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.

Upcoming events

Contact us at with event ideas and opportunities to collaborate. 

Annual Events

  • Spring Bonfire
  • Annual Meeting for Volunteers & Donors
  • Instructor Celebration Night
  • Thanksgiving & Christmas Potlucks

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.