How Duluth looked in 1983 at the first Duluth Fall Festival

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 Timeline

  • 2019: Ridesharing dropoff location, Volunteer recruitment committee, Duluth Depot
  • 2017: Shuttle Survey through a 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.

Upcoming Events

Festival Concert

September 12
At: 8:00 p.m.
Duluth Festival Center
3142 Hill St NW, Duluth, GA 30096

Festival Carnival

September 26-29
The Duluth Fall Festival Carnival returns this year to host a full-fledged carnival, with a variety of rides and games. Be sure to take a ride on the Ferris wheel, where you can get a bird’s eye view of the continually changing Duluth skyline.

Festival Parade

September 26
Come see local schools—elementary through high school with different activities, fire trucks, antique cars, local dignitaries, boy scouts, girl scouts, dance classes, sponsors, and clowns! The parade begins Saturday at 10:00 am. Streets close by 9:45 am so come early.

Opening Ceremony

September 26
Immediately after the Parade, join us at the Festival Center Amphitheater for the Opening Ceremony. The Parade Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal, and other local dignitaries, will be honored.

Donut Dash 5K Race

September 27
Promptly at 8:00, the race starts with runners winding through historic Duluth. At the end of the race, participants receive a complimentary donut and coffee, courtesy of Dunkin Donuts on Buford Hwy, Duluth. The Festival also provides water and energy snacks.

Worship on the Green

September 27
Make plans to join us for “Worship on the Town Green” on Sunday morning with a community worship service beginning at 10 a.m. at the Duluth Town Green. This service will be led by staff, musicians and members of Duluth First United Methodist Church.