There are always things to do in Grand Rapids.
Plan your visit to Grand Rapids to coincide with one of the many premier annual events our community offers. County Fair and Rendezvous, Riverboat, and Sled Dogs Too! Car Shows, Lumberjacks, Rodeo, and more! Events are happening year round here in Grand Rapids. Bring the family or getaway with the girls for the weekend. Something is sure to be going on.
You can always count on good food and something fun to do. Mark your calendar for Grand Rapids MN events!
The Effie North Star Stampede is always on the same weekend — the last full weekend of July, rain or shine. The rodeo is held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with performances at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is also a rodeo parade in “downtown” Effie at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Rodeo admission is $13.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages 6 to 13. Parking is free and there is also free camping on the rodeo grounds on a first come, first served basis.
Grab your quads and get ready for some mud at Quadna Mountain Park in Hill City, Minnesota, June 10-12, 2016! Get more info at http://www.quadnamudnationals.com/
For more than 60 years the Deer River area has celebrated the World’s Largest Wild Rice Festival. Originally, the festival was established to bring the community together to celebrate the abundance of one of the area’s natural staples, wild rice. Though wild rice still grows abundantly in some of the area lakes and rivers, the advent of “paddy rice” which is grown commercially and harvested mechanically, has made the once regional product a national available commodity.
North Central Minnesota Farm and Antique Assn. Annual Consignment Auction and Flea Market
On Memorial Day weekend the NCMF&AA presents a swap meet (Saturday & Sunday) and a consignment auction (Saturday only). These events provide a chance to sell and buy a large variety of items, with an emphasis on older farm and rural collectibles. Food and refreshments are available.
North Central Minnesota Farm and Antique Assn. 29th Annual Threshing Show
On the second weekend of August the NCMF&AA sponsors a show which provides a wide variety of opportunities to observe vintage farm related activities and displays including harvesting, sawmill, blacksmithing, household activities, a school, a post office, small engines, miniatures, as well as huge diesel, gasoline, and steam engines. The local Draft Horse association joins in the presentation. Historic displays and activities are added each year. Food and refreshments are available.
Directions: 7 miles east on of Grand Rapids on Hwy. 2.
Grand Rapids MN
For Information, call (218) 326-8254 or (218) 752-6592
Always the 3rd weekend of July. Mark your calendars for the 91.7 KAXE Mississippi River Festival. The area’s community public radio station presents this showcase of regional and national musical acts in the Americana, folk, rock, and blues genres. Handmade art and craft items will also be on display along with a silent art auction. Food concessions will also be on site. For more information or to order tickets by phone, call KAXE at (218) 326-1234.
Great River Energy – Mesabi Trail Tour ’16
Ride for the fun or ride for the challenge, either way mark your calendar for Saturday, August 6, 2016 when Great River Energy, Club Mesabi and the Mesabi TrailTM join forces to support two state traditions – recreational trails and Ampers – “Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities”.
The GRE-Mesabi Trail Tour is a unique recreational riding experience that both serious riders and families will enjoy – choose from four different routes ranging from 67 to 12 miles.
NEW for 2016
Our tour route changes every year. For 2016 all routes will lead to the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids. Start locations are: Virginia – 67 miles, Chisholm – 48 miles, Nashwauk – 25 miles, Taconite – 12 miles. View tour map
Special discounted “Youth Tour Package” for girl or boy scout troops working on their cycling merit badges, sports teams, church youth groups, boys or girls clubs, 4H… Call Club Mesabi at 218-749-4331 for more details and to see if your youth group qualifies.
Group discounts available for other groups as well including; bike clubs, church groups, family reunions, employee wellness program. Call Club Mesabi at 218-749-4331 for more details.
Get 10% off your Tour entry and your 2016 annual wheel pass by joining Club Mesabi.
Everyone knows that Bovey Farmer’s Day is the most important day of the year. If you lived in, or visited Bovey, Minnesota, within the last 100 years during Labor Day, you have seen a small town celebration that will remind you what America is all about.
Open to all enjoy the Firemen’s softball tournament, 5k & 10k fun run, flea market, concession stands, carnival, street dance, annual vegetable & flower contest and musical entertainment in Bovey.
Get Fit Itasca: Open Streets
Get Fit Itasca hosts an annual block party in the streets of the City of Grand Rapids. The idea of Open Streets is to show the community members that non-motorized transportation is fun, safe, and healthy. We encourage all types of non-motorized transportation during our event.
The 2014 Open Streets event involved the closing of a 1.5 mile loop of roads in Grand Rapids. It featured many free attractions such as a rock climbing wall, ski-jump simulator, mountain biking course, National Guard obstacle course, 55+ pickleball, group fitness classes, and much more.
There is also an annual, outdoor Open Streets Jam 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in conjunction with Open Streets.
Annual garage sales held the third weekend in September along the 47 mile route of the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway. Check the September calendar of events for the exact dates.
The Itasca County Agricultural Association (aka Itasca County Fairboard), welcomes you to our beautiful grounds.
Often referred to as the Itasca County Fairgrounds, our 80 acre parcel is the most beautiful and clean grounds you will visit in the state of Minnesota. The first fair was held on these grounds in 1907.
