Annual Events

No matter when you choose to visit Marquette, each season offers unique experiences. From bike and sled dog races to art and beer festivals, here is your local’s guide to the season’s festivals and events. With activities for each season, there is much to explore in the UP for all ages, all year round. 

Winter

Holiday Lasers on the Ore Dock

We're lighting up the Ore Dock for the holidays again! Thanksgiving weekend... Read More

Upper Michigan Ice Races (Night Race)

Mainly centered around the Northern United States, Canada, and Northern... Read More

U.P. 200, Midnight Run, Jack Pine 30 Sled Dog Races

The U.P. 200 is one of America's premier 12-dog , mid distance sled dog... Read More

Polar Roll

Polar Roll is the largest fat-bike event in Michigan and a proud member of... Read More

Usher in the New Year and experience the NYE ball drop here in downtown Marquette. Experiencing a UP winter is like no other, especially when taking part in the annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon. Not only is this trail one of the longest point-to-point ski marathons in the US, but it is also surrounded by stunning Michigan wilderness, making it a premier ski experience. In February, Marquette hosts the U.P 200, a 12 dog mid-distance sled dog race and Iditarod qualifier. Cheer on the packs as they embark on a 230 mi journey to Grand Marais and back.

Spring

Festival of the Angry Bear

Each year in April as the frozen grounds of Lake Superior’s shore attempts... Read More

Big Bay Relay

The Big Bay Relay is back! Celebrating its 44th running, the relay is a... Read More

As the frost thaws and the wildflowers bloom, the Angry Bear Festival emerges to showcase a slew of new and signature barrel-aged and sour offerings from Ore Dock Brewing Co. The festival takes place both indoors and outside of the brewery on Spring Street, offering live music and food, and is a fun way to spend a spring day. Join the local foodies in the annual Downtown Marquette Restaurant Week. This event is a great opportunity to try the various local cuisines throughout the city from seafood, baked goods, fine dining, and multi-cultural cuisine.

Summer

Pride Fest

On the shores of Lake Superior comes the 8th Annual U.P. Pride Festival! A... Read More

Art Week

Art week brings together local artists, arts organizations, and businesses... Read More

Marquette Fourth of July Fireworks

Come down to Mattson Lower Harbor Park and enjoy a firework display right... Read More

Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival

The Hiawatha Festival is the only event of its size and scope in Michigan’s... Read More

Art on the Rocks

Art on the Rocks™ has grown to one of the finest art shows in the country,... Read More

Ore to Shore

The O2S is the third largest point-to-point race in the Midwest, with... Read More

Marquette Area Blues Fest

The Marquette Area Blues Society is pleased to announce that the popular... Read More

U.P. Fall Beer Fest

The U.P. Fall Beer Festival takes place at the scenic Mattson Lower Harbor... Read More

Though the summer months are a great opportunity to explore the great Michigan wilderness, chase waterfalls, and kayak through the Great Lakes, there are many local events to add to the fun. Visiting Marquette in June? Dive into the local culture during Art week and engage in the week-long series of creative workshops and events performed by local artists. If you enjoy the UP outdoors, be sure to participate in the Marquette trails fest to support trail maintenance and trail building for the Noquemanon Trail Network.

Planning a trip for July? Celebrate Independence Day in the UP and watch the longest-running fireworks show off Lake Superior at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. On the last Friday of July, Downtown Marquette transforms for the annual Blueberry Festival, where local vendors sell various blueberry-related goods and restaurants cater blueberry-themed specials.  

Fall

Fresh Coast Film Festival

The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film... Read More

As the leaves change and cider brews, visitors flock to the UP to enjoy the splendor of a Michigan Fall. Enjoy the local craft beer overlooking Lake Superior at the U.P Fall Beer Fest at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. With over 600 beers to choose from, attendees have more than enough options to find their perfect match. Or celebrate the outdoors and the resilient spirit of the UP by attending the annual Fresh Coast Film Festival.