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 palette in the Duluth region lasting mid-September through late October.
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EXPERIENCE FALL IN DULUTH
Explore 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:
FALL COLOR ATTRACTIONS
North Shore Scenic Railroad | 218-722-1273 | www.duluthtrains.com
The Great Pumpkin Train
October 21 - 24, 2021
Reservations Suggested – Limited Seating
Journey aboard our annual Pumpkin Train Express to the grassy pumpkin patch that only appears once a year, on this very special weekend.
When you arrive at the patch, each passenger gets to pick out their own pumpkin to take with them. The train ride is about 90 minutes total, and you’ll return to the Duluth Depot where you can stay all day to tour the railroad museum (included and open until 5pm). Normally we have lots of other activities in the museum, however this year some of those crafts/activities won’t be available. But all the great exhibits will be in the museum, along with live music in the outdoor boarding area. Helpful tip: Bring a bag to carry pumpkins in – Cloth grocery bags work great.
The Pumpkin Trains weekend is an annual fall tradition you won’t want to miss, and is sure to create new memories you’ll want to experience each year. This year with limited capacities to help with social distancing.
Pricing starts at $20 per ticket Thursday & Sunday (ages 3 and up), $5 additional on Friday & Saturday (peak days)
Duration: 1.5 Hours | Distance 10 Miles roundtrip
October 30th at 6:30 pm
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 hour excursion up the shore and back (There is not a stop in Two Harbors), with live music in one barcar, and in another car DJ will spin some tunes! Also enjoy two fully stocked cash-bars, pizza slices for sale, and all the fun passengers in costume.
The train departs at 6:30pm sharp from the Duluth Depot (not Fitgers as in the past) and will go up the shore and back (no stops), returning around 9:30pm, with an optional drop-off in Canal Park for anyone looking to make a “zombie crawl” through that area of town. Hoops Brewing has teamed up with the railroad to provide some fun afterparty fun & deals for train riders (more details coming soon). The train returns to the Duluth Depot around 10pm.
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.
Two Harbors Fall Color Train
September 16-19, 23 -26 and 30th - October 1-3, 7-10 and 14-17
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.
FALL and HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Chester Bowl Fall Fest
September 18, 2021
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 through our website 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 lineup 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.
Lake Superior Harvest Festival
September 11, 2021
The Harvest Festival is fun family festival featuring one of largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, an energy fair, handmade crafts, nonprofit showcase, live demonstrations, educational exhibits and a food court. Entry and parking are free to the public.
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
1.844.922.5573 Ext. 709 | Click here for more information
September 17 - 19, 2021
Duluth’s largest Oktoberfestival celebration returns to Bayfront Festival Park on September 17-18-19. 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.
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 628-9996 | Click here for more information
William A Irvin Haunted Ship Tours
October 7-9; 14-16; 20-23; and 28-31, 2021
Submerge yourself in the horrors aboard the historic Lake Superior steamer, the SS William A. Irvin. Tickets and full tour schedule available online soon. Guests under 12 will not be admitted without a parent. What are you afraid of?
Location: 350 Harbor Drive, S.S. William A. Irvin Museum
(218) 722-7876; (218) 623-1236 |Click here for more information
Boo at the Zoo
October 16th, 23rd and 30th
Boo at the Zoo tickets are NOW ON SALE
Join us for the Northland’s favorite Halloween event!
Your family’s annual fall tradition is back from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Bring the whole family and explore the Zoo with endless trick-or-treating stations, special Halloween-themed animal treats, food trucks, games & activities, and SO MUCH MORE!
Lester River Rendezvous
September 25th - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
A FALL TRADITION!
The 22nd Annual Lester River Rendezvous will take place in Duluth’s beautiful Lester Park. Gather with your friends and neighbors in Lester Park, located at Lester River Road and Superior Street for this popular FREE family-friendly event.
• Numerous food and craft vendors will fill the park with fun for all ages!
• In the Voyageur Village, our skilled re-enactors provide demonstrations depicting life in our area during the 18th and early 19th centuries.
• Exciting musical entertainment by well-known local performers John & Andy, the Circuit Breakers, and Woodblind.
• Fun for all ages!
We welcome pets, but please know there will be loud cannon and musket fire throughout Saturday.
Scarium at the Aquarium
October 26, 27 and 28, 2021
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a fun and safe version of Scarium at the Aquarium in 2021! Explore a spookily-decorated Aquarium, trick-or-treat among the exhibits and show off your creative ways of incorporating face masks into your costumes!
- Adults: $15.00
- Youth (age 13 – 17) $12.00
- Children (age 3 – 12): FREE!
- Children under 2: Always FREE!
- Aquarium Members: Always FREE!
IMPORTANT: Pre-registration is required! Tickets go on sale September 27th.
This event is free for members, but pre-registration is still required. To obtain the coupon code for your free member admission, check the email associated with your membership or contact us at email@example.com or (218) 740 – 2005.
NOTE: Members with discount code – select all desired tickets on this page and put them in your shopping cart. Enter the coupon code on the cart checkout page to receive your member discount.
Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Underground Theatre
October 29 - 31
Time: 7:30 pm
Duluth’s favorite Halloween event is back at The Underground! Zenith City Horror returns to work their magic once more as they bring this classic cult film to life. Come dressed as your favorite Rocky character and enjoy the hysterical live performers and audience participation! This promises to be a Halloween you’ll never forget. Held at 506 West Michigan Street in Duluth.
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra: Chills and Thrills
Time: 1:00 pm (casual concert) & 7:00 pm
Welcome to the spooky side of the Symphony! Hear everything from chilling pop tunes to creepy classical pieces. You may find your heart rate increasing as the Jaws theme begins or your skin crawl as you imagine the obsessive Phantom of the Opera tries to woo his love. We’ll add plenty of fun in there too, so “Who Ya Gonna Call?”
Held in Symphony Hall, 350 Harbor Drive in Duluth.
Malloween at Miller Hill Mall
Boos and ghouls welcomed to join us in their favorite costumes for some truly Spooktacular fun, including mall-wide trick-or-treating for kids, costume contests in the Food Court and other fun activities!
No masks on individuals 13 and older. No toy weapons allowed.
Schedule of events coming soon.
Halloween Spooktacular Organ Concert at Sacred Heart Music Center
October 31st - 3:00 pm
Organist Charles Sundquist performing a concert filled with spooky organ music on the historic Felgemaker pipe organ.
The event is free. (A suggested donation of $15 to the Friends of the Felgemaker will be accepted).
Sundquist will perform haunting works by Bach, Vierne, Saint-Saëns, Parker, Gounod and Boëllmann.
This will be fun for the whole family – a great way to kick off All Hallows Eve!
NOTICE: All concert-goers must provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test at the door prior to each show. Phone photos of vaccination cards will be accepted. Further precautions may be taken pending state and county health guidelines.