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.

Canceled Events:

Spring Superior Trail Races | Lutsen | May 16 | Fall Races Still Scheduled

Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Bike Race | Grand Marais | May 23 

Grandma’s Marathon | Duluth | June 20 | Virtual Race Information

Lutsen 99er | Lutsen | June 27 | Lone Wolf Challenge Information

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

Rendezvous Days | Grand Portage | August 6-8

WTIP’s Radio Waves | September 12-13 | Going Virtual on September 12

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, Phased Reopening in July and August

Split Rock Lighthouse | Two Harbors | Closed Through July 15 

More Information:

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.

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