Area Events

Check out all the great events and festivals in the Western Upper Peninsula!

Wakefield 4th of July Week Celebration

Jun 26 - Jul 5, 2015
Location: Wakefield, MI

4th of July Week 2015 CELEBRATION

MATT AHONEN MEMORIAL 19TH ANNUAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, June 26-27-28, Fri-Sat-Sun, Fri, 5 p.m., Sat & Sun, 9 a.m.-Concession available. Info: D.Kontny (906)364-1603; W.Londo (906)285-4748.

Strawberry Shortcake, SATURDAY, June 27, served at Wakefield Historical Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Rummage sale on front lawn.

HOME TOWN VARIETY SHOW, Thursday, 7 p.m., JULY 2 at Wakefield-Marenisco High School music room-auditorium. Sponsored by the Wakefield Historical Society. (Denise Haas, 906-285-0720)

STREET DANCE, Thursday, JULY 2, 8 p.m., live music, Sunday Lake Street by the First National Bank. Sponsor: Den-O’s Sports Bar.

Friday, JULY 3, “Town Picnic”
Starting at 1 p.m., Eddy Park, John Siira (new) pavilion. Food and refreshments for purchase. Music, bingo & much more. Note: State law—no carry-ons allowed into park. (sponsored by the Wakefield Fireworks Committee)
Wakefield Volunteer Fire Dept demonstration, 1–3 p.m.
“CONCERT IN THE PARK” 7 p.m. with the Gogebic Range Band performing at Eddy Park old pavilion. (Larry Gabka)

Drawings from all correct entries for “Where in Wakefield” will be held at the Visitor Center. Pick up and Drop off Forms at Wakefield Museum, WN&BPA, or Visitors Center by noon, July 3.

CLASS REUNIONS-Check the Wakefield News /Bessemer Pick & Axe for listings.

Friday, JULY 3,
FIREWORKS DISPLAY over Sunday Lake. (Sponsored by the Wakefield Fireworks Committee)

4th of July Donations may be mailed to PO Box 23, Wakefield MI 49968 or leave them at Wakefield News/Bessemer Pick & Axe or Visitor Center.
Note—Events may be subject to change

SALUTE BY THE WAKEFIELD FIREWORKS COMMITTEE at 6 a.m. starts July 4th activities.

SUNDAY LAKE WALK-RUN. 8 a.m. Registration 6:45-7:45 a.m. For information contact Ashley Backman, 364-3956; Diane Oliver, 932-1848, Snowflake Aquatics.

Non-denominational service, Eddy Park, John Siira (new) pavilion. Followed by coffee and doughnuts. (Info-contact Jan or Brian Oberg, 229-5579.)

“FORCHULY” 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Wakefield Historical Museum open for visiting.

Registration and line-up at Fire Hall. No motor vehicles. (Wakefield Volunteer Fire Dept, Michael Yon, (517-648-6115)
CHILDREN’S PARADE, 1 p.m. begins at Fire Hall and ends at stop light.

GENERAL PARADE LINE-UP, starting at 11:30 to 12:45 at US2 and Putnam. All floats must sign-in on arrival at US2/Putnam (corner table) and receive assigned number. ENTRIES arriving after 12:45 will not be judged. Class reunion groups line up at US2 and Ashlund Ave (near Cormiers) Info: call Suzanne, 906-364-3629.

KLASSIC KRUISERS, Preceding the parade

1 p.m. start at Cormier’s Corner: Color guard, parade marshal, bands, floats, and marching units. Marty’s Goldenaires Senior Drum and Bugle Corps will perform at First National Bank corner.

CHILDREN’S RACES. After parade at Roger Randall Field, next to the W-M School.

“HOMECOMING” CHURCH SERVICES, SUNDAY, July 5 at all local churches: All Saints Lutheran, Our Redeemer Lutheran, Calvary Baptist, Grace Baptist Temple, United Methodist Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Bessemer Blast -4th of July Celebration

Jun 27 - Jul 4, 2015
Location: Bessemer Michigan

Come and have a blast in Bessemer this 4th of July. Enjoy small town charm with a true hometown 4th of July festival as we celebrate “Bessemer Blast 2015.” You will find games, hometown run with tot trot, craft fair, outdoor card tournaments, karaoke, street bowling and the best parade and fireworks in the upper mid-west.

In fact, our parade was identified as one "of the best Independence Day parades in the country" by Holidays Central. You can read the article here.

This year's Bessemer Blast runs from Friday, June 26 through Saturday, July 4. There is guaranteed excitement for every age, culminating with our “Thunder on the Mountain” fireworks display on July 4 starting at 10 pm. You are sure to see old friends and make new ones.

Many of your favorite events are back this year - Geocache Dash, Poker Run, Craft & Vendor Fair, and Dominos Fall - just to name a few. New this year are the Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Competition and six Lumberjack Shows. Geocache Dash & Poker Run rules can be viewed or downloaded from the Entry Forms & Rules link. Geocache locations will be available for download on Thursday, June 26, 2015 or can be picked-up on that date at the BP Gas Station in Bessemer.

Our 50/50 ticket sellers will be all around town and our 50/50 tent will once again be set up in the BP gas station parking lot. Last year's prize was an amazing $28,338!

The GIANT 4th of July parade begins at 7 p.m. and the last parade float will show the winning 50/50 number.

