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Events Happening Today (September 18)

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Chester Bowl Fall Fest

Date: September 18
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Fall Fest is back as a full capacity event, with a full contingent of craft vendors and food trucks. We are confident that we will be able to operate a safe event; we ask for your help by following our pandemic plan, which can be found at through our web site listed above.
We encourage everyone to maintain social distancing during this outdoor event and to wear a mask if desired. Fall Fest is all about building community with friends and neighbors in the park! At this regional craft event you will enjoy music, food, crafts, locally grown fresh produce, vendors, and informational booths about local programs. The annual event has grown over the years and will host over 130 vendors selling locally made crafts, a great line up of music, 8 food vendors, and activities for children and families. In addition, Chester Bowl branded clothing and other items will be sold by the Chester Bowl Improvement Club. We have many new products this year, so you will want to get to the CBIC table early to buy our new gear!
Suggested donations of $5 per person or $10 per family will be accepted at the entrance to support Chester winter program scholarships for kids in need who want to participate in winter sports. Donations in 2019 totaled a record $10,785- we would love to break the record again! There will be live music all day on our stage. Check back closer to the event for the lineup.
Visitors are highly encouraged to use the three free shuttle buses that will run continuously from the University of Minnesota Duluth parking lot B, located at the intersection of College St. and University Drive. Parking is very limited near the event, so walking, biking (bike racks near the entrance), or using the shuttles is highly recommended. There are handicapped accessible parking spots near the entrance to the park.

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Duluth Oktoberfestival

Dates: September 17 - September 19
Time: Fri 4 pm - 11 pm/Sat. 11 am - 11 pm/Sun. 11 am - 4 pm
(218) 628-9996 • Visit Website

Duluth’s largest Oktoberfestival celebration returns to Bayfront Festival Park. Come experience all things German as we bring the best of Munich to Duluth! Don’t miss the largest bier hall tent ever erected at Bayfront along with live music, kids activities and so much more. Grab your lederhosen and visit www.duluthoktoberfestival.com for more information.

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25th Anniversary NorthShore Inline Marathon:

Date: September 18
Time: 8:45 am
(218) 723-1503 • Visit Website

Our signature event 25 years in the making. Enjoy 26.2 miles point-to-point from the north shore community of Two Harbors to downtown Duluth, Minnesota along the scenic and powerful Lake Superior. Every year over 2500 skaters come together for one of the biggest skating events in the world. to learn more check out the website listed above

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North Shore Scenic Railroad's Music and Pizza Train

Dates: September 17 - September 18
Time: 6:00 pm (reservations must be made by 2:00 pm)
(218) 722-1273 • Visit Website

A 2-1/2 hour trip up the North Shore with pizza and fun for all ages! One 8 inch Domino’s Pizza plus soda included with every ticket. The first part of the ride is narrated as we pass by all the sights of Duluth, on the way back jam out in the concession car with live music from local musicians.Beverages and snacks are available onboard the train; Pepsi products, juice, water, as well as Beer, wine, and seltzers. Light snacks available for purchase such as candy and chips. Coach Seats: Adults $28.00, Children (3-13) $18.00 Ages 2 and under are free (no pizza included) **Reservations Required** **Additional fees may apply on peak days (Saturdays)

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Elegant Dinner Train

Dates: September 17 - September 18
Time: 6:00 pm
(218) 722-1273 • Visit Website

Dining on the rails is nostalgic, romantic and delicious! Exquisitely prepared, four course meals, served on fine china with white linen tablecloths and fresh flowers, set the mood. Guests ride in air conditioned comfort on our 1950 Art Deco Lake of the Isles dining car. Like an ever changing masterpiece, the North Shore’s majestic scenery glides by beautifully outside the car’s large picture windows.
The menu to choose from features; Zenith City Beef Wellington, Northwood’s Pork Loin, Fresh Italian Pesto Penne (vegetarian) and Vegan Ratatouille (also GF). All items are locally sourced whenever possible and finished on board the dining car. Reservations are required.
Tickets also include the Silver Club Dome Car Lounge, where you can move to stretch your legs after dinner, and then have an after dinner beverage in the Dome Car.
2021 Covid-19 updates, Following strict state guidelines, and using recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the safety of guest/passengers is our primary concern. Only half of the seats (24) in the dining car will be occupied to insure social distancing. Like restaurants, masks are required to board the train and when moving about. While seated with your party they may be removed. The car is thoroughly and professionally cleaned between each trip. These policies are subject to change as 2021 continues.
All tickets $68.00 Reservations Required: Limited seating
Duration: 2.5 Hours Distance: 34 Miles

