Hovland Arts Festival: Local Art on the North Shore

Hovland Arts Festival: Local Art on the North Shore

You will definitely want to venture out to the Hovland Arts Festival in Hovland, MN! The tiny town explodes into a Mecca of local art and craft at the Hovland Town Hall. ⁠⁠You wouldn’t think that Hovland, MN would have such a popular event! It’s located kind of in the middle of nowhere, about 20 miles northeast of Grand Marais on the North Shore of Lake Superior. But the Hovland Arts Festival draws a wide attendance because of its variety of high-quality artists and makers, live music, food, and a friendly, festive scene.


The event is held at the Hovland Town Hall, next to the historic (and beautiful) Trinity Lutheran Church. There are over 30 local artists and makers showing off and selling their treasures. Artists are set up in tents outside in the yard, as well as inside the town hall building. 



Good Vibes, Great Art at the Hovland Arts Festival

The quality of the crafts is impressive. Highlights include hand-crafted jewelry and beads, weaving, pottery, Native American beadwork, homemade beeswax candles, and much more. Most of the artists are from the Hovland/Grand Portage/Grand Marais area, which makes it a Mecca for locally-made goods.  




Scent from Nature Beeswax Candles

Scent from Nature Beeswax Candles



Around back are the welcoming vibes of live music under the pavilion and a playground for the kids. Dogs frolic together on the lawn and groups gather in conversation.

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church serves food inside the church, which shares a parking lot with the Hovland Town Hall. Admire the unique architecture and design of the historic church. It was built in 1946 and was said to be a “collaboration leading to an exciting adventure in realizing God’s creativity.” That speaks to the community that built the church as well as the building’s use of natural rock, local wood, and design that harmonizes with the rugged setting of the North Shore. 

Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland, MN

Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland, MN

Semi-Annual Event

The Hovland Arts Festival takes place the first weekend in July, and again on Thanksgiving weekend. Plan to attend and pick up some treasures for yourself or a friend!

Links for some artists pictured above:

Hovland Arts Festival Website

North Road Knits

Knotty Dawg Woodworks

Scent From Nature Beeswax Candles

Lenore Lampi Ceramics


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