Featured Events

(Listed in order of Occurrence)

Buck’s & Northern Wild’s Big Fish Contest
July 27th – August 3rd

You just need a Fisheman’s Picnic Button to enter your fish and it must be registered  by 5:00 pm Saturday August 4th.
Winners announced and Prizes Awarded on Sunday Aug. 4th at 1:00 pm on the Harbor Park Stage
Prizes are $100 for First, $75 for Second, and $50 for Third place for each of 6 categories.
Walleye, Northern, Small Mouth Bass, Lake Trout, Salmon, & Brook Trout

Lioness Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction:
Wednesday July 31st

Dinner starts at 5:00 p.m. and is served until 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church.
The price is $15 for adults, $7 for children under 12.
The Lioness will be serving the usual delicious fish cakes, ham, meatballs, potato salad, a variety of wonderful beans, fruit, and surprise deserts.

Many wonderful donations will be available to bid on at the silent auction.
The bidding will start at 5:00 p.m. and close by 7:00 p.m.when you can pick up and pay for your treasures.

Tennis Tournaments
Wednesday, July 31 – Sunday, August 4

Juniors Events (18 & under): August 1st – 2nd, Senior Events (50′s, 60′s, and 70′s+): July 31st – August 1st, Open & Adult NTRP Events (16 & Older): August 2nd – 4th. Register at by July 28th for Junior and July 27th Senior & Adult Events.  For more information contact John Muus at (218) 387-2198 or

Arts, Crafts, & Food
Thursday Aug. 1st – Sunday Aug. 4th

First Rate Craft show featuring local and traveling vendors who present their arts, crafts and food throughout the streets of town.
If you would like to become a vendor, contact Lion Al Taenzer at (218) 475-2744 or email him at

Lions Club Fishburger Stand
Thursday Aug. 1st – Sunday Aug. 4th

Opens each day at 11:00 am
Features Lake Superior Herring hand breaded and served on a bun.  So good they have their own song.
Pop and Hotdogs also available.

Crazy Daze Sales
Thursday Aug. 1st – Friday Aug. 2nd

Visit local businesses all over town to see what fantastic sales and treasures can be found.
Do not miss out on these great buying opportunities.

Live Music
Thursday Aug. 1st – Sunday Aug. 4th

Talented Musicians from the North Shore will be performing on the Harbor Park Stage throughout each day starting at 11:00 am.
Harbor Park Dances each night at the Park Stage
Thursday Aug. 1st, 8 pm-11 pm – Cook County’s Most Wanted
Friday Aug. 2nd, 9 pm-Midnight – The Splinters
Saturday Aug 3rd, 9 pm-Midnight - Step Rockets
Musicians Include (in order of initial apperance);  Billy D,  Boyd “Bump”  Blomberg,  Briand Morrison & Roxanne Berglund,  Pete Kavanaugh,  Cook County’s Most Wanted,  Michael Monroe,  Portage,  The Sivertones,  Pushing Chain,  The Splinters,  Jerry Vandiver & The One Match Band, Step Rockets, Shriner’s Band, and Bagpipers

Kid’s Activities
Thursday Aug. 1st – Sunday Aug. 4th

Little Kid Rides including Ferris Wheel, Spinning Airplanes, and Little Cars Ride all located in the Senior Center Parking Lot on Broadway.
Inflatable Rids for Kids of all ages located on Wisconsin St.

Thursday Aug. 1st – Sunday Aug. 4th

Bingo starts each day at Noon at the Bingo Tent Located in the American Legion’s Beer Garden.
Proceeds from Bingo will go to local non-profit organizations.

Log Rolling
Friday August 2nd & Saturday August 3rd

North Shore Rollers will be hosting the logrolling event this year.  Friday August 2nd open rolling from 9-5 kids are encouraged to come and have a lesson by Pro roller Jessica Berg-Collman and all the North Shore Rollers.  $ 5.00 fee to roll all day!

Saturday August 3rd Minnesota State Logrolling Championship
Registration at 8 am. Rolling will begin at 9am
Come watch and cheer these incredible young athletes compete for their age group.

Daily Contest
Friday August 2nd – Sunday August 4th

Fisherman’s Picnic Activity Button is required for all contests.  Stop by the info booth for more details.

Friday Aug. 2nd – Minnow Races, Worlds Best Donut Bingo, Egg Toss, & Loon Calling Contest, Stock Saw Contest

Saturday Aug. 3rd – Minnow Races, Cross Cut Log Sawing Contest, Stock Saw Contest, 3-Point Shooting Contest, Pickled Herring Eating Contest, Pizza Eating Contest, Kid’s Tracter Pull, Rock Skipping Contest, Loon Calling Contest, Cutest Puppy Contest, Hotdog eating contest

Sunday Aug. 4th – Fish Toss

Outa This World Camp
Friday August 2nd at the Rec Park Hall

8am Registration and Dropoff
8:30am – 3:00 pm Activities

Space Camp (survival skills):  knot skills, fire building, first aid, etc….
Galactic Exploration: Vague Valley, Craterland, Gravity Gap, Shuttle Scheme, and Sinking Swamp.
Crew Meetings:  Space gear, flag making,  setting up base camp, scavenger hunt, crafts, summer fun, games and prizes.
Astronaut Food:  Eat the same food the astronauts eat (snack and lunch)

Open to boys and girls K – 5th Grade (5–11).  Snacks, Lunch, and Fisherman’s Activity Button will be provided to all campers.  $30.00 First child, $5.00 each add’l family member. Pre-register by calling Christine Kunze @ (218) 387-8971. Walk-ins welcome but come at 8:00 to get registered (maximum of 40 Children).  Wear proper clothing for a day of indoor and outdoor activities.  Camp leaders are trained in advanced first aid and outdoor skills.

