Events in Minnesota

Lake Superior Day is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of July around the lake in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Lake Superior Day 2012 Events

June 28 thru June 30

Superior Story ~ 7:30 pm
Play Ground’s Theater, Duluth Technology Village, Duluth
An over-the-top comedy that follows the Mack family on their summer vacation to The Big Lake where their trip gets interesting when the daughter’s boyfriend is invited to come along.   More Information

July 1 thru July 31

Hibbing Public Library
An extensive display of Lake Superior materials, as well as free flyers and placemats.
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 July 5 thru July 7

Superior Story ~ 7:30 pm
Play Ground’s Theater
, Duluth Technology Village, Duluth
An over-the-top comedy that follows the Mack family on their summer vacation to The Big Lake where their trip gets interesting when the daughter’s boyfriend is invited to come along. More Information

July 12 – Thursday only

Walking Tours ~ 1pm – 2:30pm
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, 27th Ave West & the waterfront, Duluth
Tours of the Wastewater Treatment facility (ages 13+) or Organics Composting facility (all ages).  Learn about the biological processes that clean waste water and turn organic material into a soil addition.  Moderately strenuous (stairs, indoors & outdoors).  Closed-toe footwear and pre-registration required; tours are free.  Call 218-722-3336.  More Information.

“Shipwrecks Here and There on the Big Lake” ~ 2pm
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Duluth
A presentation by Center Executive Director Thom Holden, US Army Corps of Engineers who looks at just a few of some 4,000 accidents on Lake Superior. More Information.

“On a Clear, Calm Day:  The Sinking of the Thomas Wilson”
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Duluth
Presentation by Denise Wolven, US Army Corps of Engineers about the whaleback still that is still sunk off the Duluth piers. More Information.

Kayak Tour ~ 4:30 pm – 8pm
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Two Harbors
The Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center will host a kayaking tour with naturalist guides who weave stories, history and environmental information along the way.  Pebble Beach picnic included.  There is a fee and pre-registration required.  Call 218-353-7414. More Information about Wolf RidgeMore Information about Split Rock Lighthouse.

July 12 – 15

Exhibits & Info ~ 10:30 am – 4pm
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, near the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth
Tables with experts from MN Lake Superior Association, St. Louis River Alliance, MN’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, MN Pollution Control Agency, Lake Superior Magazine and others. More Information.

Great Lake Aquarium Activities ~ all day
Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth
Family-friendly activities in the lobby and outside (weather deciding) such as viewing field microscopes with bay water to spot invertebrates in the harbor, a geology of Lake Superior cart and an invasive species video in the boardroom.  An exhibit of photographer Craig Blacklock’s images of Lake Superior’s two national lakeshores – The Apostle Islands and Pictured Rocks. Visit website.

Vista Fleet Cruises ~ all day
Vista Fleet Cruises, Duluth
Cruises will give special narrations relating to Lake Superior Day and will serve meals on lake-related placemats. Visit website.

July 13 – Friday only

“Port of Duluth Superior:  Great Lakes Cargo Capital” ~ 11am
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Canal Park by the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth
A presentation by Adele Yorde, Duluth Seaway Port Authority on the Port of Duluth Superior. More Information.

“People & Policies Protect Lake Superior” ~ 2pm
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Canal Park by the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth
A presentation by Andrew Slade from MN Environmental Partnership concerning what we all can do to help protect the Big Lake. More Information.

DNR’s MinnAqua Exhibit ~ all day
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Canal Park by the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth
A special display about fish, aquatic habitats, water stewardship, fish management and fishing. More Information.

July 14 – Saturday only

“Yucky Invasives” ~ 11 am
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Canal Park by the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth
A presentation by Doug Jensen from the Minnesota Sea Grant on Invasive Species threatening Lake Superior. More Information.

Going Full Circle:  A 1,555 mile around the World’s Largest Lake ~ 2pm
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Canal Park by the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth
A presentation by Mike Link & Kate Crowley, who walked the shoreline of Lake Superior over five months in 2010 talk about their journey and new book. More Information.

Open House at Lake Superior Magazine ~ 10am – 6pm
Lake Superior Magazine Offices, 310 E Superior Street, Duluth
Treats, new lake-related items, clearances & sales.  After 4pm Mike Link & Kate Crowley will be available for visiting and  book signing. Visit website.

