The Duluth Rising Festival event returns to Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on September 14-15.  The event will feature all things rising including static displays of 6-8 hot air balloons in the bowl at Bayfront Festival Park.  Check out the Craft Brew Village and the many vendors onsite during the festival.  You won’t want to miss the Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth’s Free Family Kite Fly, Middle School Weather Balloon Launches presented by St. Louis County, and the all new Rising Stars event, presented by Carlson Orthodontics and featuring Peyton List from The Disney Channel.  There is so much to see and do this year and it’s all free! Read below for details on all of the activities and events at the 2018 Duluth Rising Festival!

Craft Brew Village
The popular Craft Brew Village returns featuring 9 brewers and over 40 different craft brews on tap. This is a 21+ sampling event; ID required at entry when purchasing tickets. $1 per ticket. 1 ticket for a 2 ounce sample and 5 tickets for a 10 ounce pour. Spend $30 and receive a free commemorative pint glass. Featured brewers include: Bent Paddle, Broken Clock Brewing, Cosmos Brewing, Moose Lake Brewing, Black List, Third Street, Canal Park and South Shore Brewing.  Click here for more information.

Hot Air Ballooning Activities
Up to 8 hot air balloons will call Bayfront Festival Park home this year and will inflate as weather allows.  The balloons will not be launching over the skies of Duluth but will remain grounded so that spectators can come and learn about hot air ballooning. If the weather conditions are favorable, free tethered rides up to 30′ in the air will be offered on a first come, first serve basis during the specified times listed below . Rides are weather contingent and will only be offered during the specified times. Weather permitting, rides will be offered during the specified times until balloons are out of fuel or weather conditions change.  Click here for more information.

Kiwanis Club of Duluth Family Kite Fly
Back by popular demand is the FREE Family Kite Fly hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth.  Come down to Bayfront Festival Park and receive a free kite to fly in the park from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  More than 4,000 kites were given out last year at this free family event!

Middle School Weather Balloon Launches
Join area middle schoolers while they prepared and launch their weather balloons from Bayfront Festival Park as part of a unique school project made possible through a grant from St. Louis County. Schools from around the area will be launching weather balloons complete with GPS Tracking, Go Pro Camera Systems, and highly sensitive weather measuring equipment that will reach an altitude of over 100,000 feet.  At their highest altitude, reaching an area called near space, the weather balloons will pop and begin their descent landing up to 100 miles away! Crews will track the balloons and retrieve the equipment to review the data collected during the flight.

Rising Stars, presented by Carlson Orthodontics
Hosted by Disney Channel TV Star PEYTON LIST
Join Disney TV Star Peyton List as she hosts the free Rising Stars event at the DECC Symphony Hall stage.  This free event will feature performances by the Madill Performing Arts Center, the Duluth Playhouse Family Theatre and the finals of the Rising Stars Talent Contest featuring local kids competing for awards and prizes. Join Peyton for onstage games, interactions and a fun time for all.

Want to meet Peyton List?  VIP Experience packages are available!  Click here for details.

(as of 9/10)

Friday, September 14, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM:  Hot Air Balloon Inflation & Tethered Rides CANCELLED STRONG WINDS
9:00 AM: Vendor Set-Up
4:00 PM: Craft Brew Village Opens
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Hot Air Balloon Inflation & Tethered Rides
9:00 PM: Festival gates close

Saturday, September 15, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Hot Air Balloon Inflation & Tethered Rides CANCELLED RAIN/STORMS
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Free Family Kite Fly (Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth)
12:00 PM: Craft Brew Village Opens
3:00 PM:  St. Louis County Weather Balloon School Launch
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Rising Stars hosted by Peyton List, presented by Carlson Orthodontics @ DECC.
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Hot Air Balloon Inflation & Tethered Rides (weather contingent)
9:00 PM: Festival Gates Close