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.


Sep 18, 2014

Hockey on Third Parade

Annual Events
05:30 PM
Location: Marquette
Phone: 906-228-9475
Sep 19 - 21, 2014

US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Weekend & National Ski Jumpers Reunion

Annual Events
Location: Ishpeming
Phone: 906-485-6323
Sep 20, 2014

Au Sable Day 2014

Annual Events
11:00 AM To 04:00 PM
Location: Au Sable Lighthouse, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore announces Au Sable Day, Saturday, September 20, 11 am - 4 pm. The day includes free disabled accessible bus shuttle service to the lighthouse from the lower Hurricane River Campground, tours of the light station and fog signal building, and refreshments.
Visitors riding the free ALTRAN shuttle bus should board at the Hurricane River bridge or lower campground parking lots. Hurricane River Campground is 12 miles west of Grand Marais, MI on Alger County H-58.
The Au Sable Light Station was constructed in 1874, and has shone its light to guide mariners for over 138 years.
Au Sable Day also celebrates Public Lands Day, an annual appreciation of federal lands open to all for a variety of recreation, renewal, and education. Join us for a beautiful fall color day looking out over Lake Superior!

Contact Information: Gregg Bruff
Phone: 906-387-3700
Sep 20, 2014

Van Riper State Park - Harvest Festival

Annual Events
12:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: Van Riper State Park, Champion
Come have a spooktacular good time at Van Riper State Park. Enjoy spooky stories, crafts, trick-or-treating, costume contests, and our ever popular haunted trail.
Contact Information: Matena Coron
Phone: 906-339-4461
Sep 20, 2014

Run for the Hills 5K Escanaba

Annual Events
Location: Ludington Park, Escanaba
Phone: 906-428-2000
Sep 20, 2014

Out of the Darkness - Marquette County Suicide Prevention Walk

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Location: Ishpeming
Support the Marquette County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by participating in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on September 20th in Ishpeming, MI. Proceeds will benefit local suicide prevention efforts and national advocacy and awareness programs. The walk will be held at Al Quaal Recreational Area pavilion. Activities start at 9am, walk begins at 10am. The event includes T-shirts, a memory table, balloon release, and light refreshments. To preregister and form or join a team please visit http://afsp.donordrive.com/event/marquette or contact Andrew Chosa at achosa@greatlakesrecovery.org or 228-9699 xt. 1010.

Stick around after the walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, pot-luck lunch and solidarity stroll at the Al Quaal Lodge at the end of the road just east of the Pavilion. Call 360-7107 for details!
Contact Information: Kristin Arkens
Phone: 906-228-9699
Sep 21, 2014

Delta County Century Ride

Annual Events
Location: Gladstone High School, Gladstone
Family bike ride that includes routes for all endurance levels; 13km, 40km, 78km, and 100km. Ride includes expert SAG service and great rest stops where the only thing better than the view is the food! Put a team together to build camaraderie.
Phone: 906-786-2192
Sep 26 - 27, 2014

NMU Homecoming

Annual Events
Location: Marquette

Join NMU and the Marquette community on Third Street for the parade and cheer on the NMU football team as they play Saturday in the Superior Dome. Check out www.nmu.edu/alumni for a list of events for you and your family.

Contact Information: Robyn Stille
Phone: 906-227-2627
Sep 27, 2014

2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ - Marquette County

Annual Events
09:00 AM
Location: Marquette YMCA, Marquette

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s unites the entire community — family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more --- in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help each participant reach their fundraising goal.

Contact Information: Ruth
Phone: 906-228-3910
Sep 27, 2014

3rd Annual Grand Slam Fall Classic

Annual Events
Location: Gladstone Sports Park, Gladstone

5K walk/run, 10K

Sep 27, 2014

Xterra Lake Superior Shore Run

Annual Events
Location: Little Presque Isle, Marquette

Challenging terrain and scenic vistas, Top of the World and Bareback Mountain offer premiere trail running courses for the Half-Marathon, 5k and 1k kids' race. Kids race for free.

Sep 27, 2014

Harvest on Hughitt/Oktoberfest

Annual Events
08:00 AM To 06:00 PM
Location: Downtown, Iron Mountain

Harvest on Hughitt is downtown Iron Mountain's Fall festival.

