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 25, 2014 - Jan 12, 2015

Fall Student Exhibit at Bay West

Annual Events
Location: Bay West, Iron Mountain
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 4, 2015

6th Annual Eki Loppet Cross Country Ski Race

Annual Events
08:00 AM
Location: Valley Spur Cross Country Ski Trails, Munising
Valley Spur ski trails 5 miles south of Munising, MI on M-94. Registration is 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with race time 10:00 a.m. Cost is $25 and profits will got to the VS Kid's Ski Program.
Contact Information: Peggy Carberry
Phone: 906-387-3690
Jan 9 - 10, 2015

United Sportsmen's Winter Gun & Knife Show

Annual Events
Location: United Sportsmen Club, Merriman
Annual Winter Gun & Knife show 5 miles north of Iron Mountain at the United Sportsmen Club in Merriman, MI off of M-95. 60+ tables available of Guns, Knives, Hunting and related items. Friday evening 4-8pm CST and Saturday 9am-4pm CST. Admission $5 adult. Food and breakfast available. 24 hr security. See website for more information. This show is sponsored and administered by United Sportsmen Inc. All proceeds used to benefit activities & events administered by the Club for its members and guests.

Phone: 906-774-3867
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
Jan 24, 2015

8th Annual "Jig It" Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Annual Events
Location: Escanaba Harbor Area, Escanaba
Phone: 906-789-0060
Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015

Mites to Men Pond Hockey Tournament

Annual Events
Location: Ludington Park, Escanaba
Phone: 906-786-4141
Jan 31, 2015

Frosty 5K & Merry Mile

Annual Events
10:00 AM
Location: Iron Mountain Senior Center, Iron Mountain
Phone: 906-774-2256
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 7, 2015

23rd Annual Long Riders Relic Ride

Annual Events
08:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Location: Jack Pine Lodge, Manistique
Pre-registration Friday, February the 7th at 7pm at the Jack Pine Lodge. Final registration Saturday, February 8th open at 8am. Ride starts at 11am finishing at 3pm. Five Dollar donation, all proceeds go to non profit. Jack Pine Lodge will be having a Breakfast special that is open to the public, will be selling event T-shirts, with multiple raffles all day long. Contest trophies will be awarded in three categories: ugliest sled, loudest pipes and vintage clothing. Location : Jack Pine Lodge on M-94, Manistique, MI 49854
Contact Information: Kevin Knaffla
Phone: (906) 573-2414
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!!
Feb 21, 2015

Lil' Jiggers Ice Fishing Derby & Frosty 5K Run

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Location: Central Park on the Quarry, Manistique

Registration starts at 9am. Fishing starts at 11am until 1pm. Prizes will be given to every child registered. Cost is $5.00 per hole up to three holes. All holes are drilled and minnows are provided by Top O' Lake Sports. Saturday at Central Park on the Quarry in Manistique, MI

Contact Information: Nick Bosanic
Phone: (906) 341-5346
Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2015

15th Annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Annual Events
Location: Big Bay

Women seeking the opportunity to improve their outdoor skills are invited to register for the 15th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) winter program in the Upper Peninsula. Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this program offers instruction in more than a dozen kinds of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter shelter building, ice fishing, fly tying, wilderness first aid, wood burning and more. Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction that is tailored to each participant's individual ability. The program takes place at Bay Cliff Health Camp, a universally accessible facility, located in a picturesque wooded setting overlooking Lake Superior approximately 30 miles north of Marquette.

Contact Information: Sharon Pitz
Phone: 906-226-1321
Apr 17, 2015

19th Annual NMU Jazz Festival

Annual Events
Location: Northern Michigan University, Marquette
May 16, 2015

39th Annual Big Bay Relay

Annual Events
Location: Marquette to Big Bay
Big Bay Relay. Relay teams from Marquette to Big Bay. In the past the race has brought in 50+ teams comprised of elite runners to a team of friends that just like to get out and have an adventure together. Divisions include: All female, all male and mixed team divisions, as well as a junior division. Race begins at River Sports Complex, Marquette, and ends at Perkins Park, Big Bay.
Contact Information: Nicole DeWald
Phone: 906-235-6861
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
Jun 20, 2015

