Calendar of events that celebrate diversity happening in or near St Louis County

Special thank you for calendar prep and compiling so many incredible events, Jnana Hand and Tawney Carlson. Please Feel free to send events to Tawney and Jnana. Happy summer!

Recurring Events

The Sound of Music
Duluth Playhouse is delighted to present THE SOUND OF MUSIC, widely acclaimed as the world's most beloved musical, running December 1 - 17, 2023 on the NorShor Stage. With a talented cast of 40 performers, this enduring tale of love, family, and music promises to capture the hearts of audiences of all ages, making it the must-see holiday event of the season.

Now Open:
The annual 2024 Brave Art Youth Exhibition is accepting applications for art. The Brave Art Exhibition showcases creative and thoughtful 2-D and 3-D art created by Duluth's 5th graders to 24 year olds who want to share what being brave means to them. December 11, 2023 - Last day to submit your application to this form. Submit by 11:59 p.m.

Wednesdays 6-9 pm Paddle Splash Reggae Jam Bent Paddle Brewing 1912 W Michigan St Duluth 
Paddle Splash Reggae Jam - Bent Paddle Brewing Co. (

Wednesdays until Dec 27 8-10 pm Landscapes- an instrumental and improv band that plays a mix of blues, soul, jazz and pop. Free. 21 plus. Every Wednesday.

Thursdays 8-8:45am Online via Zoom weekly until Dec 14th
The Mind-Body Trauma Care Lab in the UMD Department of Psychology invites you to join with others to pause and consciously take a break from your everyday stresses with a gentle, guided meditation on Thursdays starting September 7 and running through December 14 at 8-8:45 a.m. Central Time via Zoom Webinar.
Join at any time!
8:00–8:15 — body scan & somatic share
8:15–8:30 — seated/grounded mindful movement
8:30–8:45 — reading, reflection & silent meditation
Zoom webinar sign-up:
Free and open to all.

Thursdays until January 4, 2023; 7 pm Celtic Jam
Every Thursday until Jan 4. Sir Benedicts Tavern 805 E Superior St Duluth

First Saturday of the month Mother Healing Yoga 5401 E. Superior St. Duluth, MN 55804

October 16
Queer Climbing Collective

A safe place for queer folk to gather and climb while learning and developing skills in an environment that fosters security and inclusion.
Mondays, September 11, October 16, November 13, & December 4, 5-7pm
Register: Online or at the door
We Provide: All necessary equipment
You Provide: Personal equipment of your own (optional)
Meet: UMD RSOP’s Inland Wall
Cost: Free for UMD Student Members/Others must have a climbing pass

December Events

December 1; 10am-5pm
Merry Little Book Sale
Join us for the Friends of Superior Public Library’s annual Merry Little Book Sale! The sale will be held at the library on Friday, December 1 from 10am-5pm, sand Saturday December 2 from 10am-2pm. The items available in this sale are the best of the best – perfect for giving to the booklovers on your holiday gift list! You’ll fin like-new best-sellers, cookbooks, children’s books, biographies,and much more!

December 1
Need a Passport? Apply for one at UMD!
Need a passport? Schedule an appointment to apply for one right on campus!

U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility is now open on campus

December 2 12pm-3pm
13 Moons FDLTCC Extension program Wreath Making Workshop
At FDLTCC 2101 14th St. Cloquet, MN, 55720
Register by email:
13 Moons will be hosting a wreath making workshop with Lurinda Defoe, professional wreath maker! Participants will learn how to create beautiful wreaths by following along.

December 2
Winter Trails Season Kickoff Celebration

Join The Hartley Nature Center in celebrating the start of the winter hiking and biking season! This celebratory event features multiple activities including fat tire bike demos, group rides, grooming demonstrations with snow dogs, prize drawings, trail informational talks and mobile tent saunas provided by North Shore Sauna. Come check out all the festivities and enjoy a delicious, warm meal from Johnny B’s Food truck.

December 2-3; All Day
The Julebyen

Where is the best place to get into the holiday spirit? The Julebyen (pronounced YOOL-eh-BE-en) “Christmas Village.” It is a centuries-old Scandinavian and German tradition celebrated with ethnic foods, crafts, holiday decorations, activities, and music. And its free!

Sunday Dec 3 from 9:30-10:30am
Family Freedom Center: UUCD’s Monthly Woven Basket Recipient

Learn about the programs of the Family Freedom Center and the merger between the Center and Neighborhood Youth Services. Senior Youth Specialist Aaron Gelineau will share success stories and plans for the future. The Family Freedom Center seeks to empower the black community by reconstructing cultural and socio-economic narratives and unapologetically embracing what it means to be black, both historically and in the present day.

