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Fall Colors & Events

Fall in love with Duluth!

The season is changing here in Duluth, and with that change comes brilliantly colored fall leaves. The unique climatic effect of the world’s largest freshwater lake creates a colorful palate in the Duluth region lasting mid-September through late October.

 

EXPERIENCE FALL IN DULUTH

 

Fall in DuluthExplore the Outdoors
Hike, bike, or walk one of the many trails throughout Duluth.

Hit the Road
Take a drive along one of Duluth's Scenic Byways:

 
 

NEW THIS YEAR!

Duluth Oktoberfestival
Dates:
September 13-15, 2019
(218) 628-9996 | Visit Website

For the first time ever, we bring everything you know and love about the Oktoberfest, right here to Duluth, MN! At the 1st annual Duluth Oktober Festival you can find: bratwurst, German beer, Bavarian food, live music & more! Come join in on the fun with thousands of other locals! Duluth Oktoberfestival is located within the confines of the Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN  55802.


Indigenous Foods Expo
Dates:
September 21, 2019
(218) 722-7225 | Visit Website

This is Duluth’s first large-scale Indigenous Foods Expo, hosted by the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO). The expo will bring together Indigenous food producers, chefs, artists, musicians and hundreds of community members to experience flavors and culture from across our Indigenous nations in one festival. All are welcome! Held at Central Hillside Park, 102 East 4th Street in Duluth.

FALL COLORS ATTRACTIONS

 

Fall Colors TourNorth Shore Scenic Railroad | 218-722-1273 | www.duluthtrains.com

Experience Duluth and the North Shore in Autumn!

Starting Sept. 19, 2019: Fall colors Tour 6-hour North Shore Fall excursion
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through October 13, 2019
Departs at 10:00 am

The Great Pumpkin Train one weekend only!
October 17 - 20, 2019
Departs at 10 am, 11:20 am, 12:50 pm, 2:20 pm and 3:50 pm

 

Terror Train

Date: October 26th

Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Price: $30.00

Information: Climb aboard for the terror of the biggest and best adults-only costume party in the northland. Board the train at the Duluth Depot and enjoy a 3 -our excursion up the shore and back (no stop in Two Harbors), with live music from the “Derailed Band” in one barcar, and in another car DJ Ron will spin some tunes! Also enjoy two fully stocked cash-bars, pizza slices included with each ticket, and all the fun passengers in costume.            The train departs at 7:00 pm sharp from the Duluth Depot (not Fitgers as in the past) and will go up the shore and back (no stops), returning around 10pm, with an optional drop-off in Canal Park for anyone looking to make a “zombie crawl” through that area of town. The train returns to the Duluth Depot around 10 pm. This is a 21+ event and due to the historic nature of the train equipment this is event is not wheelchair accessible. No weapons, including any that look like weapons, even costume ones are allowed on the train. 2-Slices of Dominos Pizza will be included with every ticket, with additional available for purchase.

 

  

Ride the Timber TwisterSpirit Mountain | 218-726-8910 | www.spiritmt.com

Surround yourself with beautiful fall colors on Spirit Mountain!
Hours September 3rd - September 23

Adventure Park
Friday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm/Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Scenic Chairlift Rides
Friday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm/Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Mountain Bike Park

Friday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm/Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Hours for October, 2019

Adventure Park
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Scenic Chairlift Rides
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mountain Bike Park

Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hours for October 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th (MEA Weekend)
Adventure Park - Thursday 11:00 am- 6:00 pm/Friday 11:00 am  - 6:00 pm/Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Scenic Chairlift Rides - Thursday 11:00 am- 6:00 pm/Friday 11:00 am  - 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mountain Bike Park 
- Thursday 11:00 am- 6:00 pm/Friday 11:00 am  - 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Glow Coaster - September 21st & 28th, October 5th, 12th, and 19th  - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. $19.00 + tax per

Join us for our NEW! Glow Coaster & Zipline. Spirit Mountain is the only Alpine Coaster in the region and enjoying this adventure under the night sky with the track illuminated with colored lights. Our Zipline will take on a whole new perspective as you zip through the trees under the darkened sky and lighted track. This unique opportunity is valid as a walk rate but to secure your spot, Pre-Purchase Your Tickets Now! This is a family friendly event, not a scary or Halloween related event. 

