History

Purpose of the Festival

All proceeds from the Festival are used towards improving and beautifying Historic Downtown Duluth. To see some of the projects undertaken by the Duluth Fall Festival, see the Festival Projects page.

Festival Time Line

Almost every year, something monumental has been added to or provided by the Festival as shown in the following timeline:

  • 2017: Shuttle Survey through partnership with Coleman Middle School
  • 2016: Parson’s Alley Stage; Park and Walk
  • 2015: Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • 2010: Carnival; Man’s Corner
  • 2006: Second Entertainment Stage
  • 2003: Military committee
  • 2002: Shuttle Service
  • 2000: Website
  • 1997: Sponsor committee; Festival expands to Two days
  • 1995: Stage in Taylor Park
  • 1993: Concert
  • 1990: Festival receives Non-profit 501(c)3 status
  • 1989: Clean-up committee
  • 1988: Silent Auction
  • 1987: Miss Duluth Pageant
  • 1986: Road Race
  • 1985: Festival T-shirts (sponsored by Citizens Bank of Gwinnett)
  • 1984: Newspaper tabloid
  • 1983: First Duluth Fall Festival

Community Fellowship

Although the annual Festival is the organization’s biggest claim to fame, developing life-long friendships is another important goal. In a world where many people don’t know their own neighbors and seek community roots, we are proud to offer a pathway for people to connect through community relationships.

To promote these budding friendships, the Festival committee sponsors many activities throughout the year, including: monthly meetings, downtown work days, a Summer Rally, the Taste of Duluth, an annual community luncheon (for sponsors, volunteers, city workers, first responders, and others) and a community Christmas Tree Lighting. To become a Festival volunteer, see the Volunteer Information page.