Monday December 4; 12-7pm
Stuff the FDL Squad

Please bring a brand-new unwrapped toy.

Cloquet Community Center

December 9th; 6-10pm
Sneaker Ball

At Clyde Iron Works in Duluth
Join us for a night of fun! We will have great food & music and raise funds for Annie’s House. A housing program for BIPOC young families.
Sneaker Ball Tickets, Sat, Dec 9, 2023 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

December 9th
Sankta Lucia Celebration
Sankta Lucia Celebration presented by the Swedish Cultural Society of Duluth.
Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth, Great Lakes Ballroom
Program: Lucia Processional; Scandinavian Buffet Brunch

Adults $25
Children 5-10 years $15
4 and under are free

December 14
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller is an American neoclassical new-age music ensemble founded and directed by percussionist/composer Chip Davis in 1974. The group is known primarily for its Fresh Aire series of albums, which blend classical music with elements of new age and rock, and for its modern recordings of Christmas music. The group has sold 28 million albums in the U.S. alone.

Mannheim Steamroller began as an alias for record producer and composer Chip Davis. The name "Mannheim Steamroller" comes from an 18th-century German musical technique, Mannheim roller , a crescendo passage having a rising melodic line over an ostinato bass line, popularized by the Mannheim school of composition.

Now - December 15th
Holiday Food & Hygiene Drive

4-H is seeking donations of food, household and hygiene items. Donations will be used to provide food & hygiene baskets to those in need.
Items will be collected until December 15th.Details were sent out on what is specifically being collected. If you need more information, reach out and we can resend you the flier.
For more information contact Nicole Kudrle at, 218-404-6596.

December 16; 2-4pm
Indigenous Writer Series: Thomas Peacock & Betsy Albert-Peacock
Located at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at 212 W 2nd Street, Duluth, MN
In their session, Peacock and Albert-Peacock will each talk about their books, read an excerpt of their books, participate in a Q&A segment, and sign books. AICHO will provide refreshments for event participants. Peacock and Albert-Peacock are co-founders of Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing. Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe. Albert-Peacock is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe.

December 16; 5-7pm
Old Time Jam Session

Come on down for a free old time music jam session at the Duluth Folk School! Bring a fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, or bass and learn new tunes! Play along, or just sit back and listen to old chestnuts and local favorites, played in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to play along, listen, or even dance!
This is a welcoming jam session: there will be experienced musicians, as well as space for learning musicians – there’s room for all in this circle.

December 20
FDLOS Biboon Celebration 2023
Fond du Lac Ojibwe School
Students and Family: 12:30-3pm
Community: 3-6pm
Activities: Canvas Painting, snow snake competition, show shoeing, wolf tracking demonstration, traditional foods, bird feeder making, Ojibwe Jeopardy, Yarn Weaving, Archery and More!
Dinner will be from 5-6 in the cafeteria: Loaded bison chili, corn bread, wild rice Waldorf salad and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

December 21st
Made in Chisholm Film Screening

The Minnesota Discovery Center at 105 Discovery Drive, Chisholm,
Watch four amazing films produced in Chisholm, Minnesota and enjoy Q&A with Directors, cash bar, and themed snacks.

Mark your calendars for this event in February 2024:

Friday February 2nd 7-8:30pm
Rose Warner Reading Series: Marilyn Nelson
UMD in Duluth
Free Admission
Marilyn Nelson, American poet, translator, biographer, and children's book author, is an award-winning writer and chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her work focuses on family, recovery for African American history, as well as the search for the sacred in everyday life. She will read from her numerous publications.

Consider supporting BIPOC Businesses this holiday season!

December Themes & Days

December Events and Commemorations – December 1: Rosa Parks Day, World AIDS Day
December 2: Special Education Day
December 7: First day of Hanukkah
December 8: Bodhi Day
December 10: Human Rights Day
December 21: First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice
December 23: National Roots Day
December 24-25: Christmas Eve and Christmas
December 26-January 1: Kwanza

Other Activities and Viewings:

New: Duluth/Twin Ports Food Tracker
This group was created for 2 reasons:
1) To allow food truck owners to post their schedules, locations, and menus, and
2) To allow food truck fanatics to find when and where to get their favorite snacks!
Bless Me Ultima Film
Based on acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya's novel, BLESS ME, ULTIMA is a turbulent coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II, grappling with questions about his destiny, and the powers of a mystical woman.
Now Streaming on Hulu

HUMAN Documentary
What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry ? Our curiosity ? The quest for discovery ? Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.