Closed Monday - Thursday (Except for MEA weekend). Open through October 20, 2019. These hours subject to change. Weather dependent, please visit www.spiritmt.com for updates.

 

 

Fall at Glensheen Glensheen Mansion | 218-726-8910 | www.glensheen.org

Follow the falling leaves to Glensheen
View gorgeous fall colors on the grounds of the historic Glensheen estate.

Gowns of Glensheen
As a special offering, fall-touring guests will also have the opportunity to see the smashing party dresses, ravishing fur coats, and first-class gowns displayed among the stunning interiors of the 39-room mansion. 

October 17th - 19th 9:00 am - 8:00 pm/October 20th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

21+ Flashlight Tours

October 25th & 26th 

21+ Flashlight Tours are back for two days only this fall. First, you will need to be 21 or older to be on the tour. This is not a tour for kids. As part of your cost for admission, guests will receive a branded Glensheen Flashlight Tour pint glass with, a sippy cup cover. The cover allows you to bring your glass and alcoholic beverage INSIDE the mansion. There is a cash bar with beer and wine available for purchase. (You can leave the flask at home folks.)

What else is new? The addition of one of Glensheen’s newest spaces is available to the public for the tour – The Carriage House Living Room. Here, guests will enjoy the warmth of a live-fire – the only working fireplace on the estate.

Inside the mansion, all the lights have been turned off. Each group is accompanied by two guides who will illuminate pieces throughout the house, which allows you to appreciate our rare collection in a new way. (So you can leave your flashlights at home, we have you covered.) Guests on the 21+ Flashlight Tour will see the lower level, first floor, and second floor of the mansion.

Due to the nature of this tour, patrons must be 21 years of age or older. Any intoxicated patrons will be refused admission with no refund. Glensheen requests that guests do not bring their own flashlights.

 

The Great Glensheen Pumpkin Hunt

October 1st - 31st 

Making a tour at Glensheen a perfect not-so-scary Halloween activity for families. There’s even a fun prize at the end so you can declare your pumpkin-hunt mastery!  9 PUMPKINS HIDDEN throughout the mansion and estate for kids (or kids-at-heart) to find for the month of October

Glensheen is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. All pumpkins can be found on the General Admission Tour. Purchase a tour at glensheen.org to find all nine pumpkins and claim your pumpkin hunt mastery.

 

Trick-or-Treating at the Mansion

Date: October 31st

Time: 5:00 pm

Information: For the first time in recent Glensheen history, you can trick-or-treat at the mansion. However, it's only open to the first 100 trick-or-treaters and then the front light goes out!

Simply enter through the Formal Entrance at West Gate (London Rd. gate adjacent to the cemetery), then walk down the path to the front door. When you arrive, knock on the door with your best 'trick-or-treat'! Don't forget to take a selfie with the mansion to prove you were there, then exit out the way you entered and enjoy the rest of your Halloween evening. 

There is no charge to trick-or-treat. However, Trick-or-Treating at Glensheen is only open to the first 100 trick-or-treaters. Guests will enter and exit through the Formal Entrance at West Gate. West Gate will open at 5:00 pm. Access to the Mansion and Grounds will be unavailable during this time.

Happy Halloween!

  

hauntedHaunted Ship Tours at the William A. Irvin
218-722-7876 | duluthhauntedship.com

The Haunted Ship is not happening in 2019 due to the seawall repair. Look for a bigger, better haunted ship in 2020!

 
 

FALL and HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Duluth Experience Dark History Bus Tour

DatesOctober 17th, 18th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st

Time: 7:00 pm

(218) 464-6337 * Visit Website

The Dark History Bus Tour shines the light on f Duluth's more tragic stories and some of the reported hauntings that folks around town don't necessarily like to talk about. Duluth has a rich history and we're excited to show you a side of Duluth that you won't see anywhere else! This isn't a hokey, haunted-house tour with folks dressed up like goblins and ghouls. Duluth's dark history is creepy enough on its own!

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad

Dates - every Saturday and Sunday now through October 20th

Times: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm * Visit Website

Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Fall Colors Excursions as you ride aboard the historic LAKE SUPERIOR & MISSISSIPPI RAILROAD.  This 1hr 45min journey travels over some of the original 1870s track into Duluth as it follows along the beautiful St. Louis River Corridor in West Duluth.  Climb aboard the vintage 100+ year old coaches, step out to the outdoor “safari” car, or take a visit up to check out the engine before departure.  Wander through the cars freely during the ride and experience nature at its best!   FALL COLORS ARE BEAUTIFUL OUT THERE!   

