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 29 - Dec 16, 2018

BachFest Marquette

Shows & Events
03:00 PM
Location: Marquette Arts and Culture Center, Marquette
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Only
Dec 12 - 16, 2018

"Scrooge!" at Forest Roberts Theatre

Arts &Theater
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette
A return of a tradition rings in the holiday season! The Dickens classic is brought to life once again by NMU students and faculty along with locals from the Marquette community. A musical retelling of “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge! shows us the journey of a bitter old miser's discovery of the true meaning of Christmas, courtesy of good folks and strange ghosts. Join the FRT in celebrating one of our traditional shows! Thursday, December 15th at 7:30pm Friday, December 16th at 7:30pm Saturday, December 17th at 1:00pm Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm
Contact Information: FRT Box Office
Phone: 906-227-2553
Dec 14 - 15, 2018

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Country & Christmas at Island Resort & Casino

Music
08:00 PM
Location: The Island Resort & Casino, Harris
Phone: 800-682-6040
Dec 15, 2018

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: NMU Superior Dome, Marquette
Dec 15, 2018

Winter Festival Craft and Vendor Show

Shows & Events
09:00 AM To 05:00 PM
Location: Delta Plaza Mall, Escanaba
Delta Plaza Mall will be hosting a Winter Festival Craft and Vendor show on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 9am-5pm. It will be the perfect one stop shop for all of your last minute Christmas and holiday needs. Santa will be making an appearance from 11am-7pm!
Contact Information: Josie Goddard
Phone: 906-786-2784
Dec 15, 2018

Downtown Marquette Farmers Market

Outdoor
09:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Location: Marquette Commons, Marquette
This is a weekly, outdoor market that features fresh produce, small farm raised meat and eggs, flower bouquets, plant starts (early in the season), tasty baked goods, jams, personal care items and gift quality handcrafted artisan products and more. The vendor mix varies some each week, so come often and see who is at the market. Music weekly from 10-1. See you at the market.
Phone: 906-362-3276
Dec 15 - 16, 2018

Marquette Choral Society

Music
07:30 PM Saturday 03:00 PM Sunday
Location: St Peters' Cathedral, Marquette
Dec 16, 2018

Rock Lions Breakfast Buffet

Annual Events
09:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Location: Rock Lions Club, Rock
The Rock Lions monthly THIRD-SUNDAY, ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT breakfast buffet will take place on the third Sunday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rock Lions Club on Hwy. M-35 in Rock. The buffet includes scrambled eggs, omelets made to order, bacon, sausage, ham, hash brown potatoes, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes, French toast, English muffins, cereal, a variety of fruits, dessert items, and coffee, tea, milk and juice. Adults $8, ages 6-12 $5, ages 5 and under eat free. The monthly breakfast is held at the Rock Lions Clubhouse. The facility is available for rent by calling Jerry at 356-6475. The Rock Lions Club is a non-profit service organization that provides funding for charitable organizations and local needs.
Contact Information: Jason
Phone: 906 356-6368
Dec 19, 2018

Muffin Runners Santa Run

Outdoor
10:00 AM
Location: Marquette Commons, Marquette
Phone: 906-361-5059
Dec 31, 2018

New Year's Eve Ball Drop Bash

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
Jan 11 - 12, 2019

Michael Carbonaro Live! at Island Resort & Casino

Music
08:00 PM
Location: Island Resort & Casino, Harris
Jan 11 - 12, 2019

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 3-7pm CST and Saturday 9am-3pm 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 12, 2019

Van Riper State Park - Lantern Lit Snowshoe Trail

Outdoor
07:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Location: Van Riper State Park's Rustic Peshekee Cabin, Champion, Michigan
Strap on your snowshoes and enjoy an enchanted evening of fun in the snow! Experience Van Riper’s beautiful lantern lit 2 kilometer (1.25 mile) snowshoe trail with your family and friends from 7pm-9pm. The trail begins at our Rustic Peshekee cabin, located 1 mile west of the main campground entrance on the north side of M-28/US41. Snacks, coffee, and hot cocoa will be available along with a fire to warm up around.
Contact Information: Melanie Brand
Phone: 906-339-4461
Jan 12, 2019

