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Stock up Downtown: 1 Farmers Market + 2 Grand Forks

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Interested in doing some shopping but still want to enjoy the beautiful summer weather? Then you really need to check out the region’s top Outdoor Farmers Market! It takes place every Saturday through September, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Town Square (corner of DeMers Avenue and 3rd Street). Vendors sell everything from fresh produce and flowers to home baked bread and pies to handmade jewelry and pottery. You’ll also be able to enjoy an array of tasty food truck fare and great live entertainment on the Square’s main stage. If you’d like to learn more about how our fabulous Forks were founded, guided Historical Walking Tours, hosted by the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, are held at 1 PM during every Farmers Market beginning in July.   While in the area, make sure to explore both of our beautiful downtowns (Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota) and discover all they have to offer. Below are some suggestions for a day or two of fun.   Downtown Adventures            Take a stroll through streets that lead to places where past and present meet.       Historic buildings house 21st century businesses. Attractive public art captures the spirit …

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Take the Grand Tour

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Whether you’re a lifelong resident, new-to-town or just visiting, our new Downtown Walking Tours will teach you all about our Simply Grand Forks! Listed below is information for this summer’s schedule. Best of all, every excursion has a special theme that makes each one unique.   June 10, 10:30 AM to 12: 30 PM, Town Square – ART OF DOWNTOWN GRAND FORKS                                                                                                                   Special feature: Public art located throughout downtown Grand Forks, including art-related events and projects inspired by local and regional artists.   June 24, 4 to 6 PM, Town Square – BEER & SALOONS OF GRAND FORKS  Special feature: Grand Forks has had a rich history involving beer, saloons and alcohol. This tour will include stops at local establishments that may require guess to be 21 years of age or older.   July 29, 3:30 to 5:30 PM, Town Square – GRAND RIVER CITY OF THE NORTH                                                                                                                                      Special feature: Our Red River of the North is the largest northern flowing river in the northern hemisphere. Grand Forks was founded, named and earned national attention because of our river; so, this tour is dedicated to the unique relationship our community has with our nearest body of water.   August 19, 1 …

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Summer breezes bring #SimplyGrand times

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I know it doesn’t officially begin until June 21 but in Nortakota, any temp above 70 equals summer!  While there may be many, here are my top five seasonal outdoor to-dos:   GREAT BUYS UNDER GRAND SKIES.  Formerly known as Art Fest, Art on the Red 2017 will fill downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks with over 150 vendors selling everything from pottery and jewelry to kettle korn and fry bread tacos.  There’ll also be a beer garden and live music.  It all takes place June 10 & 11, 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.   LISTENING SESSIONS.  If you’re a fellow music lover, definitely add the Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red Summer Music Series to your calendar.  It takes place the last Saturday of June, July and August in Town Square.  From 5 to 10 PM, hear some of our region’s top blues musicians while enjoying tasty eats and drinks served up by Brick & Barley.  Admission is free but the food and brews are extra.   NAVIGATING THE GREENWAY.  Strolling our beautifully groomed Greenway trail system is a perfect way to enjoy a sunny day. My favorite spot …

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Spend a SimplyGrand day in the Galleries

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Founded in the mid-1970s, the North Dakota Museum of Art began as the University of North Dakota Art Galleries, a temporary exhibition space primarily for the benefit of university students.  Then in 1981, the North Dakota State Legislature designated the University Galleries as our state’s official art museum. With its expanded mission came a new name: the North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA).   NDMOA currently collects contemporary, international art in all media.  It is charged with both gathering and displaying the visual history of the region.  The museum is also assembling a survey collection of contemporary Native American art, starting with the early 1970s when the movement emerged.   If you’re a fan of all things far out and fabulous, you definitely need to pay a visit to NDMOA, especially to check out the Barton Lidice Benes permanent exhibit.  Ranging from a mounted giraffe and warthog to tribal masks and antiques, this eclectic collection will leave you awestruck.  Acclaimed artist Barton Benes gifted the contents of his New York apartment to the museum, which includes over $1 million in African, Egyptian and contemporary art. Through tremendous fundraising efforts, NDMOA raised the money to dismantle his apartment in New York …

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pARTy up downtown

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Mark your calendars now for the second Saturday and Sunday in June…which just happens to be the 10th and 11th this year. Why? That’s when the Town Square, Greenway and Cabela’s parking lot will be lined with great shopping, entertainment, food and plenty of fun during Art on the Red 2017! Formerly known as Grand Cities Art Fest, the Public Arts Commission (PAC) Art on the Red will feature over 120 quality artists and crafters from around the nation selling their wares. Examples of the different media include ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal, naturals and painting. Dozens of food vendors will be on hand to tantalize your taste buds with everything from caramel apples, funnel cakes and kettle korn to fry bread tacos, bison burgers and barbecue ribs. And don’t forget to check out NoVAC’s Arts in Action, Fine Arts Avenue, Kids’ Corner and the Main Stage.   NoVAC’s Arts in Action: Are you curious about how artists turn raw materials into amazing works of art? At Arts in Action, sculptors will perform live demonstrations of their art-making process in the Town Square.   Fine Arts Avenue: What happens when you take simple, inexpensive materials and add inspiration and talent? …

