What’s Happening this Week!


Here is a list of activities that are happening this week in the Chequamegon Bay Area:

Area Activities

Now – May  29:

  • Solstice Outdoors Road Trippin’ into Summer SALE! Save up to 30% OFF on road trip gear. Plus 10% OFF paddleboards and additional deals in the tent sale area on Memorial Day weekend during the Big Spring Expo. Don’t miss the party as we kick off summer!

Now – June 4:

  • Hauser’s Superior View Red Barn Sale typically runs through Memorial Day. However, due to the late spring, they are extending the bare-root perennial sale through June 4th! They have beautiful planters and hanging baskets, annuals and shrubs as well as garden gloves, fertilizers, and gifts. They are open 9am – 5pm

Now – June 11:

  • The 15th Annual Bayfield in Bloom. Admire over 50,000 blooming daffodils, a vibrant mosaic of roadside lupine & rolling orchards of apple blossoms bursting into rosy color during our month-long celebration of spring. Call the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau with questions, 715-779-3335 or visit www.bayfield.org for a complete schedule of events.

May 26:

  • Outer Island Hiking Tour- Historic lumber camp – 3-mile out and back trail, 5-6 hours, from 11am-5pm. Cost: $50. Strenuous. From the dock, we climb the stairs to explore the light-house grounds. Then it is a slow going on a not well-maintained trail for 1.5 miles to the remnants of the Lullaby lumber camp. But once to the camp, there is an expansive area with old dilapidated buildings, cars/trucks and machinery from the once product lumber mill and camp of the 1920-50’s. If you would like to sign up for a tour, please call 715-747-2100 or email trips@adv-vac.com.
  • Community Dinner, in the fellowship hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 620 W. 3rd St., held each Friday from 5:30-7pm. A different area church provides the meal each week. For more information, call 715-682-5067.
  • Glidden’s Annual Memorial Day Weekend Brat Feed at the Glidden Fire & Rescue Hall, 105 Wilderness Dr., Glidden, at 5pm. For more information, call 715-264-5444 or visit www.gliddenwi.org.
  • Madeline Island Museum Community Open House from 5-7pm. Please join us for a sneak preview of our new 2017 exhibit Women of Madeline Island. Refreshments will be served! For more information, email kate.bortell@wisconsinhistory.org.
  • Freehands Lakeside, 2521 Lake Shore Dr W, presents Live Music: Greg Highlands at 6pm.
     https://www.facebook.com/freehandslakeside/. . 715-685-2583.

May 27:

  • Community Yard/Garage Sales for Sanborn and Marengo valley area from 8am to 2pm. Maps will be available at the Midland stores in Ashland and Mellen, Holiday Station on Ellis Ave, Trail’s End Pub and Grill in Sanborn and Jack’s Gas Station in Marengo.  There are 16 individual sales and two churches participating.  Any questions email  Kathy Warren finn_nory@yahoo.com.
  • Solstice Outdoors presents their annual Spring Expo from 9am-6pm. FREE paddleboard and kayak demos throughout the day. Deals galore, door prizes, wienie roast and s’mores and much more! For more information, call 715-682-3590.
  • The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 Co. Hwy. G., presents “Spring Herbalism” at 1pm. For more information, call 715-685-9983, or visit www.nglvc.org.
  • Northland College Commencement at 2:30pm in the Chapple Family Gymnasium inside the Kendrigan Center, 1411 Ellis Ave.  For more information, call 715-682-1339 or visit www.northland.edu for full schedule.
  • ABC Raceway: IRA 410 Outlaw Winged Sprints (no Mods or Pures)- sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts. Grandstands open at 5pm, hot laps are at 6:15, and racing begins at 7pm.  For more information, visit www.abcraceway.com, or call 715-682-4237.  Raceway is located at 2187 Butterworth Road.
  • Freehands Lakeside, 2521 Lake Shore Dr W, presents Live Music: Blong Brothers at 6pm.
     https://www.facebook.com/freehandslakeside/. 715-685-2583.
  • Bad River Lodge & Casino presents “Flash Mob”. Doors open at 8pm. Music starts at 9pm. FREE admission. For more information, call 715-682-7121 or visit www.badriver.com.
  • Bad River Lodge & Casino presents “Memorial Weekend Madness”. Chance to win: $500 at 9pm, $500 at 10pm, $500 at 11pm, and Pontoon at 12am. For more information, call 715-682-7121 or visit www.badriver.com.

