Cabin fever is a bit easier to shake off when you start planning your summer vacation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

minnesota family trips to effie rodeo

The Effie Rodeo is an exciting event for the whole family.

Starting off a Minnesota Family Trip With the Right Event

What kind of summer fun are you looking for? Whether it’s outdoor adventure or arts and culture, you’ll find it in Grand Rapids.

Wizard of Oz Festival

Judy Garland as Dorothy

Judy Garland as Dorothy in the 1939 Wizard of Oz

Summer starts with a grand, one-of-a-kind event on the first weekend of June: the Wizard of Oz Festival at the July Garland Museum. As birthplace to Judy Garland, Grand Rapids draws Oz fans from far and wide to celebrate the 1939 movie. Your family will have a ball at special events like a red sneaker walk, Toto too dog talent contest and free showing of the iconic film.

For the Automobile Enthusiasts…and Cowboys

WeekenFans of outdoor action find the fix they need in this northern Minnesota town. The Quadna Mud Nationals is an exciting competition for ATVs, featuring mud bogs and an obstacle course.

The last weekend of July features two great outdoor events. Spend a day in town at the Weekend of Wheels car show. It’s a true car lover’s show, featuring 24 car classes from antiques to mustangs.

And for a different kind of mustang, you have to get to the North Star Stampede rodeo. Take Scenic Highway 38 north to Effie and watch horse and rider become one as they race around barrels and capture the prize.

Woman Ice Fishing minnesota family tripsFor the Fisherman

Of course, there’s always a fishing tournament going on somewhere, even if it’s just among your family and friends. Choose from 1,000 area lakes and go catch the big one.

For the Athletes

fall_family2Athletes come to Grand Rapids to train in the clean lakes and forests. Your training is put to the test at the Timberman triathlon. This premier event takes place at Sugar Lake Lodge.

Cyclists enjoy the Mesabi Trail with its’ 100 miles of paved bike paths. The Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour in August gets everybody out pedaling from Grand Rapids through Minnesota’s Iron Range.

936609_10151593143244618_958733999_nFor the Artists

Grand Rapids brings art and nature together in surprising ways. Get a feel for local artists at the MacRostie Art Center First Friday receptions. Each month artists and art lovers gather to share their work and inspirations.

July features both the Downtown Art Fair and the Pierced Festival, which works to promote underground artists and music.

Music and theater lovers eagerly anticipate the Mississippi Melody Showboat performances. The shows are a mix of music and skits, complete with steamboat era costumes and a steamboat.

To sum it up, it looks like it is going to be another “can’t be missed” summer of grand events in Grand Rapids. Make sure one of your Minnesota family trips ends here!


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