Fall leaves on trees and a pathway

Fall Colors & Events

Fall Color Attractions

Passenger train riding along the Duluth Lake Walk.

North Shore Scenic Railroad

218-722-1273 | www.duluthtrains.com

Outside the Great Pumpkin Train with hay bails and pumpkins.

The Great Pumpkin Train

October 21 – 24, 2021

Reservations Suggested – Limited Seating

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Terror Train

October 30th at 6:30 pm

North Shore Scenic Railroad with fall colors.

Two Harbors Fall Color Train

September 16-19, 23 -26 and 30th – October 1-3, 7-10 and 14-17

Fall & Halloween Events

Chester Bowl Fall Fest

September 18, 2021

Fall Fest is back as a full capacity event, with a full contingent of craft vendors and food trucks. We are confident that we will be able to operate a safe event; we ask for your help by following our pandemic plan, which can be found through our website listed above.

We encourage everyone to maintain social distancing during this outdoor event and to wear a mask if desired. Fall Fest is all about building community with friends and neighbors in the park! At this regional craft event, you will enjoy music, food, crafts, locally grown fresh produce, vendors, and informational booths about local programs. The annual event has grown over the years and will host over 130 vendors selling locally made crafts, a great lineup of music, 8 food vendors, and activities for children and families. In addition, Chester Bowl branded clothing and other items will be sold by the Chester Bowl Improvement Club. We have many new products this year, so you will want to get to the CBIC table early to buy our new gear!

Suggested donations of $5 per person or $10 per family will be accepted at the entrance to support Chester winter program scholarships for kids in need who want to participate in winter sports. Donations in 2019 totaled a record $10,785- we would love to break the record again! There will be live music all day on our stage. Check back closer to the event for the lineup.

Visitors are highly encouraged to use the three free shuttle buses that will run continuously from the University of Minnesota Duluth parking lot B, located at the intersection of College St. and University Drive. Parking is very limited near the event, so walking, biking (bike racks near the entrance), or using the shuttles is highly recommended.

A man and girl wearing Duluth Flower Farm t-Shirts

Lake Superior Harvest Festival

September 11, 2021

The Harvest Festival is fun family festival featuring one of largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, an energy fair, handmade crafts, nonprofit showcase, live demonstrations, educational exhibits and a food court. Entry and parking are free to the public.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
1.844.922.5573 Ext. 709

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Duluth Oktoberfestival

September 17 – 19, 2021

Duluth’s largest Oktoberfestival celebration returns to Bayfront Festival Park on September 17-18-19. Come experience all things German as we bring the best of Munich to Duluth! Don’t miss the largest bier hall tent ever erected at Bayfront along with live music, kids activities and so much more. Grab your lederhosen and visit www.duluthoktoberfestival.com for more information.

Location: Bayfront Festival Park
(218) 628-9996


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William A Irvin Haunted Ship Tours

October 7-9; 14-16; 20-23; and 28-31, 2021

Submerge yourself in the horrors aboard the historic Lake Superior steamer, the SS William A. Irvin. Tickets and full tour schedule available online soon. Guests under 12 will not be admitted without a parent. What are you afraid of?

Location: 350 Harbor Drive, S.S. William A. Irvin Museum 
(218) 722-7876; (218) 623-1236

Boo at the Zoo

October 16th, 23rd and 30th

Boo at the Zoo tickets are NOW ON SALE!

Join us for the Northland’s favorite Halloween event!Your family’s annual fall tradition is back from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Bring the whole family and explore the Zoo with endless trick-or-treating stations, special Halloween-themed animal treats, food trucks, games & activities, and SO MUCH MORE!

Lester River Rendezvous

September 25th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A Fall Tradition!

The 22nd Annual Lester River Rendezvous will take place in Duluth’s beautiful Lester Park. Gather with your friends and neighbors in Lester Park, located at Lester River Road and Superior Street for this popular FREE family-friendly event.

  • Numerous food and craft vendors will fill the park with fun for all ages!
  • In the Voyageur Village, our skilled re-enactors provide demonstrations depicting life in our area during the 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • Exciting musical entertainment by well-known local performers John & Andy, the Circuit Breakers, and Woodblind.
  • Fun for all ages!

We welcome pets, but please know there will be loud cannon and musket fire throughout Saturday. 

Scarium at the Aquarium

October 26, 27 and 28, 2021
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun and safe version of Scarium at the Aquarium in 2021! Explore a spookily-decorated Aquarium, trick-or-treat among the exhibits and show off your creative ways of incorporating face masks into your costumes!


  • Adults: $15.00
  • Youth (age 13 – 17) $12.00
  • Children (age 3 – 12): FREE!
  • Children under 2: Always FREE!
  • Aquarium Members: Always FREE!

IMPORTANT: Pre-registration is required! Tickets go on sale September 27th.

This event is free for members, but pre-registration is still required. To obtain the coupon code for your free member admission, check the email associated with your membership or contact us at ncarlson@glaquarium.org or (218) 740 – 2005.

NOTE: Members with discount code – select all desired tickets on this page and put them in your shopping cart. Enter the coupon code on the cart checkout page to receive your member discount.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Underground Theatre

October 29 – 31
Time: 7:30 pm

Duluth’s favorite Halloween event is back at The Underground! Zenith City Horror returns to work their magic once more as they bring this classic cult film to life. Come dressed as your favorite Rocky character and enjoy the hysterical live performers and audience participation! This promises to be a Halloween you’ll never forget. Held at 506 West Michigan Street in Duluth.

Contact:(218) 733-7555

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra: Chills and Thrills

October 30th
Time: 1:00 pm (casual concert) & 7:00 pm

Welcome to the spooky side of the Symphony! Hear everything from chilling pop tunes to creepy classical pieces. You may find your heart rate increasing as the Jaws theme begins or your skin crawl as you imagine the obsessive Phantom of the Opera tries to woo his love. We’ll add plenty of fun in there too, so “Who Ya Gonna Call?”

Held in Symphony Hall, 350 Harbor Drive in Duluth.

Contact: 218-623-DSSO (3776)

Malloween at Miller Hill Mall

October 31

Boos and ghouls welcomed to join us in their favorite costumes for some truly Spooktacular fun, including mall-wide trick-or-treating for kids, costume contests in the Food Court and other fun activities!

No masks on individuals 13 and older. No toy weapons allowed.
Schedule of events coming soon. 

Contact:(218) 727-8301

Halloween Spooktacular Organ Concert at Sacred Heart Music Center

October 31st – 3:00 pm

Organist Charles Sundquist performing a concert filled with spooky organ music on the historic Felgemaker pipe organ.

The event is free. (A suggested donation of $15 to the Friends of the Felgemaker will be accepted).

Sundquist will perform haunting works by Bach, Vierne, Saint-Saëns, Parker, Gounod and Boëllmann.

This will be fun for the whole family – a great way to kick off All Hallows Eve!

NOTICE: All concert-goers must provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test at the door prior to each show. Phone photos of vaccination cards will be accepted. Further precautions may be taken pending state and county health guidelines.

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