May 27-28:

  • Spring Fling Paddleboard Sale at Lost Creek Adventures, 22475 Hwy 13, Cornucopia, starting at 9am on Saturday til 5pm on Sunday. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/events/113558872553640/ or call 715-953-2223.

May 27 – October 22:

  • Madeline Island Museum is open for the season! Open daily from 10am-5pm.

May 28:

  • Glidden Annual Walk, Run, Roll. At Historic Marion Park, West Grant St., Glidden. Registration at 7:30am, 5-mile at 8am, 2-mile at 8:30am.  715-264-5444 or visit www.gliddenwi.org.
  • Ashland High School Graduation in the AHS Gymnasium, 1900 Beaser Ave., at 2pm.  For more information, call 715-682-7089.
  • La Pointe Center for the Arts Annual Wine Tasting Gala & Silent Auction on Madeline Island from 2:30-5pm.  Taste fabulous wines, learn about wine and food pairings, and shop the silent auction.  Tickets are $30 and include a round-trip ferry passage.  For more information, call 888-475-3386.

May 29:

  • Memorial Day concert at the Bandshell in Ashland at 9:30am.
  • Butternut Memorial Day Program and Annual Chicken Dinner ( following the Memorial Day program) at Butternut School, 312 W. Wisconsin St., at 10am.  For more information, call 715-769-3951 or visit www.butternutwi.com.
  • Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the county.

May 30:

  • Our Lady of the Lake BINGO every Tuesday at 7pm in the Social Hall.  Progressive Blackout Jackpot!  Everyone is invited.

May 31:

  • Calling all Cancer Survivors, Patients to the FREE Survivor & Caregiver Reception at AmericInn Conference Center, 3009 E. Lake Shore Drive, Ashland. From 4:30-6:30pm.  Complimentary food and beverages will be provided.
  • Bay Days Karaoke Contest. A qualifying round at Frankies Pizza. Registration and warm-ups at 7pm. Contest from 8-11pm. 1st place $30, 2nd place $20, and 3rd place $10 certificate. Top 3 qualifiers from each contest will be in the Bay Days Karaoke Finals. Grand Finale Prizes at Bay Days will be 1st place $1,000, 2nd place $700, 3rd place $300 and 4th place $100. Good Luck Singers! Even if you don’t sing, come on down! The audience gets to be part of the show by judging for their favorite singer! Brought to you by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, JD Bass Entertainment, and Heartland Communications.

June 1:

  • Chequamegon Food Co-op presents “Annual Meeting” at Northland College, 1411 Ellis Avenue, from 5-8pm. FREE. For more information, call 715-682-8251 or visit www.chequamegonfoodcoop.com.

June 2:

  • Sand Island Hiking Tour- Lighthouse, Caves & Historic Remnants – 4-mile out and back trail, 4 hours, from 10am-2pm Cost: $40. Easy. This hike begins at the campground dock and then starts a board trail, which eventually turns to dirt but it is all an easy stroll hike to the light-house grounds. In a few places along the trail there are remnants of a distant past when the island was a booming small farm and fishing community in the early part of the 1900’s. Bonus that you get to see the Sand Island sea caves! If you would like to sign up for a tour, please call 715-747-2100 or email trips@adv-vac.com.
  • Community Dinner, in the fellowship hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 620 W. 3rd St., held each Friday from 5:30-7pm. A different area church provides the meal each week. For more information, call 715-682-5067.

