Downtown column: Our summer calendar is set — but somebody remind Mother NatureIt seems that Duluth’s slow start to summer is getting looped into most conversations lately. While we all love our fine city, we also find a common bond when we can express our dismay, if only for a moment, about the unseasonable weather.
By: Kristi Stokes, For the Budgeteer News
It seems that Duluth’s slow start to summer is getting looped into most conversations lately. While we all love our fine city, we also find a common bond when we can express our dismay, if only for a moment, about the unseasonable weather.
Even items as simple as spring cleaning and flower planting were delayed by snow (three times) or rain (once) in our downtown.
Despite cooler temperatures and occasional rain, it can’t dampen the spirits of those who plan or participate in events in our community. The Greater Downtown Council is gearing up for several summer events that have become traditions in our Downtown Waterfront, and we know that sunshine and warmer temperatures are on their way!
Annual Sidewalk Days Festival July 10, 11, 12
In just less than three weeks, the Annual Sidewalk Days Festival will converge upon Superior Street. Plan to hit the bricks on July 10, 11 and 12, where you’ll find great shopping, mouthwatering food, toe-tapping entertainment and talented artists.
While we block off Superior Street between Fourth Ave. West and Lake Ave., the excitement is not limited to those boundaries. From Fitger’s to First Street and many areas in between, there will be businesses participating in the celebration.
During this celebration, you can also get in on the entertainment at night. On opening night, July 10, the Annual Classic Car Show and Harley Revue will feature eight blocks loaded with local bands, classic cars and Harley-Davidson motorcycles along Superior Street.
We’re also adding a new twist to the festivities with our “Over the Edge” fundraising event on July 11. Rappellers will be going off the rooftop
of the Sellwood Building in an effort to raise money for downtown retail development.
And to close out the festival, we wrap up with three street dances. Aces on First and Roscoe’s Pioneer Bar host the popular First Street dances on Friday night, and Dubh Linn Pub brings the street dance to Superior Street on Saturday night.
Movies in the Park starts July 12
July 12 also marks the start of the GDC’s outdoor movie season. Grab your lawn chair or blanket and head to Leif Erikson Park each Friday night this summer for Movies in the Park. It’s a super-hero summer, so make sure to visit our website, www.downtownduluth.com for the full season schedule of movies.
Downtown Farmers’ Market each Tuesday starting July 16
Also mark your calendar for the Downtown Farmers Market each Tuesday from July 16 through September 24.
And finally, the Duluth Lakewalk Festival returns on September 6 and 7. It’s a fun way to enjoy one of our waterfront’s tremendous assets with loads of free family activities.
Our community spirit comes alive during special events and I encourage you to see what’s happening in the heart of your community.
Kristi Stokes is the president of the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth. Contact her at 727-8549 or by email at email@example.com