Ely Winter Festival Calendar of Events

All scheduling is subject to change without notice, but we will endeavor to get all last-minute changes to this calendar.  Problems or errors?  Please contact us.
Loading Events
Find Events

Event Views Navigation

Upcoming Events

Events List Navigation

January 2018

NLAA Amateur Snow Carving

January 29, 2018 - February 3, 2018
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map

Amateur carving 2011 Each year during the Ely Winter Festival, the Northern Lakes Arts Association (NLAA) sponsors an Amateur Snow Carving Contest. This year's contest will be held from January 29 - February 3 with judging at 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 4th at Crapola World HQ. Participants need to enter to reserve one of 20 4' x 4' snow blocks available for carving in Whiteside Park over the week. The contest is for amateur carvers and is judged according to the…

Find out more »
February 2018

Ely Folk School Open House

February 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - February 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until February 1, 2018

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until February 1, 2018

Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Come by and visit the new Ely Folk School during the Winter Festival.  Open weekdays 1 - 5 pm and weekends 11 am - 4 pm.  Located at the "top of the hill" on Sheridan Street at 209 E Sheridan St. We have some cool T-shirts and other merchandise.  Maybe you'd like to teach a class or take a class?  We'd love to visit with you!

Find out more »

Wolf Center Open

February 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Friday, repeating until February 9, 2018

An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until February 10, 2018

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, repeating until February 11, 2018

Special Hours during the Festival: Friday 10-5, Saturday 9- 5, Sunday 10-2.  Stop by and get $2.00 off admission with your Ely Winter Festival pin!

Find out more »

Folk School Class: Walnut Potica

February 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map

with Mary Louise Icenhour Friday, February 2, 2018  1:00 PM- 5:00 PM Tuition: $40, Materials: $8 Learn how to make the reknowned pastry associated with Ely’s Slovenian heritage. You’ll make the dough, learn how to roll it just right, then create and add the walnut filling, and bake to take home your own delicious potica. Enjoy learning from Mary Louise Icenhour in our brand new teaching kitchen from her mother’s recipe (Rose Mavetz).  Bring your own rolling pin, Mary will provide all the ingredients. …

Find out more »

Ely Folk School class: Rosemaling in Telemark

February 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - February 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Ely, 55731 United States + Google Map

with Kim Garrett Two Day Class: Friday, February 2, 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM Saturday, February 3, 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM Tuition: $120 Materials: $20 Rosemaling means “rose or flower painting” in Norwegian. This class will focus on the Telemark style, known for its graceful scrolls and fantasy flowers. We will start by learning the basic strokes of rosemaling, progress through color mixing and working with oil paints, and finally paint your own design to bring home. About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has…

Find out more »

Spaghetti Feed

February 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 231 E Camp St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
$1 - $12

Ely Community Resource presents their traditional Winter Festival Kick-Off Spaghetti Dinner in St. Anthony's Catholic Church fellowship hall with help from local chefs.  Proceeds support Ely youth programs.  Join the carvers and Ely neighbors for a great start to a great festival. Buy your tickets in advance from ECR Board members, at the ECR Office (Frandsen Bank Building), or show (or buy) your pin at the door and get $1.00 off! Adults: $9.00 ($8.00 in advance) $1.00 off with Festival pin Children 4-12: $6.00…

Find out more »

Great Nordic Beard Fest Throwdown

February 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
BoatHouse Brewpub, 47 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
$5 - $10
Great Nordic Beardfest

The Beard Belt is up for grabs on Friday Night at the Boathouse Brewpub. Winner takes all in a single elimination tournament. The crowd will decide the winner of each heat. It costs $10.00 to compete in Belt Tournament, pay in person. If you're not coming to compete, free admission.    

Find out more »

Concert: Twins of Franklin

February 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
Twins of Franklin

Musical group entertains at the Ely Folk School.  Details to come!

