Water Is Life 2019



PreSale General Admission Ticket: $25
Day of General Admission Tickets: $30
Ticket + Post Show Reception: $200
Ticket + Individual Event Sponsorship: $500
(plus applicable fees)

Honor the Earth is excited to invite you to join us for the Aabita-niibino-giizis, Middle of the Summer Moon gathering at the shores of Lake Superior with many of our allies across the state and region including national organizations, local partners in Minnesota, and Water Protectors  across the state for our annual Water Is Life Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, Minnesota on Sunday, July 21st, 2019.

Miigwech, thank you for being our allies in taking action to build a future that is green, resilient, and just! The time of the Seventh Fire Prophecy is upon us, and we’re closer than ever to protecting the rights of nature, and the people who rely on our Mother Earth. Together we are moving in the direction of a regenerative economy with community-owned renewable energy, local and indigenous food sovereignty, and stopping dangerous fossil fuel projects like the proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline and sulfide mining in Minnesota.

Early Bird Tickets are available until Sunday, June 21st for $20. After that, PreSale General Admission Ticket are $25. Day of General Admission Tickets purchased at the doors are $30. If you're interested in sponsoring the event, a General Admission Ticket + Individual Event Sponsorship is $500. For businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring the Water Is Life festival, please visit: https://donorbox.org/water-is-life-festival-2019 

The Water Is Life Festival features diverse musical performances, a native-led crafters market, delicious food, environmentally-friendly demonstrations, and access to information from local groups and organizations. This year we begin the day with a Procession of the Species parade where water protectors wear costumes, bring props, carry banners, and hold signs as we parade through the streets of Duluth celebrating that Water Is Life! Join us!

This year’s musicians include Chastity BrownMaria IsaDavid Huckfelt​, Corey Medina & other special guests. This is a family friendly venue, with free entry for children under 10. Festivities will begin at 2:00 pm.

Stay tuned for more information about these artists and others who will be taking the stage with them at the Water Is Life Festival.


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This year at the Water Is Life Festival we'll be having a Procession of the Species parade to celebrate the abundance of Anishinaabe Akiing and the diversity of life we are protecting. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, bring props, carry banners, and hold signs as we parade along the Lakewalk.

The parade will begin with a social gathering at Bayfront at 12 NOON, with brief talks from Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director and Counsel for WaterLegacy, and me, Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth.

This portion of the festival is free and open to the public.

After the parade is over and the festival begins! People are encouraged to stick around and enjoy the afternoon celebration. 

Leading up to the Procession of the Species, groups will be hosting art parties to work on costumes, signs, and banners. If you or your organization is interested in hosting your own art part in connection to the Procession, please email: [email protected]

TABLE AT THE EVENT (Food and Craft Vendors, Demos, and Education)

The festival provides a local and diverse selection of native and non-native artist wares, educational demos, delicious food, and access to information from local groups and organizations committed to protecting our sacred waters.

Vendors will be admitted based on space availability. If you are interested in having a table or setup at the Water Is Life Festival, click here for more information! 


This event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community and supporters. Our volunteers help spread the word and keep things humming along the day of the festival. To learn more about the various volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit: http://www.honorearth.org/waterislife2019_volunteers


Miigwech (thank you) to all of the Water Is Life Event Events Sponsors! The Water Is Life Festival provides businesses and organizations multiple ways to reach tons of water protectors before, during, and after the event.

All funds raised from the festival will help fight Enbridge’s Line 3, proposed to transport tar sands oil over 1,000 miles from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, right through the heart of Anishinaabe territory and some of the most sensitive watersheds, cleanest lakes and the most abundant wild rice beds in the world, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River and Lake Superior.

Interested in becoming an Event Sponsor? Take a look at the sponsorship opportunities available for the Water Is Life Festival and complete the sponsorship form by clicking the button below:


Click the link below to find our most frequently asked questions and answers. If you have questions not listed in the FAQ, please send an email to [email protected]

2019 Water Is Life Festival FAQs Page


At the Water Is Life Festival we celebrate the abundance of Anishinaabe Akiing, the diversity of life we are protecting, and our transition to the new green path we are beginning to walk. This is an opportunity for you to connect with water protectors across Turtle Island and the growing number of people standing up to protect our environment, our water, and Indigenous peoples rights.

We are up against some of the largest energy corporations and lobby groups in the world and we need your help to make real change! We are extremely grateful for your support.  You make this movement possible!

Click below to contribute!


Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 1 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Bayfront Festival Park,  350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802 

[email protected] · (218) 375-3200


July 21, 2019 at 10:00am - 10pm
Bayfront Festival Park
350 Harbor Dr
Duluth, MN 55802
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