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Every fun event under the sun

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Summer may be winding down but that certainly doesn’t mean our SimplyGrand events are! In addition to all the great shopping, dining and attractions Grand Forks/East Grand Forks has to offer, there are a whole slate of fun outdoor events coming up this weekend:   Fridays, late April through September 16:  Premier Racing Hot Laps at 6 p.m. & Races at 7 p.m. River Cities Speedway WORLD OF OUTLAW SPRINTS (featuring Donny Schatz) + Lightning Sprints, Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks will all vie for the checkered flag on one of America’s top dirt tracks Food and beverage concessions $37/$32 for Adults; $17 for Kids  Saturdays, June 18 through September 24:  Outdoor Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Town Square Fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts and more Live entertainment and food concessions Free admission  Saturdays, June 18 through September 24:  History Alive! at Farmer’s Market 1 p.m. Begins and ends in Town Square Guided historical walking tour of the Downtown District Free admission  Saturdays, June 18 through September 24: Yoga on The Greenway Beginning at 10 a.m. The Greenway area behind The Toasted Frog Class led by a certified YMCA instructor Bring your own yoga mat, towel …

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Find SimplyGrand buys under Fair Skies

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Put pen to planner right now and mark off September 9-10, 2016! Why? Because that’s when the Downtown Development Association (DDA) will sponsor a first-of-its-kind Grand Forks Downtown Street Fair. From DeMers to Third Street and many more, our Downtown District streets will be filled with great shopping, entertainment, food and fun galore.   With the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau as presenting sponsor, the Street Fair is free and open to the public! This awesome event will feature talented artisans and vendors from around the United States and Canada. A few of the ones already booked include: Simply Dakota (bath and skin care items); John’s Very Cool Glass Art; Prairie Fairy Designs (handmade natural stone jewelry); Red Attic (hand-sewn quilts and clothing) and Dakota Sun Gardens Winery. If you’re a fair food fan like me, I’m happy to report there is going to be a “Taste of the Fair” food experience! Just some of the yummy eats you’ll find are fry bread tacos, fresh-cut fries, bison burgers, hand-battered cheese curds, kettle korn, mini donuts and fruit smoothies.   No worries; there will be some great to-dos for the little ones, too. Town Square is serving as the host …

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Get going on The Greenway

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The Greater Grand Forks Greenway is a huge public recreational space bordering the Red River and Red Lake River in the adjacent cities of Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN. At 2,200 acres, it is more than twice the size of New York City’s famous Central Park!   One of the most prominent features of The Greenway is its extensive 20-mile system of paths which are used by bikers, walkers, joggers, inline skaters and cross-country skiers. In 2007, the system was designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service. There are also several city parks and two golf courses along The Greenway. Other amenities include wildlife observation areas, a campground, fishing spots, interpretive displays, wildflower gardens and sites for various athletic activities including volleyball, horseshoes, disc golf and ice skating. Throughout the year, The Greenway and nearby space is also used to host several festivals and events.   The Greenway, developed after the devastating Red River Flood of 1997, encompasses major portions of the two communities that lie within the floodplain. After the flood, several neighborhoods were removed to make way for a massive new dike flood protection system; The Greenway includes the land that …

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Where Broadway and DeMers intersect

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Besides being one of the most uniquely beautiful buildings in Greater Grand Forks, the historic Empire Arts Center has become a downtown hub of great live entertainment. Home to the Empire Theatre Company, this talented troop’s Season Five slate of shows is nothing less than stellar! With everything from hilarious musicals to impactful dramas, their upcoming productions will have you laughing, crying and up on your feet, giving a standing ovation!   As proof of its diversity, just take a look at the Empire Theatre Company’s 2016-17 schedule: August 9-13 & 16-20, 7:30 PM – “Hairspray” (Tony Awarding winning musical comedy centering on the integration of a 60s teen dance TV show.) October 13-15 & 20-22, 7:30 PM – “Constellations” (Drama examining how the tiniest change in the details of our lives can lead us on completely different paths. For mature audiences.) November 25-27 & December 1-4, 7:30 PM /Sundays at 2 PM – “A Christmas Story: The Musical” (Classic comedic tale that follows the escapades of 9-year-old Ralphie and his offbeat family.) March 9-11 & 16-18, 7:30 PM – “Peter & the Starcatcher” (Tony Award winning musical that takes a hilarious romp through Neverland and answers the question: How …

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SimplyGrand values for our valued visitors

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During times when the exchange rate may not be so great, we realize how you spend your money is more important than ever.  When you visit Greater Grand Forks, you’ll find a variety of top-notch accommodations, dining, shopping and entertainment options at unbelievably low prices.  Even though we’re a cheap date…we’re still a classy one!   Should our community have the privilege of hosting you, either for a weeklong vacation or weekend getaway, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau will assist in any way possible to help find the best deals out there.  Our website (visitgrandforks.com) Deals & Discounts page offers savings at a variety of local businesses. Make sure you to stop in the Visitor Center (located at 4215 Gateway Drive) to pick up a 2016-17 Visitor Bargain Brochure. It includes great discounts at over 75 local businesses including: Gordmans; Eddie Bauer; Kittsona; Canad Inns; Staybridge Suites; Ramada; Choice Health & Fitness; Lincoln Golf Course; River Cities Speedway; Denny’s; Domino’s; Tim Hortons and Valley Dairy.  We also have copies of Best of the Forks that will provide lots more coupons to use.   So even though we offer a grand getaway, it definitely won’t cost you a grand. Moreover, …