Find out more »

Ely Folk School class: Sewing with Beaver Hides

February 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ely, 55731 United States + Google Map
Bert Hyde in handmade Beaver Hat

with Bert Hyde Choice of Project Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuition: $80 Materials: $85 Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Beaver hats, mittens, and gators are just the answer for those deep wind chills, to which Bert can attest. You will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide and choose whether to make a hat, mittens or gators. You will receive instructions for adding the liner,…

Find out more »

Fat Bike Demos & Ride

February 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Leaves Whiteside Park at 11AM for a leisurely ride around the Trezona Trail and out to Winton, with a possible stop at the 3rd Annual Winton Roadhouse ice bar.  All levels welcome, no registration required. Bring your own bike or Galleria Bicycle will be offering Fat Bike Rentals for this event! Call ahead to reserve your bike. (218) 729-9704.  Demo from 10-4.

Find out more »

Dorothy Molter Museum Tours

February 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - February 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until February 3, 2018

The Dorothy Molter Museum, 2002 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
$6.50

Take a step back in time and imagine living off the grid in the middle of the wilderness during a tour of the original cabins of Dorothy Molter, the last non-indigenous resident of the BWCAW. Admission includes access to historic cabins, knowledgeable staff and warm drinks!  Both weekends of the Festival 10am-5pm. $6.50 adults $4.50 youth 6-17 $6.00 62+ and AAA members FREE for children 5 and under, museum members and military

Find out more »

Fish Fry

February 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Veterans’ on the Lake Resort, 161 Fernberg Road
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
$9.00

Veterans on the Lake sponsors their annual fish feast at their resort. Adults $10 ($1 off with EWF button), 4-12 $6, under 4 Free. Cole slaw, baked beans, roll, potatoes and beverage are included. 161 Fernberg Road, just a few miles east of Ely (toward Winton).  veteransonthelakeresort.com

Find out more »

Great Nordic Beard Fest Main Competition

February 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
BoatHouse Brewpub, 47 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
$30
Great Nordic Beardfest

$30 to enter competition (includes T shirt, Sticker, Lanyard, and Drink ticket).  Women can also enter. $5.00 for non-competitors.  Live music TBA. greatnordicbeardfest.com for details and to register.  

Find out more »

Night Sky Show

February 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ely, 55731 United States + Google Map

Mike Lynch & His Travelling Telescope & Night Sky Show offers a really cool green laser beam tour of the constellations, including some wild mythological stories about them, as well as an arsenal of telescopes to view planets, the moon, wonderful star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and more.  $10 or $5 with festival pin. Location TBD. Mike's website is lynchandthestars.com.

Find out more »

Ely Folk School Class: Intro to Digital Photography

February 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
Ken Hupila

This class is intended for beginner to intermediate photographers, and it’s just in time for you to get great shots at Ely’s Winter Festival. Topics covered include Equipment selection: camera, lens, tripod, shutter releases, flash, and more Camera and lens use: menu, knobs, buttons, care of camera, manuals Theory: shutter/aperture/ISO relationships and how to use them to the best advantage for your settings Composition techniques and special situation camera settings to create good photographs. The course will begin in the classroom, and then will head outside to try out techniques presented.…

Find out more »

Ely Folk School class: Wool Needle Felting

February 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
Needle wool felting

with Val Wagner February 4, 2018 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Tuition: $20 Materials: $10 Needle Felting is a fascinating craft that allows you to create picture or three-dimensional objects using a needle and wool roving. THe special needle with sharp barbs agitates the wool to felt it and integrate it with the background piece of wool. We will be making a simple Nordic snowflake. You can use felting to embellish clothing, pillows, wall hangings and create all kinds of interesting three-…

Find out more »

Amateur Snow Carving Awards Ceremony

February 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Crapola World Headquarters, 16 N First Ave
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
Free

A 2012 Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest winner Northern Lakes Arts Association (NLAA), the sponsor of the Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest, judges which of the amateur teams wins prizes in four categories.   FREE and fun for all ages! Held at the Crapola World Headquarters, 16 N First Avenue East at 11 am.

Find out more »

Folk School Class: Learn to Make Coconut Potica

February 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
potica

with Mary Louise Icenhour Sunday February 4, 2018 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM  Tuition: $40 Materials:$5 This is a coconut (no walnuts or honey) version of walnut potica using the same sweet leavened dough, but filled with a rich coconut - sour cream filling.  You will learn how to prepare the dough for rolling, fill with the coconut mixture, and bake the potica.  This is a very tasty potica toasted and buttered before serving.  Each student will take home their own loaf…

Find out more »

Performance: The Sebastian Project

February 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vermilion Community College Fine Arts Theater, 1900 E Camp St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
$6.00
Joey Kenig

A collaborative effort between Ely artists Joey Kenig and Tim Stouffer that demonstrates the interrelatedness of the arts.  This project showcases new works of art, poetry, and music - some that may happen in immediate response at this multi-media performance!  Price $6.00 or FREE with pin!

