On the lookout for the freshest produce and hand baked delicacies around? Then you need to make a visit to our SimplyGrand Downtown!

Considered by many to be the region’s best open-air market, Town Square Farmers Market (TSFM) takes place every Saturday, through September 28, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Traditionally held on the corner of DeMers Avenue and 3rd Street, in our Town Square, it has been temporarily relocated due to construction/beautification efforts. However, TSFM is now only a few short blocks away from its original spot: 210 North 4th Street, between Lyon’s Auto and Grand Forks City Hall.

Dozens of vendors sell everything from homegrown corn and tomatoes to homemade 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 main stage.

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 Doings

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 of our community, while incorporating its natural surroundings in small “pocket parks” and alleyways scattered about.

A variety of local merchants offer unique art, home décor, clothing, fine jewelry, fresh pastries and more. Make sure to pay a visit to Widman’s Candy Shop for some of their world-renowned Chippers (chocolate covered potato chips) and other hand-dipped specialties. Then peruse Badman Design Studio, which is a great place to find one-of-a-kind jewelry and art.

Walk across the bridge into East Grand Forks and experience that friendly hometown vibe at its finest. You’ll discover a boardwalk, along the Red River, lined with popular homegrown eateries like The Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Mike’s Pizza and Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews. Across the street is Riverwalk Centre, which is filled with a mixture of businesses and a 15-screen theater. Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitter is also right there. In addition to quality outdoor gear and wear, Cabela’s features an assortment of wild game mounts, a waterfall and 10,000-gallon aquarium containing indigenous fish (be sure to ask about the fish-feeding schedule, in case the little ones would like to assist the friendly Cabela’s staff).

After a day of shopping, relax at one of many restaurants, lounges and nightclubs located in the Downtown District, most with outdoor seating. Just some of our most popular dining ‘n imbibing spots include Bonzer’s, Brick & Barley, Hub Pub, Joe Black’s, Level 10, The Loft, Rhombus Guys Brewing Company and Up North Pizza Pub. For a slightly more upscale experience, there is Ely’s Ivy, Sky’s and The Toasted Frog, which was even featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” show for their famous fried cheesy pickles. Then cap off your evening with a live music performance or show at The Ember, Half Brothers Brewing Company, Fire Hall Theatre or Empire Arts Center.

For more information on these and all our SimplyGrand to-dos, must-sees, stays and plays, please go www.visitgrandforks.com. Follow @visitgrandforks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for event updates and giveaways!