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Heikinpäivä Midwinter Festival - A series of events celebrating the halfway point of winter at various Hancock locations. Activities include a parade, smorgasbord dinner & dance, concerts, Tori Market, cultural demonstrations, the "Polar Bear Plunge" and more.

Heikinpäivä Hiihto at the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock. 5k & 20k cross country ski races.

Copper Island Classic at the Chassell ski trails. 5k & 10k cross country ski races.

Brockway Mountain Tour - 15k & 30k cross country ski tours up and over Brockway Mountain. Sponsored by the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club.

Annual Michigan Tech University Winter Carnival in Houghton and surrounding areas. This event features snow statues, sporting events and the snowball Formal Dance.

Keweenaw Ride-in. Snowmobile Festival sponsored by the Copper Harbor Improvement Association. A day of fun, food & drink, snowmobile rides and snowmobile races.

Junior Bear Chase Cross Country Ski race at the Swedetown ski trails in Calumet. Race length varies with age group. Sponsored by the Ski Tigers.

Annual Great Bear Chase Cross Country Ski Race. 25 and 50 K races start and finish near downtown Calumet. Sponsored by the Copper Island Ski Club.


Pine Mountain Music Festival. World class singers & Instrumental ensembles performing opera, chamber music, new music, symphony, jazz and more.

Carl Olson Memorial Adventure Trail Run starting at the Chassell Community Center. 5k & 10k runs, 5k walk. First race is at 9:30 am. T-shirts, awards, refreshments.

Bridgefest Celebration in the Houghton and Hancock areas. Parade, arts and crafts show, entertainment, jet ski races, dances and much more. Help celebrate the birthday of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

Seafood Fest is held on the Houghton Waterfront in conjunction with Bridgefest. Come and sample your favorite seafood, listen to music and join in the fun.

Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival Mountain Bike Race held in conjunction with Bridgefest. Cross country races & specialized kids races.


Summerfest, sponsored by the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Music & dancing at the Calumet Armory.

Strawberry Festival, sponsored by the Chassell Lions Club. All-day events, arts & crafts, and lots of Strawberry Shortcake.

Annual PastyFest held in Agassiz Park in Calumet.  There will be a parade, music, games and pasties in the park, a pasty bake-off for the coveted Copper Pasty, and a dance at the Armory.  For more information, visit the Main Street website at www.mainstreetcalumet.com .

Canal Run beginning at McLain State Park . Also includes the 10 Mile Walk/Run and the 3 Mile Fun Run.

Copperman Triathlon at the Lake Fanny Hooe Resort in Copper Harbor. Swim tranquil Lake Fanny Hooe, bike the rocky shores of Lake Superior & run through the wilderness on shaded roads.

Eagle Harbor Arts & Crafts Exhibit at St. Peters by the Sea in Eagle Harbor. Sponsored by the Copper Country Associated Artists.

Art in the Park at the Community Center in Copper Harbor. A two-day craft fair featuring local and regional artists, including food and entertainment.

Houghton County Fair at the Houghton County Fair Grounds in Hancock. Exhibits, carnival, demolition derby, logging show, draft horse pull and much, much more. For information call the fair office at (906) 482-6200

Heritage Celebration - Historic displays, ethnic foods, arts & crafts, kids games, etc. in the "Old Town" Calumet area. (August)


Copper Harbor Fat Tire Festival. 14 & 20 mile mountain bike races with awards, food & beverages & live music following the race.

Multicultural Festival in the Houghton and Hancock areas. Parade, cultural food festival, games and entertainment.

Pasty Fest. Enjoy a day of music and fun while you dine on the dish made famous by the Keweenaw's copper miners - the pasty. Live music, food and beverage vendors, homemade pasty contest, karaoke contest, fall color cruise.

Professional Walleye Tournament sponsored by Mercury Marine, this the national championship held on the Keweenaw's Portage Waterway.  Activities talk place in Houghton and Hancock.

Annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival sponsored by Finlandia University at the Calumet Theatre and other area locations.


Pasty Central - The area's most comprehensive list of local businesses
City of Hancock - Learn more about Finlandia's home town
City of Houghton - Hancock's sister town just across Portage Lake
Keweenaw Tourism Council - Recreation in the Keweenaw and schedule of events
Daily Mining Gazette - Local Newspaper
Finnish American Reporter - Ethnic News
Isle Royale National Park - The jewel of Lake Superior

Keweenaw National Historic Park - The Keweenaw's Copper Story