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 kicks off June 16 and takes place every Saturday through September, from 9 AM to 1:30 PM, in Town Square (corner of DeMers Avenue and 3rdStreet). 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 are held at 1 PM during every Farmers Market.

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 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 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 small-city Minnesota 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 Burgers. 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, such as The Hub, Brick & Barley, Bonzer’s Sandwich Pub and Rhombus Guys. 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. 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 the simply grand to-dos, please go to our online calendar of events.