The Itasca County Fairgrounds continues to be a gathering place for county residents and visitors alike to, camp, fish, enjoy the fair, use the Mesabi Trail, attend events, plan family reunions, or just to visit and get information. We have several buildings for rent that are utilized year-round for storage, meetings etc. Please contact the caretaker at (218) 326-6470 for information, space availability and pricing. With your help and support we will continue this fine tradition.
Reserve the First Saturday and Sunday in August Each Year for Grand Rapids’ biggest celebration of the year. Check out the lumberjacks as they climb 40-foot logs or as they compete to stay afloat during the log rolling exhibition. Chainsaw carving demonstrations with many pieces available for sale. An arts and craft fair showcases local and regional talent, while a footrace draws runners from all over northern Minnesota. Children’s street games, bingo tent, food booths and musical entertainment are for the whole family! A parade culminates a weekend of fun on Sunday afternoon.
Tall Timber Days is hosted by an all-volunteer local committee. If you would like to help as a volunteer, or are interested in being a vendor, contact information
Friday 7:00pm – Midnight
Saturday 8:00am -Midnight
Arts and Crafts: Sat and Sunday 9-4
Tweens Craft Show: 10am
Children’s Activities: Pokegama Ave and 5th Street
Food Vendors: Pizza, Gyros, Mini Doughnuts, Cotton Candy, Cheese Curds, Fry bread and SOOO much more!
Friday Night: Actual Wolf, 7pm
Saturday Night: Time Machine, 7pm
Saturday Afternoon on Pokegama Ave: Music 2pm
Dreams Come True Dance Studio: 11am, 1pm(meet and greet with princesses), 3pm
Beer Garden: opens 7pm Friday night, 10 am Saturday morning, Noon on Sunday
Bingo: Sat 9-5, Sun 9-4
Saturday: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm
Sunday: 12pm, 3pm
Pet Parade: 11:30 am in front of Fire hall to Central School
Grand Parade: 1pm
Always the second Sat in June : 6/11/16 , 11:00 AM to ? Closing
Fun for the Whole Family Logging History * Naturalist Shows* Wood Carving*Wilderness Day Village
Science Center Snake Demo*Ole Time Photo’s* Kidde Parade* Grand Parade* Live Music*Great Food Varity* Vendor Sales* Educational Booths* Kids Games* Pony Rides* Dunk Tank*Raffle Drawings*Street Dance*
~~ and much more~~
The Northern Cruisers Car Club is a club dedicated to having fun while pursuing our interest in cars. The Club is open to all ages and you are not required to own a car. We encourage anyone who’s into classic cars, regardless of the age to check us out.
In 2016 the club will be hosting our 32nd Annual “Weekend of Wheels” Car Show in Grand Rapids.
Dust off and crank up those collector cars for the largest car show and swap meet in the North Country! The glamour and excitement of antique classics, hot rods, and street machines come together in Grand Rapids the last weekend of July at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. While admiring vehicles of the past, take advantage of a giant swap meet outdoor shopping.
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Deer River will be smokin’ for the 6th Annual Deer River Bar-b-que and Brew Fest, Saturday, July 18th, 2015 at White Oak Learning Center in Deer River.
The event will kick-off as pit and brew teams assemble for the competition. The Burners and Smokers will be creating their best renditions of low and slow beef brisket, pork, ribs and chicken. Brewers will be chilling down their favorite recipes in up to four styles – IPA (India Pale Ale), Stout/Porter, Lager and Brewer’s Choice. All will be competing for awards and bragging rights
Beginning at 3 p.m., the public is welcome to mingle with the champion cook while sampling sauce-smothered ‘que & brew.
The outdoor stage will come alive at 4 p.m. with live music!!
General admission: $15
Directions: Take Highway 6 north for 1 mile to White Oak Learning Center.
Thunder in the Pines! Enjoy dirt track racing at the Grand Rapids Speedway located at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. Racing generally every Thursday night at 7pm, with pits opening at 4pm. Concession stands on-site. Check the calendar of events for additional race nights and times to coincide with special events
Celebrate life! Enjoy some family fun while participating in a worthwhile endeavor to benefit the Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund!
Established to honor the memory of friend, teacher, coach, volunteer, wife and mother, Jackie Bischoff of Cohasset Minnesota, the Bisch Bash 5K Run and Kid’s Pledge Walk help support the Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund. The fund is designed to assist Itasca County residents struggling with the effects cancer treatment can have on a family.
Held the last Saturday in June, the Bash involves the entire family by providing fun activities for folks of all ages. There is no need to be a runner or walker to join in the fun! Cheer on your favorites, honor someone you know who has been affected by cancer, enjoy a day out in the park, or simply make a donation if you wish. All forms of participation are welcomed!
Local farmer’s market featuring locally grown fruits, vegetables and fresh farm products from growers within 50 miles of Grand Rapids. Fresh farm-raised meats, syrups, honey, vegetables and produce, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, jams & jellies, and handcrafted items. Open every Wednesday and Saturday from May 3rd and continuing into October with seasonal items. Hours: 8am – 1pm (unless sold out); come early for best selection.