BradtoberFest 2014! Sunday, October 5

Though we aren’t doing a “traditional” BradFest this year, Friends of Brad is gearing up for fall events in the merry spirit of Bavaria’s famous Oktoberfest celebration. Stay tuned for more info!

The BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl will take place in Duluth, MN on Sunday, October 5. The event will connect 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. Proceeds will benefit young musicians, supporting programs such as the Duluth Music Resource Center and FOBMF‘s scholarship, fellowship, and other charitable programs.

Our 2013 BradtoberFest Run/Walk/Crawl featured these participating breweries & pubs: Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Canal Park Brewing Company, Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery, Dubh Linn Irish Pub, Castle Danger Brewery, Borealis Fermentery, Fitger’s Brewhouse Brewery and Grille, 7 West Taphouse.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness welcomed participants with an opening toast at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Participants were treated to craft beer samples and live performances by local musicians at each participating pub stop.

We’re still ironing out details for the 2014 event. Stay tuned for more info! To volunteer, contact volunteer@bradfest.org.

In the meantime, check out this fun video summary of last year’s event by Mark Malenius!

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WHAT IS BRADFEST?

Bands, brew, pie, belly dancing, robots, samba, 82 pairs of men’s briefs…

BradFest is a memorial festival that pays tribute to Bradley E. Rozman and raises funds to support young MN musicians.

It is a weekend-long extravaganza that transforms the festival grounds into a magical space where air molecules will vibrate in compelling patterns. Hips shake, pies are eaten (and hurled), and robots and humans alike utter absurd incantations. Life is celebrated, indelible memories are burned into impressionable psyches, and collective nirvana is reached through contagious fits of laughter. Only the foolish, the apathetic, and the timid would dare to miss this event.

Past BradFests have featured a diverse mix of live music with bands from the Iron Range, Duluth, across the state and beyond, including headliners such as Retribution Gospel Choir, Arcwelder, and the legendary Grant Hart (formerly of Hüsker Dü and Nova Mob). The unique blend of BradFest entertainment also includes Brazilian street samba, belly dancing, musical robots, and more. In addition, BradFest features tasty local beer and food, a pie fight, and a silent auction with an assortment of high quality local products, art and crafts.

BradFest 2012 took place August 3-4 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Two Harbors, MN.

Official BradFest 2012 lineup schedule

While you wait to attend next year (2014), check out the following videos to get sense for the festival.

(Big thanks to Mark Malenius of Malenius Media for his stellar video work and to Red Label for giving permission to use the audio from their song ‘That One Song’!)