Beer Garden at Great Lakes Aquarium

Four cans of Earth Rider beer in the foreground with the lift bridge and the Duluth harbor in the background

Weekly on Thursdays (July 11 – August 29)
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy the summer at Great Lakes Aquarium! Join us every week for al fresco food and beverages on the Duluth Harbor featuring $5 Earth Rider Brewery beers, wine, and local non-alcoholic options, weekly performances by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and a rotating selection of food trucks.

Beer Garden Admission

Beer Gardens are free to attend!

Enjoy food, beverages, and live music in our outdoor beer garden space with spectacular views of the Duluth Harbor and Aerial Lift Bridge.

Cash or credit accepted at outdoor bar. Guests must be 21+ to consume alcohol.

Aquarium Admission

Inside exploration of the Aquarium’s exhibit floor is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Standard admission rates apply for exhibit floor access.

Indoor restrooms will remain open until the beer garden closes at 8:00 p.m.


We are excited to welcome back a rotating ensemble from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and friends! DSSO will play most weeks from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., weather permitting.

2024 Food Truck Schedule

July 11th – Sunhee’s Little Table

July 18th – Holy Smokes BBQ

July 25th – Tom’s Taste of Chicago

August 1st – Johnny B’s Food Truck

August 8th – The Gumbeaux Guys

August 15th – Johnny B’s Food Truck

August 22nd – The Gumbeaux Guys

August 29th – Holy Smokes BBQ

To find the most up-to-date info, especially regarding weather cancellations, visit our Facebook page!


What happens if it rains?

In the event of inclement weather, that week’s beer garden will be cancelled and remain closed until the following Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Instagram for timely updates or call the front desk at (218) 740-3474.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are allowed in the outdoor beer garden space. We simply ask that you and your companion remain respectful of our live performances and other guests.

Are children allowed?

Children are allowed in the outdoor beer garden space. Guests must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to purchase and/or consume alcohol on the premises.

How green is the beer garden?

All cups and cutlery provided by Great Lakes Aquarium are compostable. We ask that you please respect our three-compartment waste system by helping us to recycle and compost used items when appropriate.

Is smoking allowed?

As an extension of the Aquarium facility, smoking is not permitted in the beer garden.

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