Tickets are: $18-Adults, $8 child age 4-12 years, Age 3 and under RIDE FREE

Dracula - at The Underground

Dates: October 17th, 18th and 19th 

Time: 7:30 pm * Visit Website

This adaptation by Steven Dietz restores the suspense, seduction and gothic horror of Bram Stoker’s classic novel to the stage.

As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate.

This heart-pounding thriller paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker’s famous vampire

Tickets are $20.00 and event is held at 506 West Michigan Street in Duluth.

Vista Fleet Harvest Dinner Cruises

Date: October 18th  

Time: 5:30 pm

(218) 722-6218 * Website

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 fall themed dinner by Bellisio’s catering. Meal includes: Polenta encrusted pork loin with cranberry mostarda served with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, mixed baby greens with balsamic vinaigrette, and dinner rolls. Optional raspberry torte. Lil Captain Meals for ages 10 and under are mac and cheese, applesauce, and a cookie. Please indicate if you would like to sit by a certain guest. Seating is reserved and set prior to boarding. Cruise length is 2 hours with boarding 30 minutes before departure. $54.95 - $49.95 per person except 10 and under is $14.95.

Boo at the Zoo

Date: October 19
Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
(218) 730-4500 • Website

Boo at the Zoo is the Northland’s premiere Halloween event for families. Enjoy trick or treating within the safe and beautiful grounds of the Lake Superior Zoo. Bring along your “little pumpkins” and enjoy the too-many-to-count treat stations throughout the zoo, Halloween-themed activities, food vendors and hundreds of zoo animals. Activities include a huge pumpkin patch to play in, hourly costume contests, face painting, games, and a special “Creepy Critters” animal exhibit. All the activities are designed to be fun for kids- not scary. Plus, we NEVER run out of candy, so arrive anytime. Tickets are $12 in advance or $13 at the door. All Zoo Members are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at the zoo, online through 9:00 a.m. on October 21st, or at Super One Foods through October 21st.

Superstition Flashlight Tours: Ghosts of Fairlawn

Date: Tuesday October 29 
Time: 7:30 PM in Sept. 7:00 pm in Oct. 
(715) 394-5712 • Website

Tour the darkened Fairlawn Mansion with flashlights, and learn about the ghosts of Fairlawn, along with some bizarre Victorian traditions. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. $10 adults, $8 seniors/college students, $5 kids age 6-17; not recommended for children 5 and under. Please bring your own flashlight.

2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch Party

Date: October 20th

Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

(218) 464-4096 * Website

Join us and Wild State Cider for a festive evening of pumpkin making, cider tasting, snacks, and glassblowing demonstrations!
Our glassblowers will be creating custom pumpkins for customers who can request their own colors and shape. There is a limited number of custom pumpkins that can be made during the party, so be sure to reserve your spot early by purchasing your spot!

How it works:
   - Sign up to reserve your spot online.
   - Reservation includes the price for a SMALL pumpkin with two colors. You can pay to upgrade your pumpkin upon arrival to the event.
   - Come in approx 15 min before your time slot to start deciding upon your pumpkin design.
   - Pick out your colors and the size of your custom pumpkin.
   - Pick out any additional upgrades for your pumpkin. Extra colors, stem color, larger size, shipping etc.  
   - Get a front-row seat and watch as our artists create your custom pumpkin right in front of your eyes.
   - Your pumpkin will need to cool in our annealer kiln overnight.     

   - Pumpkins will be available for pick up after 3pm the next day.    

   - Pumpkins can be shipped out to your home for an additional shipping charge.
   - Check out the complimentary Cider Tasting from Wild State Cider, snacks, juice, and glass blowing demonstrations throughout the day!

Sizing:
Small: 3.5" x 3.5" x 4"  - $46
Medium: 4" x 4" x 5" - $62
Large: 5" x 5" x 5.75" - $86
This family-friendly event is a great way to celebrate the fall season while learning something new! Our glassblowers do an excellent job of describing the science and technique behind their skillset. Wear your costume for some extra treats!
Join us, even if you don't sign up for a time slot! We will have demos going all day and a wonderful selection of pumpkins ready to take home!  

