Bayfront to host Festival by the Lake

On tap: food, live music and a hot air balloon.

FILE: Bayfront Festival Park
Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. (Clint Austin / 2010 file / News Tribune)

If you’re in for food, live music and a hot air balloon, head on down to Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth this weekend.

Festival by the Lake (formerly Taste of Duluth) is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the park, 350 Harbor Drive.

There’s a $5 suggested donation; ages 12 and younger and 60 and older are free.

The annual summer event features performances by The Fractals, Kim Olson, Buckwild and more. There will be beer, arts and crafts, a kids' play area and a chance for a hot air balloon ride, weather permitting.

Taste of Duluth was renamed "Festival by the Lake" in April.


"People loved the event, but we thought a more fitting name was in order," co-producer Walt Aplin said in a News Tribune story in April. "An event named 'Taste of Duluth' should be a tasting event, so we will bring Taste of Duluth back at some point, but at a better time of the year, just not in July."

One empty or factory-sealed water bottle is allowed per person. Bring your own chair, but leave the tents, umbrellas and pets at home (except authorized service animals).

Donations benefit the Bluebird Foundation, which awards scholarships and grants to local high school students in performing arts.

If you go

What: Festival by the Lake (formerly Taste of Duluth)

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Where: Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth

Cost: $5 suggested donation, 12 and younger and 60 and older are free. Donations benefit the Bluebird Foundation.

More info: , , 218-727-1177

Melinda Lavine is an award-winning, multidisciplinary journalist with 16 years professional experience. She joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2014, and today, she writes about the heartbeat of our community: the people.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

She earned bachelors degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota in 2006, and started her career at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald that summer. She helped launch the Herald's features section, as the editor, before moving north to do the same at the DNT.

Contact her: 218-723-5346,
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