Southeastern Festivals and Events Association Awards the City of Duluth with Event and Marketing Awards

The Southeastern Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) recognized the City of Duluth as one of the best in the region for its events and creative efforts over the last year.

On April 26, at the virtual SFEA Kaleidoscope Award show, the City of Duluth was awarded:








The awards were accepted by Events Coordinator Jessica Gross and Senior Marketing Coordinator Talore Ruedt.

The SFEA Kaleidoscope Awards, which recognizes the marketing, programming and overall event, acknowledges the highest level of achievement in the festival and event industry throughout the southeast United States.

The mission of SFEA is to strengthen, educate and unify the festivals and events industry throughout the Southeast.  Comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers, SFEA was founded to strengthen the festival and event industry throughout the southeast United States by hosting educational sessions, networking opportunities, award recognition, and additional events throughout the year; thus allowing for continued professional growth within the festivals and events industry.

The 2022 calendar of events has been released and includes many returning favorites and a few new additions. For more information about these and other events visit, like us on Facebook at

S.T.E.A.M. 2022

Wow! The students of the Duluth Cluster schools showed off some amazing projects this past Tuesday at the S.T.E.A.M. event on Town Green. School present included B.B. Harris Elementary School, Berkeley Lake Elementary School, Duluth Middle School, Chattahoochee Elementary School, Charles Brant Chesney Elementary School and Coleman Middle School.
Photos courtesy of Kasey Burchett Photography

2022 Calendar of Events

The City of Duluth is excited to announce the 2022 event schedule. As always, this year’s lineup has a little bit of something for everyone including food trucks, concerts, movies and more!

The event season officially kicked off in January with the Duluth Farmers & Artisan Market. In addition to shopping with local vendors on the 2nd Sunday of the month, each market features live music, themed photos ops and free children’s activities. Community favorite Flicks on the Bricks returns with a free movie under the stars on the first Friday of June, August and September.

Flicks on the Bricks Schedule:

June 3 – Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG-13)

August 5 – Aladdin 2019 (PG)

September 2 – Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (PG)


Fridays-N-Duluth (FND) kicks off April 29 from 6-9pm in Downtown Duluth and runs through September 16. FND includes both Food Truck Friday and Block Party on Main events. Food Truck Fridays will take place on all odd number Fridays and will feature live music, food trucks and vendors. The themed Block Party on Main events will take place on all even numbered Fridays and will feature food trucks and themed entertainment. Block Party themes will include a Friday Fiesta, Dog Days of Summer, International Night, Bringing Back the 90’s, Caribbean Night, Mardi Gras in July, Lantern Parade and Whimsical Wonderland.

Signature events such as Back-to-School Bubblepalooza, Howl on the Green, Deck the Hall and Cookies & Cocoa with Santa will all be back for 2022. Other community favorites returning this year include Duluth Derby Day, Duluth on Tap, Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Duluth Spring Arts Festival.

Duluth’s Art Month will take place in August. Art-centered activities will include Seek Duluth, a community art project, the DFAL Art Walk and more! The FND Block Party on Main Lantern Walk will be the ultimate finale to Art Month on August 26.

The Evolution of Pop will headline the Summer Stage Concert on July 23. Cinema at the Red Clay will continue with a free movie showing the first Thursday of each month, October-December.

We will be bringing the glitz and glam of Las Vegas to Downtown Duluth on June 25 at Viva Las Duluth. The main stage will play host to all your favorite Vegas strip performances including magicians, cirque-style dancers and impersonators.

Pop-up events quickly became a favorite in 2020. Our community can expect this fun trend to continue in 2022 so be sure to follow our social media and be the first to know when a new pop-up is announced.

Facebook: @CityofDuluth

Instagram: @City_of_Duluth

Twitter: @CityofDuluthGA


For more information, on all upcoming events visit

Duluth Celebrates America & Firework Show Canceled

We are excited to introduce a new Independence Day celebration to the event lineup!


As Duluth continues to grow and change, so do our event offerings. With that in mind, Duluth Celebrates America has come to a bittersweet end. In its place we will be hosting a Kickoff to the 4th on Friday, July 1. This event will include a performance by A-Town A-List, a patriotic stage show (similar to that of Howl on the Green), inflatables and more! Themed photo ops, patriotic decor and our beloved veteran flags will remain on display through the holiday.


Now, we know you’re going to ask “what about the fireworks?” Your safety is always our number one priority and unfortunately, there is no location within Duluth City Limits that would enable us to put on a show that is both safe and up to the standards our community has learned to expect.


