Summer breezes bring #SimplyGrand times

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 is near downtown because it’s easy to refuel with a yummy cupcake or muffin from Paola’s Pastries and cup of freshly brewed java at Urban Stampede Coffeehouse. You can even do a little browsing at one of the many cute downtown shops like Kittsona, Curious or Dimensions.

Wine Tastings

STROLL, SIP & SAVOR. Held the third Saturday in April, June, August and October, from 1 to 5 PM, Art & Wine Walk offers local artists a chance to display their talents and wares at several downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks businesses. A sample of wine will be available for those 21 years of age and older, with some locations also choosing to serve nonalcoholic beverages and snacks. From 1 to 5 PM, a map listing all participating venues can be purchased ($20) at Brick & Barley or Blue Moose.

Golfing in Grand Forks

TEE TIME. Play a’round our two towns on three awesome courses. Lincoln Park Golf Course (Belmont Rd & Elks Dr) is a 9-hole course with bent grass greens and closely manicured fairways that will provide a superb golfing experience for all levels. Valley Golf Club (1800 21st St NW) features a scenic, challenging 18-hole layout which runs along the Red River on the Minnesota side. Considered one of the area’s premier courses, King’s Walk (5301 Columbia Rd S, GF) is an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature PGA Course. The prairie links style course stretches over 7,200 yards, with four sets of tees to accommodate players of all abilities. The clubhouse includes a pro shop and restaurant. If you’re new to golf, the Women’s Divot a Try beginner lessons, every Tuesday evening, May 30-August 22, are a great way to see if the sport is for you!

If you’d like additional information on any of these five great 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.