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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.

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT

The listings below include all types of Arts + Entertainment attractions options in alphabetical order with those in the city of Duluth displayed first followed by those that are outside city limits.

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Bayfront Festival Park

Bayfront Festival Park 350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-5573

Few things are more fun than a summer concert on the bright, beautiful shores of our big lake. And Bayfront Festival Park makes it better than ever! Enjoy comfortable concert surroundings, all-new facilities, enhanced vendor areas, spectacular landscaping and a natural amphitheater, which provides an unobstructed view of every concert, as well as ships in the harbor beyond. The quintessential outdoor concert park, Bayfront welcomes countless local, regional and national acts, including the famous Bayfront Blues Festival every August. Bayfront, like no place else in Minnesota, it is the place to be this summer.

In winter, Bayfront really comes to life with the largest holiday display in the Midwest. Experience the magic of nearly 3 million lights illuminating Bayfront Festival Park during the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Be amazed by the tallest steel animated Christmas tree in the U.S. Bayfront Park also welcomes thousands of cheerful winter enthusiasts to an old-fashioned skating rink surrounded with the kind of warmth you find only in a Norman Rockwell original. Skate, stroll, sit in the silence of a starry winter’s night and enjoy the splendor of our most dazzling season.


Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Bayfront Park • 700 Railroad Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 740-3535

Come experience the magic, as America's largest free walk through lighting display takes over Bayfront Festival Park! This quintessential holiday event has something for everyone, no matter the age. Bring the family and the camera, Bentleyville takes care of the rest!

Visitors will be amazed by the nationally recognizable displays, the 128' LED tree and the free concessions! Hot cocoa, popcorn, cookies and roasting marshmallows will be provided to guests. Children 10 and under, who visit with Santa, will receive a knit hat and a bag of cookies.

Hours of Operation
Sun - Thur: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri and Sat: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Parking Information »


Brewery Tours with The Duluth Experience

211 East 2nd Street • Suite 4
Duluth, MN 55805
(218) 464-6337

Hop aboard the brew bus and wet your whistle with a behind-the-scenes craft beer adventure! Experience VIP craft beer sampling at multiple breweries in Duluth Beer City with the folks who make our region's award-winning brews. Includes: Transportation in our comfortable brew bus, craft beer samples at three local breweries, dinner, and a souvenir sample glass! Visit The Duluth Experience website to see all the great brewery tour options.


Clayton-Jackson McGhie Memorial

Clayton-Jackson McGhie Memorial E 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 336-2990

"It is by remembering the injustice of our past that we learn to live with justice in the future." Likenesses of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie are enshrined by a solemn memorial in downtown Duluth, right at the intersection where, in 1920, they were victims of a lynch mob. Falsely accused of rape, the three young African- Americans were dragged from jail, tried on the street in front of 5,000-10,000 people, and then hanged in the chaos that ensued. It was perhaps the worst day in Duluth’s history, but the opening of this memorial in 2003 helps begin the healing of the wounds of our past. All are welcome to attend the Day of Remembrance observance held annually at the Memorial on June 15.


Duluth Art Institute

506 W Michigan Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 733-7560

The mission of the Duluth Art Institute is to enrich daily life with dynamic, innovative visual arts programming that upholds excellence and promotes active community participation. Founded in 1907, the Duluth Art Institute serves as a hub for creativity, new ideas, and community engagement through the visual arts. We welcome people of all ages, abilities, and skill levels. We deliver our mission through exhibitions, art making and learning opportunities. The Duluth Art Institute strives to deliver fresh, quality programing that nurtures and energizes all facets of the visual arts in the Twin Ports. EXHIBITION PROGRAM The Duluth Art Institute produces more than a dozen exhibitions every year that highlight regional talent and visiting artists. We celebrate craft traditions as well as contemporary voices in the visual arts, displaying mid-career, emerging, and established artists in diverse mediums. We offer enhancement programs alongside our exhibitions to provide arts audiences deeper engagement with artists and their work. EDUCATION PROGRAM We offer more than 50 arts workshops and classes for youth and adults throughout the year as well as outreach activities throughout the community. Our education program also maintains a ceramics studio with over 25 renters, as well as a fiber studio and darkroom.


Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)

350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-5573, General Information;(218) 727-4344 Ticket Information • (800) 628-8385, Meeting Information

Duluth is the perfect green city to combine business with pleasure. The DECC provides the ideal setting for meetings and conventions. It is within walking distance to over 1,600 hotel rooms, unique shops and tempting restaurants. Panoramic views of the Aerial Lift Bridge and Lake Superior is the backdrop for our 250,000-sq.-ft. facility. We boast the second largest ballroom in the state with two convention centers. We feature our own internal Catering and Exposition Services Department to make planning your event a breeze. Ample parking with a new ramp makes it easy and accessible to downtown and for event parking at the DECC and the William A. Irvin.

