Duluth’s Lakewalk celebrated with its own festivalMuch to the excitement of residents and visitors, Duluth’s Lakewalk continues to expand. Now, those districts that are linked by the waterfront trail are teaming up to share in celebrating the second annual Duluth Lakewalk Festival Sept. 10-11.
By: Kristi Stokes, Budgeteer News
One of Duluth’s greatest treasures again will be the focus of a celebration next month.
Much to the excitement of residents and visitors, Duluth’s Lakewalk continues to expand. Now, those districts that are linked by the waterfront trail are teaming up to share in celebrating the second annual Duluth Lakewalk Festival Sept. 10-11.
Presented by the Greater Downtown Council and the Canal Park Business Association, this free event will offer activities along the Lakewalk from Canal Park to Lakeside/Lester Park.
It’s a great way to encourage local families to visit their favorite spots along the waterfront and to introduce visitors to all that our community has to offer. Kicking off the event will be a 9/11 tribute with the Honor Guard on Friday evening. This will be followed by the season finale of Movies in the Park at Leif Erikson Park Enjoy the family classic “The Wizard of Oz” — and don’t forget to dress the part, as a Wizard of Oz character costume contest is also planned for the night.
The fun continues from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, with a variety of family activities at four hubs that span Lakewalk from Canal Park to 47th Avenue East. Festivalgoers of all ages will be challenged to an activity-filled treasure quest as they stroll between Canal Park and Fitger’s, uncovering hidden facts about Lakewalk and its rich history. There will also be face painting, chalk art, s’mores and rock painting. You’ll find a petting zoo and free family Lakewalk photos at Fitger’s. Stop in at the Rose Garden hub for a focus on health and wellness. Activities range from neighboring open houses and Zumba dance to equipment displays from the Duluth Fire Department, the Department of Natural Resources and others. Travel out to the newer segments in Lakeside and find pet-themed activities, including the “Duluth’s Top Dog” contest.
Plus, during the entire afternoon catch a free ride on the North Shore Scenic Railroad, at Fitger’s or 47th Avenue East, to travel between the hubs.
As the city of Duluth expands Lakewalk into neighboring business districts, we become a stronger, better-connected community.
It’s great to see so many entities working together to help celebrate such a jewel along our waterfront, so make plans to attend the festival and don’t forget to visit the shops and restaurants along the way.
Kristi Stokes is the president of the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth. Contact her at 727-8549 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.