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good times on the great lake

In Duluth, we don’t believe in boredom. With 12 months of festivals and fun-filled events, our calendar is packed with great times all year long and all across the city.


Science on Deck

UMD Large Lakes Observatory’s Research Vessel the R/V Blue Heron will dock at Pier B Resort on June 21 (Friday before Grandma’s Marathon). This event is free and open to the public. Tour the research vessel with crew and scientists, learn about the great lakes and other lakes around the world research. Open for tours from 11a-3p, meet a scientist at the 1:30p presentation. This is interesting, fun and educational..

June 21 • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Whipper Snapper Races for Kids

Grandma’s Marathon weekend shouldn’t be just for the adults, so be sure to bring the kids to Bayfront Festival Park for their very own race complete with finisher medals! Bring them out to Bayfront Festival Park on Friday afternoon on race weekend, and let them join hundreds of other children to get their running fix. These FREE fun, short-distance races are open to ages 14 and under. They are the perfect way to introduce kids to running or to keep the fire burning bright for your future marathon finisher. You just may have a Grandma’s Marathon champion of the future on your hands! AGE GROUPS & DISTANCES 4 Years Old & Younger — 1/8 Mile 5 & 6 Years Old — 1/8 Mile 7 & 8 Years Old — 1/4 Mile 9 & 10 Years Old — 1/4 Mile 11 & 12 Years Old — 1/2 Mile 13 & 14...

June 21 • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Family Fun Cruise

Join the fun onboard the Vista Fleet! Featuring fun with other local attractions and live entertainment! This cruise is curated to entertain the entire family. Dinner is provided with a build your own macaroni & cheese bar, chips, and cookies. We’ll get you up close to some of the harbor’s most popular sights while the kids are entertained with a special activity hosted by another local organization.

June 21 • 4:25 pm Vista Fleet
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Annual Event

Rock the Bayfront Festival

When the race is over, the fun’s just beginning on Grandma’s Marathon weekend! With a move to Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park the party’s as big and as fun as ever for our participants, volunteers, supporters, and the entire community! There’s something for everyone – families and kids included – starting Friday afternoon and going strong through Saturday night, with live music and entertainment at Bayfront Festival Park just beside the waters of the Duluth Harbor. Whether you’re in need of space to lay out with the family following your big run or a just a fun night out with friends, Grandma’s Marathon weekend has got you covered. You may come for the run, but you’ll stay for the fun! PARK OPEN 5:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. FEATURED PERFORMERS 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — The Reckoning DJ before & after live music.

June 21 • 5:00 pm - 9:45 pm Bayfront Festival Park
Grandma's marathon starting line

William A. Irvin 5K

The William A. Irvin 5K started in 1994 and has now become the popular kickoff event to an exciting lineup of races and festivities on Grandma’s Marathon weekend in Duluth, MN. A perfect race for people of all ages and abilities, the 3.1-mile course was named after the William A. Irvin ore boat located next to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). The course will take you on a tour of Canal Park past some of Duluth’s most iconic landmarks, including Bayfront Festival Park, Sister Cities Park, Gichi-ode Akiing Park, the Lake Superior Maritime Museum, the Aerial Lift Bridge, and the William A. Irvin ore boat museum.

June 21 • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Get the best table in Duluth – ON the water. Enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise with the Vista Fleet. Take in never-ending views of Duluth’s unique skyline and harbor activity while enjoying a delicious dinner catered by a local favorite, Bellisio’s!

June 21 • 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Vista Fleet
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“The Last Flapper” – Starring Monette Magrath as Zelda Fitzgerald

The Last Flapper by William Luce Starring Broadway actor, Monette Magrath as Zelda Fitzgerald! June 20 – 30, 2024, Location: Zeitgeist Theater – 222 E Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota – Based on her real letters and stories, this dynamic one-woman show is the definitive portrait of Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald: the glamorous, fun-loving and tragic Zelda. Set in an insane asylum on the last day of Zelda’s life, the play unfolds as a mesmerizing, hypnotic session. “A cry of the heart that relentlessly delivers the truth…” The New York Times $18-$30

June 21 • 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Zeitgeist Arts Building
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Annual Event

Grandmas Marathon First Class Viewing Train

Watch Grandmas Marathon in the most unique and comfortable way, onboard the coaches of the North Shore Scenic Railroad. The train will be at the starting line with enough time to find your favorite runner, and watch the start of the race. We will then parallel the race course and keep pace with the lead runners for the first few miles, before we head back to Duluth so you can get to the finish line in time for the first marathoners to cross. A truly unique experience you won’t want to miss!  Timeline of this excursion: 5:45am: Depart Duluth Union Depot, enjoy food and drinks on the way to the starting line. 5:50am: Brief stop at DECC platform to board additional passengers from this location. 7:30am: Watch the race begin! Follow alongside the elite runners for the first few miles of the race. 8:30-9:00: Option to de-board for Canal Park to...

June 22 • 5:45 am - 9:00 am North Shore Scenic Railroad