Duluth Concerts, Festivals & Summer Things To Do

June 7, 2016

Summer is a fabulous time to be in Duluth.  There are so many festivals, concerts and other things to do that nobody will have time to just sit and relax!

The summer started with The Duluth Superior Film Festival June 1 – 5 at multiple venues in the city.  The late, great Prince’s birthday is June 7 and the Northshore Scenic Railroad is celebrating with an 80s themed ride along the north shore of Lake Superior while you enjoy the musical sounds of the legend himself.  The Park Point Rummage Sale is June 10 – 11 where everyone can find a treasure along this 4-mile stretch with over 125 yards full of items.  The famous Grandma’s Marathon runs June 18 with all kinds of activities pre- and post- race.  The Edgewater will be hosting its annual Party in the Parking Lot with a local radio station, airbrush tattoos, games, t-shirt decorating and food available for purchase.  The fun and awesome Rhubarb Festival is June 25. This festival will make your mouth water with all the pies, crisps, jams, and desserts. And there is plenty to see and do for the whole family.

Grandma's Marathon Duluth MN

July is a rockin’ great month to be in Duluth with several noteworthy musical acts and festivals. The July 4th weekend is also a blast in Duluth.  Start the weekend on July 1 with the BBQ train ride or on July 2 with the wine tasting ride. Enjoy Brunch on the Bay with the Duluth Grill and Vista Fleet on July 3 followed by the 80s cover band Hairball at Bayfront Festival Park.  One of the best displays of fireworks takes place in the bay on July 4.  Bring a blanket and get your prime viewing spot at Bayfront.  Trampled By Turtles will hold an outdoor concert on July 9.  They are always a huge hit in this area so get your tickets early.  July 9 – 10 is the Duluth Air Show featuring the famous Thunderbirds and Canadian Forces Sky Hawks.  Duluth’s Sidewalk Days is July 13 – 15 with super sales, a car show and street dances.  Follow this up on July 16 with the Reggae & World Music Festival at Bayfront.  The famed Jerry Seinfeld will be performing at the DECC Symphony Hall on July 22.  Then on July 31 Bayfront will have Goo Goo Dolls & Collective Soul in concert.

Thomas in Duluth MN

With the dog days of August, Duluth doesn’t slow down.  The legendary rock band, KISS, will perform on August 3 at the DECC to what should be a sold out crowd.  Spirit Valley Days runs August 3 – 7 in West Duluth. In addition to the parade and Miss West Duluth, there will be a golf scramble, car show, live music on two stages and so much more! There are two weekends in August when Thomas the Train is available for rides.  Thomas will be chugging along August 5–7 and 12–14 for the little engineers.  The Bayfront Blues Festival is also August 12–14 with great acts from all over.  This is definitely music for anyone’s ears!  But the biggest event of the summer is Tall Ships Duluth August 18-21.  This event brings in replica ships from ages of old. We invite you to read more about it here.  The month ends with Tribute Fest on August 26 & 27 where some of the best tribute bands offer up a great concert experience.

Tall Ships Event

Don’t forget that all summer long there is Huskies Baseball, concerts at Chester Creek every Tuesday, sailboat races every Wednesday at 6 pm, and Duluth Experience Tours for those who enjoy the finer points of brewing beer.  The Lakewalk and Canal Park are always open for your enjoyment and we highly recommend you take advantage of them.  You can access the Lakewalk right from our parking lot.  Want to get up close and personal with Lake Superior?  Day Tripper Kayak tours is the way to do it!  Movies in the Park runs July & August – don’t miss a show!