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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. 22, 2017: Fall colors Tour 6-hour North Shore Fall excursion
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through October 15, 2017
Departs at 10:30 am

The Pumpkin Train one weekend only!
October 19 - 22
Departs at 10 am, 11:20 am, 12:50 pm, 2:20 pm and 3:50 pm

Terror Train - One night only!
Saturday, October 28th
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 1

Adventure Park open Fridays 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturdays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sundays 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Scenic Chairlift Rides open Fridays 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturdays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sundays 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mountain Bike Park
open Fridays 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturdays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sundays 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hours for October 2 - 22 (Friday hours are still TBD)
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

Closed Monday - Thursday. Open through October 22, 2017. 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 - Wednesday, October 4
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

Are you ready for a real scare?

Here’s the place for it; but we warn you, tour if you dare. Each year, for the month of October the Irvin transforms itself into a haunted ship, where the ghosts come alive. The haunting of the Irvin is not just a rumor, mysterious sightings have been recorded. Don’t be too sure the flickering lights and slamming doors are part of the act, our ghosts may appear at any time.

Check Schedule for dates, or go to http://duluthhauntedship.com/schedule/

Tickets are $12.00 Tickets - Bring a canned good to receive $2.00 off your admission.
CASH OR CHECK ONLY- We do not take credit cards.

*Tickets are available in October aboard the William A. Irvin. No child under the age of 12 will be admitted without a parent. Parental guidance is suggested. Sorry, this is Not handicapped accessible.

 

FALL and HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Engwalls Corn Maze
Dates: September 16 - October 29
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

Nopeming Night Tours

Dates: October 6 - October 31
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.

Essentia Health Harvest Fun & Run
Date: October 7
Time: events start at 8:00 am
(218) 722-0410 • Visit Website

It's time for Fall Fun at Fitger's annual Harvest Moon Festival! We will be welcoming the Autumnal Equinox with events, specials. Take a peek at the shop windows, as everyone will be proudly displaying their entry into the annual window decorating contest! Essentia Harvest Run Schedule of events: 9 am - Duluth Children's Clinic Harvest Run at Fitger's 5K run/walk. 11am - Children's 1K race 11:30 pm - Children's Tiny Tyke Triathlon noon - Search the Pumpkin Patch, find a pumpkin and decorate it 12:30 pm - Costume Trick-or-Treating through the mall.

Boo at the Zoo
Date: October 14 & 21
Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
(218) 730-4500 • Visit 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.

The Underground presents: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Dates: October 26 - 31
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.

Minnesota Ballet presents,  Director's Choice: Clowns and Others
Dates: October 20 - October 21
Time: 7 PM 
(218) 529-3742 • Visit Website

The Ballet leaps into its 2017–18 season with a Director’s Choice evening
of exciting works displaying the dancers’ versatility and Robert’s artistic
vision for the company. In Salvatore Aiello’s charming work, Clowns and
Others
, they dance, romp, and mime their way through a range of human
emotions and experiences, whether squabbling over an oversized lollipop
or balancing on a ribbon tightrope, all to live piano accompaniment of the
Prokofiev Piano Miniatures. Plus, George Balanchine’s fiery Tarantella, Aiello’s
starkly contemporary “The Waiting Room,” and a new work by emerging
choreographer Isaac Sharratt of the Milwaukee Ballet. The performance also
features guest musicians Erin Aldridge and Alexander Sandor. Held at 350 Harbor Drive.

Hallowade 2017

Date: October 28
Time: Noon - 10:00 pm
(218) 349-6435 • Visit Website
 
Hallowade is a fun filled family friendly music intensive Halloween themed fundraiser for NoteWorthy Kids at historic Wade Stadium in Duluth. There will be live music all day, with 18 bands performing on two stages. From Noon to 5:30 pm the event is free and “Family Friendly” with trick-or-treating, kids activities, a free photo booth, sled dogs, climbing wall (weather permitting), costume contest, Zoo-Mobile, haunted locker room and much more! At 2:00 p.m. there will be a Twin Ports Mascot Kickball Game with an opportunity for pictures with the players after the game. At 6:00 p.m. Hallowade becomes a 21+ event with more music, costume contests and door prizes. There is a $5.00 cover charge with all proceeds to benefit NoteWorthy Kids. Wade Stadium is located at 101 N 35th Avenue West in Duluth. NoteWorthy Kids is a 501c(3) non-profit that provides need based financial scholarships to qualifying families in the Twin Ports to provide free or reduced-cost private musical education, instrument rental and repair and financial support to participate in music contests and programs for youth ages 6 to 18.

Fairlawn Mansion Flashlight Tours
Dates: October 29 - October 30
Time: 7:30 PM
(715) 394-5712 • Visit 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 29
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: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
(218) 733-9101 • Website

Trick or Treat at Miller Hill Mall! Bring your family in costume for an evening filled with Halloween fun. This year, Malloween will include: FREE HALLOWEEN CANDY! Trick or treat bags will be available to the first 100 guests in Barnes and Noble Court. **Treats and bags available only while supplies last! PHOTO BOOTH A free photo booth will be set up in Sears Court COSTUME CONTEST Categories to include: *Best Family-Themed Costume *Most Creative Kids Costume *Sweetest Kids Costume *Best Adult Costume COSTUME CONTEST PRIZES *1st Place - $200 Simon Gift Card *2nd Place - $50 Simon Gift Card *3rd Place - $25 Simon Gift Card *Honorable Mention - Simon Prize Pack COSTUME CONTEST DIRECTIONS *Line-up in Barnes and Noble Court at 5:45m *Judging done at 7:00pm *Celebrity Guest Judges to be announced soon! *Winners Announced at 7:30pm SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 5:00 PM - 6:00PM - Costume Contest Registration Opens at Mall Entrances 5:00 PM - 7:00pm - Trick or Treating begins 6:00 PM - Costume Contest 7:30 PM - Costume Contest winners announced! **Must be present to win This event is FREE and open to the public. **Costumes are encouraged, however no masks on individuals over 12 years old allowed.

Spook-tacular Halloween Party at Duluth Children's Museum

Date: October 31
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(218) 733-7543 • Visit Website
 
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 starting at 6pm, and learn some spooky science. Don't miss out on our Halloween photobooth! Museum staff will also be handing out *candy-free goodies* like glow sticks and tattoos for a sugar-free Halloween that everyone can enjoy! Member admission is FREE! Guests are welcome at the daily admission rate of $9 each. Children under 2 are FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Held at 115 South 29th Avenue West in Duluth.