The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is upon us! On its 15th year of celebrating local, working musicians, this festival is the essence of Duluth’s vibe. Homegrown unofficially began in 1999 as a birthday party and quickly grew to the citywide, 8-day music festival it is today. Never heard of it? Wondering how you can get the most out of Homegrown? Don’t worry. Like most things in Duluth, it’s easy to get involved and have fun at local events!
For the planners.
If you’re a planner, you can check out the full Homegrown schedule of artists and at which venue they’re playing. Planning is essential if you want to get the most out of the festival and see as many artists as possible. This is where many of our local artists get their start, so who knows – you could just discover the next Trampled by Turtles or Low! Did you know that Low is performing at the Sacred Heart Music Center at 8:15 on Saturday, May 3rd? You’re not going to want to miss that.
Flying by the seat of your pants.
If you’re not too sure of your schedule, you can pop in and out of venues as you please. The same wristband gets you into every establishment that has a Homegrown featured band performing. Every band has exceptional talent, so there’s no need to worry whether or not you’re catching the best show in town. So relax wherever the wind drifts you to, have a beer, and settle in for some toe-tapping fun.
For the movers, shakers, but not the music haters.
To ensure music lovers can see any band when it’s time to hear them play, the Homegrown Trolley was born. The bus transports Homegrown wristband wearers up and down Superior Street, where the majority of the artists are performing, so attendees can quickly hop from show to show. You can check out the trolley schedule here.
Duluth’s Homegrown Music Festival is unlike most other music festivals. Our vibe is born in creativity and the freedom to let it flow however it chooses. Sometimes a musician’s sound is uncontrollable, and Homegrown celebrates that. Because of this, there are no parameters placed on the genres of music that are featured. The only rules are that the artist must be local and working, which truly makes this a tribute to the creative diversity our city has to offer.
Events like Homegrown are what enrich the lives of our citizens and show the support of our artists. We take local art, music, and creativity seriously so much that we dedicate eight solid days to the celebration of our Duluth musical artists. That’s one thing you won’t find in bigger cities; total involvement in the community so much that it feels like it’s yours. Duluth citizens have a sense of ownership over their city, but don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around. Do you long to live in a place where you can have a pride of ownership? Duluth’s growing economy is ready for experienced professionals and our community is here to welcome you into our city. Move to Duluth and you’ll be moving home.