Column: Celebrating the LakewalkThousands of visitors and residents enjoy Duluth’s Lakewalk for its beauty, recreational opportunities and its ability to connect our community. It’s a tremendous asset and a true attraction.
By: Kristi Stokes, For the Budgeteer News
Thousands of visitors and residents enjoy Duluth’s Lakewalk for its beauty, recreational opportunities and its ability to connect our community.
It’s a tremendous asset and a true attraction. And once a year, we take time out to truly celebrate this jewel along our waterfront.
Now in its fifth year, the Duluth Lakewalk Festival is fast approaching, as it is scheduled for September 6 and 7. It offers plenty of free, family-friendly activities from the Canal Park area to the Lakeside neighborhood at 47th Avenue East.
This year’s event will have six major hubs: Lake Superior Marine Museum, Canal Park Hotels, Endion Station, Veterans Memorial, Fitger’s and Lakeside. And each of these hubs will have loads of activities to help anyone, whether a resident or a tourist, thoroughly enjoy one of the jewels of our community.
Events kick off on Friday, September 6 with the season finale of the Greater Downtown Council’s Movies in the Park. Bring your blanket or lawn chair to Leif Erikson Park and enjoy seeing The Avengers on the big screen under the stars.
Then, on Saturday, September 7, there is an afternoon filled with activities from noon until 4 p.m. Pick up a passport and collect stamps to earn free ice cream during the festival. Starting at noon, climb aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad and ride the train for free! The train will be loading passengers from stops at Fitger’s and 47th Avenue East approximately every half-hour throughout the afternoon. Because of the train’s popularity, the North Shore Scenic Railroad has even added space to accommodate more passengers.
In Lakeside, You’ll find plenty of fun, especially if you have a four-legged friend. Duluth’s Top Dog contest returns as well as other dog-related events. Plus get in on the games, face painting, food and shows.
From the Lake Superior Marine Museum to Fitger’s, you’ll find a Lakewalk lined with activities. The hotels along the Lakewalk embrace this festival in their backyards and really support it with team members assisting with various activities, from hayrides and chalk art to face painting, rock painting s’mores and live music. Visit educational booths, tour emergency response vehicles and test your Zumba moves. Stop in at the Veterans Memorial and help send a special note and care package to soldiers serving our country.
It’s great to see so many entities come together to support the Duluth Lakewalk Festival and provide a top-notch event that everyone can enjoy for free. So, get out and explore the Lakewalk on September 7; we guarantee you won’t want to miss it!
Kristi Stokes is the president of the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth. Contact her at 727-8549 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.