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August 1: Find It In Duluth!

August is here and we have a few favorite annual events to look forward to this week!

By: Maarja Anderson Hewitt | August 1, 2018

Welcome to August! The summer event schedule is heating up – let’s take a look at what you can find happening in Duluth this week:

Wednesday, August 1, head to Pier B Resort to drink, dine, and dance for Rooftop Wednesday! Sean and Ian Okamoto will serenade beginning at 7:30pm. Enjoy the view and celebrate – we are halfway through the week!

Photo Credit: Facebook - Pier B

The annual Spirit Valley Days festival is officially underway. Wednesday evening it all kicks off with the Kyle Smalley Memorial Car Show on Grand Ave. Thursday, August 2, is a favorite – the Spirit Valley Days parade! Floats and groups will start at 59th Ave W and Grand Ave and head toward Central Ave. Stay for live music after the parade, courtesy AfterShock. Friday, August 3, is a big day for the festival – filled with the pancake breakfast, health fair, free scenic train rides on the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, more live music, and the street dance! Saturday, August 4 wraps up the festival with a rummage sale, Western Garden Tour, and several kids’ activities throughout the day. Lots of fun packed into four days! Get events details and see the full schedule, here.

Photo Credit: Facebook - Spirit Valley Days

Alright, back to other events you can find happening this week!

Thursday, August 2, the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival + Greater Downtown Council are teaming up to present Music in the HART! HART stands for the Historic Art & Theatre District and the weekly concerts will be held at Lake Place Park above the Lakewalk through the month of August. Superior Siren kicks things off this Thursday at 4:30pm!


This weekend, some of the most popular bands in Christian music will take over Bayfront Festival Park for the annual City on the Hill Music Festival! Casting Crowns headlines Friday, August 3 and For King & Country headlines Saturday, August 4. Over the two days, you’ll see 16 acts on two stages. Get more info here.

Also, this weekend, Thomas and Percy are chugging their way back to Duluth! “Day out with Thomas” is back for another year – and you’ll have two weekends to ride  your favorite tank engine at the North Shore Scenic Railroad, August 3-5 & August 10-12. Get tickets here.

Photo Credit: North Shore Scenic Railroad

Finally, if you haven’t registered for our Brewery Tour giveaway with The Duluth Experience, do it today! The contest closes Thursday, August 2. Don’t forget to take a look at our Event Calendar to see what else you can find happening in Duluth this week. We hope to see you!

Happy Adventuring!



Maarja Anderson Hewitt

Media Communications Manager, Visit Duluth