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September Festivals and More!

We try to pack as much fun as possible in to your family’s extra-long weekend before summer ends and school begins.  Join us all weekend long for discounts on food and drinks and fun crafts for the kids.

Activities in Duluth for Families

The Duluth-Superior Pride Festival gets into full swing on Saturday, August 30 with music at Bayfront Park, the Hummingbird Family 5K, and the Block Party in Superior.  Sunday’s fun includes the parade, Fruit Float Boat Cruise, the Foo Foo Choo Choo and lots of great food and exhibits throughout the weekend.  Take pride in our diversity!

The gardens are full of produce and the Lake Superior Harvest Festival on September 6 is a great venue to see what’s available at this time of year. In addition to the farmer’s market, visitors can also enjoy music, great food, family activities, art for sale, and so much more fun for everyone.

The 19th Annual Inline Marathon is Saturday, September 13 and will again run the 26.2 mile course from Two Harbors to the Duluth waterfront.  This is a beautiful stretch this time of year with changing colors and cooling breezes off Lake Superior.

Duluth Experience’s History Tours are available most days of the week.   They offer a wide variety of experiences from beer tasting and tours to walking and bus tours learning about the history of the city and Canal Park.   A truly great Duluth experience!

Le Festival des Montgolfières à Duluth, the Duluth Balloon Festival, is back again this year September 19 – 21 at Bayfront Festival Park.  The Edgewater is a proud sponsor of this year’s event! The kids will love flying Kiwanis kites, seeing these massive balloons up close and enjoy activities from the Duluth Children’s Museum and the Duluth YMCA.

Hot Air Balloon Festival in Duluth

Don’t miss out on the fun at the Edgewater! Call or reserve now and enjoy the festivities in Duluth!

Duluth Air Show in Minnesota

The Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark and parent company, ZMC Hotels, are proud to be sponsors of this year’s 2014 Duluth Air Show coming to the Duluth International Airport August 23 – 24, 2014.  ZMC’s Chief Operating Officer, Jon Driscoll, was invited to go up in the Pitts Special S-2B biplane with professional pilot, Brent Handy, owner operator of Redline Aerobatics.

The day was sunny with clear skies for this special flight.  Jon was a little nervous and honored to be asked to take this flight.  He didn’t show any fear as he climbed into the front seat of this beautiful plane and got strapped in for one of the best rides of his life.  After take-off, they performed a few aerial maneuvers including barrel rolls and a few G’s.

Jon & Brent Handy

The 148th Fighter Wing Air National Guard was out practicing during Jon’s flight with the take-off of four of their mighty fighter jets.  You can feel and hear the power of these jets as you stand on the runway.  Thank you to all the service men and women – your dedication and sacrifice are appreciated by us all.

Jon Thumbs Up

The Duluth Air Show will highlight the capabilities of these kinds of planes as well as offer demonstrations and insight into what makes these machines so great.  With the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels as the headliner act, along with the multitude of spectacular stunt flyers, this air show will appeal to all ages.

Fighter Jet

Things To Do In Duluth, MN in August

The dog days of summer are upon us.  August is jam packed with events in the Duluth/Superior area including movies in the park every Friday, sailboat races on Wednesdays, Chester Creek concerts at Chester Bowl, and Duluth Huskies baseball.

North Shore Scenic Railroad Day Out with Thomas the TrainThomas the Tank Engine is coming back to the Duluth railways.  The North Shore Scenic Railroad is hosting A Day Out With Thomas August 1 – 3 and August 8 – 10.  A ticket aboard includes access to all the events, admission to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, a ride up the North Shore aboard Thomas the Tank Engine, pizza, music, activities and so much more.  Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended as this is usually a sold out event.  The Edgewater Hotel offers discounted tickets with a reservation or add on an entire package of fun. Reserve now before all tickets are sold out!

The Bayfront Blues Festival is always a treat and this year will be no exception August 8 – 10.  With Bayfront Festival Park as the venue and great artists to entertain, this event is a family hit for all ages.  The schedule has a full line up on two stages.  You’ll save money buying a three day ticket but daily tickets are available as well.

The Duluth Playhouse presents Hamlet as part of their youth repertory theater and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Check for dates, times and tickets.

Learn more about the city of Duluth through the Duluth Experience’s History Tours.  Tours are available most days of the week.   The walking tour focuses on Canal Park and the area’s rich and entertaining history.  The bus tour includes stops at Glensheen and the William A. Irvin Ore Boat where you will enjoy tours of these sites as well.

There’s been a murder!  Take a ride on the special murder mystery train August 11 – 15 and help solve this crime.  Dinner and cocktails will continue as if nothing happened and fortunately there will be a world class detective on board to help bring the guilty party to justice.

Take in a little Art In Bayfront Park August 16 & 17.   Mediums include glass, pottery, painting, jewelry, fabrics, sculpture, photography, and so much more. There will be classes, activities for the kids, art available for purchase, great food and more.  Admission is free!

Duluth MN Air ShowDuluth will be flying high with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels as the headliner act for the 2014 Duluth Air Show coming to the Duluth International Airport August 23 – 24, 2014.  The Duluth Air Show is the largest air show in Minnesota and it is never a disappointment.  All ages will enjoy the symmetry and aerobatics of these professional flyers.

 

Also the weekend of August 23 – 24 is the annual Lake Superior Dragonboat Festival and Races on Barker’s Island in Superior, Wisconsin, just over the bridge from Duluth.  The festival is free to the public and is always a fun and exciting event.

Like we said, August is jammed packed with fun things to do in Duluth.  See you soon!

Duluth Air Show

Duluth, MN is flying high with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels as the headliner act for the 2014 Duluth Air Show coming to the Duluth International Airport August 23 – 24, 2014.  The Duluth Air Show is the largest air show in Minnesota and it is never a disappointment.  All ages will enjoy the symmetry and aerobatics of these professional flyers.

Duluth Air Show - Blue Angels

This year’s air show will also feature the U.S. Air Force’s Heritage Flight with two aircraft from World War II – the P38 Lightning and the P-47 Thunderbolt followed by the modern day F-22 Raptor, a stealth fighter.  The Lightning has special significance to the area as it is the same aircraft flown by native Richard Bong.  Superior, Wisconsin’s Richard I. Bong Historical Center has a grounded version of this same craft.

This year’s show is also special for “The Journey to Tomorrow” educational exhibit on loan from NASA.  In addition to this special exhibit, visitors to Duluth and the Air Show can view various planes and helicopters up close.

Plan to get to the Air Show early by staying the night at the Duluth Edgewater Hotel.   Make it two nights and you can save even more and not worry about trying to get your visit to Duluth’s Air Show done in time to leave town in a hurry.