Summer Excitement in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a favorite destination for tourists of all sorts – outdoor adventurers, fishing enthusiasts, and families just looking for a great time. No matter what time of year you arrive in the area, you will always be greeted with something unique and exciting. This summer, the Mississippi River Series promises to earn a spot on the more memorable events in Grand Rapids.
Showboat Landing offers a classy twist to the draw of the mighty Mississippi. A beautiful outdoor stage situated on the banks of the river hosts a wide variety of arts and cultural displays. From local bands and orchestras to variety shows, it is a fresh way to incorporate culture into your Minnesota summer vacation.
Independent Film Series
The Reif Center is one of the great forces behind compiling a worthy assortment of concerts and shows for the community. With summer construction underway, however, the popular Indies @ the Reif, an independent film series, will be held at Showboat Landing.
Traditional Showboat Variety Show
Echoes of a time long past begin to sound again with the Traditional Showboat Variety show. On July 10 – 11, a vaudeville-esque show will feature dancing and music by local artists – all on a boat.
Wine on the Mississippi
Perhaps you are looking for a quiet evening to enjoy with a special someone. From June – September, the last Wednesday of every month at the Showboat Landing will feature delicious woodfired pizza, wine – and live music. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well, and children are welcome, free of charge.
Mississippi Starry Nights
Speaking of your special someone, make sure to take advantage of the Mississipi Starry Nights, hosted at Showboat Landing. From 6pm until night falls, simply bring a partner and learn the basics of the elegant art of ballroom dancing. A dance instructor will walk you through the waltz, salsa, polka, and more. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, dancing on the banks of the Mississippi will provide you with memories for years to come. Dates: June 19, July 24, August 28, September 25.
KAXE River Festival
Be prepared to be impressed – with the sound of music. The 11th Annual KAXE Mississippi River Festival will take place from July 17 – 18. Tickets are available online and will enable you to appreciate a large variety of musical styles – from bands that have unique styles and personalities – and many that are quite famous. The event will be located at the KAXE Amphitheater @ 260 NE 2nd Street in Grand Rapids.
The River Itself
The Showboat Landing is a wonderful place to gather and enjoy well-planned events. But truly, the mainstay of its draw is its location on the edge of the Mississippi. Many visitors to the Grand Rapids area long to explore this incredible place, drifting along the current and enjoying the serenity of nature.
If you are looking to spend a day on the water, check out Paddle Hoppers, a local business that rents out kayaks, canoes, and SUPs. Their great staff will be able to teach you some basics and tricks to safe water travel.
Don’t Wait – Mark Your Calendar Now!
Summer events in Grand Rapids are extremely popular for locals and visitors alike. Take time to look through the events at Showboat Landing and mark a few dates down on your calendar. Bring your spouse, your friends, your children – and give them the gift of a special outdoor experience in Minnesota’s Nature.