Art tours, trail running, mountain biking, fireworks, and blueberry beer! Summer is almost here, and so are our favorite festivals and events of the season.




First Thursdays Art Tour

First Thursday of each month

First Thursdays are a monthly art scene stroll highlighting galleries, studios, and creative spaces in the City of Marquette. Each month will feature various artists' demonstrations, gallery/studio tours, and workshops. The first Art Tour starts on the first Thursday of June and takes place each first Thursday of the month through October.

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Iron Range Roll

June 3rd, 2023

Roll along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail from the historic Cliffs Shaft Museum in Ishpeming to the iconic Ore Dock in Marquette in this 16-mile point-to-point race. This downhill excursion is open to recreational enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. 

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Pride Fest

June 10, 2023

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community on the shores of Lake Superior at the UP’s largest Pride Fest. Featuring family-friendly fun, educational resources, and a stunning array of entertainment in beautiful Mattson Lower Harbor Park.

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Great Lakes Rodeo

June 16-18, 2023

Saddle up for three back-to-back days of fun this Father's Day Weekend. Whether you enjoy watching the cowboys attempt to ride a bull or get a good laugh from the rodeo clown, the Great Lakes Rodeo has something for the entire family at the Neil Sr Armatti Memorial Raceway in Gwinn.

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City of Marquette Art Week

June 19-25, 2023

Art Week brings local artists, arts organizations, and businesses together for a week-long series of special events, concerts, workshops, performances, and demonstrations. Come see just how creative Marquette can be.

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Marquette Trails Fest

June 23-25, 2023

Gear up for a weekend of mountain biking & trail running races and socials. Get out and experience the scenery and rec culture in Marquette, while supporting local trail building and sustainability practices. All proceeds from this event go to the Noquemanon Trail Network.

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Marquette 4th of July Fireworks

July 4, 2023

Celebrate Independence Day with a bang! With Lake Superior as the backdrop, Marquette is the place to be to see 4th of July fireworks. Gather to witness one of the longest-running firework displays in the Upper Peninsula with the show being launched from the iconic Ore Dock

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Blueberry Fest

July 28, 2023

One of the sweetest events of Summer, dedicated to one of the Midwest’s favorite fruits. Friday, July 29th, Front & Washington St. will be buzzing with everything from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer, paired with an array of live music, activities, and sidewalk sales.

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Art on the Rocks

July 29-30, 2023

Attracting over 140 artists and 10,000 people each year, Art on the Rocks is stationed between Marquette’s historic downtown and the Cinder Pond Marina on beautiful Lake Superior. 30% of the event's artists are invited based on a scoring system used by previous show judges, and the other 70% are selected by a jury process, making it one of the finest art shows in the country.

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Ore 2 Shore

August 12, 2023

The O2S is the third largest point-to-point race in the Midwest, with riders gearing up at the start line in Negaunee, where iron ore was first discovered in 1844 in the Superior region. The long-distance course travels through Ishpeming, past towering head frames from the heyday of underground mining, before heading north into the beautiful wooded wilderness and crossing alongside the Dead River all the way into Marquette to the Lake Superior shoreline.

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Marquette Trail 50

August 18-19, 2023

The Marquette Trail 50 is an ultramarathon (a foot race with distances beyond the marathon distance of 26.2 miles) for ultramarathoners organized by ultramarathoners. The course is located on Marquette's superior trail network which has attracted runners from across the country. The events include 50K, 50M,  5K, and 1M—making it an event for runners of all levels.

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