As I am writing this, the Stay at Home orders in Minnesota is still set to expire on May 18th due to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. However, exactly when and how the state will open back up remains unknown. Because of the unknown involved in the current situation, several major area events have been canceled and local businesses have announced extended closures/delayed opening dates. If you had planned to come up to attend an event you should check with the event coordinators and websites/social media pages for those updates. This is not a complete list of all canceled events. I am only including Lake and Cook County events, as there are too many in Duluth. I am also not including concerts as there are too many to list. Visit this page for updates on retail businesses and restaurants: COVID19 | Business Operations Changes.
Many also wonder why events and businesses are making decisions this early for things that are happening as late as August, the answer, for the most part, is that planning and coordination take time and money. For things like a marathon or a bike race, permits need to be purchased ahead of time, and coordinating events takes several paid staff members. If the event is canceled too late, this money will have already been spent and cannot be recouped. As we have already passed the deadlines for many of these things, the coordinators made the decision to cancel the events. I can promise you that no one has taken any of these cancellations lightly, and they understand these will affect many.
Spring Superior Trail Races | Lutsen | May 16 | Fall Races Still Scheduled
Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Bike Race | Grand Marais | May 23
Tofte Trek | Tofte | July 4
Tofte 4th of July Celebrations | Tofte | July 4
Bay Days and All-School Reunion | Silver Bay and Beaver Bay | July 9-11 | Postponed Until 2021
Grand Marais Arts Festival | Grand Marais | July 11-12
Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival | Grand Marais | July 11
Gunflint Trail Canoe Races | Gunflint Trail | July 15
Fisherman’s Picnic | Grand Marais | July 20-August 2
Businesses Closed or Delayed Openings:
Grand Marais Art Colony | Grand Marais | Classes and Summer Programming Canceled Through August 31
North House Folk School | Grand Marais | Classes Canceled Through June 19
Split Rock Lighthouse | Two Harbors | Closed Through June 30
For Cook County (Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Lutsen, Schroeder, Tofte) the best resource for finding out if your planned events are canceled is the Visit Cook County website.