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Find SimplyGraND buys under Fair skies

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Put pen to planner (or stylus to mobile device) right now and mark off September 8 & 9. Why? Because that’s when the Downtown Development Association will host the 2017 Downtown Street Fair. From DeMers to Third, our Downtown District streets will be filled with great shopping, entertainment, food and fun galore. With Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau as presenting sponsor, the Street Fair is free and open to the public!   This excellent event will feature talented artisans and vendors from around the United States and Canada. Here’s a sampling of the many already booked: Dakota Sun Gardens Winery; Happy Magnets; Grain Designs; Hippy Feet; Hello Lucy; Raki Lifestyle and The Little Apiary. If you’re a fair food fan like me, I’m happy to report there is going to be a “Taste of the Fair” food experience! Just some of the delicious offerings will include samosas, steak on a stick, pulled turkey sandwiches, fresh-cut fries, mini donuts and kettle korn.   And the good times don’t end when the merchandise vendors shut down. Friday night is highlighted by the “JLG Rocks the Streets” concert, in Town Square, featuring two awesome acts: The Fabulous Armadillos and Wicked Bees. Food truck fare and beverages …

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Take the Grand Tour

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Whether you’re a lifelong resident, new-to-town or just visiting, our new Downtown Walking Tours will teach you all about our Simply Grand Forks! Listed below is information for this summer’s schedule. Best of all, every excursion has a special theme that makes each one unique.   June 10, 10:30 AM to 12: 30 PM, Town Square – ART OF DOWNTOWN GRAND FORKS                                                                                                                   Special feature: Public art located throughout downtown Grand Forks, including art-related events and projects inspired by local and regional artists.   June 24, 4 to 6 PM, Town Square – BEER & SALOONS OF GRAND FORKS  Special feature: Grand Forks has had a rich history involving beer, saloons and alcohol. This tour will include stops at local establishments that may require guess to be 21 years of age or older.   July 29, 3:30 to 5:30 PM, Town Square – GRAND RIVER CITY OF THE NORTH                                                                                                                                      Special feature: Our Red River of the North is the largest northern flowing river in the northern hemisphere. Grand Forks was founded, named and earned national attention because of our river; so, this tour is dedicated to the unique relationship our community has with our nearest body of water.   August 19, 1 …

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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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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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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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SimplyGrand ways to romance your valentine

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Don’t have any plans yet with your significant other? Well then, you best read on! Luckily, Greater Grand Forks has lots of great date options and here are my Top 5:   ON THE BOARDWALK.  Drive your date to the East Side for a flick and some food.  Start out the evening with an early showing of the critically acclaimed romantic musical, “La La Land” at River Cinema 15.  Afterward, journey across the street to Blue Moose.  Located on the popular Boardwalk dining district, it’s the perfect spot for a juicylicious burger, some sweet ‘n’ sassy Norwegian barbecue ribs or comfort food at its finest: homemade chicken pot pie.  Quench your thirst with a choice of close to fifty brews of beer in their Back Forty Bar. UPSCALE DOWNTOWN.  The Toasted Frog is the best place around to get pickled.  By that, I mean their martinis and deep-fried cheesy pickles will make your head spin.  Then stroll hand-in-hand down the block to Sky’s for a 5-star dinner with your 5-star sweetie that includes champagne cocktails, jumbo lump crab cakes, filet mignon with peppercorn sauce and a chocolate espresso ice cream cake drizzled with hot fudge …

