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September 19: Find It In Duluth!

It's nearly officially fall and the leaves are beginning to turn. Several festivals this weekend will get you outside enjoying the crisp air!

By: Maarja Anderson Hewitt | September 19, 2018

Happy Wednesday! It's nearly officially fall and these past few days have certainly felt like it - comfortable temps and crisp air. Plus, the leaves are beginning to change, making it the perfect time to plan a fall visit to Duluth! If you're headed up this week, here's a look at some of the fun you can find happening in Duluth!

Coolers temps = chili time! Get your fill of every chili imaginable Thursday, September 20 at the Head of the Lakes United Way Chili Cook-Off! Chefs and community members from around town enter their original chili recipes and you can taste them all and then vote for your favorite! All money raised goes to Head of the Lakes United Way. At the DECC from 5-7pm.

Friday, September 21, head to Enger Park for a free, family-friendly event celebrating the International Day of Peace. Free root beer floats will be provided, as will demonstrations by the Duluth East Daredevils Robotics team. A short program will begin at 5:00pm with a ceremonial ringing of the Japanese Peace Bell. This special community day is put on by Duluth Sister Cities International from 4:30-7pm.

Friday and Saturday - FEMN FEST is back for another year! It’s an unapologetically feminist festival full of music, art, workshops, education, film, and connection. The festival aims to bring folks together to connect as a community. Events are held in downtown Duluth and in/around the Sacred Heart Music and Arts Center. Find the full schedule and get tickets at

Also, Friday and Saturday – Spirit Mountain invites you to their fall bike event where the leaves will be turning with your wheels. Friday is The Hootenanny, Downhill, Jump Session, Pump Track, and Last Rider Standing events and Saturday, the races continue. Get the schedule at

And all weekend long (Friday - Sunday) - Come and celebrate the fall bird migration with Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. It’s Hawk Weekend Festival and there will be a variety of field trips, hikes, programs, and activities for all ages! Visiting Hawk Ridge is free but a $5 daily wristband covers scheduled programs and hikes, workshops and hikes. There is nothing quite like viewing fall migration from Hawk Ridge, peak migration at Hawk Ridge typically occurs from now until late October, so you have plenty of time to check it out!

Photo Credit: Facebook - Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Don't forget to check our Event Calendar when you're planning your next trip to Duluth - as always, we hope to see you soon!

Happy Adventuring!



Maarja Anderson Hewitt

Media Communications Manager, Visit Duluth