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.

 

Feb 11 - 14, 2016

Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship

Annual Events
Location: Moran Bay, Lake Huron, St Ignace
Join us in 2016 as we celebrate the 10th 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 11 - 14, 2016

Snowsfest - Les Cheneaux Islands

Annual Events
Location: Hessel
Contact Information: Amy Polk
Phone: 906-484-3935
Feb 13, 2016

28th Annual Glacier Glide Winter Outdoor Art Show

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12:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: Presque Isle Park, Marquette
Lake Superior Art Association's Glacier Glide is the premier winter outdoor art show. Spectators hike, ski or snowshoe to view unique adult art work. Youth art work is displayed inside the pavilion. Spectators can also vote for their favorite adult and youth art with ribbons and cash prizes awarded at 5:00 pm. For more info or to register art work contact Cindy at 906-225-0254 or cdeo@charter.net or visit www.marquetteartontherocks.com
Contact Information: Cindy Deo
Phone: 9062250254
Feb 13, 2016

3rd Annual Wine Tasting Event

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07:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Location: Negaunee Elks 1116, Negaunee
The Negaunee Lady Elks is hosting their 3rd Annual Wine Tasting Fund Raiser on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 7pm to 11pm. Tickets for $15. per person available at the door which includes 3 glasses of wine, souvenir wine glass, wide variety of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, prize drawings, prize drawings and musical entertainment by Pierre Ogea.
Contact Information: Wendy Retzloff
Phone: 906 475-4401
Feb 13 - 14, 2016

Michigan's Free Fishing Weekend

Annual Events
Location: State of Michigan
No License required for any age.
Feb 20, 2016

Snowburst 2016 - Winter Carnival

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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!
Contact Information: Jenifer Varecha
Phone: 906-885-5256
Feb 20, 2016

Tahquamenon Snowshoe Race

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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 20 - 21, 2016

77th Annual Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament

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Location: Pine Mountain Ski Jump, Iron Mountain
2016 Will be the 77th 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!!
Feb 27 - 28, 2016

Marquette Magic Shooters Classic

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Location: PIEF, NMU, Marquette
Marquette Magic Shooters Classic will be on February 27 & 28, 2016 at Northern Michigan University P.E.I.F. Vandament Arena. Girls and Boys from 3rd Grade to 9th Grade (as of Jan. 1, 2016) are welcome to join the tournament. Entry Fees will total $225.00 or $250.00 per team depending on USSSA registration. Deadline for entry fees is Feb 19, 2016. There will be a minimum of four games per team (pool & tournament play). There is a limit of 50 teams total. For more information on this tournament please visit www.ymcamqt.org or call Lisa Coombs-Gerou at 906.227.9622.
Contact Information: Lisa Coombs-Gerou
Phone: 9062279622
Mar 5, 2016

Great Bear Chase

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09:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Location: 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 12, 2016

Honor Flight Fundraiser Spring Break-Out

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Location: The Island Resort & Casino, Harris
Bring a friend and enjoy a night of fun supporting the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight! A night of Silent Auctions, Live Auctions, Raffles, Dinner, Drinks and evening entertainment by the JamBand! Tickets go on sale soon! Call Ashley (906) 228-5330 with any questions!
Contact Information: Ashley
Phone: (906) 228-5330
Apr 16, 2016

16th Annual YMCA Run/Walk

Annual Events
Location: YMCA of Marquette County
Our 16th Annual YMCA Run/Walk will be taking place on Saturday April 16th. The course runs along beautiful Lake Superior, starting and finishing at the YMCA of Marquette County and promises to be a fun fitness event for the whole family. The event is open to all and includes a 10 mile, 10k, 5k and a 5K non competitive walk, one mile youth run and a toddler trot. Family fun, activities and refreshments will be provided throughout the morning. Registration for this event will be taken at either YMCA of Marquette County. For more information, please call or email Race Director, Jenna Zdunek, at 227.9622, jzdunek@ymcamqt.org. If you would like to volunteer, please call the YMCA 227.9622.
Contact Information: Jenna Zdunek
Phone: 9062279622
Apr 22 - 24, 2016

29th AnnualWhitefish Point Bird Observatory Spring Fling

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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, 2016

Lake Superior State University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Norris Center, Sault Ste Marie
Apr 30, 2016

