2023 SFEA Kaleidoscope Awards

Let’s celebrate the events and marketing team!

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 February 21, at the virtual SFEA Kaleidoscope Award show, the City of Duluth was awarded:

  • Gold for Best Event Within an Event: Fridays-N-Duluth’s 90’s Night
  • Golf for Best Virtual Event: Connect Duluth
  • Silver for Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Initiative Award: International Night
  • Bronze for Best Mascot: Dee Dee
  • Bronze for Best Photo-Op: Fridays-N-Duluth’s Whimsical Wonderland
Photo of the events and marketing team holding their awards.
Talore Ruedt, Senior Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Jessica Gross, Events Coordinator Victoria Matsota, Events Assistant Dee Dee, City of Duluth Mascot

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 2023 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 www.duluthga.net, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofduluth or follow us on Instagram at @city_of_duluth.

January’s Dog of the Month: Cookie

Can we hear a round of a-paws for February’s dog of the month: Cookie!
Here’s what Cookie’s Mom has to say about this good girl: “Cookie is a 10-year-old Shih Tzu. Her favorite activities are napping, following mom around the house and walking to Downtown Duluth! We’ve had her in our family since she was two months old and we wouldn’t change a thing! She completes us and we love her so much.”
For her dedication to helping keep our waterways clean and local ecosystems intact, Tiger Tails Animal Hospital has partnered with us to offer a great prize pack to our Dog of the Month.
Take the pledge and your pup (or pups) may just be featured as our next Dog of the Month!

Overnight Parking Ordinance

Image of a parking sign that says "City Oridnance Overnight Parking"

The City Council of the City of Duluth amended Article III of Chapter 8 – Stopping, Standing & Parking, by adding #14 to the ordinance.

Sec. 8-68 Citywide Regulations – Article III Stopping, Standing, and Parking

In all areas of the city, it shall be unlawful to permit any motor vehicle to stop, stand, or park in any of the following places and locations except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a policeman or traffic control device:

(1) In any intersection;
(2) In any crosswalk;
(3) Upon any bridge or viaduct or approach thereto;
(4) Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty (30) feet of a point of the curb immediately opposite the end of a safety zone;
(5) Within thirty (30) feet of a traffic signal, beacon, or sign on the approaching side;
(6) Within twenty (20) feet of any intersection or crosswalk;
(7) At any place where the standing of a vehicle will reduce the usable width of the roadway from moving traffic to less than eighteen (18) feet;
(Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;
(9) At any place where the vehicle would block the use of a driveway;
(10) Within fifty (50) feet of the nearest railroad grade crossing;
(11) Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire department station and on the side of the street opposite the entrance to any such station within seventy-five (75) feet of such entrance when a sign is properly posted;
(12) On any sidewalk or parkway;
(13) At any place where official signs prohibit parking;
(𝟏𝟒) 𝐎𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 (𝟏𝟎:𝟎𝟎𝐩𝐦 – 𝟔:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦) 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬-𝐨𝐟-𝐰𝐚𝐲. 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬.

For a list of City of Duluth public and private streets, visit: City of Duluth Street Listing

New Public Art: Meet Me on Main

The City of Duluth is excited to introduce the newest public art to enhance our art-loving community! Located on the back windows of the Nacho Daddy building, the Meet Me on Main mural allows you to take a (colorful) step back into old Duluth.

Brenda Ehly is the talented artist behind this piece. When asked to describe her newest mural, Ehly said “When I first moved to Duluth in 1984, the city seal displayed the motto, ‘Pride in Old and New’.  I think that spirit is alive and well in Duluth, and I hope my painting, Meet Me on Main, reflects that value.  The location of this mural installation is actually the same one as the scene depicted.  The bank is currently the site of The Chocolaterie, and where Parsons Dry Goods once stood, you can now find Good Word Brewing.  The city requested a colorful and whimsical interpretation of a historic photograph, and I am honored to have been included in this project.”

Photo og Brenda Ehly, Meet Me on Main Artist
Brenda Ehly, Meet Me on Main Artist

If her name sounds familiar, it’s because she is no stranger to the Duluth art scene. You have likely admired her work during one of your visits to Downtown Duluth. Some of her most notable local pieces include:

  • Dream Big mural at Hill Street & West Lawrenceville
  • Painted bike rack at Hill Street & West Lawrenceville
  • Two paintings displayed in Maple Street Biscuit Company
  • Interior & exterior signage at both Crave Pie & Harper Row
  • Backdrop for the model train set at the Southeastern Railway Museum
  • Pen & ink depiction of City Hall located inside City Hall as part of our permanent art collection

We invite you to check out Meet Me on Main and don’t forget to tag us in your photos!

Mural Location: Nacho Daddy (Main Street side), 3095 Main Street #500A, Duluth, GA 30096

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January’s Duluth Dog of the Month: Georiga

Can we hear a round of a-paws for January’s dog of the month: Georgia!
After a Georgia win last night, we could not have asked for a better randomly selected winner from the office’s Alexa!
Here’s what Georgia’s Mom has to has about this good girl: “Georgia is our ‘foster fail’ from Georgia English Bulldog Rescue! We have been fostering with the rescue for several years and find the work meaningful and rewarding. Georgia, however, was the first foster that we ‘failed’ and wanted to KEEP! She was a perfect fit from the start. She loves sleeping, sunbathing, playing tug-of-war with her toy, destroying dog beds, and playing with our daughter, who is crazy about her. Georgia also has a bulldog brother, Elliot, from the same rescue.”
For her dedication to helping keep our waterways clean and local ecosystems intact, Tiger Tails Animal Hospital has partnered with us to offer a great prize pack to our Dog of the Month.
Take the pledge and your pup (or pups) may just be featured as our next Dog of the Month!