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Foodie favs and holiday highlights

The Christmas City of the North Parade is Friday, Nov. 18. (Budgeteer file photo)

With the calendar already turned to November, there are plenty of things happening in Duluth's Downtown Waterfront District that can fill your days and nights. The Greater Downtown Council is pleased that our central business district is a destination for so many reasons.

The always popular Eat Downtown-Duluth Restaurant Week kicks off Nov. 6 with our Flavors of Fall. This foodie favorite week has 17 restaurants teaming up to offer multi-course, fixed-price meals. With the help of our fine sponsors and the participating restaurants, you can get in on a $10 lunch or a $25 dinner. It's a great way for diners to show their support of our local restaurants. So call up some friends or colleagues and make plans for lunch or dinner this coming week.

Teaming up for "Flavors of Fall" are some of our regular participants and a few new restaurants as well. Either way, you will walk away satisfied when you check into the following list: 7 West Taphouse, Bellisio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Black Water Lounge, The Blind Pig, Canal Park Brewing Company, Cloud 9 Asian Bistro, Dubh Linn Pub, Fitger's Brewhouse, Grandma's Saloon-Canal Park, JJ Astor, Lark O' the Lake Café, Midi Restaurant, Red Lobster, Restaurant 301, Silos Restaurant, Valentini's Vicino Lago and Zeitgeist Arts Cafe.

And to plan your week, please visit our website at, where we have links to all of the Eat Downtown restaurant menus.

November also marks the kick-off of the holiday shopping season. What better way to usher in the season than with the Annual Christmas City of the North Parade? Make plans now to be on Superior Street Nov.18 at 6:25 p.m. Parade units will travel the same route on Superior Street from 10th Avenue East to Fourth Avenue West. Many of our downtown ramps and lots will offer free parking for the parade. Some of our restaurants will have special promotions for kids. It's a night to remember.

The parade night is followed by the opening of Bentleyville Tour of Lights at Bayfront Park on Nov. 19. Stroll the park and experience this magical lighting display that attracts hundreds of thousands of people annually. There are new displays and exciting changes, so don't miss out.

And while Black Friday brings out the shoppers on Nov. 25, Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 has become a true hit for our downtown. Show your support of our local businesses by shopping Small Business Saturday. This national promotion has put the spotlight on our local businesses and we are so proud of what they have to offer. Unique gifts, quality merchandise and top-notch customer service can be found in our downtown.

I'll see you downtown!

Kristi Stokes

Kristi Stokes is the president of the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth. Contact her at 727-8549.