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January 28 - Januray 31, 2018

Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

JOHN BEARGREASE SLED DOG MARATHON

Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. Every year, world-class mushers compete in the nearly 400 mile event. The Beargrease is a qualifier for the famed Iditarod race in Alaska.

Location: From Duluth to the Canadian border and back to Duluth
(218) 722-7631 | www.beargrease.com

 

 

February 14 - February 18, 2018

Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show + Northland Outdoors Deer Classic

Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show + Northland Outdoors Deer Classic

The largest selection of boats, pontoons, RV’s, docks, fishing & hunting equipment and more. Find your next fishing/hunting destination in the U.S., Canada and Abroad. Attend daily seminars, get your mounts measured for free. Visit the “Endangered Species” animal exhibit and hear “America’s Got Talent” stars “Mountain Faith” perform. 

Location: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
(952) 431-9630 | www.shamrockprod.com

 

 

April 4 - April 8, 2018

Arrowhead Home & Builders Show

Arrowhead Home & Builders Show

Everything for inside and outside of your home will be displayed. Take advantage of show discounts. Tour the 9/11 Mobile Exhibit - an educational exhibit guided by FDNY firefighters. Watch Mad Dog & Merrill perform their grilling magic. Hear Joey Greene dispense valuable tips on health remedies.

Location: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
(952) 431-9630 | www.shamrockprod.com

 

 

May 30 - June 3, 2018

Duluth Superior Film Festival

The Duluth Superior Film Festival (DSFF)

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 paneldiscussions. 

Location: Zinema 2 and Multiple Additional Venues
(612) 227-8015 | www.DS-FF.com

 

 

July 7- July 8, 2018

Duluth Airshow

Duluth Airshow

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.  

Location: Duluth International Airport
(218) 628-9996 | www.duluthairshow.com

 

 

June 14 - June 16, 2018

Grandma's Marathon

Grandma's Marathon

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. 

Location: Two Harbors to Duluth
(218) 727-0947 | www.grandmasmarathon.com

 

 

June 23, 2018

Chum Rhubarb Festival

Chum Rhubarb Festival

Rhubarb Fun for Everyone! Pies and jams and breads - oh my! Get your taste buds ready to tackle the tangy tartness of every rhubarb delicacy. This festival is sprinkled with tasty morsels for the entire family. There will be games, crafts, music, auctions, stage shows and food. 9 AM.

Location: 11th Ave East and London Road
(218) 720-6521 | www.chumduluth.org/rhubarbfestival.htm

 

 

June 23 - June 24, 2018

Park Point Art Fair

Park Point Art Fair

The Park Point Art Fair (PPAF) is an annual showcase of visual artwork by 120 juried artists working in clay, photography, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood and glass in a stunning outdoor environment on the shores of Lake Superior. Music, demonstrations, hands-on activities and food.

Location: Park Point Recreation Area
(218) 428-1916 | www.parkpointartfair.org

 

 

July 4, 2018

City of Duluth Fourth Fest

City of Duluth Fourth Fest

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.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 722-4011 | visitduluth.com/fourthfest/

 

 

July 13 - August 31, 2018

Greater Downtown Council Movies in the Park

Greater Downtown Council Movies in the Park

Featured films under the stars in beautiful Leif Erikson Park along the shore of Lake Superior at sunset every Friday evening throughout the summer. Grab a blanket and a friend! 

Location: Leif Erikson Park
(218) 727-8549 | www.downtownduluth.com

 

 

July 21, 2018

Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

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. 

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 525-8099 | www.bayfrontworldmusic.com

 

 

July 28, 2018

All Pints North Summer Brew Fest

All Pints North Summer Brew Fest

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! 

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(612) 677-2246 | www.mncraftbrew.org

 

 

August 1 - August 5, 2018

Spirit Valley Days

Spirit Valley Days

Spirit Valley Days celebrates West Duluth and features the Northland’s largest classic car show, Duluth’s largest parade of summer, street dance, pet parade, 5K run/walk, canoe and kayak tour of the St. Louis River, garden tour, kids games, pancake breakfast, meatball dinner, food and artisan vendors, and live entertainment. 