As a community center, the DECC is the proud home of:

  • Broadway in Duluth
  • Concerts
  • Corporate and public events
  • Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
  • Home and Sport Shows
  • Minnesota Ballet
  • UMD Men’s and Women’s Bulldog Hockey

    The DECC is a nationally recognized leader in reducing energy use, reusing products, and recycling waste. We are proud to have been honored with the Lake Superior Binational Forum Stewardship Award, and the MN Great Governor’s Award for our environmental stewardship. The new AMSOIL Arena is now complete and the facility will proudly receive Gold LEED (Leader in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.


    The Duluth Playhouse

    506 West Michigan Street
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 733-7555

    The Duluth Playhouse brings the finest in entertainment and theatre arts to Minnesota's Northeast Region. Featuring local and professional artists, the Playhouse hosts a year-round season of live theatre. The Underground, our satellite black box theatre, is an alternative performing arts venue offering engaging, though provoking programming in all disciplines: theatre, dance, music, poetry, art, film and the spoken word. The Conservatory for the Performing Arts also provides innovative performing arts education for children and adults in acting, music & dance year-round. Between the Playhouse, Children's Theatre, Underground and the Conservatory for the Performing Arts, there are endless opportunities for everyone.

    2016 Main Stage Productions

    42nd Street
    April 21 - May 8 2016

    Annapurna
    June 2-12, 2016

    Rock of Ages
    July 14-31, 2016

    Tickets: Adults $25 - $30 Youth $20-$25
    Designated accessible parking or off-street parking, accessible entrance, accessible restrooms.


    Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra

    130 West Superior Street, Suite LL2
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 623-3776

    The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) is a centerpiece of the Twin Ports area’s eminence in the performing arts. The DSSO is the largest arts organization north of the Twin Cities. Its professional status and program are enriched by 100 musicians, many drawn from the music departments of three local colleges and universities, and the exceptional sound of the Duluth Auditorium (DECC) concert hall. This auditorium’s new specially engineered $1,000,000 acoustic shell is the ensemble’s finest instrument, extolled by its audience and critics.

    The orchestra was founded in 1932, and today flourishes under the baton of Music Director Markand Thakar. Each season the DSSO presents seven classical concerts, three pops concerts and occasional special offerings. The orchestra also supports three youth ensembles that perform throughout the year.

    Tickets are available by calling (218) 623-3776 or at the DSSO office. View the full concert calendar at www.dsso.com.


    Fond-du-Luth Casino

    129 East Superior Street
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 720-5100 • (800) 873-0280

    There's always something for everyone amid the excitement and glamour of Fond-du-Luth Casino conveniently located in downtown Duluth. We have over 650 of your favorite video slot machines ranging from penny, two cent, nickel, quarter and dollar with all slot machines ticket in/ticket out. We also have Blackjack tables with betting limits from $3-$1,000. Membership is FREE-sign up today. Fond-du-Luth Casino also offers concessions with a full-service lounge and all your favorite beverages. All customers must be at least 18 years of age to game.

    Open 24 hours every day.


    Joseph Nease Gallery

    23 W. 1st Street
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 481-7750

    Joseph Nease Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in downtown Duluth, MN. Similar in scope to its progenitor in Kansas City, MO; the gallery features exhibitions of painting, sculpture, installation, and new media by artists both regional and national, many with national recognition. The gallery is unique to Duluth in both appearance and scope. Through solo and group exhibitions, we showcase the work of and represent mid- and advanced- career artists and select emerging artists. As an arts destination, Joseph Nease Gallery also provides educational and social opportunities to art lovers and collectors, and those visiting beautiful Lake Superior and the northland.


    Lake Superior Art Glass

    357 Canal Park Dr.
    Duluth, MN 55802
    218-464-1799

    The gallery at Lake Superior Art Glass features glass artwork of all types made by artists from the Midwest and beyond. This includes stained, fused, torch-worked, furnace worked, and much more! Owner, Dan Neff, has blown glass since 2003 and has shown his work around the country. Dan loves to share his passion of glass with others and offers classes, live demos, and studio time! Visit the website for schedules of classes and demos.


    Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium

    1023 University Drive
    Duluth, MN 55812
    (218) 726-7129

    Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium offers videos, documentaries, and dark-sky shows in 360` - full-dome theater format with surround sound. Public shows are offered Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm. All programs are followed by a planetarium dark-sky show and outdoor telescope viewing Friday evenings (weather permitting). Visit the gift shop and explore the exhibits.


    Minnesota Ballet

    301 West 1st Street, #800
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 529-3742

    Minnesota Ballet maintains a highly professional dance company and a school of 200 students. The Company presents works of artistic and historic importance. The Ballet stages original works in styles from classical ballet to contemporary ballet jazz. The Ballet also stages critically-acclaimed full-length story ballets such as “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” as well as Acts II of “Swan Lake” and “Giselle,” resplendent in rich costumes, sets and choreography.


