Annual Sidewalk Days Returns in Duluth Bringing in Thousands

Ryan Juntti
Updated: July 12, 2018 02:29 AM

DULUTH - Wednesday marked the first of the three-day Sidewalk Days Festival in Downtown Duluth. It's an event so many of us in the Northland look forward to, but this year things feel a little different.

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The event is held on Superior Street every year, and brings in thousands of people from all over the Northland like Sophie Stokes-Cerkvenik, and her mom Kim Stokes. They came from Britt, Minnesota. 

"We were just looking for something interesting to do, and it was a little bit of a drive, but definitely worth it," said Stokes-Cerkvenik.

The three-day event features a variety of food items, over 80 different vendors, activities for kids, a car show, live music, and of course smiling faces.

It's all about bringing life to downtown Duluth, which is especially important during the Superior Street reconstruction project.

"We really want to make sure that people come on down, support our local businesses, and see that everything is still happening. Our businesses are open, there's a lot of activity, and this is truly a tradition," said Kristi Stokes, Greater Downtown Council President.

But construction means adjustments need to be made. The area the event is held is condensed from five blocks to three.

Yet some folks actually think it means good things for downtown Duluth moving forward.

"I think when you have construction, this is a great way to get people back downtown to let them realize it's still open, and to realize that all the stores are still here, so I think, when you have construction downtown, do something like this," said Kim Stokes. 

Because of Sidewalk Days, Superior Street will be closed to traffic starting at 8:00 each day between Lake Avenue and 3rd. Avenue West.

Duluth Transit Authority buses will detour to Michigan and First Streets.

The event will resume on Thursday at 9:00 am.


Ryan Juntti

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