As I am writing this, the Stay at Home orders in Minnesota is still set to expire on May 4th due to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. However, exactly when and how the state will open back up remains unknown.

Grandma’s Marathon Has Been Canceled

We continue to look to our state leaders to make important decisions on when and if to extend the closure of Cascade Vacation Rentals. At this time, we are still accepting reservations starting May 4th under our new policy.

Because of the unknown involved in the current situation, several major area events have been canceled and local businesses have announced extended closures/delayed opening dates that go past the current May 4th date. This week’s blog article lists the closures and delays we have been made aware of. Please note that I am only listing major events and closures that currently extend past May 4th. You should assume that all events, classes, and gatherings are canceled if scheduled before May 4th. If you had planned to come up to attend a smaller event or to visit another business, you should check with the event coordinators and business websites/social media pages for those updates. This is not a complete list of all canceled events. I am also not including concerts as there are too many to list.

Many also wonder why events and businesses are making decisions this early for things that are happening as late as August, the answer, for the most part, is that planning and coordination take time and money. For things like a marathon or a bike race, permits need to be purchased ahead of time, and coordinating events takes several paid staff members. If the event is canceled too late, this money will have already been spent and cannot be recouped. As we have already passed the deadlines for many of these things, the coordinators made the decision to cancel the events. I can promise you that no one has taken any of these cancellations lightly, and they understand these will affect many.

Canceled Events:

Spring Superior Trail Races | Lutsen | May 16 | More Information | Fall Races Still Scheduled

Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Bike Race | Grand Marais | May 23 | More Info | See You in 2021

Grandma’s Marathon | Duluth | June 20 | More Info | Virtual Race Information

Lutsen 99er | Lutsen | June 27 | More Info | Lone Wolf Challenge Information

Tofte Trek | Tofte | July 4 | More Info Not Available

Bay Days and All-School Reunion | Silver Bay and Beaver Bay | July 9-11 | More Info | Postponed Until 2021

Grand Marais Arts Festival | Grand Marais | July 11-12 | More Info | See You in 2021

Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival | July 11 | Postponed to 2021

Gunflint Trail Canoe Races | July 15 | More Info Not Available

Fisherman’s Picnic | Grand Marais | July 20-August 2 | More Info | See You in 2021

Businesses Closed or Delayed Openings:

Grand Marais Art Colony | Grand Marais | Classes and Summer Programming Canceled Through August 31 | More Info

North Shouse Folk School | Grand Marais | Classes Canceled Through June 19 | More Info

Split Rock Lighthouse | Two Harbors | Closed Through June 30 | More Info

For Cook County (Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Lutsen, Schroeder, Tofte) the best resource for finding out if your planned events are canceled is the Visit Cook County website.

If you know of a canceled event or delayed open/business closure not listed here please email us at [email protected] so we can update the list.