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 3, 2014

NMU's Lighting Up The Holidays

Annual Events
05:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: Northern Michigan University's Don H. Bottom University Center, 1401 Presque Isle Ave. Marquette, MI
Join us to kick off your Holiday Season! NMU’s 27th Annual Event, Lighting Up The Holidays will be on Wednesday, December 3rd from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. This event is in NMU's Don H. Bottum University Center - Peter White Lounge and Atrium. This evening celebration is a holiday kickoff for NMU Faculty, Staff, Students and their families as well as the Marquette community. The event includes a visit from Santa, pictures with Santa, horse drawn hayrides, face painting, free books, games, crafts, NMU Bookstore’s Holiday Sale, raffle prizes, dancers and more. simplysuperior@nmu.edu
Contact Information: Stephanie Raboin
Phone: 9062272588
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 6, 2014

Holiday in Lights Arts & Crafts Fair - Iron River

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Location: Windsor Center, Iron River

Holiday arts and crafts at the Windsor Center on US-2 -- held in conjunctions with Iron River's Holiday in Lights events.

Contact Information: Janet Rohde
Phone: 906-284-2620
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 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 17, 2015

Heikki Lunta Festival

Annual Events
Location: Teal Lake, Negaunee
The annual Heikki Lunta (Hey-Key Loon-ta) Winterfest, held on and around Negaunee's Teal Lake, is a festival of winter fun. Heikki Lunta is a legendary Finnish snow "god" who is said to have the ability to perform a dance causing snowfall.
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 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 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
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
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

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 - 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