July 14 – 15

“Cruise of a Lifetime” Raffle Tickets for Sale ~ all day
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, near the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth
Raffle Tickets for an ore-boat trip.  Association members will provide kids activities, such as nautical knot tying tips. More Information.

July 15 – Sunday only – Lake Superior Day

Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd ~ 9:30 am
1325 North 45th Ave. East, Duluth
Special Lake Superior Day Service.  Call 218-525-1922  Visit website

First Lutheran Church ~ 8:30 am In Sanctuary
100 East superior Street,  Duluth
Special Lake Superior Day Service.  Call 218-728-3668  Visit website

First Lutheran Church ~ 10:00 am @ Leif Erickson Park
Leif Erikson Park, Duluth
Special Lake Superior Day Worship Service held at Leif Erikson Park.  Call 218-728-3668  Visit website

First United Methodist Church – ‘The Coppertop Church’ ~ 10:00 am
230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth
Special Lake Superior Day Worship Service.  Visit website

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church ~ 10:00 am
219 N 6th Avenue East, Duluth
For several years, Gloria Dei has participated with other faith communities around Lake Superior in setting aside a Sunday to reflect in worship on the gift of Gods’ creation, water, and ecosystems that characterize the Lake. In addition to a special worship service, led by Pastor Karen Bockelman, we will also have a Potluck with fish from the fishing trip, and a Parish Conversation with updates on various ministries and projects. Visit website

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth ~ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
835 West College Street, Duluth
9:00 Forum:  Water:  Who Owns It?
10:00 Service:  Sharing our Deep Connections to the Great Lake – reflections, readings, found objects
11:00 Coffee hour Visit website

Stewardship Award Presentation ~ 1pm
Barkers Island, Superior
The Lake Superior Binational Forum will present its annual Environmental Stewardship Awards to nine individuals and organizations during the Barker’s Island Celebration. More Information.

Celebrate the Greatest Lake ~ Barkers Island, Superior
11am – 4:30pm
Barkers Island, Superior
The public is invited to celebrate Lake Superior Day on July 15th at Barkers Island in Superior, WI. Drop in for live music, kids’ activities, poetry, student performances, art, informational booths, and local vendors from 11am until 4pm, all focused on celebrating and appreciating our Great Lake.  Also the unveiling of the Superior Council of Arts “Postcards from Our Estuary” entries.
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Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming ~ 5:00 pm
Zinema 2 Theater, Duluth
Free Event –  This film captures the wisdom shared by 13 diverse elder women at the 2011 Inter-generational Event during the Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming on Madeline Island. They speak of what Lake Superior said to them; they speak in appreciation of Gitchigaaming and all water. Their words create ripples of change within our hearts and lives.  More Information

 Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming ~ Grand Marais
Free Event –  This film captures the wisdom shared by 13 diverse elder women at the 2011 Inter-generational Event during the Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming on Madeline Island. They speak of what Lake Superior said to them; they speak in appreciation of Gitchigaaming and all water. Their words create ripples of change within our hearts and lives.    More Information

The Fish Heads Concert ~ 2pm
Sugarloaf:  The North Shore Stewardship Association, turn at mile 73.3 on Highway 61, Silver Bay
The Fish Heads perform foot-tapping bluegrass music and Lake Superior songs with Kim and Mike Munson. More Information on SugarloafMore Information on The Fish Heads.

Hiking and Activities ~ 10 am – 5pm
Sugarloaf:  The North Shore Stewardship Association, turn at mile 73.3 on Highway 61, Silver Bay
Hands-on activities all day as part of the festivities.  Hiking trails open all day. More Information on Sugarloaf.

Exhibits and Activities ~ 10am – 4pm
Gooseberry Falls State Park
A full day of activities focusing on the Lake Superior Watershed & it’s unique and sensitive lakdscape, flora & fauna – and how we can help keep it clean and healthy. More Information.

Duluth Huskies Northwoods League Baseball Game ~ 5pm
Wade Stadium, Grand Ave & 34th Ave W, Duluth
The Duluth Huskies will take on the Thunder Bay Boarder Cats for an evening of baseball.  There will be a special acknowledgement of Lake Superior Day. More Information.


