Downtown Duluth will kick off its annual Sidewalk Days tomorrow (Wednesday), with the deals and fun slated to last three days (through Friday).
Duluth’s downtown merchants will be joined by more than 50 vendors for the event. In addition to bargains, you’ll find food, music and children’s activities at this year’s Sidewalk Days.
To accommodate the festivities, a segment of Superior Street between Lake Avenue and Fourth Avenue West will be closed to vehicles beginning at 8 a.m. each day. But the event will sprawl clear from First Street to Fitgers. Superior will reopen to traffic at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (with the exception of the first block of West Superior Street which will remain closed Friday until 8 p.m. for concert).
At noon Wednesday, the Greater Downtown Council and the YMCA will join forces to put on the second annual Sidewalk Shuffle 5K Run and Walk. A number of downtown businesses have put together teams to participate in the race, and we expect the competition for bragging rights will remain friendly, as it has in the past. The News Tribune has assembled its own team of speed demons, including publisher Ken Browall, city hall reporter Brandon Scott, arts and entertainment writer Christa Lawler, sports writer Jon Nowacki and copy editor Kelli Baxter. Be careful out there fellas.
Other highlights of the week will include:
- The ninth annual Classic Car show and Harley Revue from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, featuring “six blocks of cars, bikes and bands,” according to the Greater Downtown Council. The show will necessitate blocking off an additional two blocks of Superior Street from Fourth to Sixth avenues wes;t
- A “Rock the Block” concert by Brandon Scott Sellner in front of sponsor CSL Plasma, 9 W, Superior St., from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday;
- Friday night street dances featuring the Pot Bellied Stallions in front of sponsor Aces, 113 W. First St., and Monsters of Mock in front of their sponsor Downtown Live (formerly the Pioneer Bar), 323 W. First St., from 8 p.m. to midnight;
- And a Saturday night street dance showcasing the talents of Lamont Cranston in front of Dubh Linn Pub, 109 W. Superior St., from 8 to midnight.