The first weekend of August is generally a scorcher in most of the Midwest, and even on the North Shore our temps tend to go up a little, but relative to the rest of the area, our moderate temps and low humidity persist. This makes the perfect weekend for a visit to Lake Superior and Grand Marais temp wise, but also because the first weekend in August is Fishermans Picnic!
Known locally as Fish Pic, this is the big family-friendly festival in Grand Marais, with activities for everyone. Celebrated annually for 9 decades, the town of Grand Marais truly comes to life for a weekend of fun and excitement.
There’s live music with beautiful Lake Superior as the backdrop, food trucks with a delicious variety of foods, kiddie rides in the main downtown parking lot, inflatables running down Wisconsin Street, and booths featuring fine art, clothes, and other treasures from the area and around the state.
No matter your age, whether you’re a long-time resident or first-time visitor, you’re bound to have a great time during Fishermans Picnic.
Fish Pic kicks off each year on Wednesday night with the Old Timer Gathering at the Senior Center.
Thursday generally starts with sales from local businesses in the downtown area while the food trucks and booths start rolling into town and setting up for the weekend. The Thursday night street dance is always a huge hit!
Friday and Saturday are fun-filled days that you can start off right with a pancake breakfast up at the Community Center, then head downtown for a day of fun in the sun with activities also including a medallion hunt, Bingo, minnow races, an alumni baseball game, and more street dance opportunities featuring popular local bands. Saturday night brings a fireworks show over the Grand Marais Harbor and Sunday afternoon everyone lines up Broadway Ave and Wisconsin Street for the parade. Don’t forget to bring a bag for all that candy!
So come to spend the weekend at America’s Coolest Small Town and experience how they do a town festival. The schedule of events changes a bit year to year. You can find the official Fish Pic schedule on the Visit Cook County website. If you want to attend Fishermans Picnic festivities- plan early! Lodging in the area starts booking up a year in advance and the entire county is usually booked up by summertime.