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October 4: Find It In Duluth!

From spooky fall fun to family fall fun - we have it all in Duluth this weekend!

By: Maarja Anderson Hewitt | October 4, 2018

Happy…..Thursday! It’s a busy week here in Duluth, so the blog is a day late – but it is full of FALL FUN! The fall colors are nearing peak in Duluth. According to the Minnesota DNR’s Fall Color Finder, the Duluth area is at around 75% peak, so this weekend should provide ample viewing of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. The fall colors will be here waiting for you, and here’s some fall fun you can find happening in Duluth this week:

Glensheen. WHOA. Glensheen is always busy, but they really have a lot going on this week. For starters, they just kicked off their October Wednesday night series – Whiskey Wednesdays! If you missed last night, don’t worry, there are several more Wednesdays left in the month to enjoy whiskey at the estate. The event is free and open to the public with a cash bar – the fun gets underway at 6pm every Wednesday evening.

TONIGHT (Thursday) Glensheen is bringing back a favorite event for a third year – Night at the Museum! This is your night to enjoy the mansion for FREE and at night! This is a very popular event so be prepared to wait in line to tour the mansion – there are no reservations and tours are based on capacity and timing. The first tour will be at 6pm, the final at 9pm. Find more information on Night at the Museum, here.


On Saturday, bright and early, Glensheen is hosting their Fall Photomeet - a fall sunrise photography event for all. You don’t need to be an Instagrammer or professional photographer to attend. They will have plenty of coffee thanks to Duluth Coffee Company to keep you fueled. Sunrise is at 7:14 am. If you are sharing your images on social media, tag @Glensheen and use #sunriseatglensheen. More info, here.

Looking for spooky fun? Nopeming Halloween Haunt Tours begin this Friday, October 5 and will be offered on select dates throughout the month. Check their calendar here. What is Nopeming? Nopeming was built in 1912 as a sanitorium for those diagnosed with tuberculosis. The building has a long history spanning several different tenants, but has most recently been the center of several paranormal investigations over the past few years. You can see Nopeming off I-35 just south of Duluth. They ONLY offer pre-sale tickets online, so you need to buy your tickets before you come - there is not a ticket booth at Nopeming's front gate. Tickets.

Photo Credit: Nopeming/Orison Inc.

And some more dark, October fun – the Duluth Experience’s Dark History Bus Tour is back for the month of October! Tours are offered Thursdays and Fridays, and a few other select dates, too. The tour takes on tragic stories of Duluth’s past and some of the reported hauntings that folks around town don’t necessarily talk about. In addition to the stories and history, you’ll also get a craft beer sample at the final stop. Reserve a spot and learn more, here.

Speaking of the Duluth Experience, they are now offering the Duluth Traverse Shuttle – transportation for those mountain bikers tackling point-to-point rides on the Duluth Traverse. The shuttles run on Saturday mornings and support rides that end in Lester Park or Chamber’s Grove. Learn more, here.


Saturday, October 6, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra opens their season with Sailing North. Local percussionist Gene Koshinski (UMD Faculty) will be premiering his “soniChroma” with the DSSO for the first time. He and another local percussionist, Tim Broscious, will be guest soloing. Leonard Bernstein’s centennial is being celebrated all year long and the DSSO will be playing his famous “Three Dance Episodes.” The night concludes with Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No.1- a fan favorite. If you can’t make the concert in person at the DECC Symphony Hall at 7pm, WDSE will live broadcast the concert, as well. Details

Also, on Saturday, celebrate Oktoberfest at two different celebrations! The Boat Club at Fitger’s will be celebrating all day long with German food, beer, and wine, kids’ activities, adult games, and live music. There is even a Best Oktoberfest Costume contest! Get the details, here.


Photo Credit: Facebook - The Boat Club

Hoops Brewing is also celebrating Oktoberfest with live music and classic Oktoberfest eats from Northern Waters Smokehaus, Great Harvest Bread, and Duluth’s Best Bread. They have some festive beer on tap, too – their No. 67 Wiesn Bier and No. 704 Apple Ale. Check out their Facebook Page for more info.


Photo Credit: Facebook - Hoops Brewing

UFFDAH! Tons of fun happening this weekend, but be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun coming up in Duluth. As always, we hope to see you soon!

Happy Fall Adventuring!



Maarja Anderson Hewitt

Media Communications Manager, Visit Duluth