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Play time at the Fire Hall

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Besides being one of the quaintest buildings in Greater Grand Forks, the historic Fire Hall Theatre has become a downtown venue hot spot for great live performing art. Home to the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre Company, this talented troop’s 69th Season of shows is nothing less than stellar! With everything from youthful musicals to impactful dramas, their upcoming productions will have you laughing, crying and up on your feet, giving a standing ovation.   As proof of its diversity, take a look at the 2016-17 schedule: November 11-13 & 18-20, 2016 – “Willy Wonka, Jr.” and “Hansel & Gretel” (Children’s musical version of two classic tales.) December 15-18, 2016 – “Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play” (Legendary holiday film performed in its original format.) February 2-18, 2017 – “Prelude to a Kiss” (Story of two people who fall in love despite the girl’s pessimistic outlook on life. Shortly after the couple’s wedding, a supernatural event tests the strength of their love and commitment.) March 23-April 8, 2017 – “Murder on the Nile” (1944 murder mystery play, by crime writer Agatha Christie, based on her 1937 novel Death on the Nile.)   For further details on these events and …

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Show up Downtown

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Besides being one of the most uniquely beautiful buildings in Greater Grand Forks, the historic Empire Arts Center has become a downtown hub of great live entertainment. Home to the Empire Theatre Company, this talented troop’s Season Five slate of shows is nothing less than stellar! With everything from hilarious musicals to impactful dramas, their upcoming productions will have you laughing, crying and up on your feet, giving a standing ovation. Several nationally acclaimed musicians will also be taking the stage, with some excellent holiday concerts booked for this fall.   As proof of its diversity, just take a look at the Empire’s 2016-17 schedule: October 13-15 & 20-22, 7:30 PM – “Constellations” (Drama examining how the tiniest change in the details of our lives can lead us on completely different paths. For mature audiences.) October 29, 30 & 31, Midnight – Nine & Numb presents: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE” (Prepare to be thrilled, chilled and fulfilled as a live cast of actors perform in front of a screen playing the cult 1975 film starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf.) November 25-27 & December 1-4, 7:30 PM /Sundays at 2 PM – “A Christmas Story: The Musical” …

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Every fun event under the sun

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Summer may be winding down but that certainly doesn’t mean our SimplyGrand events are! In addition to all the great shopping, dining and attractions Grand Forks/East Grand Forks has to offer, there are a whole slate of fun outdoor events coming up this weekend:   Fridays, late April through September 16:  Premier Racing Hot Laps at 6 p.m. & Races at 7 p.m. River Cities Speedway WORLD OF OUTLAW SPRINTS (featuring Donny Schatz) + Lightning Sprints, Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks will all vie for the checkered flag on one of America’s top dirt tracks Food and beverage concessions $37/$32 for Adults; $17 for Kids  Saturdays, June 18 through September 24:  Outdoor Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Town Square Fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts and more Live entertainment and food concessions Free admission  Saturdays, June 18 through September 24:  History Alive! at Farmer’s Market 1 p.m. Begins and ends in Town Square Guided historical walking tour of the Downtown District Free admission  Saturdays, June 18 through September 24: Yoga on The Greenway Beginning at 10 a.m. The Greenway area behind The Toasted Frog Class led by a certified YMCA instructor Bring your own yoga mat, towel …

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Find SimplyGrand buys under Fair Skies

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Put pen to planner right now and mark off September 9-10, 2016! Why? Because that’s when the Downtown Development Association (DDA) will sponsor a first-of-its-kind Grand Forks Downtown Street Fair. From DeMers to Third Street and many more, our Downtown District streets will be filled with great shopping, entertainment, food and fun galore.   With the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau as presenting sponsor, the Street Fair is free and open to the public! This awesome event will feature talented artisans and vendors from around the United States and Canada. A few of the ones already booked include: Simply Dakota (bath and skin care items); John’s Very Cool Glass Art; Prairie Fairy Designs (handmade natural stone jewelry); Red Attic (hand-sewn quilts and clothing) and Dakota Sun Gardens Winery. If you’re a fair food fan like me, I’m happy to report there is going to be a “Taste of the Fair” food experience! Just some of the yummy eats you’ll find are fry bread tacos, fresh-cut fries, bison burgers, hand-battered cheese curds, kettle korn, mini donuts and fruit smoothies.   No worries; there will be some great to-dos for the little ones, too. Town Square is serving as the host …

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