Lake Gogebic July 4th Events

Jul 3 - 4, 2015
Location: Lake Gogebic

July 3 – Marenisco 4th of July Golf Tournament at Gateway Golf Course.
July 3 – Marenisco Fire Department Street Dance at the Firehall.
July 4 – Marenisco Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Kid’s games, Food booths, Raffles, Mini Log Race, Volleyball Tournament, Softball Game, Turkey Feed, and Magnificent Fireworks!
July 4 – Watersmeet Annual Parade & Picnic in the Park – 1:00pm(ct). Prizes will be awarded.  Picnic after the parade with kids games, entertainment with Fireworks starting at dusk.
July 4 – Hoop-N-Holler 14th Annual Cardboard Boat Race at 2pm(et) for kids and adults!  Call 906-575-5555 for info.
July 4 – Gogebic Lodge hosting the Lake Improvement Association Luncheon Buffet, Boat Parade, and music by TNT Entertainment.

Watersmeet 4th of July

Jul 4, 2015
Location: Watersmeet, Michigan

July 4, 2015 – Fourth of July Parade, Picnic, and Fireworks – The Fourth of July Parade will start at 3 p.m. followed from 4 to 7 p.m. by the annual Watersmeet Fourth of July Picnic with lots of kids’ games, good food, entertainment, and much more.  Our great Watersmeet Fireworks will start at 10 p.m. and can be viewed from many areas in the town area.  Come and join us for a great day of family fun and entertainment!  Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

Festival Ironwood

Jul 15 - 18, 2015
Location: Historic Depot - Ironwood Michigan

North Country 100 Bicycle Tour

Jul 18, 2015
Location: Sunday Lake -Wakefield

100 Mile  - Western UP Convention and Visitor Bureau

100 Km  - Hobby Wheel, Ironwood

25 Mile  - Ma's Place Cafe, Wakefield


Riders will travel over rolling terrain, past lakes and forests and enjoy the wildflowers and scenery of the Upper Peninsula. Routes for the 100 mile and 100 kilometer are designed with more experienced riders in mind. The 25 mile route follows a moderate terrain. All three tours are open to any rider aged 12 and older, so riders should keep in mind their own limits.


RIDE START TIME (C.D.T.) 100 mile and 100k at 8 am - 25 mile at 8:45 am

LOCATION: Start/Finish - East Pavilion on north side of Sunday Lake, Wakefield, MI

          Tour Check -in: from 7:00 to 7:45 am (8:15 for 25 mile)

REGISTRATION FEES: OnLine Entry Fees prior to July 2 - $25.00 - after July 2 - $30.00
         Register OnLine up to Midnight on Friday - NO Onsite Registrations, Check in only.

Register OnLine Here (paper registration is $10 additional). NC 100 Entry Form (paper)

Children under age 10 riding in safety seats, trailers or tandems ride free.

Registration fees are non-refundable

     Checks payable to and Mail To : Wakefield Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 93, Wakefield, Ml 49968

REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES: Commemorative T-Shirts, Maps, Route Markings, Check points, Fresh fruit and Refreshments. A meal is provided after completion of tour at East Pavilion. There will be Courtesy Vehicles covering the Route.  Please supply your own water bottles, tire pumps and tire repair supplies.

100 Mile Tour –Must be registered before July 10,  and a minimum of 10 riders required to hold the 100 Mile.

(if not held – entry will be transferred to 100 km or 25 mile tour)
REGISTER by June 30 for a Commemorative T-shirt.   No T-shirts after 7/4.

DIFFICULTY: The North Country 100 is appropriate for 12 years and older of all skill levels. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. 25 mile route is moderate terrain -100 K & 100 mile rolling terrain.

HELMETS MANDATORY: Studies prove helmets dramatically cut the severity of head injuries in collisions and falls. You must wear an approved helmet on the ride.

LODGING: Regal Country Inn/Bed & Breakfast (906) 229-5122 - Bingo's Motel (906) 229-5593 - City Campground (906) 229-5131.

RESTAURANTS - SNACKS: Available Locally

Old Depot Farmers & Artisan Market

Jul 24 - Oct 9, 2015
Time: 02:00 PM To 06:30 PM
Location: Ironwood Depot Park
Contact: Rich Duncanson Market Manager
Phone: (906) 285-7086

Come to Depot Park the NEW Michigan’s Iron Bell Trailhead located in Historic Downtown Ironwood to enjoy “Farm Fresh PRODUCE”, “Hand Crafted ART”, and “From the Kitchen COTTAGE GOODS”.  Other varied entertainment throughout the year.


Explore Historic Downtown Ironwood Sights, Entertainment, Shops and Food!

Wakefield Outdoor Nationals -Sunday Lake

Jul 27 - Aug 1, 2015
Location: Sunday Lake -Wakefield

For the 14th time, BSOA and the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2015 APBA Stock, Modified and Junior National Championships on Sunday Lake in Wakefield, MI.   

Located in Gogebic County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Wakefield provides picturesque scenery, great racing conditions, nostalgic history and a week worth of lifetime memories.  

Join us for a week of great racing, festivities, fun, and the crowning of this year's national champions. Hundreds of participants from around the U.S. and Canada will be racing for the coveted   1-US honors.  Eddy Park will once again be our pitting area with racing taking place throughout the week.

July 27th: 
Test Day

July 28th - August 1st: 
Race Dates (Full Schedule coming soon)
August 2nd: 
Blowout Day/Cleanup