Open House

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 04:00 PM
Location: Cloverland Hydroelectric Plant, Sault Ste Marie
Once a year, in conjunction with Engineer's Day, the public is invited to tour the Hydro-plant.
Contact Information: Sault CVB
Phone: 800 647-2858
Jun 30, 2017

Soo Locks Engineers Weekend 2016

Annual Events
Location: Soo Locks, Cloverland Electric Hydroelectric Plant, and City Hall Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Three events in one day! Get up close and personal with Lake Freighters this Engineers Day. Visitors are able to walk out across the walls of the Soo Locks and explore the historic buildings 9am-4pm free admission. Cloverland Electric Cooperative will host its annual hydroelectric plant open house 9am to 4pm free admission. The Sault Arts, Crafts and Family Fun Fair will sprawl across the City Hall lawn overlooking historic Water Street and the St. Mary’s River 10am-5pm.
Contact Information: Sault CVB
Phone: 906-632-3366
Jun 30 - Jul 8, 2017

2017 Negaunee Pioneer Days

Annual Events
Location: Negaunee
Alumni Softball, Community Picnic & Fireworks, Music, Old Towne Festival, Parade and more.
Phone: 906-486-8084
Jul 3, 2017

Rock the Dock

Annual Events
05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: Municipal Dock, Escanaba
Live music, bounce houses, bungee jumps, food, etc.
Contact Information: Kim Peterson
Phone: 9067864141
Jul 4, 2017

July 4th in Paradise

Annual Events
07:00 AM To 09:00 PM
Location: Paradise
7-11 am PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Whitefish Township Community Center 1 pm PARADE in Downtown Paradise 3-5 pm GAMES Whitefish Township School Grounds FIREWORKS at dusk behind the Whitefish Township Community Center and over Whitefish Bay
Contact Information: Sherri McLellen
Phone: 906-492-3560
Jul 7 - 9, 2017

2017 Sault Tribe Pow-Wow & Summer Gathering

Annual Events
Location: entrance is from Baawating Drive off Shunk Road on the Reservation
Join us for exciting dance and drum competition, handmade crafts authentic food and more awaits. The Pow-Wow, or Jiigtamok, has historical, social and spiritual value to the American Indian people. People participate in traditional dance and song, visit with family and friends, make new acquaintances and trade arts and crafts.



























































For more information please contact 906-635-6050 Ext.26144
Contact Information: Jackie Minton
Phone: 906-203-4977
Jul 15, 2017

End of the Road Keweenaw Tour and Car Show

Annual Events
Location: Copper Harbor
Contact Information: Matt
Phone: 906-337-3884
Jul 21 - 23, 2017

Fayette State Park - A Paranormal Event

Annual Events
09:00 PM
Location: Fayette Historic State Park, Garden
Have you ever wondered what a ghost hunter does? Does the thought of apparitions give you a chill or a sense of wonder? Ever wondered what it's like to be a member of a paranormal team and participate in a real investigation? This is your chance! Join us at Fayette Historic State Park for two full days & nights of unearthly surprises and learning..... if you dare! For questions regarding this event please contact the park at 906-644-2603
Contact Information: Randy Brown
Phone: 906-644-2603
Jul 28 - 30, 2017

5th Annual Copper Harbor Ladies Weekend

Annual Events
Location: Copper Harbor
The 5th Annual Copper Harbor Ladies Weekend will be 2.5 days of on the trail learning, skill and educational sessions, and social events. Copper Harbor will once again be a featured stop on the Liv Ladies AllRide MTB Skills Clinic calendar of events. This is a must attend event for ladies of all ages and skill levels!
Jul 29 - 30, 2017

Rendezvous in the Sault

Annual Events
Location: City Hall Grounds and Historic Homes, Sault Ste Marie
Rendezvous in the Sault is a living history event that will take place along Historic Water Street at the City Hall Grounds and at the Historic Homes. Local and visiting historical re-enactors will set up camps and displays with presentations and demonstrations on military and civilian life in the period of 1668-1840. Food, music, dancing, cannon firing, storytelling, crafts and games will be just some of the fun things to see and do on Saturday and Sunday of the last full weekend of July.
Contact Information: Angie Patterson
Phone: (906) 632-5734
Aug 4 - 5, 2017

Downtown Days Sidewalk Sales Sault Ste. Marie

Annual Events
Location: Downtown Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie
Join us in Downtown Sault Ste. Marie MI for two full days of activities, deals, and fun for the whole family. Enjoy the sidewalk sales of our downtown stores who will be offering up great deals. Stroll through the streets and see the vast assortment of goods offered by merchants, arts and crafts vendors. Don’t forget the kid’s games, bouncy inflatables, and petting zoo! Last but never least there will be food vendors to help keep you nourished as you enjoy Sault Ste. Marie’s Downtown Days.
Contact Information: Justin Knepper DDA
Phone: (906) 635-6973
Aug 5, 2017

Annual Twin Sault Cruisers Antique Car Show

Annual Events
10:00 AM
Location: Downtown Ashmun St, Sault Ste. Marie
As a part of Downtown Days please join us for the Annual Twin Sault Cruisers Antique Car Show – Hosted by the International Antique Auto Club, cars will line up on Ashmun Street. Cars will be on display starting at 10am Saturday
Contact Information: Justin Knepper DDA
Aug 5, 2017

Rock the Dock

Annual Events
05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: Municipal Dock, Escanaba
Live music, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, food, etc.
Contact Information: Kim Peterson
Phone: 9067864141
Sep 2 - 3, 2017

Bell's Beer Copper Harbor Trails Festival

Annual Events
Location: Copper Harbor
Contact Information: Copper Harbor Trails Club
Phone: 906-289-4303
Dec 16, 2017

Michigan Tech University Commencement

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

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Superior Dome, Marquette
May 5, 2018

Lake Superior State University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: LSSU Norris Center, Sault Ste Marie
May 5, 2018

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
10:30 AM
Location: Superior Dome, Marquette
May 5, 2018

Michigan Tech University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Michigan Tech University, Houghton
Dec 15, 2018

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: NMU Superior Dome, Marquette
May 4, 2019

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: NMU Superior Dome, Marquette
Dec 14, 2019

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: NMU Superior Dome, Marquette
May 2, 2020

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: NMU Superior Dome, Marquette