Getting to Bayfront Festival Park: Where I-35 ends and the scenic north and south shore drives begin at the tip of Lake Superior, you’ll find the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior bridging the gap between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Bayfront Festival Park: S 5th Ave W & Railroad St – Duluth, MN
Parking: Available for $5 at the festival or across the street in the DECC lot and ramp. Parking meters and other lots (free during certain hours of the festival) are available in downtown Duluth as close as a few blocks away (will have to cross the freeway on 5th Ave. W or take the skywalk to the DECC). A convenient option will be the ramp at Michigan and 4 St. W. (5th Ave. exit, north to Michigan St., right to ramp entrance at stop sign).
Lodging options include a variety of hotels, resorts, B & Bs, campgrounds, etc. The closest options will be in Canal Park and downtown Duluth. Camping options include Indian Point Campground (218-628-4977) 15 min. from Bayfront, Spirit Mountain Campground (218-624-8544) and Buffalo Valley Camping (218-628-7019) 20 min. away as well as others just outside of Duluth. Visit Duluth and Grandma’s Marathon, the area’s largest event, have compiled an extensive list of lodging choices around the Twin Ports. You can download the complete list on their web site here.
Ticket Office building is located just to the right of the main entry path near the main entrance (by bathrooms and Playfront Park). If you purchased your ticket in advance, you can proceed straight to the main gate and your paper ticket will be scanned there to redeem a wristband for admission. Will call tickets can be picked up at the ticket office building as well as event day ticket purchases. The wristband will allow you to leave and return, but no exceptions will be made for lost or damaged wristbands. We do not recommend purchasing paper tickets from other people unless you meet them at the event for the exchange – paper tickets can only be scanned once and become invalid after they are scanned.
What to bring to the festival: A great attitude, one personal lawn or camp chair per person, a point and shoot camera, a plastic bottle of water as long as it’s factory sealed or empty, blankets, beach towels, yoga mats, infant/toddler strollers and maybe ear plugs for the little ones. Small to medium sized backpacks are fine, but all packs will be inspected at the gate. Plan for the weather, as this is a rain or shine event. And don’t forget your paper ticket if purchased in advance.
Don’t bring chaise or tanning loungers, play pens, video cameras or recording devices of any kind, pro cameras, coolers, cans, glass bottles, outside food & beverages, bicycles, skateboards, and inline skates. Unapproved vending, fireworks and laser pointers/pens will get you in the most trouble here. Disrespect and grumpiness will attract the most negative energy from security and event officials. And don’t bring your own sky lantern for the launch – they’re only five bucks at the merch tent and we want to be sure they’re all bright and biodegradable.
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