Duluth Air Show in Minnesota

August 12, 2014

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

July 28, 2014

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

June 19, 2014

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.

Duluth in July

June 10, 2014

Summer is in full swing by the time July hits Duluth, Minnesota.  The lakes are starting to warm up with the sunshine and the bugs are thinning out – time to enjoy the beauty of Duluth, MN and Lake Superior.

Duluth kicks of the month with a great July 4th weekend full of events.  Women only can take part in Spirit Mountain’s Mountain Divas program on July 3.  This is open to women bicyclists of all skill levels.

Bayfront Festival Park is full of activities for Duluth’s annual Fourth Festival.  Take in the best 80’s cover band Hairball on July 3 followed by more music and a fantastic fireworks display on July 4th.   Or enjoy the Great American Picnic at Fitger’s and the Midi Restaurant July 4th & 5th.  There will be folk music, a tiki bar and food stands along with the awesome views of Lake Superior.  You will be able to see the Bayfront fireworks from this location.

Duluth Sidewalk DaysJuly 9th – 11th heralds in the annual Duluth Sidewalk Days event with a classic car show and Harley revue and immense sidewalk sales and food from downtown shops and businesses.  The Downtown Council and the Duluth YMCA have partnered to sponsor the Sidewalk Shuffle, a 5K walk/run race benefiting the YMCA programs.  This event culminates in one of the best street dances of the summer.


Dierks Bentley will perform July 10th as part of his Riser Tour.  The performance will be at Bayfront Festival Park, rain or shine.  Joining him is Sara Evans and Whiskey River.

Just over the bridge in Superior, Wisconsin, Fairlawn Mansion is holding and old fashioned Ice Cream Social July 16th.  This event will include “yester- year” prices, free tours, cake walk, and carriage rides.

Lake Superior Day 2014Lake Superior Days run July 17th – 20th with additional activities, displays and information at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center – admission is FREE!

Get down and dirty July 26th at Spirit Mountain as they host the Mudman Race – a 5K and 10K obstacle course traversing up and down and through all kinds of challenges.  Go at it solo or put together a team, no matter what you will have fun and come home needing a shower. Now THAT’s a good day!

Check out our blog from June for events that happen weekly all summer long!