Phone: (906) 774-8530
Oct 4, 2014

UPDSA's 4th Annual Buddy Walk

Annual Events
10:30 AM To 02:30 PM
Location: Escanaba Senior High School, Escanaba

This is the Upper Peninsula Down Syndrome Associations only yearly fund raiser. Join us for a fun family event including a bounce house & slide for the children along with face painting and clowns making balloon animals. For the adults there are bucket raffles, 50/50 drawing and silent auction items. For everyone there will be a one mile awareness walk at 1:00pm, and lunch is included with registration. Adults (15 & up) $15, youth (4-14) $10, 3 and under are free. T-shirts are provided on a first come first serve basis. Print registration forms at facebook.com/UPDSA, request a form at updownsyndrome@gmail.com, or call Lourie 233-1482 or Cindy 786-2681

Contact Information: Lourie Schuenke
Phone: 906-233-1482
Oct 10 - 12, 2014

Leif Erikson Fall Festival

Annual Events
Location: Norway
Contact Information: Barb Thorne
Phone: 906-282-4426
Oct 11, 2014

2nd Annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest

Annual Events
03:00 PM
Location: Baraga Avenue, Marquette
Oct 11, 2014

Silver Creek Zombie Trail Run

Annual Events
06:00 PM
Location: Marquette
Phone: 906-249-5437
Oct 17 - 19, 2014

NMU Family Weekend 2014

Annual Events
Location: Northern Michigan University, Marquette

NMU Family Weekend is a time for you to feel a part of your student's college experience at Northern Michigan University. The schedule of events includes a variety of activities for your family to enjoy and it also allows for informal time with your son or daughter.

Phone: 906-227-2439
Oct 25, 2014

Halloween Spectacle

Annual Events
07:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: Marquette Commons, Marquette

The City and Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance. Ravens on skates, zombie folk dancers, stilt walking spirits, a life-size dragon and skeleton marching band are just a few of the enchanted characters. As the evening grows dark, the community is invited to join in processions throughout the City converging in the Marquette Commons to witness Marquette's enchanting Halloween Spectacle.

Contact Information: Emily Lanctot
Phone: 906-228-9475
Oct 25, 2014

The Cause For Paws

Annual Events
05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Location: Recreation Lanes, Iron Mountain
Evening of food, drink, reverse raffle, silent auction, door prizes, and FUN to support the work of Almost Home Animal Shelter. Event and raffle tickets go on sale Sept. 11. and can be purchased at the shelter.
Contact Information: Adrien Brzoznowski
Phone: (906)774-1005
Oct 25 - 26, 2014

13th Annual Bay de Noc Kennel Club Dog Agility Trials

Annual Events
Location: UP State Fairgrounds, Escanaba

Sponsored by the Bay de Noc Kennel Club

Nov 1, 2014

9th Annual Daily News Big Holiday Craft Show

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 04:00 PM
Location: Kingsford High School, Kingsford
Phone: 906-774-2772
Nov 7, 2014

Escanaba Rotary Vino at the Casino

Annual Events
07:00 PM To 09:30 PM
Location: Island Resort & Casino, Harris
Contact Information: Cheryl
Phone: 906-786-9212
Nov 8, 2014

The Marquette Regional History Center presents: Museum After Dark

Annual Events
07:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Location: The Marquette Regional History Center, Marquette
A weird and wonderful family adventure and each year has a different theme. Yes,

exhibits do come to life after dark! Bring your flashlight for our third after dark adventure. You will have encounters with historical figures, see rare artifacts and hunt for others, become a part of history – put on a costume and have your photo taken, snacks and unique activities. Full of surprises. Designed for ages 7 and up. Visit www.marquettehistory.org or call 906-226-3571 for more info.
Contact Information: Jessica "Red" Bays
Phone: 906-226-3571
Nov 8 - 9, 2014

Marquette County Quilters' Association Annual Quilt Show

Annual Events
Location: Great Lakes Rooms, University Center, Marquette

Quilts of all sizes will be on display and for sale. Other items such as quilted handbags, table runners, and hand painted quilt art will be on sale as well.
This event is free to the public.

