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May 9: Find It In Duluth!

It's another busy week in Duluth with a big soccer match, an indoor market, a massive beer festival, smelt parade, and of course, Mother's Day!

By: Maarja Anderson Hewitt | May 9, 2018

Happy Wednesday! We have a busy week here in Duluth - let's get to it!

Tonight! Duluth hosts the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at UMD’s Malosky Stadium. And Duluth FC is looking for a big win. Duluth's semi-pro soccer team joined the NPSL last year, coming out conference champs and earning qualification to this national tournament in addition to their normal league play. Now onto Season #2! This first round of the U.S. Open Cup is the first official match of their season. The BlueGreens take on Dakota Fusion at 7:30pm. Find more info at

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, get ready for the best junkin’ in town! It’s the spring Duluth Junk Hunt at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Find antique, repurposed, shabby chic, retro, and one-of-a-kind finds at this two-day indoor market. Admission is $5, Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Details here.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. just opened their brand new taproom, and now they are celebrating 5 years with their Festiversary! Saturday, May 12 from 2-8pm, Bent Paddle will be taking over their block on West Michigan Street for their big party with two stages of live music, food trucks, games, family-friendly activities, and beer, of course! Keep in mind, the event is outdoor and will happen rain or shine. Tickets are $25 at the door. This is a cash only festival. Get the details here.

Onto Sunday, May 13 - You’ll see a lot of silver out and about because it’s the annual Run Smelt Run Puppet Parade! Presentation of the Smelt Queen kicks off at 3:30pm at the Maritime Visitor Center and the musical procession featuring a delegation from the Kingdom of Smelt will head down the Lakewalk. A smelt fry and party will follow at the Zeitgeist Arts Café at 5pm. Check out the Magic Smelt website for more information.

Now, let’s talk moms! Don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday – and there are many ways to celebrate in Duluth. Go for a skate on the newly paved  Munger trail with the folks at NorthShore Inline Marathon and then head to brunch at Clyde Iron Works. Or how about a train ride? The North Shore Scenic Railroad has limited space for their Mother’s Day Luncheon. And Glensheen Mansion is offering free tours for mom. Find more Mother’s Day events and brunches at

Also! Next Wednesday, May 16, is the first Wednesday Night Sailboat Races of the year! There are many great places to watch the races, including the Rose Garden and Fitger's Courtyard. We hope to see you soon!

Happy Adventuring!



Maarja Anderson Hewitt

Media Communications Manager