This Summer – Go With the Flow in Duluth

Here’s a look at some of the outdoor fun and events you won’t want to miss this summer on the “big lake.”

This summer, escape to a city that has it all — a vibrant arts scene, delicious local eats and brews, a multitude of festivals, outdoor adventure, and plenty of fresh air — and water! On the western-most shore of Lake Superior, in Duluth, you can recharge, relax, and go with the flow.

Here’s a look at some of the outdoor fun and events you won’t want to miss this summer on the “big lake.”

Festival Fun

A view from the sky of multiple vendors, tents and crowd at Bayfront Park.

Right on the harbor with a fresh breeze coming off Lake Superior, Bayfront Festival Park is an outdoor music venue and festival location like no other. You’ll maybe even catch a 1,000-foot ship pass under the Aerial Lift Bridge while attending one of the park’s many summer events.

No matter your preferred music genre, you’ll likely find a music festival that fits your tastes this summer at Bayfront. Bayfront Country Jam kicks off the music schedule in early July, Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival follows mid-month, City on the Hill Music Festival is a Christian music festival in early August, and Bayfront Blues Festival is the weekend after. If you’re a fan of it all, Tribute Fest wraps up August with a whole host of tribute bands.

Bayfront Festival Park is much more than a music venue, however, – also hosting food, beer, and art festivals throughout the summer months. Celebrate Independence Day with Fourth Fest, Taste of Duluth treats your taste buds in mid-July, and the favorite All Pints North Summer Brewfest lands on the final Saturday of the month. Art in Bayfront Park brings more than 100 local and regional artists together in mid-August and the summer season at Bayfront wraps up with Duluth-Superior Pride over Labor Day Weekend.

Beyond Bayfront Festival Park, you will find fun and unique summer events throughout the city. Grandma’s Marathon is the unofficial start to summer in Duluth, welcoming runners and spectators from all over the world the third weekend in June. And be sure to look to the skies the following weekend as the United States Navy Blue Angels headline the Duluth Airshow.

Fresh Air, Fresh Water

Duluth is an outdoor city with endless ways to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. Canal Park offers an up-close look at the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge and is the quintessential photo-op stop for all visitors. Check the shipping schedule to catch a massive “laker” arrive or depart port. Across the “lift bridge,” as locals call it, you’ll find Park Point — a 7-mile -long sandspit which affords plenty of room for all beachgoers. Visit the St. Louis River Corridor for fishing, boating, hiking, biking and exploring.  After a day on the water or on the trail, head to the Lincoln Park Craft District to recharge with distinctly Duluth dining options, shopping, and local brews.

Summertime at the Rose Garden.

The newly restored Lakewalk is a paved path that runs along Lake Superior and through Duluth neighborhoods, stretching over 7 miles from Bayfront Festival Park to Brighton Beach. Off the Lakewalk and Leif Erikson Park, you’ll find Duluth’s Rose Garden which boasts more than 3,000 rose bushes and other floral delights. Perched above Lake Superior, the garden offers a great spot to watch the Duluth Yacht Club’s Wednesday evening sailboat races throughout the summer months.

More beautiful grounds can be found at Glensheen Mansion — a 20th century, 39-room mansion located on the shore of Lake Superior. Tour the inside and enjoy the estate on a warm summer evening.

Looking to take in Duluth’s beauty at a faster pace? There are’s plenty of outdoor adventure options for the thrill seeker, too. The Spirit Mountain Adventure Park features an alpine coaster, zipline, and other fun for the whole family.

A ski hill during the winter, Spirit Mountain also offers world-class, lift-served mountain biking in the summer. It’s part of a large network of trails that span the city and skill levels. Duluth is one of seven IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Gold Level Ride Centers in the world and supports a large and active mountain biking community.

Two women mountain biking on trail near Hawks Ridge.

Want a guided experience? Day Tripper of Duluth will outfit and guide you along the trails. In addition to mountain biking, they are also equipped to take you kayaking, canoeing, and hiking — all exhilarating ways to discover our beautiful, 27-mile -long city.

No matter what you are looking for, you can find it in Duluth this summer and enjoy it on your own time in your own way.

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