Contact Information: Karen Sanford
Phone: 906-249-9005
Nov 13, 2014

Girls Night Out - Iron Mountain

Annual Events
05:00 PM
Location: Iron Mountain
Phone: 906-774-8530
Nov 13, 2014

Annual Marquette Ladies Night

Annual Events
04:00 PM
Location: Downtown Marquette

A fun-filled happening that provides women a Night on the Town to shop and dine in Marquette's Downtown District. Visit participating merchants and register to win valuable prizes.

Contact Information: Emily Lanctot
Phone: (906) 228-9475
Nov 22, 2014

14th Annual Holiday Art Sale

Annual Events
10:00 AM To 04:00 PM
Location: Marquette Arts & Culture Center, Marquette
Phone: 906-228-0472
Nov 25, 2014 - Jan 12, 2015

Fall Student Exhibit at Bay West

Annual Events
Location: Bay West, Iron Mountain
Dec 5 - 7, 2014

TV6 Christmas Craft Show

Annual Events
Location: Superior Dome, Marquette

This an annual event put on by TV6. All items are hand crafted by each vendor

Phone: 906-475-4161
Dec 13, 2014

NMU Commencement

Annual Events
Location: Superior Dome, Marquette
Dec 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Ball Drop

Annual Events
11:30 PM
Location: Downtown Marquette
Celebrate the new year and watch the annual ball drop from the Savings Bank Building. Corner of Washington and Front Streets.
Phone: (906) 228-9475
Jan 23 - 25, 2015

Noquemanon Ski Marathon

Annual Events
Location: Marquette
Marquette General 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 5 - 8, 2015

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 12 - 16, 2015

UP 200 and Midnight Run

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 20 - 22, 2015

76th Annual Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament

Annual Events
Location: Pine Mountain Ski Jump, Iron Mountain
2015 Will be the 76th 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!!
Apr 17, 2015

19th Annual NMU Jazz Festival

Annual Events
Location: Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Jun 12 - 14, 2015

15th Annual Splash-In on the Bay

Annual Events
Location: Grand Marais

Grand Marais Pilots Association will host the 15th Annual Splash-in on Grand Marais Bay on behalf of the National Seaplane Pilots Association. Seaplanes from all over the US and Canada are invited to attend this three day festival with arrivals on Friday, activities and competitions throughout the day on Saturday and departures on Sunday morning.
The public is invited to attend this colorful event; get a close up look at the many sea planes, talk with pilots, and enjoy a beautiful day on the beach. Bring lots of suntan lotion and plan to spend Saturday with us.

Phone: 906-494-2700
Jun 19 - 21, 2015

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
Jul 5 - 11, 2015

2015 Negaunee Pioneer Days

Annual Events
Location: Negaunee
Alumni Softball, Community Picnic & Fireworks, Music, Old Towne Festival, Parade and more.
Jul 17 - 19, 2015

Hiawatha Music Festival

Annual Events
Location: Tourist Park, Marquette

Each years event features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk - including singer/songwriters - and dance. Mainstage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites.

Phone: 906-228-8575
Jul 25 - 26, 2015

Art on the Rocks

Annual Events
Location: Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette

This popular annual art show features the works of 200 artists. Art on the Rocks has twice been named in Sunshine Artists Magazine as one of the top 200 shows in the USA.

Contact Information: Cindy Deo
Phone: 906-225-0254
Aug 8, 2015

Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic

Annual Events
Location: Negaunee to Marquette

Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic. 48 mile and 24 mile point-to-point mountain bike race in Marquette.

Contact Information: Nicole DeWald
Phone: 906-235-6861
Aug 13 - 16, 2015

Marquette County Fair

Annual Events
Location: Marquette County Fairgrounds, Sands
The Marquette County Fair is a fun-filled family event with lots to offer! * Livestock shows,
* 4-H livestock and small animal auction, * Tractor pullls, * Mud drags, * Go cart races, * Horse Shows, * Dog show, * Firemen races, * Antique car show, * Wide variety of concessions, * T.J. Schmidt and Co. Amusements, * Exhibits of hand-crafted and home-grown delights, ...and MUCH more!
Aug 15 - 16, 2015

Bark River Off Road Races - 40th Annual UP Off Road 100

Annual Events
Location: Bark River International Raceway, Bark River
Aug 17 - 23, 2015

UP State Fair

Annual Events
Location: UP State Fairgrounds, Escanaba