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July 18: Find It In Duluth!

We are halfway through July but our summer events schedule is just heating up in Duluth!

By: Maarja Anderson Hewitt | July 18, 2018

Wowza, can you believe we are halfway through July already?! But not to worry - we have plenty of summer events still ahead in Duluth. Here's a look at what you can find happening in Duluth this week:

Thursday, July 19 – it’s time to hit the beach! It’s the annual Park Point Sand Modeling Contest and Water Safety Expo put on by the YMCA, Duluth Parks, and Sea Grant. From 10am-1pm get to work in the sand, creating your best masterpiece. Judging will begin at 1pm. You’ll also be able to enjoy beach games and learn how to stay safe in the water until 3pm. Even if you don't participate, head down to the beach to see some of the sand creations - the creativity is amazing!

After you hit the beach, Thursday evening, lace up your running shoes for northern Minnesota’s oldest road race. The Park Point 5-Miler and 2-Mile walk is a summer favorite thanks to Grandma’s Marathon. The free, kids only dashes begin at 5:30pm with the 5-mile run starting at 6:30pm and the 2-mile walk at 6:35pm. Adult registration is $35. It’s fun to run and watch! If space allows, you can register day of from 3-6pm under the picnic pavilion near the Park Point Beach House.

And more to do on Thursday! The Lake Superior Zoo is hosting Duluth’s wildest summer party – it’s Zoo La Palooza! There are a lot of changes from last year’s event, including the venue. This year the event will be held at the zoo. Expect live music, carnival games, bouncy houses, a Bent Paddle Beer Garden, delicious food, and special animal presentations. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year. Adult tickets are $30 at the door, kids 16 and under are free with a paid adult. The fun gets underway at 5pm. More information can be found here.

Saturday, July 21, the Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival returns to Duluth for a 13th year. It's a full day of music at Bayfront Festival Park, featuring a lineup of touring artists from all over the world. The event is rain or shine, gates open at 11am and musicians will be taking the stage until 11pm. Get tickets ahead of time online at

And looking ahead to next Wednesday, July 25 - another Grandma’s Marathon event returns and it always draws a crowd. Wednesday Night at the Races is a summer series in July and August, offering free races for kids 14 and under. Next Wednesday’s race is at UMD’s Malosky Stadium. Registration begins at 5pm with the races beginning at 6pm. Again, all the races are free!

Don't forget to check out our Event Calendar to see what fun is coming up in Duluth. As always, we hope to see you soon!

Happy Adventuring!



Maarja Anderson Hewitt

Media Communications Manager, Visit Duluth