Husqvarna Stock Saw Competition

Demonstrate your skills with a Husqvarna 576XPs cutting through huge pine competition wood with a head to head competition.
There is an open division(men and women) and a women’s division.
$1000 in prizes plus a new saw for the fastest man and women.
All competitors will receive t-shirts, hats, oil, tools and other promotional goods worth over $30.
Entry fee is $20 in advance and $30 day of the event.  (Pre-registration is appreciated).  The first 30 entrants are guaranteed competition.

Qualifications.  Professional logger, Forest Service or DNR, tree service professional, professional lumberjack, line clearing crews, fire crews, timbersport competitor and/or experienced saw operators.  Any entrants with questions on qualification are encouraged to request entry.

This event is proudly sponsored by Husqvarna,  Steve’s Sports, Central Boiler and Wood-Mizer.

Please send entries to Clearwater Logging Inc., 80 South Clearwater Rd,  55604.  Entry form is attached.  Include your name, address, phone number and saw experience.  Advance entry appreciated.

Registration will begin at 6:00 on Friday, August 2nd and the contest will begin at 7:00 pm sharp.  Competition will be held at Husqvarna Sawing Dock on Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais.   There will be a team finals including the top eight finishers on Saturday at 4:00 pm.  This will be a team event where sawyers are paired up and will put on a sizzling show of professional talent with multiple cuts.    Prizes to be announced.

Free Shuttle Bus & Parking
Saturday Aug. 3rd

Pick up and Drop Off Locations;
Sawtooth Elementary Parking Lot (where there is also Free Parking)
Gateway Lodge
The Rec Park Office
The intersection of Broadway and Wisonsin St

North Shore Ski and Run Club’s Trail Run
Saturday, August 3rd

7:30-8:50 am: Registration on race morning at Pincushion Mountain Trail Head (2 miles up Gunflint Trail).
9:00 am: Kids’ Races
9:45 am: 5 mile run/walk
9:50 am: 3 mile non-competitive walk

Entry Fee: $20 prior to race day. $25 on race day.  Kids $10. T-shirt guaranteed for pre-registration, 1st come 1st serve on race day.
Awards given for top three male/female finishers and winner of each category.
Contact: Theresa Oberg (218) 387-1424 or email
More info at

GM Lion’s Men’s Slow Pitch Softball Tournament
Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th

Saturday, 8 am Games start at the High School, Pappy Wright and Rec Park Fields
Sunday, 4 pm Finals at the Rec Park Field
Team Entry Fee of $120. There is a maximum of 28 teams and each team is guaranteed 3 games.
Pre-Registration Contact is Bob Spry at (218) 387-2411 or

Saturday, Aug. 3rd

9:45 pm –  A spectacular display of fireworks will be shot off over the harbor just after dark.

3rd Annual Mini-Golf Tournaments
Sunday, August 4th

Single Person 18 hole Tournaments.  Sponsored by Golf N Stuff.  $7.00 Entry Fee.  Lowest Score Wins
Call Grand Marais Golf n’ Stuff at (218) 387-3570 for more info

Adult  - 9:00 am – noon
First place – $25.00, Second place – $20.00, & Third place – $15.00

Youth (13 and under) noon – 4:00 pm
First place – $ 23.00, Second place – $ 20.00, & Third place – $ 17.00

Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply Fisherman’s Picnic One Pot Cook-Off
Sunday, August 4, 2013

11:00am – 12:00pm
Fancy yourself a great camp cook?!  This is where you can prove it and win a fabulous prize.  Here’s the deal: 45 minute prep time and made entirely from BWCAW approved equipment and supplies, your meal needs to be prepared in one pot, serve two, and, well, be delicious.  Chef Chris will be the judge. Stop by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply to register prior to 5:00pm on Saturday August 3rd, or go to for more details.

Fisherman’s Picnic Parade
Sunday, August 4th

Parade begins at 1 pm & travels South on Broadway then West on Wisconsin Street. Setup starts at 11:00am at the High School parking lot.  All units must be checked in and present by 12:30 pm to be eligible for the parade.To enter a unit, call Bob Spry @ (218) 370-0445

Grand Marais Lions Club Raffle
Sunday August 4th

$10,000 Grand Prize, $1,000 1st Prize, $500 2nd Prize, and numerous other prizes donated by local businesses.
Drawing Starts at 5:00 PM.  Prizes can be claimed at the information booth from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  Have your ID or ticket stub ready.  If they are not picked up, they will be mailed out to the address listed on the ticket.
Raffle Tickets are $5 each.  They can be purchased any time at area business, at the information booth by Harbor Park, and from Lion’s Club Members around town.
Tickets are Limited so buy them early