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VISIT DULUTH

Duluth is a place like no other. An endless horizon where the largest freshwater lake in the world meets the sky. Rocky cliffs and pristine forests where you'll find miles of trails to explore. A thriving community where you can take in a show, explore nature, enjoy a meal and stay in comfort no matter where your plans take you.

There are many opportunities in and around Duluth to explore the rugged scenery of Lake Superior. From Canal Park take the Lakewalk to Leif Erikson Park with its famed Rose Garden, and enjoy miles of walking and biking paths to the far eastern and western reaches of the city. The Spirit Mountain Recreation Area provides seasonal activities for all ages to enjoy.  Below are a few featured Events, please feel free to check out the full list of events happening in Duluth!

Featured Events

The Duluth Superior Film Festival (DSFF)
Dates: May 30 - June 3, 2018
Location: Zinema 2 and Multiple Additional Venues
(612) 227-8015 | Visit Website
An incredible annual 5-day event. DSFF screens numerous independent films, produces music performances and hosts parties in an extravaganza of film, music and art. DSFF brings film directors and industry professionals to the Twin Ports for receptions hosted by the festival, Q & A sessions after screenings and panel discussions. 

Duluth Airshow
Dates: June 14 - June 16, 2018
Location: Duluth International Airport
(218) 628-9996 | Visit Website
Minnesota’s largest Airshow returns to the Duluth International Airport July 7-8, 2018. The Duluth Airshow will feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team.  

Grandma's Marathon
Dates: June 14 - June 16, 2018
Location: Two Harbors to Duluth
(218) 727-0947 | Visit Website
This iconic Duluth tradition highlights the best of the Northland including breathtaking scenery, unparalleled hospitality and passionate community spirit. The 42nd annual event offers an experience that runners and their families will cherish forever, including an expo, kids races, 5K, half marathon and the renowned marathon alongside Lake Superior. 

City of Duluth Fourth Fest
Date: July 4, 2018
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 722-4011 | Visit Website
The Midwest’s greatest Fourth of July celebration and fireworks extravaganza! Visit Bayfront Festival Park during the Independence Day Celebration! Duluthians and visitors alike will enjoy this FREE community celebration. Gates open at 4pm with music beginning at 5pm.

Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival
Date: July 21, 2018
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 525-8099 | Visit Website
Enjoy our annual festival showcasing internationally touring performers while you enjoy ethnic foods, beverages and a variety of artisans displaying their wares. Enjoy Lake Superior views from this beautiful open-air venue. Visit our website for updates on the 2017 lineup, tickets, hotel accommodations, directions, and camping information. 

All Pints North Summer Brew Fest
Date: July 28, 2018
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(612) 677-2246 | Visit Website
Visit the beautiful shores of Lake Superior to celebrate craft beer from Minnesota breweries and brewpubs of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, plus select regional craft brands. Meet the brewers and enjoy craft beers, food vendors, live music, craft beer education and much more at Bayfront Festival Park! 

Bayfront Blues Festival
Dates: August 10 - August 12, 2018
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(715) 394-6831 | Visit Website
30th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival, one of the oldest and largest annual outdoor music events held in the upper Midwest. Each year nearly 20,000 fans are treated to 30 different acts on two full-size concert stages featuring the nation’s top names in the blues and blues/rock world.

The Tribute Fest
Dates: August 23- August 25, 2018
Location: Bayfront Festival Park - Duluth, MN
(218) 940-3513 | Visit Website
The Tribute Fest is a four day fun musical experience featuring many tribute concerts of Rock, Country and Electronic Dance Music. We bring together some of the best Tribute Bands in the Country to raise funds for Homeless Veterans. The fun also includes a Cardboard Boat race at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. 

Duluth-Superior Pride
Dates: August 29 - September 2, 2018
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(866) 865-0652 | Visit Website
Celebrate Pride in the Twin Ports Labor Day weekend. Duluth-Superior Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Allied, Queer, Intersex (GLBTAQI) Pride serves the Duluth-Superior area’s GLBTAQI community by celebrating diversity, promoting understanding, education, acceptance, respect, healthy living, self-esteem, and equality. We seek to promote a positive image of the GLBTAQI community and end discrimination based upon sexual identity.

Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival
Dates: September 14 - September 16, 2018
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 628-9996 | Visit Website
The Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Bayfront Festival Park for three (3) days of free family activities. You won’t want to miss the moon glow, balloon rides, and launches. Also featuring the Craft Brew Village, Kiwanis Kite Fly, and the Color Run 5K and so much more.

Northshore Inline Marathon
Date: September 15, 2018
Location: Two Harbors to Duluth
(218) 723-1503 | Visit Website
Participate in the nation’s largest inline skating event with 2,500 inline skaters along the shores of Lake Superior from Two Harbors to Duluth. Event includes: Friday- Expo and free kids inline sprints, Saturday- inline half / full marathons, rollerski marathon, “Wheels Off” half marathon run and the MN Power “Tunnel 10K” run.

William A Irvin Haunted Ship Tours
Date: October 2018
Location: 350 Harbor Drive, S.S. William A. Irvin Museum 
(218) 722-7876; (218) 623-1236 | Visit Website
We promise to surpass every nightmare you’ve ever had. You’ll never know if the room you’re standing in will be your last. Submerge yourself in the horrors of this Lake Superior steamer. Tickets available on site, please see duluthhauntedship.com for full tour schedule. No person under 12 will be admitted without a parent. What are you afraid of?

Christmas City of the North Parade
Date:
Location: Along Superior Street Downtown
The Christmas City of the North Parade has been a Northland holiday tradition since 1958. Today, it is the most attended public event in the Northland—bringing together residents from all walks of life and uniting generations of family with memories of its Christmas spirit and fun traditions.

Bentleyville Tour of Lights
Dates: November 17 - December 26, 2018
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 740-3535 |Visit Website
Come experience the magic, as America’s largest free walk-through lighting display takes over Bayfront Festival Park! Be amazed by the nationally recognizable displays, the 128’ LED tree and the free hot cocoa, popcorn, cookies and roasting marshmallows. Children 10 and under, who visit with Santa, will receive a knit hat and a bag of cookies. Handicap accessible.

Amsoil® Duluth National Snocross
Dates: November 24-26, 2018
Location: Spirit Mountain
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This snowmobile race kicks off the racing season for hundreds of racers and over the 26 year history has been deemed the most important. Duluth sets the tone, sets the tempo, sets the bar and undoubtedly sets example for the races to follow. Spirit Mountain becomes the destination for all snowmobilers.

Arts & Entertainment

Don't be fooled by the city's rugged charm: this is a cultural center that boasts a far from ordinary level of outstanding fine art and performance offerings. Enjoy the ballet, orchestra, live music, plays and musicals. The new Superior Street downtown Historic Arts and Theatre (HART) district is a must stop.

Exploration & Adventure

Duluth is Outside Magazine's "Best Town Ever," and our parks and trails are a big part of why we earned that title. With 6,834 acres of city parkland, 178 miles of wooded trails, 16 designated trout streams, plus Lake Superior, there's not much you can't do when you are outside in Duluth  

Sports & Recreation

Catch a college hockey or basketball game, travel by ski – downhill or cross country, fat biking trails are groomed and ready, and spend some time soaking in the city’s sights and sounds.

History & Culture

Visit antique shops and museums showcasing the arts and artifacts of the golden age of rail and sail. Tour historic mansions decorated delightfully for the holidays and marvel at the stately architecture of a bygone era.

To find out what is happening in and around Duluth, VISIT DULUTH!

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Restaurants in Duluth

Looking for rustic, retro or just plain refreshing dining options? Whether you’re a vegetarian, carnivore or locavore, you’ll find a far-reaching selection to whet your appetite.

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Nightlife in Duluth

With its thriving local music scene, a wide variety of live entertainment options, nightclubs, bars and pubs, this city really comes alive at night.

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Events in Duluth

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