Marquette Symphony Orchestra - 3rd Annual Collage Concert at Reynolds Recital Hall

Music
07:30 PM To 08:30 PM
Location: Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU, Marquette
Contact Information: Business Coordinator
Phone: 906-226-6591
Jan 18 - 19, 2019

3rd Annual Heikki Lunta Winter Festival

Annual Events
Location: Negaunee
Jan 22, 2019

132nd Annual Suicide Hill Ski Tournament

Annual Events
06:00 PM
Location: Suicide Hill, Ishpeming
Phone: 906-204-0520
Jan 24 - 26, 2019

Forest Roberts Theatre presents: "East of the Sun, West of the Moon"

Arts &Theater
07:30 PM
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette
This exquisite fairytale shines onstage in this never-before-seen ballet. A poor peasant exchanges his prettiest and youngest daughter for riches when a white bear appears and asks for her. The bear takes the girl to a rich and enchanted castle, where, at night, he takes off his bear form in order to come to her bed as a man, although the lack of light means that she is never able to see him. When she finally lights a candle to find out who he is, she discovers that he is a handsome prince, but by seeing him in his human form she has ignited a curse. Now the prince must return to his wicked stepmother, who lives in a castle “east of the sun and west of the moon,” and marry her hideous daughter, a troll princess. Can the pretty young daughter find the castle and save her prince? Her breathtaking, magical journey comes to life in this stunning original production.
Jan 25 - 26, 2019

A Night with Janis Joplin at Island Resort & Casino

Music
08:00 PM
Location: Island Resort and Casino, Harris
Phone: 877-ISL-SHOW
Jan 25 - 27, 2019

21st Annual 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
Jan 26, 2019

Fayette Historic State Park - Lantern Lit Snowshoe, Hike, or XC ski

Outdoor
06:00 PM To 08:00 PM
Location: Fayette Historic State Park, Garden
Snowshoe, hike, or cross-country ski our unique 1.5-mile Bluff Trail that is lit with kerosene lanterns for an enjoyable evening of fun in the snow. There will be one track set for classic cross-country skiing and a packed trail for snowshoeing or hiking. A warm bonfire will mark the beginning and ending of the trail near the park contact station. Marshmallows and hot cocoa will be provided. For additional details, please contact the park office. A Recreation Passport is required for entry into all Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Check "YES" when you renew your license plate at the Secretary of State.
Contact Information: Randy Brown
Phone: 906-644-2603
Feb 1 - 2, 2019

Spotlight Variety Show at Forest Roberts Theatre

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette
An evening of magic, comedy, circus, and beyond that is sure to amaze and amuse audiences of all ages.
Feb 2, 2019

Nahma Pond Hockey Tournament

Outdoor
Location: Nahma
Feb 2, 2019

Michigan Iron Industry Museum - Thin Mint Snowshoe Shuffle (Hike to the Carp River Forge Site)

Outdoor
Location: Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Negaunee
Meet up with some friends to enjoy the outdoors and discover the birthplace of iron ore manufacturing in the Lake Superior region. We've teamed up with Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes to offer you an afternoon of snowshoeing and fun - all while learning about local mining history. Snowshoe at your own pace, enjoying wooded views as you follow interpretive signs along the museum's 1/3-mile geology trail. -or- Join a guided snowshoe tour at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Don' have snowshoes? We have some for you to borrow!The snowshoe hike begins and ends at the museum, and lasts about one hour; it is suitable for beginner snowshoers. After the hike, step inside the museum for warm refreshments and a look at artifacts recovered from the Carp River Forge site during archaeological investigations.
Feb 2, 2019

Frosty 5K & Merry Mile

Outdoor
10:00 AM
Location: Crystal Lake Senior Center, Iron Mountain
Every winter DICSA (Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency) comes together with volunteers and the community to raise money for Walk for Warmth. All funds raised stay in our community and are used to help low income seniors and families in the area with their heating costs during the cold winter months. This is both a competitive and non-competitive 5K run/walk as well as a 1 mile course.
Phone: 9067742256
Feb 2, 2019

