Events, Arts & Culture in Kanabec County

The economic impact of arts and culture in Kanabec County, Minnesota, sits at an astounding $2 million.  Read more statistics here


Kanabec County Fair - July 22-26, 2020
Vasaloppet USA - February 13, 2021

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) supports the arts and life enhancing values they afford to Kanabec County residents, in addition to residents of Chisago, Isanti, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.  Contact the ECRAC at 320-396-2337 or to learn more about the grant programs and special initiatives available to artists and arts organizations.

The following arts organizations are located in Kanabec County, MN:
     ~Kanabec County Agricultural Society (aka the Fair Board)
     ~Kanabec County Art Association
     ~Many Faces of Vasaloppet
     ~Mora Music in the Park (Summer Concert Series) - 210 Maple Avenue W, Mora, MN  55051
     ~Northern Exposures Photography Club
     ~Paradise Threater - 237 Union Street South in Mora, MN  55051
Built in 1946, the Paradise Threater is the only cinema venue in Kanabec County.  In addition to first-run movies, they provide live concerts, community theatre productions and host touring professional companies.  They also rent space for meetings, seminars, private parties, school functions and special events.

Arts-related news articles:
     ~Kanabec County artists awarded at IMAGE art show, 5/5/2018

The following organizations and attractions are located in Kanabec County, MN:
     ~Ann River Winery - 1999 180th Ave, Mora, MN  55051
     ~BeerClub Brewing - 854 Forest Ave East, Mora, MN  55051
     ~Fish Lake Resort & Campground - 674 Fish Lake Drive, Mora, MN  55051
     ~Kanabec History Center - 805 Forest Ave E, Mora, MN  55051
Kanabec County's history is an enormous part of its culture.  The Kanabec History Center consists of the main facility, the Coin School and the Whittier Schoolhouse.  The main facility contains an exhibition hall, climate controlled storage areas, reference library, conference room, gift shop and office space.  The Coin School, constructed in 1898, now serves as a rental facility and hosts Rock-A-Thon each February. The one-room Whittier Schoolhouse is used for Old Tyme Country School classes each summer.
     ~Mora Area Farmers Market - 500 Clark Street, Mora, MN  55051
     ~Ogilvie Museum - 201 North Hill Ave, Ogilvie, MN  56358
     ~Ogilvie Raceway - 1539 Hwy 23, Ogilvie, MN  56358 
     ~Vasaloppet Nordic Center - 400 9th St N, Mora, MN  55051
The Nordic Center offers over 15 km of groomed trails (5 km are lit for night skiing).  The Center features a wax room, men’s and women’s changing rooms with saunas, and a small kitchen. During the ski season the wax room, changing rooms and sauna are open everyday from 8am-9pm.
     ~Vasaloppet, USA - 100 Union St, Mora, MN  55051

Historic Buildings
There are a number of buildings in Kanabec County that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  One such building is the Kanabec County Courthouse located at 18 North Vine Street, Mora, MN  55051. 

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The courthhouse is a beige brick, Romanesque building, featuring a prominent 4-story center tower. The courthouse sits on a stone foundation. Arched windows and doorways with brown sandstone sills lend distinction. The eaves were built with unusual corbelled brick and the corners of the tower are decorated with tourelles. Hardwood floors and oak balusters lead to the second-floor courtrooms.  The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.