Downtown Grand Marais116 West Highway 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604
The Moose is Loose in Grand Marais during the annual Moose Madness Family Festival! This year’s event will look a little different, but it is still the ultimate family-focused celebration of all things moose. Enjoy the outdoors and learn a few facts about our celebrated mascot along the way with activities, scavenger hunts, quizzes, dance challenges and more.
Below are some of the activities and events happening at this year’s Moose Madness. Stay tuned for more activities and information!
Road North Toolkit
Complete this activity-packed toolkit, perfect for the whole family, ahead of your arrival at Moose Madness. The toolkit will include a quiz full of things to learn about Cook County, coloring sheets, videos and more. Check back for details on how to access the kit!
Moose on a Stoop
The Moose on a Stoop educational scavenger hunt will take families across downtown Grand Marais in search of facts about our favorite animal. Find the secret letter from each fact to complete the code word. Report the code word to Moose HQ at the Cook County Visitor Information Center and receive Moose Bucks you can spend at participating local businesses! (Check back for more details and updates on participating businesses)
Murray Says in Harbor Park
Kids can join the one and only Murray the Moose in Harbor Park on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 1-2 p.m. and play our version of Simon Says with views of Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Lighthouse in the background. Be the last contestant standing and take home the top prize!
Grand Marais State Bank Moose Medallion Hunt
For the sleuths in the crowd, the Grand Marais State Bank Moose Medallion Hunt is a hoot. The first clues are released Friday morning and go on until the medallion is found. Find the medallion? Bring it to Moose HQ at the Cook County Visitor Information Center to claim your prize — $100 dollars CASH!
Take a Moose-Safari
Exploring the boreal forest by foot and boat is the best way to find moose, but you can also take a drive through prime moose habitat with our moose driving routes. Ranging from 1-2 hours, these driving routes will give you an opportunity to find our favorite animal in the wild. Even if you don’t see a moose, you’ll enjoy scenery that cannot be beat!
Moosey Around Town
See what other moosey-ness is happening around the Grand Marais area:
- Colvill Moose Crawl, Oct. 22-23 | Colvill area
Drive the County Road 14/Highway 61 loop through Colvill neighborhoods to see how many moose (cut outs, statues, posters, etc.) you can spot. Make a note of what you spot (color markings AND driveway marker where you spotted it). Bring your list to the Harvest Potluck for Colvill residents & guests Saturday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and your moose spotting list! Download the flyer for full details.
- Moose Droppings Guessing Game, throughout the weekend | Lake Superior Trading Post
Can you guess the right number of Moose Droppings in the Jar at the Lake Superior Trading Post? You might win a gift certificate!
- Muffin Man for Moose Madness, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. | Drury Lane Books
The Muffin Man is BACK for Moose Madness! Bundle up and join us on the gorgeous beach at Drury Lane Books for an hour of stories and fun.
- Family Weekend & Bark Rubbing Challenge, Oct. 22-24 | North House Folk School
Each year over MEA weekend the North House Folk School host classes and activities for kids and families. As a part of this weekend event, North House will be offering a moose activity open to everyone that will include a display of a moose antler and information. The challenge will be to do bark rubbings with paper and crayons (organized) on various trees to determine what type of tree might have the best bark to rub off the velvet. Trees will be labeled with names and we’ll also have some stumps with bark to rub on. Those who return to share their ideas will get an optional moose stamp on their hand. See more details on NHFS Family Weekend.
- Moose Coloring Page Contest, Oct. 21-24 | Mike’s Holiday Station Store
For kids ages 2-10, pick up a moose coloring sheet from Mike’s Holiday Station Store, color it and turn it in by noon on Sunday, Oct. 24, for a change to win a moose-themed prize package valued at $50!
- Moose Madness Bag Toss, Oct. 22-23 | Grand Marais Subway
Give a bag toss (corn hole) a try at Subway and win a free cookie if you make it in!
- Pre-Halloween, Oct. 23, 5-9 p.m. | Caribou Highlands Lodge
Dress up like a moose, your other favorite forest critter or anything else and join the fun activites & events — including a a photo shoot, costume contest, trick-or-treating and more — all happening at Caribou Highlands Lodge on Saturday, Oct. 23. See Pre-Halloween event details.