A “Freeze Your Glass Off” outdoor deck party kicks off Winter Festival in Bayfield on Friday. The event, featuring live music, dancing and hot beverages, takes place starting at 5 p.m. at the Bayfield Inn, 20 Rittenhouse Ave. Also Friday is a candlelight walk on the Brownstone Trail, beginning at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Bayfield Winter Festival continues with a Polar Bear Plunge into Lake Superior at 3 p.m., and Winterbash activities at Mt. Ashwabay Ski Area from 7 to 11 p.m. Winter Festival wraps up on Sunday, March 4, with a Winterdash 5K obstacle-course run.
Other Winter Festival events will be ongoing throughout the weekend, including broomball at the Bayfield Inn, penguin egg hunts at the Bayfield Area Recreation Center, kiteboarding on Lake Superior (weather dependent), and shopping specials at area merchants.
For complete event details, check bayfieldwinterfestival.com.
Eagle River’s annual Klondike Days is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 4. It features a number of turn-of-the-century activities, including the historic River Country Red’s Rendezvous and Living History Encampment. There also is a Native American cultural exposition, arts and crafts show, log-pull competitions and sled-dog races.
Another big attraction is the Great Northern Lumberjack Competition. It is the third-largest competition of its kind in the Midwest and the only one in the winter.
Most Klondike Days events take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and are based primarily at Eagle River High School, 8701 Yosemite Dr., and Rocking W Stable, off Highway 45 North. Cost at the gate for adults is $15 for a one-day ticket or $25 for both days. Children ages 6-16 are $6 for one day and $10 for both days, and ages under 6 are free. Save $3 for adults or $1 for children by buying tickets in advance (through Friday) at Eagle River area Trig’s grocery stores.
For event details, check klondikedays.org.
— Andrea Zani