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Time to race around our towns

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Time to strap on the sneaks (or inline skates) and take to the streets (or river)…several Greater Grand Forks outdoor athletic events are right around the corner! Whether a novice or old pro, we have the perfect race for you.   May 6: RED RIVER RUNNERS 1980s FUN RUN –> Join the Red River Runners at 8 AM, in Lincoln Drive Park, for a rad fun run! Dig out your best neon and get ready for a most excellent 5K with some of your fellow bodacious runners. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and light refreshments served. redriverrunnersgf@gmail.com   May 6: DOWNTOWN DERBY RUN –> Beginning at 1 PM, in George Lee Park, this 1.25 mile Kentucky Derby distance race [individual or five-man relay team] is designed to celebrate spring. Participants are encouraged to dress up in Derby Style. greta@downtowngrandforks.org   May 13: OFFICERS DOWN 5K –> The Officers Down 5K event supports our fallen law enforcement with the hopes of creating bonds and establishing trust between law enforcement and their respecting community. The day will include food, live music and many more family activities! The race begins at the parking lot between Restaurant Row & The Fountain, on Demers Avenue, …

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CVB can-dos for your convention or tournament

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You know the saying: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Well, that definitely does NOT apply to all the amazing complimentary services the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) provides to tournaments, conferences and conventions being held in our cities!   Skilled and professional CVB staff are ready to guide and assist organizers through the whole process of planning and executing a successful event. From finding the ideal venue and helping with bid preparation to securing room blocks and servicing your attendees while here…all our services are top-notch and FREE of charge.   Here’s just a partial listing of the simply grand things we can offer you: BID PREPARATION & PRESENTATION: Our sales staff will prepare and present formal bid proposals for conventions and sporting events. Staff will also coordinate and host site visits. HOSPITALITY PACKETS: We offer information for registration packets, including a hospitality bag, Greater Grand Forks Visitors Guide, Visitor Bargain Brochure and others. Water bottles, snacks or food and beverage vouchers may also be available upon request. [Value = $17/100 packets; $500 + snacks; $5-$7/concession voucher] REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE: Friendly, qualified CVB staff and/or volunteers can assist with convention registration. [Value …

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Break bread with friends in Grand Forks

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Team TEDxGrandForks is excited to announce the theme of 2017’s event on April 8: “Breaking Bread”. For the first time, it will be held at HB Sound & Light in Downtown Grand Forks. Welcome to Breaking Bread…take a bite, chew it and join us in engaging our ideas and our community! TEDxGrandForks: Breaking Bread is based on the idea of building community and opening the table to more, not fewer, people. When you engage in the physical act of sitting down at a table, joining together with someone, you meet at a neutral point where you’re open to listening, learning and engaging. It speaks to the idea behind the physicality of eating together. Opening your mind to ideas you may disagree with, ideas you may not have considered, ideas you passionately agree with, ideas that make you happy, angry, and sad; all of these thoughts and emotions are accepted at the table. It’s a place where you can engage, listen and contemplate the big things, taking time to learn and grow from one another.   TEDxGrandForks is proud to showcase our inspiring local presenters on multiple platforms to reach a diverse and global audience, including live streaming our annual conference and uploading …

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Another #simplygrand giveaway

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  Looking for a good time? Sorry, can’t do anything about that. But if you win our next big giveaway…it’ll be Nothin’ but a Simply Grand Time!   Wanna know how to enter? Visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook and/or Twitter and post or message us why you want to win tix and you will be eligible to win: 4 awesome floor seats to Poison and Tesla, May 27, at Alerus Center + a $200 gift card to Canad Inns Destination Center, good for lodging and/or dining at any of their on-site restaurants.   This rockin’ event is already selling out fast; so, why are we doing this? That’s an easy question to answer. Because we think our social media friends are #SimplyGrand!  

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Great events are springing up at Alerus Center

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No need for April showers…the Alerus Center is already blooming with simply grand happenings before, during and after that time! Grand Forks’ premiere entertainment and convention facility will be hopping, over the next five months, with a variety of different events.   March 21-23 | 24th Annual ArtWise Elementary Art Show March 25 | 2017 Healthy Living Expo March 31-April 2 | 2017 Home Design & Garden Show April 8 | Gardening Saturday April 15 | 15th Annual Kids Easter Egg Scramble April 22 | Harlem Globetrotters April 22-23 | Red River Valley Motorcyclists 2017 Motorcycle Show May 20 | Anything Goes Community Rummage Sale & Flea Market May 27 | Poison & Tesla July 8 | Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live   For more information, including ticket/admission prices, go to www.aleruscenter.com.   If you’d like to grab a bite to eat or perhaps a cocktail before or after your event, there are several awesome spots nearby to indulge and imbibe. Just some of them include: Aalto’s, Tavern United and l’Bistro all next door at Canad Inns Destination Center; 1000 Degrees Pizza; Grand Junction Subs; Tim Horton’s; Speedway 805 Grill & Bar; The Red Pepper and Aroma Café at Ramada. …

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