Does the Festival charge an admission fee?
No, the Festival does not charge an admission fee.
Where can I park for the Festival?
We encourage you to park in one of our Shuttle, Park and Ride or Park and Walk lots. Or, consider having your rideshare service drop you off in the heart of the Festival at the Duluth Festival Center. For more information, see the Shuttles and Parking page.
Does the Festival allow charitable organizations to have a booth?
Charitable organizations can have a booth at the Festival through the Sponsorship program. Charities get a 20% discount. For information about becoming a sponsor, see the Sponsors page. (Note: Booths are sold out for 2018.)
Can my organization hand out pamphlets at the Festival?
The only organizations allowed to distribute information at the Festival are those with a Sponsor booth. For information about becoming a sponsor, see the Sponsors page.
Can political candidates participate in the Parade?
Due to space constraints, only politicians who currently hold office are allowed in the Parade. For more information, see the Parade page.
Is handicapped parking available?
The Festival has dedicated handicapped parking. For locations of handicapped parking, see the Festival map.
How can I volunteer for the Festival?
The Festival welcomes new volunteers. For more information, see the Volunteer page.
How are the Festival proceeds used?
All proceeds from the Festival are used toward the beautification and improvement of Historic Downtown Duluth. For more information on the specific projects that the Festival has paid for, see the Festival Projects page.
Are pets allowed at the Festival?
Due to extreme heat, limited water supplies, and large crowds, pets are not recommended. Animals must be leashed and safe to the public. Important: Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed on shuttle buses.
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.