June is always one of my favorite months of the year. Not only is it my birthday month, but it’s also filled with a lot of awesome events in the Houghton area! For students staying in the area for the summer, I highly recommend that they check out some of the traditions of the Houghton-Hancock community by attending some of the most exciting summer events.
Coming up on June 13–15, the annual Seafood Fest is hosted by the Houghton Rotary Club. The main attraction, of course, is the fresh seafood, like lobster, crab, shrimp, and an assortment of Great Lakes catches. However, there is also live music and a variety of local vendors and activities set up along the Portage Canal. This is a great family-friendly event that is always well-attended and never disappoints. It acts a very successful fundraiser for local charities and international projects as well. I’ve had a great time at Seafood Fest in past years, and I encourage your student to attend!
A truly international experience, FinnFest offers a chance to learn about Finnish culture from those who know it best. Hancock will welcome some visitors from Finland who will provide a cultural exchange with festival attendees. There are speakers, arts presentations, music, and many cultural demonstrations and seminars. This is the 30th anniversary of FinnFest USA, so it’s bound to be a special and memorable event!
Bridgefest was originally organized to celebrate the anniversary of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which officially opened in 1959. To this day, the lift bridge links the Houghton and Hancock communities, and offers a vital link between the northern Keweenaw Peninsula and the rest of the Upper Peninsula. The weekend celebration includes outdoor concerts, contests, boat tours, sporting events, and the annual Bridgefest parade and Jon Davis Memorial Fireworks. Exhibits from local artists and plenty of snack carts from local vendors will be set up along the waterfront. This event is a community favorite, so your student definitely doesn’t want to miss out!
All of these festivals and events are unique to the Houghton and Hancock area, and they are a great way to really connect with the local community. For me, attending the local events really made me feel at home in the area and like I was a part of the community. Additionally, many parts of these events are free, so it’s a great way for college students to get out and enjoy the area without having to break the bank! I hope that you will encourage your students to explore these events and all of the great opportunities that the Houghton-Hancock area offers during the summer months.