Marquette Mountain Mud Run

Annual Events
Location: Marquette Mountain, Marquette
Marquette Mountain Mud Run hosted by Marquette Mountain Ski Patrol. 5K of 14 different obstacles over and around Marquette Mountain property.
Phone: 906-225-1155
Jun 26 - 28, 2015

5th Annual Island Resort Championship LPGA Symetra Tour

Annual Events
Location: Sweetgrass Golf Club, Harris
Phone: 877-ISL-GREEN
Jun 27, 2015

11th Annual Manistique Pioneer Days

Annual Events
10:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Location: Pioneer Park, Manistique

Schoolcraft County Historical Society celebrates Pioneer Day with Vendors, Bake Sale, Tours of the Historic Water Tower, Antique presentations, Local U.P. Authors (TBA), used book sale, & entertainment.

Contact Information: Vonciel LeDuc
Phone: 906-341-5045
Jul 4, 2015

Manistique Independence Day Celebration

Annual Events
12:30 PM To 11:30 PM
Location: Manistique

Parade starts on Deer Street traveling through to downtown Cedar Street at 12:30pm. Community Lake Effect Arts- Art & Craft Fair starts at 10:00am-4:00pm at the Manistique Central Park located near the Little Bear West Arena. Fireworks at dusk approximately 10:30.

Contact Information: John Wood
Phone: 906-341-8189
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 10 - 11, 2015

26th Annual Manistique Folkfest 2015

Annual Events
05:30 PM To 12:30 AM
Location: Manistique

Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce 26th Annual Folkfest 2015 is a celebration of life that takes place the 2nd Saturday in July on the main street of Manistique. Art & Craft Booths display their diverse wares over two blocks while the aromas of Multicultural Food Booths tempt the participants down the street. The central stage provides ethnic music & entertainment with the Beer Garden close by. The Children have their own street, which supplies the young with extra fun. Folkfest is truly an event for everyone. Friday night Pet Parade(5:30pm), then Street Dance, Beer Garden, some food vendors until 12:30 am. Saturday starts at 10am opening ceremony, then all day into the evening until 12:30 a.m. Great Fun!

Contact Information: Connie Diller
Phone: 906-341-5010
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

Outback Art Fair

Annual Events
10:00 AM To 05:00 PM
Location: Picnic Rocks, Marquette
Phone: 906-869-1395
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 1, 2015

Ishpeming Renaissance Festival & Art Faire

Annual Events
10:00 AM To 07:00 PM
Location: Lake Bancroft Park, Ishpeming

A one day event featuring renaissance era costumes, music, entertainment, and food. Also featuring daily living demonstrations as well as combat re-enactments.

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, 2015

4th Annual Manistique Paul Bunyan Triathlon

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 02:00 PM
Location: Manistique

City of Manistique Recreation Department is proud to present the 4th Annual Manistique Paul Bunyan Triathlon. The race will consist of a 400 meter swim in the Quarry, a 15 mile bike ride, and a 5k run. All portions of the race will be within the city limit. All participants who finish will receive a Finisher's Medal. The awards to be presented will be 1st & 2nd place- top male, top female, age groups (by 10 yrs). Teams are encouraged consisting of 2-3 members- all male, all female or both. Come out for the challenge or to cheer on your favorite team or person.

Contact Information: Bill Pohlman
Phone: 906-341-2290
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
Sep 5, 2015

SCCC Motorcycle Show - Manistique

Annual Events
08:00 AM To 05:30 PM
Location: Manistique

Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce presents the 2015 Motorcycle Show & Poker Run. Sponsored by the Manistique Area Tourist Council. Welcome to ALL motorcycles from everywhere to our County... We are located at the Top of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula...Come join us for an awesome weekend of fun, short ride on Friday night... show your Bike on Saturday,then ride our Poker Run after the show Saturday later afternoon with Drawings, Awards,Door Prizes, Raffles & 50/50 drawings. Trophies will be given in TWO Divisions,Ride-In and Trailered. Classes: Antique, Classic, Stock, Custom. Award for peoples choice, longest distance ridden. For pre-registration call the Chamber for application or register 8am to 10 am morning of event.

Contact Information: Connie Diller
Phone: 906-341-5010