Fall Fest

*** February 1, 2021 UPDATE ***

Fall Fest 2020 was cancelled because of pandemic restrictions. Fall Fest 2021 is scheduled for September 18, 2021. We are hopeful that we will be able to hold our event in its traditional format, but it is much too early to make any final decisions.  In the meantime, we are planning and preparing to be able to have an event this fall.

Registration for returning vendors (participating in 2019 or registered in 2020) is now open. Paper registration forms were mailed out on February 1. Please contact us if you did not receive yours within a week or so. If you are a returning vendor and would like to be guaranteed your same booth, you must return you registration and payment by May 1. Registration for new vendors opens on May 1, and the registration form will be posted on that date. If we need to cancel Fall Fest 2021, all registered vendors will be eligible for a full refund of their booth fee.

Information below this point is not yet updated for 2021, but will give an overview of Fall Fest as an event.

*** END UPDATE ***


We hope you join us for our 36th Annual Fall Fest, held on Saturday, September 19th, 2020, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.  


Fall Fest is all about building community with friends and neighbors in the park! At this regional craft event you will enjoy music, food, crafts, locally grown fresh produce, vendors, and informational booths about local programs. The annual event has grown over the years and will host over 130 vendors selling locally made crafts, a great line up of music, 8 food vendors, and activities for children and families including pony rides.  In addition, Chester Bowl branded clothing and other items will be sold by the Chester Bowl Improvement Club.  We have many new products this year, so you will want to get to the CBIC table early to buy our new gear!

Suggested donations of $5 per person or $10 per family will be accepted at the entrance to support Chester winter program scholarships for kids in need who want to participate in winter sports. Donations last year totaled a record $10,785- we would love to break the record again!

There will be live music all day on our stage. Check back closer to the event for the lineup.

 Free Shuttle Service:

All visitors are highly encouraged to use the three free shuttle buses that will run continuously from the University of Minnesota Duluth parking lot B, located at the intersection of College St. and University Drive.  Parking is very limited near the event, so walking, biking (bike racks near the entrance), or using the shuttles is highly recommended. There are handicapped accessible parking spots near the entrance to the park.

This annual event is sponsored by the Chester Bowl Improvement Club, the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department, Kat Country 98.9, My 95.7, 95 KQDS, and KDAL 610 A.M.



Fall Fest is a one day event that brings 7,500-10,000 visitors into the park.  Please note that vendors are required to be available both for the scheduled date of Saturday, September 19th, as well as for the rain date of Sunday, September 20th, if needed. Our event is billed as a regional craft festival; vendors are expected to be selling items that are hand-made or home-grown, not mass produced. Full criteria and expectations are contained in the application.

Vendors that participated in 2019 were mailed 2020 registration forms on February 1st. Please contact sam@chesterbowl.org if you do not get the forms, or simply use the form for new vendors below. Returning vendors had until May 1st to reserve their same spot if desired. Requests for the same spot will be honored after this date to the best of our ability if your spot has not already been re-assigned.

Registration is now open for NEW vendors as well. The registration form for craft vendors is available at this link, and the form for political or educational vendors is at this link.  

Those looking for food vendor spaces (10×20) should contact Sam to talk about availability before applying.

Please complete page 1 (general registration) and page 3 (ST19 form), and return them to Chester Bowl by mail with your check to secure your spot.  Event details and vendor instructions are found on page 2, and ST19 form instructions are on page 4. Fall Fest vendor spots have traditionally filled in July.


If you would like to receive the registration packet by mail, please contact Sam at sam@chesterbowl.org or 218-724-9832.

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