This week in Duluth

Wednesday 9/18 NMTC Fall Trail Series: Fairmont Park. This week’s run is another 4.5 miler. Starts at Fairmont Park near the Lake Superior Zoo.

Open Ice Skating. Lace up your skates and hit the ice at Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Free ice skating is offered by Duluth Parks and Recreation every Wednesday.

Burrito Night. Kirby Program Board brings all the fixings to roll up free burritos. Make your own in the Kirby Rafters at 7:00 p.m.


Thursday 9/19

UMD Farm Tours. See where the farm-fresh foods at UMD come from and take a look around. Transportation is provided to and from the farm, leaving the Kirby Bus Hub at noon and 1 p.m.

Bike Cave Open Shop. This volunteer- and donation-run bike shop is part of the Loaves & Fishes Community. Come build or repair a bike for free, learn more about bike mechanics or just volunteer. Hours are from 7-9 p.m. Find the cave at 1712 Jefferson St.

The Pillowman. Renegade Theater Company presents a dark and gruesome play by Martin McDonagh. Get your seat and get ready for a night of murder and suspense. Tickets are $15 for students, $18 for adults. The show runs through Oct. 5.


Friday 9/20

Le Festival des Montgolfières à Duluth. Don’t let the fancy name scare you off. This is Duluth’s first ever hot-air balloon festival. Bayfront Festival Park houses this free event. The magic happens two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset. Take a ride in a tethered hot-air balloon, fly a kite or just enjoy the majestic spectacle until it’s gone Sept. 22.

Spirit Lake Poetry Series Season Kickoff. This poetry series kicks off its 17th season with a party at The Underground. Enjoy poetry-themed drinks, games and prizes, and music by the Crunchy Bunch. Published author Connie Wanek will do a reading. Bring $5 or a canned good to get in.

Hawk Weekend Festival. Look to the skies for a celebration of the fall raptor migration. Some travel from as far away as the Arctic Circle. Hawk Ridge Observatory hosts the event with a social, live birds, an optional dinner buffet, cash bar, coffee and desserts. Call 428-6209 for more information about registering for speakers or field trips.


Saturday 9/21

Chester Bowl Fall Fest. Chester Bowl overflows with over 100 vendors showing homemade goods, art, hand-dipped caramel apples, and sweet corn. Entrance fee is a $2 donation to the youth ski program.

Football. UMD Bulldogs take on Minnesota State Mankato for the “Hall of Fame Game” at James S. Malosky Stadium. Kick off is at 6:05 p.m.


Sunday 9/22

Soccer. The Bulldogs get things rolling against Winona State at Griggs Field Malosky Stadium.

Spirit Mountain Wagon Rides. Take a ride across the mountain. They begin and end at the Spirit Mountain Adventure Park, running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Rides cost $5 per person, and children age five and under ride for free with a paid adult. Rides are weather dependent.


Monday 9/23

One Week Live: Day One. A night of live music comes together for a celebration of 14 years at Beaner’s Central. If you like what you hear, purchase the compilation on Volume 12 of “One Week Live.”

Casual Magic. If you’re in the mood for a game of “Magic: The Gathering,” drop by Dungeon’s End for some chill games between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Find them at 325 N. Central Ave.


Tuesday 9/24

Doggie Happy Hour. Take your four-legged friend for a stroll past Midi’s Tiki Bar in the Fitger’s Courtyard for a dog-themed cocktail and free treat samples.

Mayor’s Night. Mayor Don Ness invites citizens to meet with him one-on-one. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. with registration in City Hall room 405. Meetings are first come first served, but the mayor will stay until each person has had their turn.

Grocery Grab. Like free food? Grab some at this fun, fast event presented by Kirby Program Board at 7:00 p.m.

UMD's Nobel laureate Brian Kobilka honored with standing ovation

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