Lake Superior Day 2011 Events for Minnesota
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Location

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 Display 

Month of July

Two Harbors Public LibraryTwo Harbors

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Related display
   
Dance

July 8

7 pm – 9 pm

Lake Place ParkDuluth

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‘Dances on the Lakewalk’ returns with choreography by Cathy Podeszwa, Juliana Bertelsen, Rebecca Katz Harwood and Erin Tope.  Guest arts from the Twin Cities will be included:  Christopher Watson & Sarah LaRose.
   
 Display

July 14 thru

July 17

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m

 Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

More Information

Flyer

Come celebrate with us!  Displays and literature conveniently located in the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center offer information about Lake Superior’s natural history, regional culture and aquatic invasive species. Stop by and visit, gather details on upcoming LSMMA events and programs and take advantage of the opportunity to purchase a Cruise of a Lifetime raffle ticket!
   
 Walking Tour

July 14

1-2:30 p.m.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary DistrictDuluth

More Information

Flyer

Walking tours open to the public, ages 13 and older. Learn about the biological process that cleaned wastewater to the St. Louis River each and every day. Pre-registration requested. 218-722-3336.
   
Book Signing

July 15

1 pm – 3 pm

Duluth Pack StoreDuluth

Event Information

Author Information

Andrew Slade, author of Hiking the North Shore:  50 Fabulous Day Hikes in Minnesota’s Spectacular Lake Superior Region (There & Back Guides, will be signing his books.
   
Walking Tours & Rummage Sale

July 15

July 16

11:00 am & 1:00 pm

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation Duluth, We will offer tours of our building and grounds to the public during our annual rummage sale that weekend.   The walking tour will highlight the improvements to the quality of the water flowing into Chester Creek and then into Lake Superior. Location: 835 W College St. Duluth MN 218-724-0308
   
 Guided Hiking Trip

 

July 17

Contact Park Naturalist

Gooseberry Falls SPTwo Harbors

 

More Information

Cancelled:  Do to MN State shutdownGeology guided hike.
 
 Kids Program

 

July 17

 

10 am – 9 pm

Gooseberry Falls SPTwo Harbors

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Cancelled:  Do to MN State shutdown Kite making & flying, Nature Carts, hands-on activities & much more.
   
 Lighthouse

 

July 17

 

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

 

Split Rock Lighthouse Historic SiteNear Two Harbors

More Information on Split Rock

More Information on SLSA

Cancelled:  Do to MN State shutdownLearn about our Great Lake with information tables staffed by Save Lake Superior Association.
   
Tall Ships 

July 15 thru

July 18

All Day

Duluth Waterfront

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Flyer

The 2011 Duluth Music and Maritime Festival features three of America’s historic Tall Ships®, paired with three days of music, food and family fun. Watch three tall ships arrive and depart the harbor several times each day, family activities and educational programs during the day all amongst the beautiful backdrop of Lake Superior.  Music from nationally known bands at the 6th Annual Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival (July 16 & 17).  Dates, costs and details can be found @ www.visitduluth.com.
   
 Free Film Showing 

July 17

5 pm

 Zinema 2 TheatreDuluth

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Flyer

“Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming”The film features scenes at the gathering of 13 grandmothers and their thoughts on Lake Superior. The film was created by Erin Dewitt, Lorraine Norrgard and Dan Fitzpatrick of Duluth. Afterward, filmmakers and some grandmothers will be there for discussion.
   
Boat Cruise

July 17

All Day

Vista FleetDuluth

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On the Vista Fleet cruises, there will be special narrations relating to Lake Superior Day and issues surrounding Lake Superior.
   
Family Friendly Activities

July 17

All Day

Great Lakes Aquarium Duluth

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Flyer

A variety of special activities planned throughout the days during regular hours. Admission fee for visitation, but some events free.
 
 InformationFamily ActivitiesHiking

July 17

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

 Sugarloaf – The North Shore Stewardship Association 

More Information

Flyer

Turn at mile marker 73 on Highway 61Start the day with a discussion on the future of North Shore forests.Fun family activities from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.A 2 p.m. program will be ‘Lake Superior Rocks!’ about the geology of the North Shore and the birth of Lake Superior. Trails available for hiking all day.
   
 Church Service & Film Showing

July 17

9:30 am

 Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 

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1325 N. 45th Ave. E., DuluthOn July 17, a showing of the documentary “Flow – For the Love of Water”. A showing of “Troubled Waters:  Mississippi River Story” will be July 20 at the church.  Both shows are free.

 

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