North End Spooktacular

Dates: October 25th & 26th

Times: Varies by event

Website

Enjoy a parade, kids Pumpkin Patch, vendors, food, a drive-in movie (Monsters, Inc.), 5k and Spider Crawl, a pub crawl, and the 80's Halloween party.

Tiki Freaky Halloween Fun at Edgewater Hotel and Waterpark

Dates: October 25 & 26 

(218) 728-3601 * Website

Enjoy Halloween arts & crafts, 4 trick or treat stations, and waterpark fun. 
 

North End Nightmare 5K

Date: October 26th

Time: 5:00 pm

(218) 727-0947 Website

Information: The two-lap course will feature hair-raising, Halloween-themed areas that are guaranteed to entertain participants the first and second time along the route," a press release said. 

Grandma's warns that children may find some of the themed areas frightening, so people can call the Grandma's office at (218) 727-0947 before registering if they want to know what to expect. 

There are also free Spider Dash races at 4 p.m. for kids 14 and under. 

Scarium at the Aquarium
Date: October 27th 
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
(218) 740-3474 • Website

This family fun event features plenty of Halloween spirit with trick-or-treating throughout the Aquarium, games and crafts in the lobby, special animal programs all day, and more! Looking to take a break from all the action? A sensory break room will be available as a quiet space with low lighting, fidget toys and quiet activities to find your calm. Allergy friendly event food and non-food treats available at all trick-or-treat stations.Please note that touch pool animals eat shellfish as part of their healthy diet. Look for allergen warnings at those locations.  Costumed children ages 12 and under are FREE with paid adult. Aquarium members are always free.

 

Classic Film Psycho

Date: October 27th 

Time: 6:00 pm

(218) 733-7555 * Website

Phoenix office worker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks, and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony.

One Friday afternoon, Marion is trusted to bank forty thousand dollars by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam’s California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into the Bates Motel.

The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. On her single night at the motel, Marion soon finds out it was a mistake to choose this motel…

Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1960). $12.00

Superstition Tour: Ghosts of Fairlawn

Date: October 30th

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

(715) 394-5712 * Website

Tour the darkened Fairlawn Mansion with flashlights and learn about the ghosts of Fairlawn, along with some bizarre Victorian traditions. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. Please bring a flashlight. $10/adults, $8 seniors/college, $5 youth (not recommended for children 5 and under)

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Dates: October 30th & 31st and November 1st  & 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

(218) 733-7555 * Website

The cult-classic returns with actors bringing the characters off the screen and into the theatre with live, lip-synching performances, prop bags, and audience interaction. 

 

Trick or Treat at Fairlawn Mansion

Date: October 31 
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
(715) 394-5712 • Website

All ghouls, goblins, and witches are invited to trick-or-treat. Ghosts of yesteryear will be handing out goodies while guests wander the 1st floor. Free to attend. 

 

Malloween at Miller Hill Mall
Date: October 31st 
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
(218) 727-8301 • Website

Boos and ghouls welcomed to join us in their favorite costumes for some truly Spooktacular fun, including mall-wide trick-or-treating, costume contests in the Food Court and other fun activities!

No masks on individuals 13 and older.
No toy weapons allowed.

Schedule of Events
4:00-6:00pm – Costume Contest Registration
4:00-6:00pm – Disney Jr. Play Date in Barnes & Noble Court
4:00-7:00pm - Trick-or-Treating
6:00-7:00pm - Costume Contest

Costume Contest Categories
6:00pm Sweetest Kid - Ages NB-5
6:15pm Most Creative Kid - Ages 6-12
6:30pm Best Group
6:45pm Best Adult - Ages 13 & up 

Spook-tacular Halloween Party at Duluth Children's Museum

Date: October 31st 

Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

(218) 733-7543 • Website

Information: Dress up in your costume and trick-or-treat to each area to play ghostly games, create creepy crafts, get groovin' at the monster mash dance party from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, and learn some spooky science. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Held at 115 South 29th Avenue West in Duluth.

UMD’s Alworth Planetarium Hosting Free Halloween Event

Date: October 30th 

Time: 6:00 pm 

(218) 726-8651 * Website

Join us for the 2nd annual Halloween party at the planetarium! Enjoy FREE planetarium shows, hands-on activities, night-sky viewing (weather permitting) and lots of candy! Costumes are encouraged!