Carlton Daze, from Friday, July 26, to Sunday, July 28, drew crowds for the parade; pie baking contest; a car show; community-wide garage sales; softball, volleyball, golf, bean bag, horseshoe and poker tournaments; and more. The Carlton Area Chamber of Commerce organizes Carlton Daze.

The festival also featured the 27th annual Carlton Daze 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Races at the Four Seasons Sports Complex; the St. Louis River Rendezvous kayaking events on the St. Louis River; and the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon.