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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:

 
 

NEW THIS YEAR!

Duluth Oktoberfestival
Dates:
September 13-15, 2019
(218) 628-9996 | Visit Website

For the first time ever, we bring everything you know and love about the Oktoberfest, right here to Duluth, MN! At the 1st annual Duluth Oktober Festival you can find: bratwurst, German beer, Bavarian food, live music & more! Come join in on the fun with thousands of other locals! Duluth Oktoberfestival is located within the confines of the Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN  55802.


Indigenous Foods Expo
Dates:
September 21, 2019
(218) 722-7225 | Visit Website

This is Duluth’s first large-scale Indigenous Foods Expo, hosted by the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO). The expo will bring together Indigenous food producers, chefs, artists, musicians and hundreds of community members to experience flavors and culture from across our Indigenous nations in one festival. All are welcome! Held at Central Hillside Park, 102 East 4th Street in Duluth.

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. 19, 2019: Fall colors Tour 6-hour North Shore Fall excursion
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through October 13, 2019
Departs at 10:00 am

The Great Pumpkin Train one weekend only!
October 17 - 20, 2019
Departs at 10 am, 11:20 am, 12:50 pm, 2:20 pm and 3:50 pm

  

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

Surround yourself with beautiful fall colors on Spirit Mountain!
Hours September 3rd - September 23

Adventure Park
Friday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm/Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Scenic Chairlift Rides
Friday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm/Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Mountain Bike Park

Friday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm/Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Hours for October, 2019

Adventure Park
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Mountain Bike Park

Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hours for October 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th (MEA Weekend)
Adventure Park - Thursday 11:00 am- 6:00 pm/Friday 11:00 am  - 6:00 pm/Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

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

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

Glow Coaster - September 21st & 28th, October 5th, 12th, and 19th  - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. $19.00 + tax per

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 20, 2019. 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.

Gowns of Glensheen
As a special offering, fall-touring guests will also have the opportunity to see the smashing party dresses, ravishing fur coats, and first-class gowns displayed among the stunning interiors of the 39-room mansion. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily.

October 17th - 19th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm/October 20th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 
  

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

The Haunted Ship is not happening in 2019 due to the seawall repair. Look for a bigger, better haunted ship in 2020!

 
 

FALL and HALLOWEEN EVENTS

 
Duluth Experience Dark History Walking Tour

Dates: September 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th and 28th 

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!

Duluth Experience Dark History Bus Tour

DatesOctober 3rd, 4th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 27th, 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!

Dracula - at The Underground

Dates: October 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th and 19th 

Time: 7:30 pm * Visit Website

This adaptation by Steven Dietz restores the suspense, seduction and gothic horror of Bram Stoker’s classic novel to the stage.

As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate.

This heart-pounding thriller paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker’s famous vampire

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

Nopeming Night Tours

Dates: Information coming soon
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: September 6th, 13th, 20th, 21st, 27th - October 4th, 5th, 11th and 18th  

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. $54.95 - $49.95 per person except 10 and under is $14.95.

Vista Fleet Coffee and Colors Cruises

Dates: September 21st, 22nd and 29th - October 5th and 6th

Time: 9:30 am

(218) 722-6218 * Website

See the beautiful hillsides of the Northland as they display incredible fall colors! Learn about the Harbor, Duluth’s history, the science and ecology of the St. Louis River system, and view unique and historic bridges.  Enjoy complimentary coffee and breakfast pastries. ***Please note this tour will not go onto the lake under the Aerial Lift Bridge as it will explore the St. Louis River system and surrounding foliage instead.

Lunch and Leaves featuring Corktown Deli

Dates: September 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th , 5th and 6th 

Time: 12:30 pm

(218) 722-6818 * Website

See the beautiful hillsides of the Northland as they display incredible fall colors while enjoying lunch form the newly opened Corktown Deli! Dine on a scrumptious Corktown Deli Lunch Box featuring your choice of Corktown Club, Butcher on Rye, or Veggie Delight. All Sandwiches come with a side of traditional potato salad and a cookie. During your tour you will learn about Duluth/Superior Harbor, the science and ecology of the St. Louis River system, as well as view unique and historic bridges. ***Please note this tour will not go onto the lake under the Aerial Lift Bridge as it will explore the St. Louis River system and surrounding foliage instead.

Boo at the Zoo
Date: October 12 & 19
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 $12 in advance or $13 at the door. All Zoo Members are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at the zoo, online through 9:00 a.m. on October 21st, or at Super One Foods through October 21st.

Superstition Flashlight Tours: Ghosts of Fairlawn

Dates: Friday September 13th and Tuesday October 29 
Time: 7:30 PM in Sept. 7:00 pm in Oct. 
(715) 394-5712 • Website

Tour the darkened Fairlawn Mansion with flashlights, and learn about the ghosts of Fairlawn, along with some bizarre Victorian traditions. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. $10 adults, $8 seniors/college students, $5 kids age 6-17; not recommended for children 5 and under. Please bring your own flashlight.

2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch Party

Date: October 20th

Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

(218) 464-4096 * Website

Join us and Wild State Cider for a festive evening of pumpkin making, cider tasting, snacks, and glassblowing demonstrations!
Our glassblowers will be creating custom pumpkins for customers who can request their own colors and shape. There is a limited number of custom pumpkins that can be made during the party, so be sure to reserve your spot early by purchasing your spot!

How it works:
   - Sign up to reserve your spot online.
   - Reservation includes the price for a SMALL pumpkin with two colors. You can pay to upgrade your pumpkin upon arrival to the event.
   - Come in approx 15 min before your time slot to start deciding upon your pumpkin design.
   - Pick out your colors and the size of your custom pumpkin.
   - Pick out any additional upgrades for your pumpkin. Extra colors, stem color, larger size, shipping etc.  
   - Get a front-row seat and watch as our artists create your custom pumpkin right in front of your eyes.
   - Your pumpkin will need to cool in our annealer kiln overnight.     

   - Pumpkins will be available for pick up after 3pm the next day.    

   - Pumpkins can be shipped out to your home for an additional shipping charge.
   - Check out the complimentary Cider Tasting from Wild State Cider, snacks, juice, and glass blowing demonstrations throughout the day!

Sizing:
Small: 3.5" x 3.5" x 4"  - $46
Medium: 4" x 4" x 5" - $62
Large: 5" x 5" x 5.75" - $86
This family-friendly event is a great way to celebrate the fall season while learning something new! Our glassblowers do an excellent job of describing the science and technique behind their skillset. Wear your costume for some extra treats!
Join us, even if you don't sign up for a time slot! We will have demos going all day and a wonderful selection of pumpkins ready to take home!  

North End Spooktacular

Dates: October 25th & 26th

Times: Varies by event

Website

Enjoy a parade, kids Pumpkin Patch, vendors, food, a drive-in movie (Monsters, Inc.), 5k and Spider Crawl, a pub crawl, and the 80's Halloween party.

North End Nightmare 5K

Date: October 26th

Time: 5:00 pm

(218) 727-0947 Website

Information: The two-lap course will feature hair-raising, Halloween-themed areas that are guaranteed to entertain participants the first and second time along the route," a press release said. 

Grandma's warns that children may find some of the themed areas frightening, so people can call the Grandma's office at (218) 727-0947 before registering if they want to know what to expect. 

There are also free Spider Dash races at 4 p.m. for kids 14 and under. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Dates: October 30th & 31st and November 1st  & 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

(218) 733-7555 * Website

The cult-classic returns with actors bringing the characters off the screen and into the theatre with live, lip-synching performances, prop bags, and audience interaction. 

Trick or Treat at Fairlawn Mansion

Date: October 31 
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
(715) 394-5712 • Website

All ghouls, goblins, and witches are invited to trick-or-treat. Ghosts of yesteryear will be handing out goodies while guests wander the 1st floor. Free to attend. 

Scarium at the Aquarium
Date: Coming Soon
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: Coming Soon
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 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, and learn some spooky science. 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: 

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.