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Northern Lights Music Fest-Sponsored by Visit Escanaba and Radio Results Network. Produced by HB Concerts Inc.

2023 Northern Lights Music Festival

Friday July 21st 2023 - Saturday July 22nd 2023

U.P. State Fairgrounds
2401 12th Ave N. Escanaba, MI


Cost:  $46.50 - $120.50

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Keith Urban playing guitar with the Northern Lights Music Fest logo.


A new music festival is emerging from the country and rock scenes and taking over the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Do you want to be a part of history? Be among 15,000 festival-goers. Enjoy unique foods, camp out onsite under a brilliant U.P. sky and mingle with music lovers from all over — and see acts like Keith Urban and Pop Evil. Does this sound right up your alley? Then plan on attending the inaugural Northern Lights Music Fest this summer! 

Rock Night: Friday, July 21, 2023

Pop Evil, Sebastian Bach and Steelheart

Country Night: Saturday, July 22, 2023

Keith Urban and Austin Snell

Annual events in Escanaba

Are you uncertain when to plan your trip to the Bays de Noc? Check out some of our popular annual events and come during your favorite! 

Rapid River Relic Ride

Each year, this vintage snowmobile ride, show and swap happens in the last weekend of January. Do you have an older sled yourself? Come join the fun! The group also makes announcements on their Facebook page

The Big Freeze Ice Fishing Derby

In February, this ice fishing derby invites anglers to the Walleye capital of the world. The bigger your catch, the better the prize! Find updated information as the event nears on our Big Freeze Ice Fishing Derby page

Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day Celebrations

Spend your long weekend in the Bays de Noc and celebrate our country with us! Plan for parades, picnics, live music, fireworks, food and more. Search the event calendar for these specific weekends to find each municipality’s plans. 

Kruisin' Klassics

As June approaches, the classic cars cruise into the Bays for the Kruisin’ Klassics Car Show and Swap Meet at the U.P. State Fair Grounds. Peruse the vehicles on display, see who wins best in show awards, test your own speed in a fun run and stick around for the grand finale — a parade!

Fayette Heritage Days

This August event at Fayette Historic State Park and Townsite celebrates the “hey-day” of Fayette as a bustling iron smelting town. Activities include period displays, food, music and a historic baseball game —1860’s style. And you will be invited to play! 

U.P. State Fair 

Since 1928, the Upper Peninsula State Fair has delighted folks from all over as they experience and celebrate the unique culture of Michigan’s U.P. It’s seven days of thrilling rides, enthralling grandstand shows and lots of blue ribbon fun. 

Yooper Fest

Celebrating Yoopers! Each September, join others on Ludington Street in downtown Escanaba as they visit vendors, play games, eat delicious food and enjoy live music and more. 

Holiday Events

Plan your winter trip around these annual holiday events

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