Kristi Stokes: Downtown to host expanded Sidewalk Days festival; displays up three blocks to seven
One of the many positive things about planning events in Duluth's downtown is the growing excitement generated from our businesses. For years, downtown's largest summer celebration, Sidewalk Days, has spanned approximately four blocks along West ...
One of the many positive things about planning events in Duluth's downtown is the growing excitement generated from our businesses.
For years, downtown's largest summer celebration, Sidewalk Days, has spanned approximately four blocks along West Superior Street. The street has been blocked off so that shoppers can roam freely, searching for great deals, delicious food and get their toes tapping to the fun sounds of local musicians. That's all about to change this year, as the event becomes bigger and better to showcase additional business offerings in our downtown.
Businesses along Superior Street from Third Avenue East to Fourth Avenue West will be out in force July 13-15 as we take to the bricked streets and sidewalks, promoting a festive environment for all to enjoy. It's a great opportunity to experience new shops and restaurants, while also paying a visit to those familiar favorites that have helped build our solid foundation as a destination. And don't forget such things as the kid's rides, face-painting, outdoor bowling, theatrical performances, juggling, dancing and more. Plus, the fun and excitement goes beyond the expanded boundaries, as businesses from First Street to Fitger's also get in on the annual celebration.
And if your time is limited during the day, we have a solution for you this year. Sidewalk Days runs until 8 p.m. on opening day, July 13. That's right, we'll be hosting the fifth annual Classic Car Show and Harley Revue all along Superior Street and retailers will be staying out late to join in the fun with car show enthusiasts and musicians. The show will span the seven blocks with a band on each block to get the crowds rocking into the evening. If you are a downtown employee, stick around after work and enjoy a leisurely stroll on the bricks of Superior Street and, if you are outside the downtown, make it your destination during Sidewalk Days.
Closing day ends with a rocking good time as well. The excitement moves up to First Street as it plays host to the annual Street Dance. Catch up with old friends and meet new friends during this final hurrah of Sidewalk Days.
Such events play an important role in the business community of our downtown as they generate traffic and sales, build excitement and provide another opportunity to showcase the unique environment in the heart of our city.
Mark your calendars for July 13-15 as you won't want to miss out on this great celebration.