5 Reasons You Should Definitely Visit Duluth This Summer

People who visit Duluth often describe the city as one of Minnesota’s “hidden gems.” The city offers all the charm of a small town with metropolitan amenities you’d expect in a much larger urban environment. While you’re planning your next summer vacation, remember this Lake Superior coastal town.

Here are 5 things to do in Duluth you won’t want to miss:

1,    The Duluth Superior Film Festival (June 1-5). If you enjoy independent films, musical performances, and a chance to mingle with like-minded individuals, this is for you. This free event is filled with opportunities to learn more about the filming process and the history of each film. Over the course of 5 days, attendees can view the films and attend panels, discussions, and other movie-centric events.

Visitors also have an opportunity to see several venues around the city. Clyde Iron Works and the Zeitgeist Arts Building are just two of the many spaces the festival will use during the time. In between films, check out the surrounding area.

2.    Park Point Art Fair (June 25-26).  Open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on both days, the art fair gives residents and visitors an opportunity to see what local artists have to offer. Talk with the artists, enjoy live music, and take in local/traditional fair foods. The show features 120 juried Midwestern artists who will display and sell their works. Mediums include paintings, photography, woodwork, sculptures, and pottery. The event and parking are both free, and as a bonus, attendees can enjoy the beautiful sights right on the shore of the lake.

Young visitors and adults can take advantage of booths with art-making activities. Participating in this event is a wonderful way to discover new artists and support the local community.

3.   City of Duluth Fourth Fest Celebration (July 4) Every year, the Bayfront Festival Park hosts the city’s Fourth Fest Celebration. The state’s largest fireworks display entices locals and visitors alike to come out and enjoy the celebration. Admission is free, and a musical program broadcasted via KDAL FM (95.7) will accompany the show. Anyone who wants to see the show can find a great place to park starting at 4:00 p.m., and the entertainment starts at 5:00 p.m. Attendees can expect to see the fireworks display round 10:10 p.m.

4.   2016 Duluth Airshow (July 9-10).  The Duluth Air and Aviation Expo is an excellent event for aeronautical enthusiasts as well as families who want to introduce their children to something new and different during the summer. This year, the event will feature old and new planes, synchronized skydiving, and a flash fire jet truck. Family passes (2 adults and 2 children) cost $52 in advance. Adult passes are $17 in advance, children’s passes (ages 6-16) are $12 in advance, and children under 5 can attend for free. The week of the show, attendees can expect to pay slightly more.

5.   Celebrate 125 Years of Skyline Parkway (July 31).  Scenic byways don’t turn 125 years old very often! Celebrate with the town on July 31st from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn more about the history of the drive, take a carriage ride, and enjoy an afternoon of great food and entertainment. Fantastic for the whole family, this celebration is about celebrating the past, enjoying the present, and looking forward to the future.

If you’re looking for fun things to do, Duluth has all of the events and attractions you need to have a wonderful time. Come out for a day, a weekend, or longer to get the full experience of this inviting city. When you visit Duluth, remember to step aboard the Vista Fleet for a dinner cruise experience you’ll remember for years to come.