Parks & Recreation

Special Events

To view all Parks and Recreation programs and events, check out our Duluth Parks & Recreation Program Brochure.

Solstice Luminary Hike

Wednesday, December 21 | 5-8 p.m. | Hartley Park | Free

Welcome winter with a self-guided, candle-lit walk at Hartley Park! Drop in anytime between 5-8 p.m. Start near Hartley Nature Center and follow the luminaries on the nearby path. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as you welcome in longer days ahead! 

Cold Front

Saturday, February 4 | Noon-6 p.m. | Bayfront Festival Park | Free

Our annual winter celebration! Learn more at

Chester Creek Concert Series

Summer 2023
Band Applications Now Open

Chester Concert Band Applications Open

The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is now accepting applications for the 2023 Chester Creek Concert Series! The 90-minute weekly performances take place on Tuesday evenings
from June 13 through August 15 at Chester Park. (There will be no Chester Creek Concert on July 4). As a part of the application process, bands are asked to provide a bio, contact information, up to three sound samples, among other information.

To enter your band for consideration, please complete the application (linked below). Applications will close on 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2023 and will only be accepted through this online submission form. Bands will be paid $450 for a 90 minute set without breaks. Bands are to arrive at least 1 hour prior to performance time for set up and sound check. Sound is provided through a private sound company based on the tech needs listed below. 

A selection committee will review applications and reach out to bands to confirm dates. Once the schedule is finalized, all bands will be contacted.

Celebrate the 40th year of this family-friendly concert series with us and apply today!