It is in our nature to be drawn to the nature beauty that we are surrounded by through art and culture opportunities in Minnesota. Several arts and performance groups have partnered to bring an abundance of art and culture opportunities this summer to the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area. These groups include: Grand Rapids Arts, City of Grand Rapids Arts & Culture Commission, Reif Center, Showboat Landing, Grand Rapids Players, Uncommon Loons, A+B Productions & KAXE Radio. The uniqueness of these Minnesota Art & Culture events is that they are set among natures beauty in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
On the first Friday of each month the Grand Rapids Arts has created First Friday Art Walk. A wide variety of businesses and organizations sponsor local artists and feature their art with their locations. This is a family friendly event that encourages walking between locations. They have created a June 2015 First Friday Art Walk for each months locations to easy locate using your mobile device, and they also have printed maps available for those that prefer a low tech direction finding of the sites.
This year The Reif Center will be holding its annual Independent Film Series will take place on the banks of the Mississippi River banks at the Showboat Landing in Grand Rapids, MN. Over the next several months, while the Reif undergoes a multi-million dollar renovation, they are taking their performances on the road. This location provides a beautiful natural back-drop to watch one of three Independent Films right on the banks of the Mississippi River. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. The dates for the films are: June 30, July 7 and July 14. For a complete listing of the films check out the Reif Center website. In case of rain the location will be held at the Grand Rapids Library which is also located on the Mississippi River.
This summer the Showboat Landing is partnering with the Reif Center, A+B Productions, Uncommon Loons, and Grand Rapids Players to bring you a wide variety of art and culture events on the Mississippi River. Wine on the Mississippi is a monthly event where you can enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi River listening to live music and entertainment. Wood fired pizza’s, wine, beer, and other non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. This was a collaboration between the Grand Rapids Players, A+B Productions and Uncommon Loons. Wine on the Mississippi River will take place the last Wednesday of each month through September (July 29, August 26 & September 30). Bring a partner and join the Rapids Ballroom dance instructors for Mississippi Starry Nights on the Showboat Landing river stage, as the loons sing you their nightly tunes on the mighty Mississippi. The dates of this event are: June 19, July 24, August 28 and September 24. Refreshments will be for purchase at the site. Ziibi performances will take place at the Showboat Landing July 30, 31, August 1, 6, 7 & 8. Ziibi is a visual and musical narrative of song, dance and large puppetry celebrating the life of the Mississippi river. Ziibi is a collaboration between Uncommon Loons and Showboat Landing. The Traditional Showboat Variety Show will take place July 10 & 11 on the Showboat Landing stage. Come celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Mississippi Melodie Showboat.
Downtown Art Fair
The annual Downtown Art Fair will take place July 11 on the grounds of Old Central School and amongst the Grand Rapids downtown business district. This event brings Minnesota artists together to showcase their beautiful crafted art. There will be a variety of live performances in the Old Central School park courtyard and Minnesota food vendors on site. Hands on arts activities will be available to take part in. A Minnesota Family Friendly event. This event takes place July 11 from 9am-4pm.
KAXE/KBXE Radio presents its 11th Annual Mississippi River Music Festival. This day day event takes place on the banks of the Mississippi River on July 17 & 18. This is a family friendly event that provides live music, food, and family/children’s events among Minnesota’s nature in Grand Rapids. Tickets can be purchased online through KAXE Box Office or by calling (800) 662-5799 and pay by credit card. Here is the current line up of music performers: Smooth Hound Smith, Tree Party, Lamount Crankston Band, Miss Tess and the Talkabouts, Crankshaft and Gear Grinders, and Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys.
The Grand Rapids VFW hosts Wednesday Night Jazz starting at 7pm. Sam Miltich and Friends play on a regular basis, with the edition of other Minnesota jazz performers. The Grand Rapids VFW has refreshments available for purchase. Everyone is welcome to listen to local jazz and music performers.
The Grand Rapids Arts & Culture Commission offer grants to local artists. The grant is for three months free rent on the third floor space of the Old Central School. Artists can use the space to create, showcase their creations, and sell their final products. This helps local artists become known, and it gives the general public an opportunity to experience local artists and art performers work. From time to time the local artists will have hands on activities as well. The artists take part in opening their space for First Friday Art Walk events where they give the general public a hands-on approach to their art. The current artists in residence are: Uncommon Loons and .Grand Rapids, Minnesota artists can apply for this opportunity through GRMN Creates.
Tuesday Summer Concert Series will take place every Tuesday June through August. The locations rotate amongst the Grand Rapids church’s. A complete list of these events can be found on the Visit Grand Rapids Events Calendar by selecting each Tuesday. These performances showcase local musicians and afterwards a light luncheon is served at a cost of $6/person. This is a wonderful opportunity to view the beautiful Grand Rapids church’s and listen to live music. This is a family friendly event.
The MacRostie Art Center is located in downtown Grand Rapids. They offer a art gallery and marketplace to discover wonderful Minnesota artists creations. Each month they have a new exhibit that features a wide variety of artists mediums. This summer the Mac has a wide variety of art classes available where youth and adults can get a hands-on approach to art. Art workshops range from birch bark weaving to watercolor painting. The date and times vary as well as the pricing from $10-$100. Some classes are one day in length and other’s are several dates over a course of time. This is a great opportunity for all ages. All of the information about the MacRostie Summer Art Workshops can be found on the MacRostie Art Center website as well as registration information.
For more information about the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area Arts and Culture check out Visit Grand Rapids website, and for a complete list of all summer Arts and Culture events check out their Events Calendar. You can request a Grand Rapids Visitor Guide to be mailed to you or you can download the interactive version. You can call and speak to a live travel specialist Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm and Friday’s 8am-1pm at 1-800-335-9740.