June 3:

  • Farmer’s Market on Chapple Ave., 8am-12pm.,  Market Celebration and Dance & Blender Bikes.www.ashlandareafarmersmarket.com
  • Kid’s Fishing Day from 9am-1pm at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. For more information, call 715-685-9983 or visit www.nglvc.org.
  • Annual Garden & Lawn Sale at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 311 W 13th St, from 8am-12pm. 715-682-4510.
  • Northern Native Plant Sale, Alvord Theatre at Northland College, 1411 S. Ellis Ave.,  from 9am-1pm. There will be several northwoods nurseries present selling native grasses, wildflowers, and small shrubs. In addition, Sarah Boles from Northern Native Plantscapes will be on hand so you can “ask the expert” any questions you might have about native plants or landscaping. The event is sponsored by the Bayfield Regional Conservancy (BRC). For more information, please call 715-779-5263.
  • National Trails Day Hike: North Country Trail. Bethany Thomas will be leading the hike starting at 9am from Gold Mine to Wren Falls. For more information or to RSVP, email sally65bones@gmail.com.
  • Bike-O-Rama at the Bretting Community Center. Bike Sale by Ashland Police Department: 9:30-10am. Bike Obstacle Course, FREE helmet giveaway, group bike ride, prize drawings, and free food: 10-11:30am. Bike Safety Classes: 11-11:30am. For more information, call 715-682-7059 or visit www.ashlandparks.org.
  • Annual Outdoor Extravaganza at Les Voigt State Fish Hatchery, 83875 Wisconsin St., Bayfield, from 10am-2pm. For all novice fishers, not just kids! Free admission, food, drinks, gift bags, prizes, family fun events, and guided tours! For more information, call 715-779-4021.
  • Family Fun Day at the Brule River State Fish Hatchery, 13847 E. Hatchery Rd., Brule, from 10am-3pm. Brule River State Forest is 110 years old, and Brule River Fish Hatchery is 90 years old!! Fishing, food, and free stuff! For more information, call 715-372-4820.
  • Customer Appreciation Dairy Day at Benoit Cheese from 11am-1pm. “Make Benoit Grate Again.”  Live radio remote with 99.7 The Storm. Come down to Benoit Cheese for food, fun, in-store specials, and lots of prizes! Located between Ashland and Iron River, two miles on County Hwy F, downtown Benoit. 23920 County Hwy F.  For more information, call 715-746-2561. www.benoitcheese.com
  • ABC Raceway Races: Kids Meet the Drivers Night/Little Caesars Pizza.  Regular season races on Saturday night.  Hot Laps – 6:15pm. Racing – 7:00pm. Grandstand opens at 5pm.  Raceway located at 2187 Butterworth Road.  For more information, go to www.abcraceway.com.

June 3-4:

  • Lost Creek Adventures Wilderness First Aid Certification, 24475 Hwy. 13, Cornucopia. For more information and fees, call 715-953-2223 or visit www.lostcreekadventures.org.
  • Butternut 3rd Annual Walleye Fishing Tournament at Timber Breeze Resort. For more information, call 715-762-3001.
  • Free admission to Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, and Big Bay State Park, La Pointe. For more information, call 800-284-9484 or visit www.madelineisland.com.
  • Wisconsin State Free Fishing Weekend. Residents and nonresidents are welcome! Visit dnr.wi.gov. For more information, call 715-682-2500.
  • Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend – Free ATV/UTV riding on public trails, free DNR trails, free fishing, and free entry to state parks and forests. Enjoy the free ride!  For more information, call 608-266-2272, 608-267-0798, or 608-267-7517.
  • Reduced admission at the Madeline Island Museum for Visitor Appreciation Weekend. Children 17 and under are always free. Free return passenger ferry ticket; pick up voucher at museum. Free shuttle to Town Park. For more information, call 715-747-2415.

Month Long Activities:

Washburn Cultural Center, 1 E. Bayfield St., Washburn, in May is presenting “Dirk Leach-Recent Paintings and in June, Steven Steinke-Multi Media. For more information, call 715-373-5591.

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