Column: Duluth’s autumn has ‘can’t miss’ events in its queueIn just a few short weeks, we’re going to be asking ourselves, “Where did summer go?”
By: Terry Mattson, For the Budgeteer News
In just a few short weeks, we’re going to be asking ourselves, “Where did summer go?”
This summer in Duluth has been filled with spectacular events to keep us all entertained — events such as Grandma’s Marathon, Fourth Fest, the Park Point Art Fair, Tall Ships Duluth and many others.
But don’t be fooled by the upcoming autumn season — Duluth still has many “can’t miss” events in its queue.
Duluth’s spectacular events, natural beauty and arts and cultural scene have put our great city at the top of Minnesota’s premier destinations.
Autumn will bring many visitors here to experience the remarkable fall colors in Duluth and along the North Shore. Whether visitors journey east or west, take the high road or stay close to the water, there is an abundance of stunning natural marvels.
Mid-September marks the start of the largest inline skating event in North America. Following the same scenic course Grandma’s marathoners have run along for more than the past 30 years, participants will test their endurance in the 18th annual Northshore Inline Marathon on September 14.
Come join us to inline skate or roller ski the 26.2 miles, or try the half marathon distance on skates or run the “Wheels Off” half marathon run.
Come celebrate the magnificent fall migration during Hawk Weekend Festival September 20-22. View this great spectacle at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, one of North America’s best places to experience the fall raptor migration. Some birds travel from as far away as the Arctic and pass through Duluth on their way to their wintering areas to the south.
On a good day, visitors may see hundreds, even thousands of birds flying by. During the festival weekend, attendees can see live bird demonstrations, attend birding field trips, interpretive programs and workshops.
The evenings bring great food, an exciting fundraiser and a special guest speaker.
Autumn will also bring a unique event to the Duluth community,
Le Festival des Montgolfières à Duluth, the Duluth Balloon Festival.
It will take place September 20-22 at Bayfront Festival Park, with an expected 10-12 hot air balloons.
This free event also features the Craft Brew Village, Kite Demonstration, Weather Balloon launches, live music and much more.
Many other exciting events are scheduled throughout the approaching autumn months.
Check out visitduluth.com for more information on any of the upcoming events, or call 722-4011.
Terry Mattson is the president and CEO of Visit Duluth, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, and is responsible for leading the official destination marketing efforts. Contact Mattson by telephone at (218) 722-4011 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.