Location: West Duluth
(218) 391-3696 | www.SpiritValleyDays.com

 

 

August 10 - August 12, 2018

Bayfront Blues Festival

Bayfront Blues Festival

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.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(715) 394-6831 | www.bayfrontblues.com

 

 

August 18 - August 19, 2018

Art in Bayfront Park Art Fair

Art in Bayfront Park Art Fair

Art in Bayfront Park Art Fair offers art lovers an opportunity to purchase gallery quality art work from approximately 180 artists. Take an art class and enrich your life through art in a fun-filled weekend of art appreciation.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 348-1166 | www.ArtInBayfrontPark.com

 

 

August 23 - August 25, 2018

The Tribute Fest

The Tribute Fest

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. 

Location: Bayfront Festival Park - Duluth, MN
(218) 940-3513 | www.thetributefest.com

 

 

August 29 - September 2, 2018

Duluth-Superior Pride

Duluth-Superior Pride

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.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(866) 865-0652 | www.dspride.com

 

 

September 8 - September 9, 2018

KIA Drag Races & Car Show

KIA Drag Races & Car Show

The nation’s only 1/8 legal drag racing on a public street returns as more than 110 vehicles race head-to-head on Garfield Avenue in Duluth over two (2) days of racing action on September 8-9. The event also features over 350 vehicles in the car show, music and vendors.

Location: Garfield Avenue (Lincoln Park)
(218) 628-9996 | www.kernz.com

 

 

September 14 - September 16, 2018

Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival

Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival

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.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 628-9996 | www.kernz.com

 

 

September 15, 2018

Northshore Inline Marathon

Northshore Inline Marathon

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.

Location: Two Harbors to Duluth
(218) 723-1503 | www.northshoreinline.com

 

 

September 28 - September 30, 2018

Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour

Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour

As crisp fall temperatures and colors fill the air, the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour embarks on its sixth year, bringing a range of artistic talent. Come enjoy the fine arts and crafts, music, refreshments and demonstrations in a “road less traveled” atmosphere along the majestic shoreline and woods of Lake Superior!

Location: Please refer to our website for specific locations of this tour
(218) 391-2456 | www.lakesuperior2020.com

 

 

October 2018

William A Irvon Haunted Ship Tours

William A Irvin Haunted Ship Tours

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?

Location: 350 Harbor Drive, S.S. William A. Irvin Museum 
(218) 722-7876; (218) 623-1236 | duluthhauntedship.com

 

 

November 3 - November 4, 2017

Gales of November

Gales of November

Gales of November is the LSMMA’s premier fundraising event for the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. What began almost 30 years ago as a small gathering of divers sharing shipwreck pictures, has grown into a festive two-day educational, networking event.

Location: Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center
(218) 727-2497 | www.lsmma.com

 

 

November 17, 2017

Christmas City of the North Parade

Christmas City of the North Parade

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.

Location: Along Superior Street Downtown
www.northlandsnewscenter.com/parade

 

 

November 18 - December 25, 2017

Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Bentleyville Tour of Lights

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.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 740-3535 |/www.bentleyvilleusa.org

 

 

November 24 - November 26, 2017

Amsoil Duluth National Snocross

Amsoil® Duluth National Snocross

This snowmobile race kicks off the racing season for hundreds of racers and over the 25 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.

Location: Spirit Mountain
spiritmt.com/amsoil-duluth-national-snocross26

 

 

December 8 - December 10, 2017

Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show

Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show

The newest winter sports products including ice fishing houses, equipment, snowmobiles, gifts and more. Step inside a life-sized snow globe and receive a free photo. FISH FOR FREE at the Frozen Basin and win prizes and certificates redeemable with participating vendors. Enjoy many other family-friendly attractions. Attend daily seminars.

Location: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
(952) 431-9630 | www.shamrockprod.com