Find out more »

Ely Folk School class: Intro to Wood Carving

February 5, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
wood carving

with Evan Faltesek February 5, 2018 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM Tuition: $50 Materials: $10 Michelangelo once said: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” You’ll learn how to look inside in this wood carving class. Come with a basic shape and we will rough it out of a piece of soft basswood. We will than carve and sand till you have your finished piece. You’ll learn the qualities…

Find out more »

Ely Folk School class: Brew It Yourself Root Beer

February 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Dorothy Molter Museum, 2002 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map

with Jess Edberg Tuesday, Feb. 6 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tuition: $20 Materials: $10 Learn how to make your own homemade root beer just like Dorothy Molter, the Root Beer Lady of Knife Lake! Dorothy Molter sold her famous root beer to thousands of visitors each year at her island home in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the early 1950s through 1986. Meet at the Dorothy Molter Museum and learn more about Dorothy Molter and the story behind…

Find out more »

Ely Folk School class: Lidded Birch Bark Basket (2 day class)

February 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
Birch bark basket with lid

with John Zasada & Jack Sneavy Two-Day Class: February 9,2018, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM February 10, 2018, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Tuition: $140 Materials: $40 (payment plan available) This birch bark basket is a relatively simple square or horizontal weave basket.  The weaving is done in the traditional Scandinavian and Russian style.  The material used to make the basket is split inner bark of the birch tree.  The birch bark is harvested from timber sale areas in Itasca county.  The basket will be…

Find out more »

Folk School Class: Learn to Make Pasties (Meat Pies)

February 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map

Perhaps no traditional food is more closely associated with the Iron Range than pasties (pronounced “past tees”). You’ll take home a freshly made pasty to bake and the skills to make more on your own!  Brought here by Cornish miners, these hearty and healthy lunch pies are created from chopped fresh veggies (carrots, potatoes, onions, rutabagas), and meat (beef and pork) sealed and baked in delectable pastry shells.  Ely’s mining families appreciated how well they transported and held their heat in a lunch bucket – you’ll enjoy their great taste!  In…

Find out more »

Kubb Tournament

February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whiteside Park, 700 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
$30

Teams of 3-6 can register for the tournament.  The structure of the tournament will be determined once it is known how many teams are playing, probably one group will play in the morning and there will a playoff bracket in the afternoon.  Teams registered will receive entry to the tournament, one Ely Winter Festival button (good for entry to many other activities) and other interesting SWAG.  We will have prizes for the top three teams.  Registration opened November 1st, and cost is $30 per…

Find out more »

Dorothy Molter Museum Tours

February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - February 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Dorothy Molter Museum, 2002 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
$6.50

Take a step back in time and imagine living off the grid in the middle of the wilderness during a tour of the original cabins of Dorothy Molter, the last non-indigenous resident of the BWCAW. Admission includes access to historic cabins, knowledgeable staff and warm drinks!  Both weekends of the Festival 10am-5pm. $6.50 adults $4.50 youth 6-17 $6.00 62+ and AAA members FREE for children 5 and under, museum members and military

Find out more »

Snowshoe to Hegman Pictographs

February 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hegman Lake, Hegman Lake
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
Free
Hegman Pictographs, Ely, MN

Outward Bound guides your snowshoe trek to the Hegman Pictographs, the inspiration for the 2012 Ely Winter Festival pin! There is no cost for this event, but it is limited to 30 participants, so call to reserve your spot 828-239-2376.

Find out more »

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra Concert

February 10, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Washington Auditorium, 600 E Harvey St
Ely, MN 55731 United States
+ Google Map
$5 - $20

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra celebrates their 40th year with a family-friendly concert. Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy: "Waltz" from The Sleeping Beauty Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra $8 seniors $10 adults $20 family groups

Find out more »
+ Export Events