Tips & Tricks for Glensheen’s Concerts on the Pier

Minnesotan music. Food trucks. A giant lake. 1,000 people enjoying a perfect Duluth day.

It’s the annual event of the summer: Glensheen’s Concerts on the Pier.

Every Wednesday in July, the gates to Glensheen will swing open at 6 p.m. and a local band will perform on the pier at 7 p.m. for the public. For free.

Why does Glensheen fund this event? Because it’s the perfect celebration of Minnesotan music, our beautiful lake, and your favorite quirky house museum.

Chester and Clara Congdon were big believers in the talent of Minnesota’s craftsmen and women. Therefore, Glensheen strives to inspire Minnesota pride by preserving and sharing the legacy of Glensheen. Plus, Concerts on the Pier is a great opportunity to experience Glensheen in a new light.

So how can you get the most out of this experience?

  • Get there early. Gates open at 6 p.m. so be ready to snag your perfect spot on Glesheen’s lawn, pier or rock beach.
  • Get there really early. If you take a tour beforehand, you not only get to experience the mansion’s historic interior, but you’ll already be on the estate to stake your claim on the grounds.
  • Bring a chair or picnic blanket! Might as well be comfortable while you enjoy the tunes.
  • Looking to avoid parking? Paddle to Glensheen! Whether it’s a paddle board, kayak, or even a boat, enjoying the concert from the water provides a whole new perspective. The Duluth Experience and Day Tripper of Duluth both offer fantastic kayak tours that will bring you to Glensheen.
  • Another way to avoid parking: bike! Just remember your bike lock so you can leave your wheels at the gate.
  • Take advantage of the beer and food offered! Forgot about dinner in your excitement to get here? Glensheen has food trucks and a cash bar right by the lake.
  • Explore the grounds! Glensheen offers picturesque trails, blooming gardens, and a relaxing hammock village for your enjoyment.
  • Keep in mind, the band plays until 8 p.m. so don’t show up at 7:30 p.m.!

Now onto the list of “No’s” . . . To ensure that you don’t waste time!

  • No food or drink
  • No animals (unless they are identified service animals)
  • That’s about it!

So who’s playing next? Superior Siren will be performing on July 19 and The 4onthefloor will be performing on July 26th. For more information, clink these links or go to

Hopefully these tips & tricks will help you have the perfect night at Concerts on the Pier, celebrating all things music and summer.