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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.