The mission of the Ely Folk School is to build community, and as such we love hosting! We’ve hosted contra dances and bonfires, front yard concerts and holiday potlucks. 

Ely, Minnesota is a special place. Inhabited by the Anishinaabe people, explored by French voyageurs, settled by loggers and miners (largely from Finland and Slovenia), and visited by thousands of wilderness enthusiasts annually, Ely is rich in history.

Annual Events

  • Spring Bonfire
  • Annual Meeting for Volunteers & Donors
  • Winter Contra Dances
  • Thanksgiving & Christmas Potlucks

Upcoming events

Contact us at with event ideas and opportunities to collaborate. 

Rent the Ely Folk School for your event!

The Ely Folk School facility is available for rent. Our versatile facility has everything you need for your next meeting or event. Amenities include a full kitchen, tables and chairs, two large speakers and a microphone. Rental rates start at just $50! Give us a call or email to schedule.