45th Annual Sagola Township Sportsman's Club Tip-Up Town

Outdoor
Location: Sawyer & Eddy Lakes near Sagola/Channing
Feb 2 - 3, 2019

Ishpeming CCSA Race

Outdoor
Location: Ishpeming
Feb 8 - 9, 2019

Hinder at Island Resort & Casino

Music
08:00 PM
Location: Island Resort and Casino, Harris
Phone: 877-ISL-SHOW
Feb 8 - 10, 2019

80th Annual Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament

Annual Events
Location: Pine Mountain Ski Jump, Iron Mountain
2019 Will be the 80th 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 9, 2019

Van Riper State Park - Lantern Lit Snowshoe

Outdoor
07:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Location: Van Riper State Park Rustic Peshekee Cabin, Champion, MI
Strap on your snowshoes and enjoy an enchanted evening of fun in the snow! Experience Van Riper’s beautiful lantern lit 2 kilometer (1.25 mile) snowshoe trail with your family and friends from 7pm-9pm. The trail begins at our Rustic Peshekee cabin, located 1 mile west of the main campground entrance on the north side of M-28/US41. Snacks, coffee, and hot cocoa will be available along with a fire to warm up around.
Contact Information: Melanie Brand
Phone: 906-339-4461
Feb 9, 2019

Honey Bear Classic Cross Country Ski

Outdoor
01:00 PM
Location: Big Bay
Join us in celebrating the Honey Bear Classic Ski Event held on the scenic Big Bay Pathway located in Big Bay, MI, 25 miles north of Marquette. This family friendly event will highlight youth and adult ski events, prizes, refreshments and a warming fire. Have your photo taken with the local Honey Bear! The Honey Bear 12K or 24K classic challenge around the Bear Mountain Loop will be a timed event with a $5.00 entry fee. Free youth events will be held on the rolling 7K Hidden Grin Loop. The 6K Meditation Loop is great for beginner to intermediate skill levels. You may explore the Pathway on snowshoes after all skiers are on trail. Participants are welcome to return to the warmth of the trailhead fire for refreshments, light snacks and the annual weenie roast. A special 2-for-1, $10 ski pass will be available at the trailhead for this day only! If you frequent the Pathway, the NTN "Powell Pass" is available through noquetrails.org, which also includes the Saux Head trails.
Contact Information: Kristi
Phone: 906-250-3350
Feb 10, 2019

Marquette City Band Winter Concert

Music
03:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre, NMU, Marquette
Feb 13 - 17, 2019

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 15 - 17, 2019

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 - 17, 2019

906 Polar Roll

Annual Events
Location: Ishpeming
Feb 22 - 23, 2019

Medieval Dinner Theatre

Arts &Theater
05:00 PM
Location: Marquette Masonic Building, Marquette
Stage combat and good food come together in the Marquette Masonic Building as a fundraiser for the Forest Roberts Theatre. Enjoy dashing sword fights with your meal in an outstanding evening of entertainment supporting students at the FRT!
Feb 22 - 23, 2019

Justin Moore at Island Resort & Casino

Music
08:00 PM
Location: Island Resort & Casino, Harris
Phone: 877-ISL-SHOW
Feb 22 - 24, 2019

18th Annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman Winter Program

Outdoor
Location: Bay Cliff Health Camp, Big Bay
The BOW program is sponsored by the DNR and offers instruction in more than a dozen different types of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter shelter building, ice fishing, photography, wilderness first aid, wood burning, snowshoe and more. Instructors provide basic and advanced teaching that is tailored to each participant's individual ability. Special evening programs also are offered during the weekend. BOW participants stay and take classes at the Bay Cliff Health Camp, a universally accessible facility overlooking Lake Superior, which is situated about 30 miles north of Marquette near Big Bay. Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with amenities, including a sauna and hiking trails with access to northern hardwood forests and Lake Superior. The $195 registration fee includes all food and lodging as well as most equipment and supplies, except as noted in the registration materials. Scholarships also are available on a limited basis.
Phone: 906-228-6561
Feb 23, 2019

Flannel Fest

Annual Events
06:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Location: Bonifas Arts Center, Escanaba
Contact Information: Kate Oman
Phone: (906) 786-3833
Feb 23, 2019