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A fabulous Farmers Market and far more

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If you’re interested in doing some shopping but still want to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, then check out the popular Outdoor Farmers Market. It takes place every Saturday, mid-June through September, from 9 AM to 1:30 PM, in Town Square (corner of DeMers Avenue and 3rd Street). Vendors sell everything from fresh produce and flowers to home baked goods and salsas to handmade jewelry and pottery. You’ll also be able to enjoy an array of tantalizing concessions while enjoying some great live entertainment on the main stage. If you’d like to learn more about how our fabulous Forks were founded, guided Historical Walking Tours, “History Alive”, are held at 1 PM during every Farmers Market   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 the streets and experience a place where the past and present meet. Historic buildings house 21st century businesses. Attractive public art captures the city’s history and natural surroundings in small “pocket parks” scattered throughout …

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Watch Hollywood stars under celestial ones

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Looking for a great family night out that won’t break the bank?  Just park it…at the annual MOVIES IN THE PARK summer series! All you need is a lawn chair or blanket and a few of your favorite people. Even though the outdoor venue changes from flick to flick, it’s always the same great price: FREE! However, you may wanna bring along a few bucks, as various food trucks will be on site serving up tasty eats. Each show will begin at dusk.   Following is the remaining 2016 schedule of movies and locations: July 18 – “Hotel Transylvania 2″ at Riverside Park July 26 – “Cinderella” at University Park August 9 – “Inside Out” at Riverside Park August 23 – “Planes, Fire & Rescue” at Choice Health & Fitness green space For additional information, please contact the Grand Forks Park District at 701-746-2750.  

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Summer breezes carry the sound of music

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Nothing beats listening to great live music, on a beautiful summer evening, under our simply grand skies! If you agree, we’ve got some awesome news from you…the popular North Dakota Museum of Art Concerts in the Garden series is back again this summer!   Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket, plus several of your friends. All the fun takes place in the Museum’s sculpture garden, on the University of North Dakota campus, located at 261 Centennial Drive. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and free for those 12 and younger. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase, including local grass-fed hamburgers, vegetable skewers, nightly specials, root beer floats, beer and wine.   Remaining dates, along with scheduled artists, are as follows:   July 12, 2016 at 6 pm                                                                                                          Headliner: Eagle Rock Gospel Singers; Opening: June Panic Los Angeles                                                                                                                                              Will Wadsworth formed The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers in the winter of 2010. In 2014, they recorded their first album. “Heavenly Fire” is filled with electricity and provides an articulation of their sound, honed over several years, into a band that has become a rousing celebration of traditional Gospel sounds with rock foundations. …

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Celebrate the 4th with a bang

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Word has it, this Independence Day in the Forks will be sizzling. No, I’m not talking about the temps…it’s the 2016 Sertoma 4th of July Festival & Fireworks show that will be lighting up Town Square and The Greenway! Of course, we’re also expecting beautiful, sunny weather, as well.   In addition to all the awesome attractions, pocket parks, shopping and dining our Simply Grand Downtown District has to offer every single day, this iconic celebration (in its 54th year) adds even more to love about our two towns! If you want to make it one fun 4th to remember, just meet me in the Square this coming Monday and enjoy all these great events:   8 AM – Altru Family YMCA Firecracker 10K & 5K Fun Run/Walk 11:30 AM – Patriotic Kids Parade (down N 3rd St from University Ave into Town Square) 12 PM – City Band + Food Vendors (Town Square) 12 to 6 PM – Silent Auction + 12 to 9 PM – Raffle Ticket Sales (Town Square) 1 PM – Opening Ceremony (Town Square) 1 to 5 PM – Face Painting, Caricatures, Kids Games (Town Square) 1 to 5 PM – Various activities including Games Galore, Dakota Science Center, ArtWise, Inflatable Games (The Greenway) …

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Get revved up for fun

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Have you ever wondered why racing has become one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the country? You won’t find the answer by watching premier racing on television; you have to see it in person. Even the best home theater system can’t do justice to the sensory overload you’ll experience at the River Cities Speedway!   Late April through mid-September the Speedway revs up with the sights and sounds of NOSA 410 Outlaw Sprints, WISSOTA Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. Every Friday, beginning with Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m. and a 7 p.m. Start Time, skilled regional drivers will battle for the checkered flag on one of the best 1/3 mile Bullring dirt tracks in the country.   Be sure to pick up a drink and some tasty eats (taco-in-a-bag and hot dogs are two favorites) from the concessions area or stop by the beer garden for an adult beverage. A free treat also awaits the kids at the nightly candy toss. Afterward, head over to the pits for an autographed picture of your favorite driver or stop by the souvenir shop and pick up a t-shirt. So, if you’re ready for an evening of nonstop action …

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