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Two Harbors Fall Colors Tour Train

Dates: September 16 - September 19
Time: 10:00 am
(218) 722-1273 • Visit Website

A six-hour full day up the North Shore with a two-hour stop for lunch (not included in ticket price), touring and shopping in beautiful Two Harbors. Return to Duluth between 4 and 5pm.
Enjoy the changing colors as you travel to the historic town of Two Harbors, Minnesota. Total excursion time is six hours, with a 2-hour stop in Two Harbors where you’re free to tour, shop, eat, and enjoy.
Adults: $38.00, Children: $22.00
Entrance to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is included with your ticket prior to departure. Doors open at 9am. This trip is usually not handicap accessible. Pets are not allowed.

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Harvest Dinner Cruise aboard The Vista Fleet

Dates: September 17 - September 18
Time: 5:30 pm
(218) 722-6218 • Visit Website

Get the best table in Duluth; ON the water during the Northland's exquisite fall season. Enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise with narrated highlights of the harbor. Take in never-ending views of Duluth's unique skyline and harbor activity! Featuring a delicious fall themed dinner catered by our talented friends at Bellisio's. Please check vistafleet.com for tickets and availability. Schedule is subject to change.

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Coffee and Colors aboard The Vista Fleet

Dates: September 18 - September 19
Time: 9:30 am
(218) 722-6218 • Visit Website

See the beautiful hillsides of the Northland as they display incredible fall colors! Learn about the Harbor, Duluth's history, the science and ecology of the St. Louis River system, as well as view unique and historic bridges. Enjoy complimentary coffee and breakfast pastries. Please check vistafleet.com for tickets and availability. Schedule is subject to change.

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Lunch and Leaves Aboard the Vista Fleet

Dates: September 18 - September 19
Time: 12:30 pm
(218) 722-6218 • Visit Website

See the beautiful hillsides of the Northland as they display incredible fall color while enjoying a decadent lunch! Dine on a scrumptious NEW MidCoast Catering lunch spread while learning about the Duluth/Superior Harbor, the science and ecology of the St. Louis River system, as well as view unique and historic bridges. Please check vistafleet.com for tickets and availability. Schedule is subject to change.

St. Lukes Wheels Off Half Marathon

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St. Lukes Wheels Off Half Marathon

Date: September 18
Time: 6:45 am
(218) 723-1503 • Visit Website

Run along the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior, 13.1 mi point to point. Enjoy the same course as the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon but take the interstate (I-35) for the last 4 miles of the course. During the St. Luke’s Wheels-Off, Half Marathon runners will go through the I-35 tunnels, completely unique to our course. Finish alongside the famous William Irvin as fans cheer you on. To learn more about this event check out the website listed above.

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Monty Python's Spamalot at NorShor Theatre

Dates: September 17 - September 18
Time: 7:30 pm
(218) 733-7555 • Visit Website

Lovingly ripped off from the iconic motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the hilarious Best Musical Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, SPAMALOT is an irreverent parody of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Complete with a bevy of beautiful showgirls, catapulting cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and the infamous Knights Who Say “Ni,” this outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining production will knock audiences out of their seats. Lively musical numbers, strange places, and even stranger characters make this one a night of hysterical theater audiences will eat right up! Held at 211 East Superior Street in Duluth.

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Spirit of the North Theatre presents: On Golden Pond

Dates: September 17 - September 19
Time: Fri and Sat at 7:00 pm/Sunday at 2:00 pm
(218) 727-4880 • Visit Website

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory??"but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness??"and slang??"in return. Held at 600 East Superior Street inside Fitger's.
For the health and safety of our stage performers, production staff and attendees, masks are required to be worn for all On Golden Pond performances, despite your vaccination status.