Michigan Tech University Commencement

Annual Events
10:30 AM
Location: Michigan Technological University, Houghton
Apr 30, 2016

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
10:30 AM
Location: Superior Dome, Marquette
May 1, 2016

Finlandia University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Paavo Nurmi Center, Hancock
Phone: 906-487-7348
May 6, 2016

Gogebic Community College Commencement

Annual Events
06:30 PM
Location: Ironwood
May 7, 2016

Bay College Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Escanaba
Jun 11, 2016

Whitefish Point Marathon

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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: Rob Klein
Phone: 906-492-3412
Jun 24, 2016

Cloverland Hydroelectric Plant Open House

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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 24 - 26, 2016

67th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

Annual Events
Location: Munising
Jun 24 - 26, 2016

Soo Locks Engineers Weekend 2016

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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-3pm 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 25, 2016

Annual International Bridge Walk

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09:00 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 9am 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 $3.
Contact Information: Sault CVB
Phone: 906-632-3301
Jun 26, 2016

21st Annual Art for All - Menominee

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10:00 AM To 04:00 PM
Location: Marina Park, Menominee
21st annual, one day art show and sale located Downtown Menominee. More that 50 artists, music,entertainment, food, and children's art area.
Contact Information: Missy, Bonnie, Wendy or Ashley
Phone: 715-578-7521
Jul 8 - 10, 2016

35th Annual Sault Tribe Pow-Wow & Summer Gathering

Annual Events
Location: Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste Marie
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
Phone: 906-203-4977
Jul 15 - 17, 2016

Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament - SSM

Annual Events
09:00 AM
Location: Sault Ste Marie
The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Torment returns to the streets of Sault Ste. Marie MI. this summer. Player or spectator mark your calendar and join our community for two days of fast paced fun.
Contact Information: Sault Events
Phone: 800 647-2858
Jul 16, 2016

41st Annual Canal Run

Annual Events
07:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Location: Hancock
The Canal Run was started in 1975, and is the premier running event in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Following the rolling hills along the Portage Lake Shipping Canal, the Canal Run offers three distances for runners and walkers of all levels, including a half marathon, 10-mile run, 10-mile walk, 5-mile run and 5-mile walk.
Contact Information: Angela Luskin
Phone: 906-483-1153
Jul 16, 2016

20th Annual Crisp Point Lighthouse Conference & Picnic

Annual Events
10:00 AM
Location: Whitefish Township School, Paradise
Contact Information: Rick Brockway
Phone: (517) 230-6294
Jul 30 - 31, 2016

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 2, 2016

43nd Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival

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10:00 AM To 08:00 PM
Location: Sault City Hall Grounds, Sault Ste Marie
Annual juried exhibition and sale of fine arts and crafts by the creating artists, some of whom are demonstrating. Also live entertainment by area performers. Free to the public--a public service of the Sault Area Arts Council. Free children's hands-on art tent managed by artists from the Olive Craig Gallery. Booths for nonprofits. Food booths.
Contact Information: Jean Jones
Phone: (906) 437-5463
Aug 5 - 6, 2016

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 6, 2016

Annual “Slashin’ Ashmun” 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 “Slashin’ Ashmun” 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 August 6, 2016.
Contact Information: Justin Knepper DDA
Aug 7 - 11, 2016

Tour da UP Bike Tour

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Location: St. Ignace
The Tour da UP is the premier bike tour in the UP. We provide outstanding food and SAG support, transportation of tents/luggage, mechanical support, plus an opportunity to enjoy a number of side excursions during the 5 day ride. The Tour has become a popular event for individuals and families from throughout the Midwest, with many of the riders coming from Wisconsin and Illinois. The ride starts in St. Ignace, with overnights in Detour, Sault Ste. Marie and Paradise, before returning to St. Ignace.
Contact Information: Rich Rossway
Phone: 906-249-5437
Aug 12, 2016

Les Cheneaux's 4th Annual Classic Car Show

Annual Events
Location: Cedarville
Aug 13, 2016

39th Annual Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show & Festival of Arts

