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Clear your calendars now for June 8 & 9…that’s when University Park will be jam-packed with great shopping, entertainment, food and plenty of fun during Public Arts Commission (PAC) Art on the Red 2019!
Known for many years as the Grand Cities Art Fest, the newly rebranded Art on the Red will feature 75+ quality artists and crafters from around the nation selling their wares. Examples of the different media include pottery, metal sculpture, glass, photography, paintings, textiles and jewelry. Dozens of food vendors will be on hand to tantalize your taste buds with everything from caramel frappes, funnel cakes and kettle korn to Indian fry bread tacos, Southern barbecue and Somali samosas. And don’t forget to check out Arts in Action, Fine Arts Avenue, Kids’ Corner and the Main Stage.
Curious about how raw materials get transformed into amazing works of art? During Arts in Action, sculptors will perform live demonstrations of their art-making process.
What happens when you take simple, inexpensive supplies and add a dose of inspiration and talent? You get Fine Arts Avenue, where several of the region’s finest artists will be offering items worthy of any art gallery at prices for every budget.
Children of all ages are invited to enjoy hands-on activities designed to inspire creativity such as the science of color, make your own art, temporary tattoos and more. There will also be inflatable games and a splash pad to help the little ones burn off some of their excitement.
In addition to live theatre and ethnic dance performances, University Park will be filled with music from a wide variety of performers and genres. On Saturday, at 2 PM, the acclaimed ND Shakespeare troop will hold a special performance of Macbeth: Unrehearsed. For all those budding Beyoncés and Biebers out there, Sunday’s Raise Your Mic singing competition, beginning at 11 AM, is just for you.
Between all the festivities, take a quick trip to our Downtown District. While there, you’ll discover unique boutiques, eclectic art galleries, quaint coffee houses, five-star restaurants and hometown breweries. A short drive to the Southside leads you to several big box stores including ROSS Dress for Less, TJ Maxx, Kohls, Gordmans and Super Target, plus popular restaurants like Crooked Pint, Vinyl Taco, JL Beers, Buffalo Wild Wings, Ground Round and Texas Roadhouse. Everyone is sure to experience one unforgettable weekend in our SimplyGrand Forks!
For more details about Art on the Red and all our awesome events – along with information on attractions, shopping, dining and lodging – go to www.visitgrandforks.com. Make sure to also follow Visit Grand Forks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.