Annual Events

No matter when you choose to visit Marquette, each season offers unique experiences. From bike and sled dog races to art and beer festivals, here is your local’s guide to the season’s festivals and events. With activities for each season, there is much to explore in the UP for all ages, all year round. 

Winter

Usher in the New Year and experience the NYE ball drop here in downtown Marquette. Experiencing a UP winter is like no other, especially when taking part in the annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon. Not only is this trail one of the longest point-to-point ski marathons in the US, but it is also surrounded by stunning Michigan wilderness, making it a premier ski experience. In February, Marquette hosts the U.P 200, a 12 dog mid-distance sled dog race and Iditarod qualifier. Cheer on the packs as they embark on a 230 mi journey to Grand Marais and back.

Holiday Lasers on the Ore Dock

We're lighting up the Ore Dock for the holidays AGAIN! For the month of December, we wanted to bring something festive to... Read More

Must-Attend Winter Events in Marquette

As you probably already know, in the U.P., we don't just face winter—we embrace it. This is why so many of our... Read More

Spring

As the frost thaws and the wildflowers bloom, the Angry Bear Festival emerges to showcase a slew of new and signature barrel-aged and sour offerings from Ore Dock Brewing Co. The festival takes place both indoors and outside of the brewery on Spring Street, offering live music and food, and is a fun way to spend a spring day. Join the local foodies in the annual Downtown Marquette Restaurant Week. This event is a great opportunity to try the various local cuisines throughout the city from seafood, baked goods, fine dining, and multi-cultural cuisine.

Summer

Though the summer months are a great opportunity to explore the great Michigan wilderness, chase waterfalls, and kayak through the Great Lakes, there are many local events to add to the fun. Visiting Marquette in June? Dive into the local culture during Art week and engage in the week-long series of creative workshops and events performed by local artists. If you enjoy the UP outdoors, be sure to participate in the Marquette trails fest to support trail maintenance and trail building for the Noquemanon Trail Network.

Planning a trip for July? Celebrate Independence Day in the UP and watch the longest-running fireworks show off Lake Superior at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. On the last Friday of July, Downtown Marquette transforms for the annual Blueberry Festival, where local vendors sell various blueberry-related goods and restaurants cater blueberry-themed specials.  

Pride Fest

The Annual U.P. Pride Festival is coming to the shores of Lake Superior at... Read More

Marquette Trails Festival

A fun weekend for all non-motorized trail users; featuring mountain bike... Read More

Art Week

City of Marquette Art Week is an annual event that invites local artists,... Read More

Marquette Fourth of July Sensory Friendly Laser Show

Travel Marquette presents the Independence Day Laser Light Show on... Read More

Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival

The Hiawatha Festival is the only event of its size and scope in Michigan’s... Read More

Blueberry Festival

Washington and Front Streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales and live... Read More

Art on the Rocks

Art on the Rocks™ has grown to one of the finest art shows in the country,... Read More

Outback Art Fair

Come see a wide variety of fantastic art offerings on the shore of Lake... Read More

Ore to Shore

The O2S is the third largest point-to-point race in the Midwest, with... Read More

Marquette Trail 50 Ultramarathon

The Marquette Trail 50 is an ultramarathon (a foot race with distances... Read More

Marquette Marathon

On your "Marq", get set, go! The Marquette Marathon is back for more action... Read More

Marquette Area Blues Fest

The Marquette Area Blues Society is pleased to announce that the popular... Read More

Fall

As the leaves change and cider brews, visitors flock to the UP to enjoy the splendor of a Michigan Fall. Enjoy the local craft beer overlooking Lake Superior at the U.P Fall Beer Fest at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. With over 600 beers to choose from, attendees have more than enough options to find their perfect match. Or celebrate the outdoors and the resilient spirit of the UP by attending the annual Fresh Coast Film Festival.

Fresh Coast Film Festival

The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film... Read More