The upcoming year will once again be a busy one for events in Lake County. Here's the rundown:
The 45th annual St. Urho's celebration kicks off in Finland on Friday, with the theme "St. Urho Makes the '20s Roar."
The festival honors a fictional saint from Finland who is believed to have driven grasshoppers out of the nation. The holiday originated on the Iron Range in the 1950s.
The Miss Helmi talent show and beauty pageant will take place on Friday.
Saturday, there will be a pancake breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Clair Nelson Center, followed by the parade downtown.
After the parade, there will be crafts, kids games, food and music.
The event ends on Sunday with the annual raffle and drawing.
For more information, visit friendsoffinland.org/st-urho-2020.
The annual race begins just outside Two Harbors and ends in Duluth. It will be held on Saturday, June 20.
The weekend also features a half marathon and 5K race.
More information, including how to register, can be found at grandmasmarathon.com/
Isabella Friends of the Fourth celebration
While a date hasn't officially been set, the celebration has traditionally always been held the weekend before July 4. The annual event includes food, music and fun for people of all ages.
Get the latest information at facebook.com/Isabella-Friends-of-the-Fourth-858931114251458/.
The annual festival will be held in Two Harbors from July 9-12. It features entertainment, a craft show, music, dancing and — not one — but two parades.
Find more details at facebook.com/twoharborsheritagedays/.
The theme for this year's Bay Days is Mariner Pride. The event will feature an all-class reunion, with Mariner Alumni from any graduating year welcome to attend.
It will be held in Silver Bay from July 10-12 and will include vendors, prize raffles, live music, and more:
Friday, July 10
- Noon to 10 p.m.: Vendors will be at City Hall.
- 2:30 p.m.: Silver Bay Mariner Alumni Athletes Golf Scramble begins at Silver Bay Golf Course.
- 6 p.m.: The parade begins at the intersection of Edison and Horn.
- 7-10 p.m.: Family fun including face-painting, balloon animals, activities and a kids raffle.
- Dusk: Fireworks show begins.
Saturday, July 11
- 7-10 a.m.: Silver Bay Fire Department pancake breakfast.
- 8:45 a.m.: 14th annual Bay to Bay Road and Trail Run-Walk starts. Register online or by 8 a.m. on the day of the race.
- 9 a.m.: Zups Family Golf Scramble begins at Silver Bay Golf Course.
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Friends of the Silver Bay Public Library will host a book sale.
- 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Vendors will be at City Hall.
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: North Shore Area Partners hosts their annual silent auction fundraiser at the Silver Bay Reunion Hall. Coffee and rolls will be served from 9-11 a.m., a luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Silent Auction runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Tours of William Kelley School.
- Noon to 3 p.m.: Kids activities, including inflatable games, will be held at Lake Bank Field. The cost is $15 per day for the inflatables. Other kids activities are free.
- 2 p.m.: The Silver Bay Fire Department will sponsor a bean bag tournament.
- 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.: The Street Dance is held.
- 8-11 p.m.: Glow Bowl held at Silver Bowl.
- 9:30 p.m.: Lighted boats on display at Silver Bay Marina.
Sunday, July 12
- 7-10 a.m.: Silver Bay Fire Department hosts a pancake breakfast
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The classic car and motorcycle show is held in the Zups parking lot.
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Vendors will be at City Hall.
- 10 a.m.: An ecumenical service will be held on the Lake Bank Lawn. Bring your own lawn chairs.
- 11 a.m.: Logging expo held at City Hall.
For the full event schedule, bay-days.org/event-schedule.
The 9th annual chalk art festival will be held in downtown Two Harbors on Saturday, July 18. Children can create chalk art in the street for free.
Artists age 12 and up can purchase a sidewalk square to create a work of art for $20. For $40, artists can reserve their space and get a t-shirt.
People can participate in free art activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; watch performance artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and enjoy live music.
Food will be served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year's featured artists include Moira Villiard, Lauri Olson-Hohman and Melissa Gerads.
Anyone with accessibility needs is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information, including rules and suggested supplies, is available at twoharborsarts.com/
Beaver Bay Daze
The home of John Beargrease comes out to celebrate its history at Beaver Bay Daze, usually held the first weekend in August.
The 2020 event date hasn't officially been announced, but check out the Facebook page, facebook.com/Mainstreet61/, for the latest information.
National Night Out
Law enforcement agencies and communities throughout Lake County typically participate in National Night Out, scheduled for Aug. 4, 2020.
The event is meant to enhance relationships between community members and law enforcement officers. More information can be found at natw.org/.
Tori Finnish Marketplace & Music Fest
The event is held on the second Saturday in August from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Finland Heritage Site, 5653 Little Marais Road. This year's event falls on Aug. 8.
The annual fundraiser for the Finland Minnesota Historical Society includes vendors, food and live music all day. Get more information at facebook.com/pg/ToriFinnishMarketplaceMusicFest/
Lake County Fair
The fair will run from August 6-9 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
Events include a senior luncheon, an amateur talent contest and 3K Dirty Dash on Thursday, Aug. 6; Free admission, games and drawings for kids 12 and under on Friday, Aug. 7; The 4-H horse show and live music on Saturday, Aug. 8; and family activities on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Silver Creek International Ukulele Carnival
The 10th annual event will be held at the Silver Creek Town Hall from Aug. 21-23. It gives ukulele musicians plenty of opportunities to spend time playing their ukuleles with others.
More information is available at www.twoharborsukulelegroup.com/ukulele-carnival/.
The annual event is held in Knife River usually on the first weekend in December. Julebyen means "Christmas Village" and is a centuries-old Scandinavian and German tradition celebrated with ethnic foods, crafts, holiday decorations and music.
It features indoor and outdoor markets, a troll village, food, music, sleigh rides, sledding, a children's herring run, lefse demonstration, an express train, children's workshops, appearances by Santa and more.
Check julebyen.us/index.html for more details.