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Kayak Festival & More!


The most unique, family-friendly event to take place on the shores of Lake Superior. In its 19th year, the Two Harbors Kayak Festival features the nationally renowned John Abraham’s  18-Mile Marathon, the Ellen Anderson 10-Mile Race, the Betty’s Pies 5-Mile Race( all adult race 16+) and the Youth Sprint Races.

We offer three separate kayak and SUP races: John Abraham’s 18 mile, and Betty’s Pies 5 Mile Race, Ellen Anderson 10 Mile Race and Betty’s Pies 5 Mile Race,  all with various age groups and boat categories.

In addition to the four races there are local exhibitors, kayak demos, stand up paddle boarding demos & classes, beginning level instructional family tours, kids kayaking, live music, food, fun, and more! There is something for everyone at this one of a kind paddling festival.

Come and challenge yourself  we’re certain you’ll have a great race and a memorable weekend on the world’s largest body of fresh water.

While racers primarily come from the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan) and Ontario, Canada we have had  racers come from as far as the Dakotas, Montana, Oregon, Colorado, Utah and even a few southern & eastern states.


In addition to the Kayak Festival there are numerous activities taking place this weekend. Check out the Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce website for more details.


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July 27th – August 4th
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Live Music & Entertainment
  • July 28th: Two Harbors City Band @ Thomas Owens Park 7:30pm
  • July 29th: Fridays in the Park free concert @ Thomas Owens Park 7:00
  • July 29th:  Live Music by Pushing Chain @ Castle Danger Brewery 7:00-9:00pm
  • July 29th:  Live Music by Jim Furness @ Kamloops Lounge 8:00-11:00pm
  • July 29th: Karaoke, Fun ‘N’ Games @ The Pub 8:00pm – 12:00am
  • July 30th: Bob Purdy @ Larsmont Cottages 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • July 30th: Live Music: Open Jam! @ American Legion 3:00pm – 7:00pm
  • July 31st: Live Outdoor Music @ Mocha Moose 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • August 4th: Two Harbors City Band @ Thomas Owens Park 7:30pm
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Events in MN State Parks
(Events held at Gooseberry Falls unless stated otherwise)
  • July 27th: Lake Superior Agate Discovery Cart @ Split Rock State Park 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • July 27th: Nature in all Seasons 10:00am – 11:00am
  • July 28th: Falls View Hike 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • July 28th: Birds Discovery Tent 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • July 29th: Day Hill Hike @ Split Rock Lighthouse State Park 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • July 29th: Parks for Monarchs: Meet the Butterfly Guy 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • July 29th: Cats of the Northwoods 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • July 30th: Universe in the Park 8:30pm – 10:00pm
  • July 31st:  Split Rock History by Candlelight @ Split Rock State Park @ 8:00-9:30pm
  • August 1st: Summer Flower Hike 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • August 4th: Geology Discovery Tent 1:00pm – 3:00pm
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Community Events & Activities
  • July 27th: Learning Opportunities Through Stories (LOTS) @ Kickstart Preschool 9:30am
  • July 27th: Community Partners and MN Dept of Human Services Presents: What’s New in Technology and Communication @ Lake View Hospital 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • July 28th: Finland Farmer’s Market  @ Clair Nelson Center 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • July 28th: Age to Age Walking Club @ Spokengear 6:30pm
  • July 29th: Kayak Festival @ Two Harbors
  • July 30th: Two Harbors Farmer’s Market @ Thomas Owens Park 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • July 30th: Castle Danger Brewery Tour @ Castle Danger Brewery 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • July 31st: Community Potluck @ Clair Nelson Center 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • August 1st: Tech and Coffee @ Two Harbors Federal Credit Union 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • August 4th: Age to Age Meeting and Intern Celebration @ Community Center 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • August 4th-7th: Fishermans Picnic @ Grand Marais
  • August 4th: Ice Cream Social Sponsored by Thrivent Financial @ Thomas Owens park 7:00pm
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Library Events & Activities
(All activities are held at the Two Harbors Public Library unless stated otherwise.)
  • July 27th: Arms and Armor @ 6:00pm
  • July 28th:  LEGO Club:  Robotics and Architecture @ 4:00-5:30pm
  • July 29th:  Read to a Dog Storytime @ 12:00-1:00pm
  • July 29th:  Kids’ Movie Day @ 2:30-4:00pm
Click here to view the full Community Calendar!


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