Ask anyone in Duluth what is the biggest thing there every year, and all would give the same answer, the Duluth Fall Festival. With more than 400 volunteers, it is the largest festival in the Southeast with no paid staff.
A huge parade through the streets of Duluth kicks things off on Saturday morning. Afterwards, the opening ceremony is held at the Festival Center, honoring dignitaries and major sponsors, then on to continuous entertainment at three venues for the rest of the day. Sunday starts with a 5K Road Race through Downtown Duluth, with about 800 runners. Then, at 10:00 a community worship service is held on the Town Green, followed by more entertainment.
However, the heart of the Festival is in the almost 400 arts & crafts and food booths. You will find handmade crafts of every description, clothing, linens, furniture, jewelry, toys, fall and Christmas decorations, plus, much, much more. There is ‘Man’s Corner’, Kid’s Korner, plus a full-fledged carnival, so this is definitely a festival for the whole family. The Festival Committee sponsors many other events as well throughout the year, including a free concert on Saturday, September 12th.
All funds raised have gone to improve Downtown Duluth. Throughout the past 33 years, over two million dollars have been donated from the festival. However, the camaraderie and friendships formed by all, working together for a common goal, has been just as important. This has gone a long way towards keeping the wonderful, small town spirit of Duluth alive.