Summer Solstice and Wooden Boat Festival – Grand Marais, MN

Jun 16, 2024 | events/locations

North House Folk School

The Summer Solstice and Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the best of summer on Lake Superior.


Summer on the North Shore is a magical time of year—the sun is at its zenith, boats dot the Grand Marais harbor, and the warm days beckon us outdoors.

Join us for a joy-filled weekend that weaves together craft, community, and the beauty of long days by the lake. Discover, dance, paddle, create, and welcome the brightest season at this festival!


-Hands-on craft for all ages
-Harborside Boat Walk
-Live music and contra dancing
-Cookout and ice cream social
-Craft tools and supplies auction
-Summer Solstice Pageant by the Good Harbor Hill Players


Friday, June 21st

  Event Kickoff & Neighborhood Picnic

 Join us in celebrating the best of summer by Lake Superior. Enjoy family activities on the commons, gather for live music and a picnic by the harbor, or dance the night away at the community contra dance.

Saturday, June 22nd

 Hands-On Discovery & Solstice Pageant

Whether you’re 2 or 102, hands-on exploration with traditional craft—kneading dough, making wood shavings, working with fiber—enlivens the human spirit. Saturday brings myriad opportunities for hands-on discovery: explore your creativity, see others’ creations, and get a taste of the magic that fuels North House every day of the year.

Sunday, June 23rd

Student and Supporter Celebration & Wood-fired Pizza bake

North House is fueled by our supportive community of students, instructors, program alumni, and members. We host a special celebration to recognize the folks of the folk school, along with a presentation on craft, our annual meeting, and a wood-fired pizza lunch. We will also host our Annual Meeting/Annual Members’ Gathering (RSVP Encouraged).



North House Folk School

500 West Highway 61

Grand Marais, MN



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