    The NorShor Theatre

    211 East Superior Street
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 733-7555

    The NorShor Theatre is preparing for its new starring role. From the balcony to the box office, the landmark 1910 theater is undergoing a total restoration. After weathering its share of milestones and misfortune, a new life and new legacy are unfolding for this legendary landmark. At center stage in downtown Duluth’s Historic Arts and Theater (HART) District, the restored NorShor Theatre will bring new economic development, new productions, and new possibilities to the region.

    The beloved NorShor Theatre is regaining its rightful place as the Northland’s beacon of arts, entertainment, and world-class performances.


    On the Rocks Art Studio

    307 Canal Park Drive
    Duluth, MN 55802
    218.525.2736

    On The Rocks Art Studio is a locally owned business in Canal Park. We are a team of three artists who provide a creative outlet through step-by-step painting lessons for artists and non-artists alike! We offer a fun and entertaining experience for all ages. You can sign up for a pre-scheduled event or schedule your own! Check out our gallery space featuring local photography, pottery, fiber-art, handmade tiles, and printing by Medium Control.


    Renegade Theater Company

    222 East Superior Street
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 722-6775

    Renegade Theater Company is one of the Northland's premiere professional theatrical companies. Since the theater's founding in 1991, Renegade has produced over 150 productions throughout the area. Now in their permanent home at the Teatro Zuccone, Renegade annually produces a full mainstage season, sketch comedy from Duluth's only resident sketch comedy team, Dink Tank (dubbed "Hysterical" and "Awesome!" by Rainn Wilson - Dwight on NBC's "The Office") and weekly improv performances every Friday and Saturday night all year long.

    Renegade Theater Company is committed to introducing the area to the boldest, newest and most imaginative works in theater today. Additionally, Renegade aims to create unprecedented opportunities for developing community talent in all aspects of the art form, because we believe that a theater is only as strong as the company it keeps – both onstage and off.


    Solve Entertainment

    120 E. Superior Street
    Duluth, MN 55802
    218-302-5434

    Solve Entertainment creates live-action, interactive and immersive entertainment experiences. With a commitment to high levels of quality and creativity, SolveEnt aims to transform the local entertainment landscape with real-world, tangible and tactile adventures where the audience becomes the hero.


    Teatro Zuccone

    222 East Superior Street
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 336-1414

    In its commitment to promoting the value of live entertainment, Teatro Zuccone inspires, creates and produces entertainment that’s both unique and thought-provoking. Catch a show by Duluth’s iconic theater ensemble, Renegade Theatre Company, or live music, comedy, magic, who knows! Call or check online for performance schedule. Admission fee varies per performance.


    Tweed Museum of Art

    1201 Ordean Court • University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus
    Duluth, MN 55812
    (218) 726-8222 or (218) 726-7832


    Collecting and interpreting art from around the world and developing exhibitions and programs for education in the arts.

    With a permanent collection of over 7,000 art objects representing a range of cultures and periods of art history, the Tweed Museum of Art is a major cultural and educational resource for the community on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Tweed Museum of Art aims to inspire visitors of all ages and backgrounds who will find images, art objects, and educational programs that foster an understanding and an appreciation of art. The Museum Store offers handcrafted and unique art merchandise.

    Tues/9am-8pm; Wed-Fri/9am-4:30pm; Sat & Sun/1-5pm; closed Mondays and University holidays.

    Free and open to the public. UMD is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Barrier free.


    UMD School of Fine Arts

    1211 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    218-726-7261

    Minnesota's top rated School of the Arts and the first choice in Fine Arts. The University of Minnesota Duluth's School of Fine Arts educates students & the public in the visual & performing arts. SFA is also honored to serve as a cultural center for the region presenting over 300 events each season from Theatre productions to Music concerts, and Visual Culture Lectures to Museum art exhibitions, and private music lessons to motion capture videography.

    Tickets: 218-726-8561 or tickets.umn.edu

    View the full SFA event calendar at sfa.d.umn.edu


    Zeitgeist Arts

    222 East Superior Street, Suite 326
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 722-9100/ (218) 336-1360

    At Zeitgeist Arts, you'll enjoy fresh American Cuisine, Duluth's newest movie theater, and an intimate, highquality performance theater. Enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with your movie or show, and the satisfaction that you are supporting the local arts and positive community development. Zeitgeist Arts is owned and operated by the A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation, and all proceeds go to supporting its charitable work. Arts Cafe open Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm week nights, 11am-midnight Fri/Sat; Zinema 2 Movie Theater open daily for matinee and evenings; Teatro Zuccone open as scheduled. Admission fee varies.


    Zero Hour Escape Rooms

    5 West 1st Street #103
    Duluth, MN 55802
    218-606-1139

    Zinema 2

    222 East Superior Street
    Duluth, MN 55802
    (218) 722-7300

    Zinema 2 is Duluth’s newest movie theater showing the best in first-run movies of all types. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer during the show, not to mention the best popcorn in town. Check for weekend family and children’s programming. Call for show times or visit our website. Tickets also available online. Open daily for matinees and evening shows. Adults $7.50; Seniors/Students $6.50; Matinees $6.50; Children $5.50.