Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival
Thanks for coming in 2018! Join us for next year's Boat Show on June 21 - 23, 2019
Rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, boat and tool auction, chili and brats...there’s a bit of everything during our Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival. Try your hand at a workshop or course; be inspired by the stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers; plan your next adventure. Join us as we welcome the summer season in the best way possible: talking boats, celebrating community and hanging out on the shores of Lake Superior.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
See details for a preview of the auction items or to donate your own items!
Annual Member Gathering
Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Open to all, members can vote
Wooden Boat Display
Friday - Sunday
Boat Parade Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Wooden boat builders and enthusiasts from across the Midwest are invited to display their crafts on campus throughout the weekend. Admire the work of others, get your questions answered and perhaps feel inspired to build one of your own. Register your boat here or register your boat by printing and mailing this form in
Friday - Saturday
$5/presentation or free for members
Watch, listen, be inspired. The spirited journeys of sailors, boat builders and canoeists converge for two days of inspirational presentations.
2018 presentations include: Shanty Boats for Water World | Stannard Rock Lighthouse: The Lonliest Place on Earth | Rebuilding STAR, an Isle Royale Fishing Boat | Rhythms of Rowing | Folk Songs from "Minnesot-i-o" | Adventures of a Traveling Textile Teacher: International Connections | From the Northern Border to the Southern Wall: Paddling the Rio Grande River | Canoe Trip, 1917 Style
Steam Bent Brunch
Sunday at 10:30 a.m. | $20
Friday and Saturday
2018 Demonstrators on Friday & Saturday: Northwoods Fiber Guild, Urban Boat Builders, Anne Marie Neilsen, Jackson Sneve, Beth Dow, Jeanne Bourquin, Jock Holmen, Marybeth Garmoe, Mike Loeffler, Elise Kyllo, John Beltman, Jim Sannerud, Fred Livesay, Julia Prinsealear, Tina Fung-Holder
2018 Demonstrators on Saturday only: Karen Rognsvoog, Robert Schulz, Harley Refsal
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Auction Sneak Peek for North House Members only : Friday, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Auction Open : Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Harbor-Side Campfire Picnic (BYO Dinner on a stick) and S'mores
Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Boats-to-Tools Auction Sneak Peak
Members only | Friday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Community Music Circle
Friday, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Free
Family Dance with Northern Aire
Friday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | $5 or free for members
Contra Dance with Northern Aire
Friday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | $5 or free for members
Live Music on Campus
Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Family Craft Zone
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Lake Superior Chowder Experience
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | $15
Solstice Pageant with Good Harbor Hill Players and GAMEPALAJ
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Sail on the Hjørdis
Saturday, June 16 with sails starting on the hour, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$25/person, 6 people/sail
Enjoy a one-hour sail in the Grand Marais harbor aboard the 50’ schooner Hjordis.
Sunday, June 17 : 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
$50/person, 6 people/sail
Enjoy a two-hour sail on Lake Superior out past the harbor wall.