Come for the wilderness. Stay for the events! Here in Ely, we love our fun, engaging, and maybe a little crazy events, whether it's a marathon where you can portage a canoe the whole way just for fun, art festivals that transform downtown into one big art gallery, or ice sculpture contests that make the most of winter.

What else? You name it! Softball and baseball tournaments, ATV trail rides, fishing contests, parades, cross country ski events and more! When you're planning your trip to Ely, check out this events page to find all of the info about what's going on in and around town. Join in if you'd like!

For those planning an event, the Ely Chamber of Commerce provides general event planning guidance including information on required permits, potential facilities and planning guidelines. Details available at or 218-365-6123.