Fall Fest

*** Update, 9/22/19***

What a day! Fall Fest 2019 was a huge success! Thanks to the generosity of our visitors donating at the front gate, we raised $10,785 for our scholarship fund! This is a new record amount by nearly $3,000!

Fall Fest 2020 is on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The information below is for Fall Fest 2019; we will update information closer to the event. Registration dates are February 1 for returning vendors and May 1 for new vendors. 

*** End update***


We hope you join us for our 35th Annual Fall Fest, SUNDAY, September 22nd,  2019, 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 $7926 and the goal is to surpass this amount.

There will be live music all day on our stage. Please come and listen to:

10:00-11:30 Honest Maude

Preview Honest Maude’s music at this link!

12:00-1:30 Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners

Preview Breanne Marie’s music at this link!

2:00-3:30 Ingeborg von Agassiz (acoustic covers)

Preview Ingeborg’s music at this link!

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 2019 is booked for vendors- no additional spots remain. Registration for new vendors for Fall Fest 2020 will open on May 1st.***

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 21st, as well as for the rain date of Sunday, September 22nd, 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 links below.

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.

Here is the link for art and craft vendor application.

Here is the link for vendors who are providing educational or political information:

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

Thanks to our media sponsors!

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