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September 18, 2019: Find It In Duluth!

Several fall festivals to enjoy in Duluth this weekend, plus we are starting to see some leaves beginning to change!

By: Maarja Anderson Hewitt

Happy Wednesday! And happy almost fall! It certainly feels like the seasons have changed and little pops of color can be found throughout the city. The official start to autumn is Monday – let’s celebrate with some fall fun this weekend! Here’s a look at what you can find happening in Duluth:

First up, a favorite and delicious community fundraiser returns Thursday, September 19 for a 28th year – the Head of the Lakes United Way Chili Cook-Off! Area businesses and chefs will showcase over 40 chilis during the event, all hoping to win bragging rights for the year. Sample all the options and vote for your favorite, Thursday from 5-7pm at the DECC. Tickets are $10 for adults.

Friday, September 20 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day and the Northland Vietnam Veterans Association will once again host a ceremony to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war, as well as those who are missing in action. This year’s ceremony will be held at the World War Two Memorial in Memorial Park in West Duluth, at Grand Avenue and Central Avenue at 6pm. All are welcome.

Friday also kicks off the annual Hawk Weekend Festival at Hawk Ridge! This 3-day festival celebrates the bird migration with field trips, hikes, programs, and activities for all ages. Check their website for a full schedule – some activities do require registration.

Saturday, September 21 is the 35th Annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest. From 9:30am-4:30pm, enjoy music, food, crafts, locally grown fresh produce, vendors, and informational booths about local programs – 130 vendors in all! There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. If needed, the rain date is Sunday, September 22. More information can be found on their website.

Also Saturday – Duluth’s first large-scale Indigenous Foods Expo! The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) is organizing the expo and has a ton in store – chef demos, speakers, kids activities, a basketball tournament, food vendors, and live music. AICHO has already decided to move the event indoors due to forecasted rain. The expo will be held at AICHO on W 2nd St from 11am-3pm. Get all the details, here.

And hey, more fall attractions to check out when you visit:

Cheers to a busy fall weekend! Take a peek at our Fall Colors and Events page for more fun coming up – we hope to see you soon!

Happy Adventuring!



Maarja Anderson Hewitt

Media Communications Manager, Visit Duluth