Things To Do


Besides music in the Big Festival Tent on Friday and Saturday night here are some other activities happening in the Chequamegon Bay Area Book Across the Bay weekend.

02/17/2024 - 
Docker League Basketball Tournament at the Ashland High School Gymnasium and Field House. Admissions at the door. Welcoming players and spectators from schools in Ashland, Chequamegon, Drummond, Phillips, Mellen, Hurley, Ironwood, Bessemer, Marinesco-Wakefield, South Shore and Washburn.

02/17/2024 - 
Northern Pines Sled Dog Race. Northern Pines Golf Course & event Center. Watch the Top K9 Athletes compete. Don’t miss the thrilling start times 8:45am Mid Distance; 10am Open; 12:45pm 4 dog event; 2:15pm 6 dog event. Food & Drinks, 50/50 raffle, vendors & heated spectator viewing area. For more info visit

02/17/2024 - 
Glidden Sno-bears Annual Toilet Seat Races and Toddler Snowmobile races. Town of Jacobs Town Hall, 23 N Grant St. Registration 11am, race at 12noon, Toilet seat racer sleds and toddler snowmobiles are furnished. Everyone required to wear a helmet. Come out for food, fun, raffles, meat raffles and prizes. Call 618-567-6805 for information.

02/17/2024 - 
Sno-Jacks Bar Stool Races and Chili Feed in Drummond in the middle of the beautiful Chequamegon National Forest. This is a Sno-Jacks fundraiser with food, drink and great raffle ticket prizes! Registration is at 11am, race starts at 12pm. General Race/Powder Puff/Open Class racing. Fun Fun Fun with food and beverages served next to the track. Trophies & cash prizes! Visit for more info and to register!

02/17/2024 - 
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center presents Birch Fairy House Workshop. 12pm. Come help out the fairies! Materials for making darling, irresistible houses for our Northwoods fairies will be provided, including a birch log “blank” on a base. All ages welcome, but children under age 13 need to be accompanied by an adult. This program is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Friends of the Center. Space is limited. $15 per fairy house.  Vivianne from the Cable Natural History Museum will be your instructor.  Register at 

02/18/2024 - 
North Coast Cycling Association presents: Bike Across the Bay 2024. A Fat Tire bike race on the ice of Chequamegon Bay. (Alternative route if ice not safe). The race is open to fat bikes with 3.5 inch studded tires. This year’s race includes an Anybike Category, which allows any bike to participate but no prizes are awarded in this category. For more information and to register visit  

02/18/2024 - 
Ashland Ice Racing- at Maslowski Beach (pending ice conditions) Registration: 10-11am.  Pit Meeting: 11:15am.  Non-Studded Class: 11:30am. Regular Racing Starting at 12noon.  See you all there!   For weekly updates please refer to our Facebook Page. Thursday evening prior to the scheduled race day.

Check out the local Chamber of Commerce Offices for detailed info below:

Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce

Bayfield Chamber of Commerce

The City of Ashland and Northland College presents Book Across the Bay Winter Fest!  Party no matter what!

Two days - February 16 & 17:  Music, Food & Drink, Sledding Hill and Artisan Market

  • Friday, February 16: 5:30-9pm Music by Low Hangin' Fruit $5 cover charge unless you are a Book Across the Bay registrant or volunteer
  • Saturday, February 17: 10am-11pm Artisan Market, Sledding Hill, Beer Garden, Food -
  • Saturday, February 17: Music by Baba Fats & Champagne Glitter Train 6:30pm-11pm.  $5 cover charge unless you are a Book Across the Bay registrant or volunteer

Want to be a vendor at the BIG TENT.  Looking for local food and craft vendors for Book Across The Bay this year! For more information go to 

Book It's Kids Race is Back!

Fun + Free Kids' Cross Country Ski Race

Saturday, February 17th before Book Across the Bay. Registration is required. Registration begins 10-11:15am at the Blue Wave building located at 2521 West Lake Shore Drive. Racers should be registered and ready to ski at 11:30am. The race will start promptly at 11:30am. Each participant will receive an award, hot chocolate and cookies!

This year there will be two Fun Races on Lake Superior in front of the building:

  • PENGUIN Fun Race starts at 11:30AM for kids under 8 years of age
  • POLAR BEAR Race starts at 11:30AM for kids 8 and up

For more information on the Kid's Book it Race, please call Katie at (715) 682.3590

What We Do

Book Across the Bay is the upper Midwest's most unique winter event, open to skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10-kilometer course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, follows a route not on land, but over the frozen surface of Lake Superior, the world's largest lake. The event is held at night, and the course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route.