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Fall Colors & Events

Fall in love with Duluth!

The season is changing here in Duluth, and with that change comes brilliantly colored fall leaves. The unique climatic effect of the world’s largest freshwater lake creates a colorful palate in the Duluth region lasting mid-September through late October.

 

EXPERIENCE FALL IN DULUTH

 

Fall in DuluthExplore the Outdoors
Hike, bike, or walk one of the many trails throughout Duluth.

Hit the Road
Take a drive along one of Duluth's Scenic Byways:

 
 

FALL COLORS ATTRACTIONS

 

Fall Colors TourNorth Shore Scenic Railroad | 218-722-1273 | www.duluthtrains.com

Experience Duluth and the North Shore in Autumn!

Starting Sept. 21, 2018: Fall colors Tour 6-hour North Shore Fall excursion
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through October 14, 2018
Departs at 10:30 am

The Pumpkin Train one weekend only!
October 18 - 21, 2018
Departs at 10 am, 11:20 am, 12:50 pm, 2:20 pm and 3:50 pm

Terror Train - One night only!
Date still to be announced (usually in September)
Departs at 6:00 pm
21+ only train

  

Ride the Timber TwisterSpirit Mountain | 218-726-8910 | www.spiritmt.com

Surround yourself with beautiful fall colors on Spirit Mountain!
Hours through October 18

Adventure Park
Saturdays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sundays 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Scenic Chairlift Rides
Saturdays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sundays 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mountain Bike Park

Saturdays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sundays 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hours for October 19 - 21 (MEA Weekend)
Adventure Park - Thursday 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm/Friday11:00 am  - 6:00 pm/Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Scenic Chairlift Rides - Thursday 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm/Friday11:00 am  - 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mountain Bike Park 
 - Thursday 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm/Friday11:00 am  - 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Glow Coaster - September 28 & 29th, October 6th, October 13th, and October 20th - 7:00 pm - 9:00pm 

Join us for our NEW! Glow Coaster & Zipline. Spirit Mountain is the only Alpine Coaster in the region and enjoying this adventure under the night sky with the track illuminated with colored lights. Our Zipline will take on a whole new perspective as you zip through the trees under the darkened sky and lighted track. This unique opportunity is valid as a walk rate but to secure your spot, Pre-Purchase Your Tickets Now! This is a family friendly event, not a scary or Halloween related event. 

Closed Monday - Thursday (Except for MEA weekend). Open through October 21, 2018. These hours subject to change. Weather dependent, please visit www.spiritmt.com for updates.

 

 

Fall at Glensheen Glensheen Mansion | 218-726-8910 | www.glensheen.org

Follow the falling leaves to Glensheen
View gorgeous fall colors on the grounds of the historic Glensheen estate.

Night at the Museum - Thursday, October 4, 2018
Experience Glensheen free of charge from 6-9 p.m. Self-guided tours through the glorious 12-acre estate.

 
  

hauntedHaunted Ship Tours at the William A. Irvin | 218-722-7876 | duluthhauntedship.com

The Haunted Ship is not happening in 2018 due to the seawall repair. Look for a bigger, better haunted ship in 2019!

 

 

 

 

FALL and HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Engwalls Corn Maze
Dates: September 15 - October 28
Time: Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
(218) 727-1177 • Visit Website

The corn maze has become a popular fall attraction in Hermantown over the last six years and attracts attendees from throughout the region that are visiting the area! This year's all new design features over a mile of paths that attendees can navigate through while playing a number of games for all ages. Also at the maze are hay rides, a mini maze, corn pits, corn cannons and more! The corn cannons are one of the most popular attractions at the maze as shooters take aim at a Benna Ford Roush “Cash for Clunker” and try to break windows and hit other targets for prizes! Special events including flashlight nights and Halloween events are also held in October!
$8.00 Ages 12 & Up / $7.00 Under 12 Years / Under 24 Months = Free! Hayrides are $4. Held at 4749 Hermantown Rd, Hermantown, MN 55811

Duluth Experience Dark History Bus Tour

Dates: October 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st

Time: 7:00 pm

(218) 464-6337 * Visit Website

The Dark History Bus Tour shines the light on f Duluth's more tragic stories and some of the reported hauntings that folks around town don't necessarily like to talk about. Duluth has a rich history and we're excited to show you a side of Duluth that you won't see anywhere else! This isn't a hokey, haunted-house tour with folks dressed up like goblins and ghouls. Duluth's dark history is creepy enough on its own!

Baskerville - A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at The Underground

Dates: October 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, and 13th

Time: 7:30 pm * Visit Website

Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

Tickets are $20.00 and event is held at 506 West Michigan Street in Duluth.

Nopeming Night Tours

Dates: October 5th - 31st 
Time: varies by date
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This tour is a walking tour that provides time for pictures and some time for investigating within the tour route. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Come visit Nopeming this October! We have limited ticket sales! They ONLY offer pre-sale tickets online, you need to buy your tickets before you come - there is not a ticket booth at Nopeming's front gate. ** Only a limited number of tickets are available for each date online, if a date shows "sold out" it means there are no tickets left for that time slot. PLEASE do not come without a ticket in hand. $25.00 per person. Held at Nopeming Sanitarium 2650 Nopeming Road in Duluth.

Vista Fleet Harvest Dinner Cruises

Dates: October 12th, 13th, and 19th

Time: 5:30 pm

(218) 722-6218 * Website

Enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise with narrated highlights of the harbor. Take in never-ending views of Duluth’s unique skyline and harbor activity! Featuring a fall themed dinner by Bellisio’s catering. Meal includes: Polenta encrusted pork loin with cranberry mostarda served with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, mixed baby greens with balsamic vinaigrette, and dinner rolls. Optional raspberry torte. Lil Captain Meals for ages 10 and under are mac and cheese, applesauce, and a cookie. Please indicate if you would like to sit by a certain guest. Seating is reserved and set prior to boarding. Cruise length is 2 hours with boarding 30 minutes before departure. $49.95 per person except 10 and under is $14.95.

Boo at the Zoo
Date: October 13 & 20
Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
(218) 730-4500 • Website

Boo at the Zoo is the Northland’s premiere Halloween event for families. Enjoy trick or treating within the safe and beautiful grounds of the Lake Superior Zoo. Bring along your “little pumpkins” and enjoy the too-many-to-count treat stations throughout the zoo, Halloween-themed activities, food vendors and hundreds of zoo animals. Activities include a huge pumpkin patch to play in, hourly costume contests, face painting, games, and a special “Creepy Critters” animal exhibit. All the activities are designed to be fun for kids- not scary. Plus, we NEVER run out of candy, so arrive anytime. Tickets are $9 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the zoo, online through 9:00 a.m. on October 21st, or at Super One Foods through October 21st.

That Haunted Trail

Date: October 27th

Time: Mild - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm/Scary (12 years old +) 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

(218) 729-6690 * Website

Come on out and get scared at Hermantown High School with help from the Haunted Ship crew, the Hermantown Civility Club is doing a Haunted Trail with all proceeds going back into our communities! Cost $6 or $5 with a canned non-perishable food item! Concessions available!

Kids Halloween Carnival

Date: October 28

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

(218) 727-8025 * Website

Join in the fun with games, cupcake walk, bouncy house, and other fun activities. Held at Kake Superior Railroad Musuem  

Fairlawn Mansion Superstition Flashlight Tours

Dates: October 29 - October 30
Time: 7:30 PM
(715) 394-5712 • Website

Tour the darkened Fairlawn Mansion with flashlights, and learn about the superstitious life of the Victorians. Tours will leave every half hour beginning at 7:30 p.m. $10 adults, $8 seniors/college students, $5 kids age 6-17; not recommended for children 5 and under. No reservations are needed.

Scarium at the Aquarium
Date: October 28 
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
(218) 740-3474 • Website
Trick or treat from exhibit to exhibit. Enjoy programs, games and the animals/fish! Costumed children are free with a paid adult. Members are always free

Malloween at Miller Hill Mall
Date: October 31 
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
(218) 733-9101 • Website

Trick or Treat at Miller Hill Mall! Join us for Malloween and bring your family in costume for an evening filled with trick or treating, a costume contest, and more Halloween fun!

Spook-tacular Halloween Party at Duluth Children's Museum

Date: October 31st

Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

(218) 733-7543 • Website

Information: Dress up in your costume and trick-or-treat to each area to play ghostly games, create creepy crafts, get groovin' at the monster mash dance party, and learn some spooky science. Museum staff will also be handing out *candy-free goodies* like glow sticks and tattoos for a sugar-free Halloween that everyone can enjoy! Guests are welcome at the daily admission rate of $9.00 each. Children under 2 are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Held at 115 South 29th Avenue West in Duluth.

UMD’s Alworth Planetarium Hosting Free Halloween Event

Date: October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

(218) 726-8651 * Website

Trick or treating just got some out-of-this-world competition for a Halloween night activity. The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is hosting a free Halloween event for kids. There will be candy, hands-on activities, night sky viewing with telescopes, and free Planetarium shows geared towards kids. Bob King, a.k.a. Astro Bob, will also be on hand to sign copies of his book Night Sky with the Naked Eye. Herrington and the staff and volunteers organizing the event are excited to see people in costume and will have plenty of candy on hand for trick or treaters, too.

The Underground presents: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Dates: October 31 - November 2, 2018
Time: All performances start at 7:30 PM 
(218) 733-7555 • Visit Website

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is being performed on October 26 - 31. The notorious Rocky Horror Picture Show with live audience participation is back with all its campy, sci-fi, and rock n’ roll glory, and once again following the exploits of naive couple Brad and Janet after they stumble upon the lair of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Tickets are not yet on sale. Visit our website to stay tuned. Held at 506 West Michigan Street.