About Rendezvous Days

Color graphic of white canvas tents in the grass in front of a moonrise over a bay.
Reenactors' camp during Rendezvous Days

NPS Graphic / G.M. Spoto
Derived from a photo courtesy of Thomas Abthorpe

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days is Free and Open to the Public

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days is a celebration where friends and family return year after year to attend and participate in events held in the community. Held on Friday and Saturday this year, August 11-12, 2023, this event is one you do not want to miss! Music, dancing, craft demonstrations, and hands-on workshops ensure an exciting visit to Grand Portage National Monument.

  • Admission is free. Visitors are not required to wear period clothing. Come as you are!
  • No vendors, demonstrations only
  • Visit our Eating & Sleeping page for information about where to stay.
  • Directions to the Monument from Duluth, Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • No pets (except service animals) the stockade (Historic Depot)

View the National Park Service Centennial 2016 Rendezvous Days photo gallery.


Rendezvous Days Pow Wow

The Pow Wow, hosted by the Grand Portage Band, is located just up the road within walking distance of the Monument.

  • For questions about the Pow Wow, including vendors, please email Brittany Anderson at the offices of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • For details about the Pow Wow and schedule (coming soon) see the Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Facebook Page
  • Service animals are allowed outside of the arena as long as they have their vests on. All dogs are prohibited within the dance arena.

2023 Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow Wow schedule

The Pow Wow runs Friday to Sunday, August 11th -13th at the Pow Wow grounds.
View the 2023 Schedule

A man in native dress tying sticks into the shape of a boat in a grassy field with canvas tipis beside him.
Fort Union demonstrator building a bull boat from willow and a bison hide.

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The North West Company Looks West

Historically, the North West Company (NWC) and Gichi Onigaming (Grand Portage Trail) opened the West for exploration and profit. This year in the historic depot, there will be several events and workshops that focus around their encounters and the differences reflected by the new landscapes. At that time, birchbark canoes were the main means of transportation. In areas lacking birch trees, however, bull boats replaced canoes. A highlight of the weekend will include the building and launching of a traditional bull boat made from bison hide.

View the 2023 Monument Daily Schedule:

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    Last updated: July 20, 2023

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