First Bradtoberfest to celebrate Duluth’s strong tradition of music, craft brewing, and running

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation will hold its first annual BradtoberFest Run/Walk/Crawl and Afterparty on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The event will celebrate Duluth’s craft beer, music, and running communities, offering participants a unique opportunity to sample local beer and music while traversing a path that links local breweries and beer-centric venues.


“Duluth Mayor Don Ness dubbed Duluth the ‘Craft Beer Capital of Minnesota’ earlier this year and observed that the ethos of craft beer culture transcends the beverage itself. We are in full agreement with him. Craft beer is a conscious choice that is intimately entangled with healthy lifestyles, outdoor recreation, seasonal beauty, and authentic local art and music cultures,” explains Friends of Brad’s President Troy Rogers. “In that spirit, the BradtoberFest Run/Walk/Crawl will be a celebration of the very best of Duluth: a broad showcase of local music and craft beer in the crisp air of early October, with the beautiful city and Lake Superior as its backdrop—a sensorially rich experience not to be missed.”


Proceeds will benefit young musicians, supporting programs such as the Duluth Music Resource Center and FOBMF’s scholarship, fellowship, and other charitable programs.


BradtoberFest Run/Walk/Crawl
Saturday, October 5
Starting at noon at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
1912 W Michigan Street, Duluth, MN
Registration fee: $25*


Here is the full schedule for the day’s events:

11:30 am: registration opens at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Noon: Welcoming toast by Duluth Mayor Don Ness
12:15-4 pm: Run/Walk/Crawl, with music and craft beer samples at each stop:

  • Bent Paddle Brewing Co.: Two Harbors Ukulele Group
  • Canal Park Brewing: Preston Gunderson
  • Dubh Linn Pub: Hannah Rey
  • 7 West Taphouse: performance by Jaze, featuring craft beer from Castle Danger Brewing and Borealis Fermentery
  • Carmody: Tribal Alchemie
  • Tycoon’s: Snöbarn


10 pm: Afterparty at Tycoons (free admission for all; Run/Walk/Crawl Participants get a free drink!). Performances:

  • BNLX
  • the Boomchucks
  • Lion or Gazelle
  • Jaze

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