Alternative non-viable locations included:


Scott Hudgens Park/River Green – Many remember the years that Duluth Celebrates America was hosted at River Green/Scott Hudgens Park. A large portion of the property that was used for the event was privately owned and has since been sold and developed into a 158,000+ square foot facility. The remaining field space does not allow adequate space for a firework fall out zone, event entertainment and event parking.


Duluth High School – A few weeks back, City Staff hosted a test launch at the High School. A group of 30+ including city staff, Council Members, members of the Downtown Development Authority and Duluth residents were stationed around Downtown Duluth during the test launch. It was determined that visibility would be minimal and restricted to only a very small portion of the entire event space. It should also be noted that due to residential property near the high school, the show would have been restricted to lower-level fireworks only and the maximum show length would have been shorted from 20 minutes down to 14 minutes with a significant budget increase.


Southeastern Railway Museum – While it is in close proximity to the Downtown event location, a launch at the museum would require extensive road and railway closures and could have included the relocation/removal of locomotives on display.


Keep a close eye on our social pages for more details on the exciting Kickoff to the 4th event and we look forward to seeing you there!


For more information on upcoming City of Duluth events, please visit

Taylor Park Reopening

All aboard!🚂
Saturday, April 16 will be the highly anticipated reopening of Taylor Park! The new locomotive-themed equipment will be accepting passengers and conductors, ages 2-12 years old, daily from dawn to dusk.
Our Parks & Recreation team cannot wait to see your favorite Downtown park bustling with activity again!

Playground Design Contest

It’s time to stir up your creative juices, watch your imagination soar, let your adventurous hair down…you get the picture. The City of Duluth is hosting a design contest for visionaries and creators of all ages and skill levels.

Your goal is to inspire the next piece of playable art in Downtown Duluth. What is playable art you ask? Well, imagine sliding down the arm of a giant robot or climbing the spiral staircase of a mystical tree house. You could even pilot your own flying car…in theory. In other words, this playground isn’t going to be your typical slide, swings and monkey-bars combo. We want you to use your wildest imagination to help us create a lasting, out-of-this-world piece of Duluth’s landscape.

Do you want to see a dinosaur on the Green? Draw it! Maybe you want to captain a pirate ship? Paint it! Or maybe you don’t think we have enough dragons around here? Sketch it! Want to dive to the depths in a submarine? Design it! You’re only limited by your imagination (and a little by our rules). Have fun!

Submission Requirements/Rules

  • Eligibility: This contest is open to persons of all ages that reside within Gwinnett County at time of submission.
  • Agreement to Terms: By submitting an Entry to the Contest, the entrant (“You”) agrees to be fully unconditionally bound by these Terms. You also represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements and that the Contest and You entering the Contest is not prohibited in Your jurisdiction. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of the City of Duluth as final and binding as it relates to the Contest.
  • Contest Period: April 12, 2022 – May 13, 2022 at 11:59pm
  • How to Enter
    • Designs can be submitted online by visiting
    • Designs may be created using any medium you wish. Pen and paper, 3D model, digital design, you name it, we will accept it. Please no to-scale models though!
    • Multiple entries per person are permitted. Let those creative juices flow!
    • Design(s) may be used by a vendor chosen by the City through an RFP as inspiration only.
    • All submissions will become the property of the City of Duluth to use as they see fit.
    • Entries that contain sexual content, violence or gore, or promote discrimination against any individual or group or that otherwise contain content that in the view of the City of Duluth is inappropriate, will not be accepted.
    • The Entry must fulfil all Contest requirements, as specified in these Terms, to be eligible to win a prize.
    • Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the Terms may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the City of Duluth.
    • If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent these Terms, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the City of Duluth.


  • If your submission is chosen as the winning inspiration for the newest piece of playable art in Downtown Duluth, you will be awarded with $1,000, a feature in Duluth Life after the project is complete and a display plaque at the completed project.
  • Second place will be awarded $750.
  • Third place will be awarded $500.
  • All specifics of the prizes shall be solely determined by the City of Duluth. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others is permitted. If for any reason there are logistical or other issues with providing a prize, the City may at its sole discretion provide a substitute prize of equivalent value.
  • Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of the winner.
  • Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for the City of Duluth to use the Winners’ names, likeness, and Entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation.

Winner Selection & Notification

  • Submissions will be judged on creativity, innovativeness, practicality, age appropriateness and potential for fun!
  • To the extent permitted by law, the City of Duluth shall have no liability for:
    • Any Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information
    • Any Winner’s inability to receive or participate in any component of the prize.
    • If a Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within forty-eight (48) hours from the time notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release (if required), the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Contest is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.