Duluth Prepares for Blues Fest and Festival of Sail

Updated: August 05, 2019 06:41 PM

Duluth is bracing for two major events that may attract hundreds of thousands of visitors.

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Bayfront Blues Festival takes place Friday through Sunday. The final day will overlap with the Grand Parade of Sail, which kicks off the Festival of Sail with the arrival of the tall ships and the world's largest rubber duck.

Visit Duluth president and CEO Anna Tanski said, “The last time the event was here in 2016, it was a tremendous success. We had about 200,000 to 250,000 people over the three days."

Rather than the Festival of Sail taking place over the weekend, it will be Sunday through Tuesday this year. “We’re not sure what that will do overall as far as having availability to attend, but we’re also looking at it from the visitor’s perspective and the attendee’s perspective to try to hopefully open up some of the lodging availability, restaurant waits, and traffic flow overall,” Tanski said.

Event organizers have been working closely with the Duluth Police Department and other entitities to flesh out logistics. “We do want people and the public to be mindful of the fact that it is going to be heavy congestion," Tanski said, "We celebrate that. It means there’s tremendous interest in both events and we’re just here to provide as much information as possible and help alleviate any of that.”

Tanski said Visit Duluth is happy to help people find rooms and answer questions about both events.

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