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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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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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Ideas for a SimplyGrand Mother’s Day

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Mom loved and raised you…time to raise the bar and show her just how much you appreciate and love her back! This Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day and the perfect chance to express your feelings. In case you forgot or haven’t figured out yet what to get her, here are just a half dozen suggestions:   One can never go wrong with dinner and a movie.  Take her to a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Hilton’s Garden Café, Ground Round, Eagle’s Crest Grill or Aroma Café at Ramada.  Follow that with a matinee of the popular new Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn mother-daughter flick, “Snatched”, at River Cinema 15 or AMC Classic 10 Theater. A bouquet is ok but how about putting a new spin on it?  Escort mom to All Season’s Garden Center, tour her through the amazing greenhouse and then let her pick out a planter or two for her garden or patio. Is mom an 80s rocker babe, by chance?  A gift certificate from Darkside Tattoo plus tickets to the Poison concert, May 27, at Alerus Center, would be “nothin’ but a good time” for her. She put Pampers on you as a baby; so, pamper her with …

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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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Value V’eh’cationing in Grand Forks

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Main Entry: val·ue Function: noun 1: an amount, as of goods, services or money, considered to be fair and suitable Function: transitive verb 1: to regard or rate highly   During times when the exchange rate may not be 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 lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment options at unbelievably low prices.  Even though we may be a cheap date, we’re still a first-class 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 buys out there.  Our Grand Forks App (which can be downloaded at Google Play or the App Store) and website (www.visitgrandforks.com) Deals & Discounts page features awesome offers at a variety of local businesses. Make sure you to stop in the Visitor Center – located at 4251 Gateway Drive – to pick up a brand new 2017-18 Visitor Bargain Brochure, which includes over 70 participants. We also have copies of Best of the Forks that will …

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Get uncorked in Forks

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Who doesn’t enjoy sipping flavorful wines on a beautiful summer day…especially when you’re able to view wonderful works of art and do some shopping at the same time? If that sounds like your cup of tea (or grapes) too, make sure to mark your calendars and/or plan your trips to Grand Forks now for our 2017 Art & Wine Walks!   The Downtown Development Association and Public Arts Commission are proud to announce dates for the 11th season of Art & Wine Walk. This distinctive event happens four times through the months of April and October: April 22; June 17; August 19 and October 28. It will run from 1 to 5 p.m. and takes place solely in Greater Grand Forks’ beautiful downtown district. To begin, simply head to either the Blue Moose Bar & Grill (East Grand Forks) or Brick & Barley Bar & Restaurant (Grand Forks) to purchase your wristband and map of participating businesses. The cost is just $20, which is quite a deal considering you get four hours of both great entertainment and fine wine!   I’ve always considered myself more of a sweet girl — at least when it comes to my wine choices — …

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Be a know-it-all and get the Grand Forks App today!

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Ever missed out on a fun event because you hadn’t heard about it?  Or perhaps you could have saved 20% off a recent purchase with a discount you weren’t aware of?  Well, that never needs to happen again because the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is happy to announce their mobile app, launched last fall, is a simply grand success! If you wanna be in the know 24/7/365, then get the GRAND FORKS APP available at Google Play and the App Store.   Key features of this SimplyGrand promotional tool include: the community’s most comprehensive calendar of events; deals and discounts for local businesses; great to-dos and must-sees; turn-by-turn directions and much more. Through push notifications, you’ll also be able to receive updates, new promotions and current tourism offerings. Don’t miss out or delay…grab the Grand Forks App today!   Almost forgot, there is even more fabulous news about the CVB’s new mobile app. To help celebrate its debut, they are giving away a $100 gift card each month for the first six months! To be eligible, all you hafta do is “get the GRAND FORKS APP” at Google Play or the App Store.  

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New and Notable in Grand Forks for 2017

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Today’s blog comes for Grand Forks friend, Shel Zolkewich, Winnipeg travel writer and blogger.   Every visit to Grand Forks brings the rush of excitement to see what’s new in town. And there’s always something new, from changing shops inside Columbia Mall and additions to the downtown scene to brand new businesses along the major thoroughfares and quaint boutiques tucked into historic buildings. We’ll always have our favourites of course, but it’s worth checking out a few new options. Maybe you can add some new favourites to your list!   The former Lakeview Inn & Suites on 32nd Avenue has a new name and a new look. It’s now the Best Western Harvest Inn & Suites. The common spaces and rooms have been completely renovated, offering a fresh and modern look. There’s free Wi-Fi, pillowtop beds, a 24-hour Market Pantry with snacks, beverages and last minute travel essentials along with a fitness center, spacious swimming pool, hot tub and free, full hot breakfast. The two-bedroom suite (one room with a king sized bed and one with two double beds) is perfect for families and includes a spacious living room.   If you haven’t visited Rhombus Guys Brewing Company yet, add …

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Garland & grand gifts galore

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Christmas is right around the corner and our two towns are a source for the most SimplyGrand holiday gifts around! Yes, good buys can be found at local malls and big box stores but it’s our locally owned shops and boutiques which offer those uniquely ND (MN too) gems especially fun to discover. In addition to supplying great seasonal bargains, these businesses will be sparkling with beautiful decorations. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list…even that “hard to buy for” relative you only see once a year!   One-of-a-Kind Holiday Finds in the Forks:   Badman Design – 18 S 3rd St, Grand Forks Talented local artist and metalsmith, David Badman, creates a variety of regionally inspired gifts including UND jewelry and a beautiful Empire Arts Center Christmas ornament. Stop by his 5,500 square foot design studio/store downtown and check out all the amazing creations including tables, lamps, crosses, mirrors, wine racks and much more.   Key Bliss – 3000 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks Featuring trendy but not spendy women’s clothing, Key Bliss also has a North Dakota Collection with several cute t-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories.   Kittsona – 402 DeMers Ave & 28 S 3rd …

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Make Grand Forks the App of your iPhone or Android

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Ever missed out on a fun event because you hadn’t heard about it?  Or perhaps you could have saved 20% off a recent purchase with a discount you weren’t aware of?  Well, that never needs to happen again because the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has just launched its new mobile app! If you wanna be in the know 24/7/365, then “get the THE OFFICIAL GRAND FORKS APP” available now at Google Play and the App Store.   Key features of this SimplyGrand promotional tool include: the community’s most comprehensive calendar of events; deals and discounts for local businesses; great to-dos and must-sees; turn-by-turn directions and much more. Through push notifications, you’ll also be able to receive updates, new promotions and current tourism offerings. Don’t miss out or delay…grab the The Official Grand Forks App today!   Almost forgot, there is even more fabulous news about the CVB’s new mobile app. To help celebrate its debut, we are giving away a $100 gift card each month for the first six months! To be eligible, all you hafta do is “get the THE OFFICIAL GRAND FORKS APP” at Google Play or the App Store.  

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