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There are great events and festivals happening year round in the Western Upper Peninsula.

Black River Scenic Byway Book Release & Copper Peak Pop-Up Shop @ Contrast Coffee
Nov 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come join the Copper Peak team for the exciting release of the first ever Black River Scenic Byway 72-page photography book including the Black River, Copper Peak, the Black River Scenic Byway, Ottawa National Forest, and more. All photographs were generously DONATED by local photographers & all profits will benefit Copper Peak, a nonprofit 501(c)3. Meet the photographers, purchase a book & enjoy light refreshments.

Contributors to this piece include: Concept and Production Supervision: Cindy Franck, Production Coordination: Kassi Huotari, Graphic Design/Layout: Sandy Sharp – Sharp Graphic Design, Research and Copywriter: Casey Franck, and Copy Editor: Lori Booth. Contributing Photographers include: Thomas Bergman, Scott Crady, Julann Cramblit, Michael Johns, Tommy Joyce, Linda Kangas Slining, DuWayne Kosma, Gerard Lauzon, Brad Nelson, Alyssa Schwab, Sandy Sharp, Neal Schroeter, Andrew Traczyk, and Betsy Wesselhoft.

Where? Contrast Coffee, Ironwood, MI
When? Friday, November 23, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Copper Peak will also have a Pop-Up Shop set up featuring some of their new merchandise – even better – all items (besides the Black River Scenic Byway Book) are 30% OFF. Just in time for Christmas gifts!

This is a free event. Come enjoy it with us!

Anticipated Blackjack Opening @ Blackjack Mountain - Big Snow Resort
Nov 24 all-day

November 24, 2018 is the TENTATIVE Opening Day for Blackjack Mountain. See their website for more information!

Warren Miller Film Face of Winter @ Historic Ironwood Theatre
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Show Times:

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at 7:30pm



Warren Miller’s Face of Winter

The late, great Warren Miller helped create and capture the unadulterated joys of winter and the magic of skiing. This year, new and veteran athletes alike pay tribute to the man who started it all in Face of Winter, the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment (WME), presented by Volkswagen.

In this 69th chapter, WME visits some of Warren’s favorite locations, from Engleberg to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington and more. Watch as world-class athletes such as Anna Segal, Dash Longe, Forrest Jillson, Amie Engerbretson, Simon Hillis, Seth Wescott, Jim Ryan, Jess McMillan, and others carve the faces of remote mountain ranges and pursue the thrills of a life lived in high places.

“This year’s film is for anyone whose life (whether they realize it or not) was impacted by Warren Miller,” says WME Managing Director Andy Hawk. “We are all the face of winter—from the athletes to the audience to the locals in far-off destinations or even at our home mountain. Warren recognized this, and this year’s film celebrates that.” The movie premiere is promoted by the Snow Country Ski Club, formerly the Ironwood Ski Devils, our local High School Ski Racing Team. The club is no longer funded by the school system, so parents of racers, friends, racers and volunteers fundraise to help keep local youth skiers active, engaged, and competitive on the racing circuit that covers Upper and Lower Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. The club is very proud of its long track record and deep history. The local skiing community is strong and many of these long time skiers are Ski Devil Alumni. There are many fond memories of the ski devil travelling team, its successes and championships and its former long term Michigan Hall of Fame coach, Theron Peterson.

The Snow Country Ski Club partnered with us at the Theatre and with Warren Miller Entertainment to bring this premier movie to our ski town. This is a very important fund raiser for the ski club, and will help cover travel expenses, lift tickets, equipment maintenance, coaching, and more. So buy some tickets and bring a few friends to the movie and get your Stoke for Winter! Winter is coming!

Doors and Kelly’s Bar open at 6:30 pm (CST). Face of Winter screens at 7:30 (CST), but come early, hang out with your ski crowd and dig into the latest gear on display by our local sponsors.

Tickets go on sale September 1st.

Tech & Science on Tap – Ski Waxing with Fast Wax @ Cold Iron Brewing
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Spend the night with Fast Wax and learn the deep dark secrets of ski waxing. Casey Kirt from Fast Wax will be here to discuss and demonstrate what you can do to ski faster. Topics will include selecting the right ski wax, and how to apply it. So grab a mug of your favorite Cold Iron brew and sit back and learn from Fast Wax. Casey will begin at 6:30 PM and field your questions after his presentation.Cheers!

Frost Friday @ Historic Ironwood Theatre
Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Holiday Christmas Market in the Historic Ironwood Theatre, features strolling caroler groups, in-store craft vendors, stores open late, award announcement for Business Window Decorating Contest, IABPW 50/50 drawing, and more.

Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade @ Downtown Ironwood
Dec 1 all-day

1 December — Reading of the Christmas Story at Heritage Christian Book and Gifts, 610 Ayer Street, 10:00 a.m. Treats, refreshments, and music by the Genisot family.

1 December – Jack Frost $10,000 raffle drawing at Chelsi’s Corner, 110 East Aurora Street between 2:00 pm and 3:00 p.m.

1 December — Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in residence at River Valley Bank form 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  

1 December — Movie: “The Polar Express” at the Historic Ironwood Theatre, 4:00 pm.

1 December —   Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade at 6:00 in downtown Ironwood.

1 December —   Gogebic Range Concert Band performs after the Festival of Lights Parade in the Historic Ironwood Theatre at about 7:15 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar @ Nothern Great Lakes Visitor Center
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

For one day only, the Friends of the Center invite you to a homemade holiday bazaar. You’ll find locally made gifts for everyone on your list. Artisan soaps, decorations for your home, holiday treats and so much more. Fifty vendors will be on site to share their goods. Vendors applications will be accepted in October.
Contact: Donna Kurilla at email:

Oh What Fun! @ Historic Ironwood Theatre
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 9 @ 9:00 pm



Show Times:

Friday, Dec. 07, 2018 at 7:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 08, 2018 at 7:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018 at 2:00 pm


Adult General Admission $10 Child (12 & Under) General Admisssion $5

The Claudettes “Oh, What Fun!”— Once again the Claudettes are kicking off the holiday season with a Christmas Extravaganza. Singers, dancers, choirs and bands join the Claudettes for a celebration of holiday cheer. Santa and Mrs. Claus create some holiday magic which delights young and old alike.  This show is a collaboration between Theatre North, The Historic Ironwood Theatre (HIT) and The Claudettes.  Three-show extravaganza, not to be missed. Tickets available soon. 

The Snowsociable Season Pass Holder Party @ Big Snow Resort
Dec 8 all-day


Music by Brad Emanuel  and DOOR PRIZES all night long including a 2019-20 Season Pass to one pass holder and a 2018-19 Season Pass to a pass holder guest!

Don’t miss all the FUN- Get Snowsociable!

Tuba Christmas @ Cold Iron Brewing
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tuba Christmas at Cold Iron Brewing, Sunday December 9th from 4-5 PM. Local tuba players will be playing a few holiday favorites for the taproom for an hour. Cheers!