Fall Fest

*** Update February 9, 2023  ***

Registration for returning vendors is now open! Registration for new vendors opens on May 1. Please see the “Information for Vendors” section near the bottom of the page.

*** End Update ***


We hope you join us for our 38th Annual Fall Fest, held on Saturday, September 16th, 2023, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Our rain date, if needed, is 9/17/23. 


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.  In addition, Chester Bowl branded clothing and other items will be sold by the Chester Bowl Improvement Club.  We will have many new products again for 2023, so you will want to get to the Chester Bowl table (just inside the entrance) 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. We average $9,000 in donations- thank you so much for your support! Every dollar directly supports scholarships, ensuring that every family can participate in our programs regardless of income!

There will be live music all day on our stage! You won’t want to miss any of the acts, which will be announced over the summer.

10:00-11:30, To Be Announced

12:00-1:30, To Be Announced

2:00-3:30, To Be Announced

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 a limited number of handicapped accessible parking spots near the entrance to the park. PLEASE do not try to drive and park in the neighborhoods nearby- the shuttle will be faster and more convenient, we promise!

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 16th, as well as for the rain date of Sunday, September 17th, 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 2022 were mailed 2023 registration forms on February 6th by both mail and email. Please contact sam@chesterbowl.org after February 12 if you did not get the forms (allowing time for the mail to arrive). Returning vendors have until May 1st to submit their full paperwork and payment by cash or check 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 to a new vendor. Returning vendors can also request a new spot; your location would not be assigned until after May 1 to allow all returning vendors to re-claim their space.

There are three types of registration, each with its own registration form- Craft vendors, Informational, educational, or political organizations, Food vendors (prepared food; preserves and similar would be considered a craft vendor). Please be sure to fill out the correct form. 

Each 10×10 booth costs $105, and vendors can purchase more than one booth. A 20×10 food costs $210.

Please fill out the application form and the ST19 form, and return them to Chester Bowl by mail with your check to secure your spot. Fall Fest vendor spots have traditionally filled in late July. All registration forms are processed in the order in which they are received. Limited spaces remain, so register now to ensure your spot!

Craft Vendor Application: [Look for 2023 registration link in early May, 2023!]

Education & Information Vendor: [Look for 2023 registration link in early May, 2023!]

Food Vendor Application: [Look for 2023 registration link in early May, 2023!]

Vendor Guidelines: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19bqNgd9JZBLwvqm-DIbpuR7XT_7RmWQj/view?usp=sharing

For about Fall Fest please contact sam@chesterbowl.org or 218-724-9832.

Thanks to our media sponsors!

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