BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl FAQ’s

How do I register?
Online registration for the BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl is available until Saturday 10/1 at noon. Register online at for $25 (if you register by 9/23 you get a t-shirt too!). Same day registration will be available on site at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. from 11-noon the day of the event ($30). Music starts at 11:30! Registrants must be 21 years of age or older and bring valid government-issued photo ID to the event in order to participate.
What does registration include?
Craft beer samples at each pub stop (8 samples of craft beer, 4 oz each), live local performances at each stop, chance to win some wonderful prizes and entrance to the Red Herring finish line party. Early registrants (by 9/23) get a free t-shirt.
What does the money go towards?
After expenses, which have been kept to a minimum thanks to our many wonderful sponsors, all net proceeds will go to charitable programs for young local musicians, offered by the Duluth Music Resource Center and Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation.
Can I still get a t-shirt?
If you registered online by 9/23 (and before the shirts run out), your shirt is reserved for you. We will try to order a limited quantity of extra t-shirts, which will be available for $10 the day of the event. We recommend getting there early (registration opens at 11:00 am on Sunday) if you’d like a shirt.
Where and when does the event begin?
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
1912 W Michigan Street, Duluth, MN
Registration from 11:00 to 12:00.
What is the route?
The route is about 5K (3 miles). You can run or walk the route. Route stops include: 1) Bent Paddle 2) Canal Park Brewing 3) Endion Station 4) Carmody and 5) the Red Herring. We will have volunteers to help guide you along the route. Please stick with your group for safety reasons. This is not a timed race. The idea is to sample and enjoy the diverse variety of local craft beer and music along the route (spending ~20 minutes at each stop between Bent Paddle and the Red Herring). 
What is the schedule?
11 am: Registration and check-in opens at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
11:30 am: Music starts
12:10 pm: Welcoming toast
12:15 pm: Run/Walk/Crawl begins.
Route stops: 1) Bent Paddle 2) Canal Park Brewing 3) Endion Station 4) Carmody and 5) the Red Herring.
2:30-7:30 pm: Finish line party at Red Herring Lounge with music, beer and silent auction. Free for registrants and suggested donation of $5-10 for others.

Click here for a more detailed schedule

What if I get hungry?
Endion Station Public House will have brats for sale for $3. Carmody Irish Pub will also have some quick bites for offer in keeping with our Oktoberfest theme. If you want a brat at Endion, tell your server right away (route stops are only 25 minutes long). There will be a slightly longer stop at Carmody to accommodate hungry participants. The Red Herring Lounge doesn’t serve food so please plan ahead.
Can I bring my dog?
Since our pubs do not allow pets, please leave your dog at home. Service animals allowed.
Can I bring my kids?
Kids are welcome. Keep in mind that minors are only allowed under the supervision of parent or legal guardian, and the route is 3 miles, with some busy traffic crossings. That said, the BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl is a family friendly event, and should be a lot of fun for music lovers of all ages.
What if I don’t consume alcoholic beverages?
You’ll still have a great time! Although it’s not guaranteed, some pub stops may offer house root beer or water for those who prefer not to drink beer. There will be live music and a silent auction to enjoy too!
What kind of beer will I be sampling?
Participants will receive 8 samples of craft beer during the event. The idea is to give participants a sampling of the wide variety of wonderful brews available in the Duluth area. We strongly encourage responsible drinking. Please keep in mind each sample will be 4 oz. (a total of nearly three beers). Brews are of varying styles and strengths. Check out our beer line up.
Where should I park?
The route is not a loop. We encourage carpooling/shuttling and public transportation. Parking downtown and taking the bus to Bent Paddle is a good option. Downtown street parking is free in Duluth on Sundays. The casino parking ramp or Technology Village parking (14 E 1st St ) is also an option. Or you can plan with friends to have one car at the beginning and one at the end of the route. Parking is on street at Bent Paddle (please don’t park in their lot while out on the Run/Rawk/Crawl). 
We highly recommend responsibly drinking. If you consume all of the samples during the event, it adds up to nearly three beers. This amount of alcohol should be metabolized during the course of the event’s several hours but please know your limitations. If you choose to purchase additional drinks, we recommend that you plan ahead, find a designated driver or use a cab or public transport to make it home safely. 
What’s the deal with the tighty whities?
The short answer is that Brad, our festival’s namesake, was a big fan. He also had a wacky sense of humor. When all the other guys were wearing boxers, he always proudly sported the briefs. Find out more about Brad.
What if it rains?
The BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl will go on, rain or shine! All pubs will host music and beer sampling indoors. If rain is in the forecast, be sure to bring your umbrella/rain gear! Please be aware that registration fees are nonrefundable.
What should I bring?
  • Your valid, government issued photo ID
  • Paper copy of your Eventbrite registration
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Cash for pie, merch, silent auction and any additional beverage and food purchases you might like to make along the route. We’ll have a credit card reader available for purchases but cash makes things easier and faster.
  • Costumes and tighty whities are encouraged!
Is the event accessible?
We at the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation aim to ensure that everyone is welcome at the event.  Please email info at to discuss any specific accommodations you may need to attend and enjoy the festival.