Stock up Downtown: 1 Farmers Market + 2 Grand Forks

​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 grand forks art mural

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 of our community, while incorporating its natural surroundings, in small pocket parks and alleyways scattered throughout downtown.

A variety of unique local merchants offer art, antiques, home décor, clothing, fine jewelry, fresh pastries and much 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.

Walk across the bridge to East Grand Forks and straight into a main street right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. You’ll find a boardwalk, along the Red River, lined with popular homegrown eateries. 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.

After a day of shopping, relax at one of many restaurants and lounges in the downtown area – most with outdoor seating. Then cap off your experience with a concert or show at The Ember, Fire Hall Theatre or Empire Arts Center.

If you’d like additional information on any of these goings-on, along with other awesome attractions and events, go to our website at or by downloading the GRAND FORKS APP at Google Play or the App Store.