Marquette Symphony Orchestra: Under Mountains of Ocean at Kaufman Auditorium

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Kaufman Auditorium, Marquette
Feb 23, 2019

26th 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 23, 2019

Ojibwa Casino Winternationals Hillclimb

Outdoor
Location: Whealkate Bluff, South Range
Phone: 906-884-9101
Feb 23 - 24, 2019

NCAA Central Regional Skiing Championships

Outdoor
Location: Houghton
Mar 16, 2019

Van Riper State Park - Lantern Lit Snowshoe

Outdoor
07:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Location: Van Riper State Park's Rustic Peshekee Cabin, Champion, MI
Strap on your snowshoes and enjoy an enchanted evening of fun in the snow! Experience Van Riper’s beautiful lantern lit 2 kilometer (1.25 mile) snowshoe trail with your family and friends from 7pm-9pm. The trail begins at our Rustic Peshekee cabin, located 1 mile west of the main campground entrance on the north side of M-28/US41. Snacks, coffee, and hot cocoa will be available along with a fire to warm up around.
Contact Information: Melanie Brand
Phone: 906-339-4461
Apr 12 - 20, 2019

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Forest Roberts Theatre

Shows & Events
07:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette
Join the FRT for another gorgeous Disney musical! This “tale as old as time” tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under a spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out – if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This spectacular story brings the community together for a celebration of family theatre at its finest.
Phone: 906-227-2082
Apr 13, 2019

Marquette Symphony Orchestra - Jazz meets Classical: A Musical Melange at Kaufman Auditorium

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Kaufman Auditorium, Marquette
Apr 25, 2019

Marquette City Band Spring Concert

Music
07:30 PM
Location: Kaufman Auditorium, Marquette
Contact Information: Fran Darling
Phone: 9062491514
Apr 27, 2019

Marquette YMCA Run/Walk 2019

Annual Events
Location: YMCA of Marquette County
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.
Contact Information: Jenna Zdunek
Phone: 9062279622
May 4, 2019

Northern Michigan University Commencement

Annual Events
Location: NMU Superior Dome, Marquette
Jun 4 - 8, 2019

TaMaMa Dance Company presents: Collection

Arts &Theater
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette
TaMaMa Dance Company (TDC) presents their original work Collection, an accumulation of movement gathered for study, comparison, and exhibition with the intention to intrigue, surprise, and inspire. TDC is a Marquette based non-profit modern dance group. For more information please visit tamamadance.com.
Jun 20 - 29, 2019

Forest Roberts Theatre presents: "Mamma Mia"

Arts &Theater
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette
Based on the hit songs of 70s pop/dance group ABBA, this musical is a fan favorite. Sophie is ready to get married to her fiancée, Sky, except for one thing – she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She reads her mother’s diary and, discovering that there are three possible candidates, secretly invites them all to the wedding. Of course, chaos ensues! With a Broadway run of fourteen years, this international sensation is one you won’t want to miss.
Contact Information: FRT Box Office
Phone: 906-227-2082
Jun 28, 2019

70th Annual UP History Conference

Annual Events
Location: Escanaba
Jul 16 - 20, 2019

Forest Roberts Theatre presents: "Legally Blonde Jr"

Arts &Theater
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette
Everyone's favorite blonde is back in this hilarious musical adaptation of the beloved movie! When her high school boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not "serious" enough, Elle Woods takes matters into her own hands and gets into Harvard herself. Befriending classmate Emmett and spunky hairdresser Paulette along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren't mutually exclusive - in fact, law may be her natural calling after all. Adapted for younger performers, this show is sure to leave cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!
Jul 27 - 28, 2019

61st Annual Art on The Rocks

Arts &Theater
10:00 AM
Location: Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette
Juried Fine Art Show celebrating its 61st year. One of the most anticipated summer events in Marquette and the Upper Peninsula. High quality artists paired with a beautiful location allow for art lovers to have an amazing visual weekend.
Contact Information: Jason Limberg
Phone: (906)235-4006
Oct 11 - 13, 2019

Leif Erikson Festival 2019

Annual Events
Location: Norway
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
Oct 9 - 11, 2020

Leif Erikson Festival 2020

Annual Events
Location: Norway