Annual Events
Location: Hessel
Aug 26 - 27, 2016

7th Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention MIPARACON

Annual Events
09:00 AM
Location: Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie
The 7th Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention will bring the biggest names of the paranormal industry to Sault Ste. Marie, MI (Michigan’s Oldest City). On August 26th and 27th at Sault Ste Marie Michigan’s Kewadin Casinos Dream Makers Theater experts and television stars will be on hand to cover such topics as paranormal investigating, psychic powers, demonology, UFOlogy and attendees will be able to meet some of their favorite television paranormal investigators. Come see the biggest names speak on today’s hottest topic….THE PARANORMAL!
Contact Information: The Sault Events
Phone: 1-800-647-2858
Sep 17, 2016

Tahquamenon Wilderness Canoe Race

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08:00 AM To 10:00 PM
Location: Paradise
The GREAT RACE from the Lower Falls to Lake Superior; Start the morning with this 17 1/2 mile, two-person professional canoe race as the paddlers brave the waters of the Tahquamenon River from the Lower Tahquamenon Falls to Lake Superior. A shorter (6 1/2 mile) one-person race begins at 3:30 at the mouth of the Tahquamenon River. A fun run for amateur paddlers is also offered. MCRA members conclude the event with a banquet and awards program.
Contact Information: Jody Laub
Phone: 906-420-5757
Sep 19, 2016

Jeffers' 11th Annual 5K Walk/Run and 1/2 Marathon

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07:00 AM To 10:00 AM
Location: Jeffers High School, Painesdale
Jeffers' 11th Annual 5K Walk/Run and 1/2 Marathon benefits the Jeffers' Athletic Program Registration begins at 7AM 1/2 Marathon begins at 8AM 5K Walk/Run begins at 9AM
Contact Information: Steve Lishinski
Phone: 9064820599
Sep 24, 2016

Tahquamenon Falls State Park - Hike Between da Falls

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Location: Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise
Bring your hiking boots and enjoy the most popular trail in the park, the 5-mile River Trail. A free shuttle will transport participants from the Lower Falls to the trailhead at the Upper Falls. The local North Country Trail chapter will be on-hand to answer questions and provide nature activities. The River Trail is rated difficult and includes stairways, exposed roots and steep inclines. For more information call 906-492-3415.

Contact Information:
Phone: 906-492-3415
Sep 24, 2016

Sault International Festival of Races

Annual Events
07:00 AM
Location: Norris Center, LSSU, Sault Ste. Marie
Join up to 500 runners as part of the Sault International Festival of Races (formerly the Sault International Marathon) on Saturday, September 24, 2016! The Sault International Festival of Races provides runners with a unique opportunity to run the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge and run alongside the St. Marys River all set against the backdrop of beautiful fall foliage and cool E.U.P. temperatures. Join the 5K Run/Walk, Bridge Run, or the Half Marathon
Contact Information: The Sault Events
Phone: 906-632-3366
Oct 7 - 9, 2016

Haunted Trail

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07:30 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: Sawmill Creek Township Park, Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI
Kick off your family Halloween events right! Hike the Haunted Trail as ghouls, goblins, and gremlins dance among the pumpkins, pines, and pitchforks. Admission is $5.00. Souvenirs, snacks, and beverages are available on sight for additional costs. Have a spookin’ good time!
Contact Information: Bev Archambeau
Phone: (906) 492-3219
Oct 8, 2016

Tahquamenon Falls State Park - Harvest Festival

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10:00 AM To 07:00 PM
Location: Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Newberry
Participate in our annual Lower Falls autumn camping experience! Events include pumpkin carving, campsite decorating, chili cook-off, costume contests, trick-or-treating and more. Families, groups and couples have made camping during Harvest Fest a tradition. Cap off your evening by visiting the Haunted Trail in Paradise for a spooky good time!
Phone: 906-492-3415
Oct 8, 2016

6th Annual Whitefish Point Run For the Light

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Location: Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point
K & 10K Fun Run and Walk. All proceeds to benefit the Motor Lifeboat House restoration at The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.
Dec 10, 2016

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
10:30 AM
Location: Superior Dome, Marquette
Jan 27, 2017

128th Annual Suicide Hill Ski Tournament

Annual Events
06:00 PM
Location: Suicide Hill, Ishpeming
Phone: 906-204-0520
Apr 29, 2017

Lake Superior State University Commencement

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

Finlandia University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Paavo Nurmi Center, Hancock
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
Jun 22 - 24, 2017

69th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

Annual Events
Location: St Ignace