Festival Setup & Community Luncheon
Friday before the Festival is an exciting day as everyone is anticipating the upcoming weekend. All hands are on deck to designate parking and set up the infrastructure for the Festival.To help, come any time after 10 a.m.
Community Luncheon for Sponsors and Volunteers
Friday is an exciting day assisting vendors and watching the Festival develop in just a few hours. The Festival hosts a community lunch honoring Festival Sponsors, City of Duluth employees/staff and first responders as well as our festival volunteers. Suzanna’s Kitchen sponsors the BBQ & Brunswick Stew, and volunteers provide homemade desserts.
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.