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Cider Saturdays at Glensheen

Date: September 18
Time: Noon - 5:00 pm
(218) 726-8910 • Visit Website

This fall we are highlighting two of the local cideries we have in town, Duluth Cider and Wild State Cider. On Saturdays in September you can find some of the best hard cider, warm cider, fall signature drinks, local beer, and wine available for purchase at the Cider Shack. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend a Saturday!
How To Find The Cider
September: First, you’ll need to check-in at the Ticket House Follow the yellow line from the parking lot to the Lake. You will see the giant wooden shark, and in front of that a wood hut and bar.
October: First, you’ll need to check-in at the Ticket House Follow the yellow line from the parking lot to the back of the Carriage House. There you will find Glensheen’s garage doors wide open and cider we saved just for you.
Access to the Cider Shack is FREE to Full Mansion and Classic Tour guests. You can also access the Cider Shack with a $5 Grounds Admission.
Why Cider at Glensheen? Did you know Chester Congdon loved apples? The Congdons have another mansion called the Congdon Castle out in Yakima Valley Washington. Here, Chester started the Congdon Orchards. ? ?
Congdon didn’t just like apples, he was obsessed with apples. He traveled all over the world researching different irrigation systems and learning about different types of apples.

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The Nordic Center Begins Tenth Anniversary Celebration with Princesstårta: A Swedish Princess Cake and Live Scandinavian Music

Dates: September 18 - September 30
Time: Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-4pm
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The Nordic Center announced today a Swedish Princess Cake exhibit featuring works by Carolyn S Olson.
Olson, an artist living and working in Northern Minnesota, has created over 60 illustrations detailing the various steps in creating a “Princesstårta” (the Swedish princess cake). The entire collection will be on display, as will a traditional princess cake made by the artist. Due to current health concerns, the cake will be for viewing only. An illustrated recipe book of “How to Make a Swedish Princess Cake”, which includes all of Olson’s paintings, will be available for purchase at the Nordic Center.
As a painter, Olson uses gouache, oil and pastel. She intentionally exaggerates figures and plays with composition and color - a technique drawn from the work of artist Jacob Lawrence. “Lawrence’s use of strong shapes told his story simply through gestures and strong exaggerated characters,” says Olson. Like Lawrence, Olson has found a common theme in painting every-day scenes as part of her continued narrative work. The exhibit can be experienced during the opening reception on September 17th from 6:30pm-8pm, Fridays from 12pm-4pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. Those attending the event in person are asked to wear masks and maintain social-distancing whenever possible. The event will also be available digitally on the Nordic Center website. Information can be found at the Nordic Center or on the Nordic Center’s website and Facebook page.

UMD Theatre presents

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UMD Theatre presents "Alice in Wonderland" at Glensheen

Date: September 18
Time: 7:30pm
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Based on "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass" by Lewis Carroll
Directed by Jenna Soleo-Shanks
WHERE: Performed outside on the grounds of Glensheen Mansion
WHEN: September 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 24 and 25 @ 7:30 pm
Follow Alice through the looking glass to the wonderland of Glensheen for an immersive adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale that ends in a celebration on the shore under the stars. ASL interpreted show: Sunday, September 19, 2021 | 7:30pm (Provided by UMD Disability Services)
Approximate run time: 90 minutes| Recommended for ages 10 & up
HOW MUCH: Tickets and more info @ z.umn.edu/AliceWonderland
$25 Adult | $20 Senior/UMD Faculty/UMD Staff/Veteran | $15 Student | $10 UMD Student or FREE UMD student rush at the door (based on availability)


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3rd Annual Motorcycle Run/Car Cruise

Date: September 18
Time: Registration at 11:00 am/Kickstands up 12:30 pm
(218) 393-6515 • Visit Website

Heather Rose Foundation 3rd annual run for memorial scholarships to kids in the Northland!! Fully registered 501C3 non-profit organization raising money to help send kids to school, start in the trades, or serve their country in the military, available to high school seniors all around the state.We've handed out 21 scholarships so far since the loss of our daughter! Just honoring her and her huge heart and smiles.
Join in for supporting our youth for a day full of fun, fall colors, a beautiful ride, silent auction, raffles and food at the end of the ride.
Held at 1012 Main Street in Beaver, Bay, MN