What to Do While Your Here!

Aurora is located on the edge of the Superior National Forest, and is located two miles (3 km) from Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort. Popular recreational activities of the residents of Aurora and nearby area include hunting, fishing, boating, four-wheeling, skiing, and snowboarding. There are many ATV and snowmobile trails on the outskirts of Aurora, and many of these go far, some all the way to Lake Superior.

Northern Lights Music Festival  ◊  July 2018

Founded in 2003 by Aurora native, Veda Zuponcic, the festival brings professional opera, symphonic music and chamber music to Aurora as well as other Range cities . The 15th Anniversary 2018 season will open on July 4 at Mesabi East High School with the Festive Fourth Concert, featuring Veda Zuponcic performing Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto and Operatic Hits from the NLMF Opera cast. Conducting the NLMF Orchestra will be Gavriel Heine. Honored for his continuing support of the festival will be Allete CEO and Aurora native, Alan Hodnik. Rossini's comic opera, The Barber of Seville opens in Aurora on July 13 at Mesabi East and is repeated in Chisholm and Ely. For all events, visit

Events & Festivals 

Holiday Heritage Festival ◊  2nd Weekend of December  

The Holiday Heritage Festival, held annually the 2nd Weekend in December, get your Christmas shopping done early with the many  Craft Vendors.  Kids can shop for their family and friends at the "Kids Only" area.   Plenty of parking.   

The Holiday Heritage Festival is held  at the Aurora Community Building located on the corner of Main Street and 1st Street West.  Contact Pam Peterson at 218-229-3590 for vendor information. Contact Mary Hess for information about festival at 218-229-3525.

 Aurora's Pumpkinfest

Aurora's PumpkinFest, held annually the 2nd Weekend in October, attracts both young and old ! 

Join us for:  Craft Vendors  • Quilt Show  • Children's Games•Decorate-a-Pumpkin  • Wagon Rides • Tasty Food!!   The PumpkinFest is held indoor/outdoor at the Aurora Community Building located on the corner of Main Street and 1st Street West.  For more information visit

Aurora Patriotic Days  ◊  July 1st - July 4th

Aurora celebrates the 4th of July with a bang, featuring a Kickball Tournament, pie eating contest, sawdust piles, parades, picnics, bean bags, kids games, live music and numerous community events. Class reunions and other gala festivities provide nostalgic entertainment for residents and visitors alike. For more information and to find a current schedule of events, visit the Celebrate Aurora website or facebook page  or contact Chasica Rasmusson, Celebrate Aurora Committee Chairperson at

Events & Festivals

Aurora is known as “Minnesota’s Star of the North” for good reason! Various hometown celebrations, fundraising events and festivals offer opportunities to get to know your neighbors and to get involved in your community. Save this schedule and plan on attending the following events!