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The Duluth Drag Race and Car Show is growing bigger each year, both when it comes to the number of participants and the number of spectators. Well over 100 drivers participated in drag racing at the most recent event.

The Duluth Drag Race and Car Show is a 2-day long event, typically taking place over a weekend in mid-September.

Legal drag racing on a public street!


The Duluth Drag Race is a street race, which means that no special drag race track is used. It’s a 1/8 mile long race taking place on the Garfield Avenue in Lincoln Park, Duluth.

Having a legal drag race on a public street is highly unusual in the United States, so Duluth is offering a rare treat for all drag racing enthusiasts.

Car Show

The car show has even more participants than the race, with 300+ cars being on display during the most recent event. During recent years, there has been in increase in the number of muscle cars at both the show and in the race, but many other types of cars are to be seen here alongside the muscles – including quite a lot of rare and elegant beauties from the 1940s.

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  • Normally, the gates open to the public at 9:00 am in the morning, but this can vary from year to year.
  • Tickets are sold online prior to the event. If any tickets are left, they are sold at the Main Gate the weekend of the event (cash payment only). There is no ATM at the event.
  • There is a total of 500 bleacher seats.
  • There is a total of 5,000 general admission tickets per day.
  • Admission tickets and bleacher tickets can be purchase for 1 day or for 2 days.
  • Kids 5 years or younger get in for free. Kids 6 years – 12 years pay a discounted fee.
  • Free parking is available.
  • Handicap seating is available.
  • Drag Race registration begins on April 1. Pre-registration is mandatory, you can not register on Garfield Avenue.
  • Car Show registration is done on Garfield Avenue on the day of the show.
  • Many of the cars are, of course, pretty loud. There are usually vendors present that sell ear plugs.
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About Duluth

CountySaint Louis
Population (city)Approximately 85,000 in 2014
Population (metropolitan area)Approximately 280,000 in 2014
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)

Summer: CDT (UTC-5)


The seaport city of Duluth is found on the northern shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, very near Canada. Duluth is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Minnesota in terms of population.

Situated at the westernmost point of the Great Lakes, Duluth became an important port town in the 1800s. Today, oceangoing vessels from the Atlantic Ocean can go all the way to Duluth via the Great Lakes Waterway and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

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In the 1950s, ore shipment from Duluth harbor decreased dramatically since the nearby high-grade iron ore ran out. In 1981, the U.S. Steel Duluth Works plant was closed. Since then, the local economy has shifted over to tourism. Duluth is a popular starting point for vehicle trips on Highway 61 along the scenic shore of Lake Superior and is also a base for visitors that wish to explore the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The North Shore Scenic Drive to Gooseberry Falls State Park can definitely be recommended for those of you that are looking for a nice car trip or motorcycle ride.

Along the waterfront of Duluth, old warehouses have been converted into restaurants, hotels, cafés, and shops. The waterfront is also where you find the Great Lakes Aquarium, a freshwater aquarium opened in the year 2000. The Great Lakes Aquarium is focused on animals and habitats found in the Great Lakes basin, but a few other freshwater systems are also represented – including the Amazon River.

Duluth has a very strong cruising culture year round. When cruising enthusiast Kyle Smalley died from Lyme disease in 2015, he was honored by over a hundred hot rods and other specialty cars cruising along West Duluth’s Grand Avenue, from the K-mart parking lot to Duluth Denfeld High School. The convoy was led by Smalley’s black Henry-Jalways.

Places to stay in Duluth

The arrangers of the Duluth Drag Races & Car Show work together with local businesses to provide visitors to the event with a good discount. One example of a place that tends to offer a discount is the Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark, located less than 4 miles from Garfield Avenue. This hotel has great parking facilities, even for big vehicles and trailers.

Getting to Duluth

Major highways

  • Interstate 35
  • Interstate 535
  • U.S. Highway 2
  • U.S. Highway 53
  • Minnesota State Highway 23
  • Minnesota State Highway 61 – North Shore
  • Minnesota State Highway 194 – Central Entrance – Mesaba Avenue
  • Minnesota State Highway 210
  • Saint Louis County Road 4 – Rice Lake Road


Daily flights to Duluth International Airport from Minneapolis, Detroit, and Chicago. Weekly flights from Orlando, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

Nearby municipal airports: Duluth Sky Harbor on Minnesota Point, Richard I. Bong Airport in Superior

Duluth is also served by Skyline Shuttle with daily service from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.


Duluth is served by the Canadian National Railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the BNSF Railway, and the Union Pacific Railroad.

This article was last updated on: June 6, 2024