The Events: Reason #1 to Visit Grand Rapids

//The Events: Reason #1 to Visit Grand Rapids

The Events: Reason #1 to Visit Grand Rapids

Events in Grand RapidsIn Minnesota, we can find something to celebrate all year long!  Minnesota events are a way for each community to share and celebrate what is unique to them.  In Grand Rapids you will find a very robust Events Calendar that includes year long events and festivals.

The events in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area provide a wide variety of opportunities to come visit the area and join in on the festivities.   The event festivities range to those that celebrate the northern Minnesota heritage, like forestry, logging and wild rice, to art fairs and car shows.  These premiere events we call Annual Events.  They are held at the same time every year.  You can mark your calendar and schedule your visit to the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area to ensure you can join in on the fun.   But this is just a small selection of the regular events that are held in the Grand Rapids area.

5 k RunnersRegardless of your reason for choosing your Minnesota Vacation to the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area, the Events in Grand Rapids is a great reason to visit!  You will find that there are lots of things to do in the Grand Rapids area.

Grand Rapids is a perfect travel destination location because it offers the ideal balance between nature, small town charm and lots of things to do and see.  Grand Rapids is a great place to sit back and recharge your spirit, reconnect with your friends and family and experience the uniqueness of up north.  The Grand Rapids events provide options of things to do and see while on your Minnesota Vacation.

You can plan your perfect trip in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The vacation itinerary options are endless!  Send the guys out to fish for the day, and the girls head into town to shop and dine at the unique Grand Rapids area businesses.  Or, the girls head out on one of the thousands of trails for a hike to explore Minnesota’s nature, and the guys come into town to check out the area car show, antique show or one of the many historic attraction sites.  The arts and historic attraction sites provide an alternative for something to do on a rainy day. Each of these attraction sites provide special events throughout their season.  Make sure to check out our robust Events Calendar before you arrive in Grand Rapids for your Minnesota vacation so you don’t miss out on something fun to do and see.  Here is just a sample of some upcoming Annual Events in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area:

Heritage Festivals

Fishing ProMN Fishing Opener BBQ
Friday of Minnesota Fishing Opener (May 8, 2015)
Hosted by: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Location: Old Central School Park (downtown Grand Rapids)
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Every year the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a Community BBQ that celebrates the Minnesota Fishing Opener. This year’s event will have street performers, a variety of food vendors (including famous Sawmill Inn sandwiches), Fishy 5k, magic show, carnival style games.  Fun for the whole family!

Bigfork MinnesotaBigfork Wilderness Days
Second Weekend in June (June 12-14, 2015)
Hosted by: Bigfork Valley Hospital & Bigfork Community Volunteers
Location: Bigfork, Minnesota
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This annual festival is to celebrate the Edge of the Wilderness community.  A family fun event that includes a 5k, bike races, street performers, food vendors, arts and crafts, and parade.

Wild Rice FestivalWorld’s Largest Wild Rice Festival
Second Weekend in July (July 10-12, 2015)
Hosted by: Deer River Lions
Location: Downtown Deer River, Minnesota
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Originally the event was created to celebrate the abundance of one of the area’s natural staples, wild rice.  Today, the event has become a draw from around the world to enjoy live music, street dances, carnival festivities, parade and to sample the wide variety of up north cuisine that showcases northern Minnesota grown delicacies like wild rice.

Lumberjack ShowTall Timber Days
First Weekend in August (July 31-August 2)
Hosted by: Grand Rapids Area Community Volunteers
Location: Downtown Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Come celebrate all things timber in northern Minnesota. At this event you will find World renowned Lumberjack shows, street dance showcasing GB Leighton, arts and craft show, wood carving shows, parade and lots of northern Minnesota cuisine food vendors.

White Oak Rendezvous FestivalWhite Oak Rendezvous
First Weekend in August (July 31-August 2)
Hosted by: White Oak Society Members & Volunteers
Location: White Oak Learning Center, Deer River, Minnesota
For more information: (218) 246-9393 or

The White Oak Rendezvous celebrates the late 1800’s and early 1900’s fur trade and colonial experience. Come experience historic period reenactments, colonial food sampling, live performances and opportunity to camp on site.

Bovey Farmers DayBovey Farmers Days
Labor Day Weekend (September 4-6, 2015)
Hosted by: Bovey Farmers Day Committee
Location: Downtown Bovey, Minnesota
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This event has been going on since early 1900’s to celebrate the harvest of area farmers. Today it still celebrates the communities farm harvest, but features more family fun events like live performances, street dance, arts and crafts, food vendors and of course a Labor Day parade.

 Arts & Culture Festivals

Downtown Art FairDowntown Art Fair
Second Saturday in July (July 11, 2015)
Hosted by: Grand Rapids Arts & MacRostie Art Center
Located: Downtown Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Outdoor art fair with dozens of artist vendors, live music, food, hands-on art activities, and more.

Mississippi River SignMississippi River Music Festival
Third Weekend in July (July 17-19, 2015)
Hosted by: KAXE KBXE Community Radio
Location: KAXE Rotary Tent on Mississippi River Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Come celebrate the spirit of the Mississippi River listening to the talent of jazz, folk, blues, and so much more. Live music that is family friendly.  Food vendors on site all three days.

Mississippi River Showboat LandingShowboat Landing Performances
Ziibi Performances are the Last Weekend in July and First Weekend in August (July 30, 31, Aug 1, Aug 6, Aug 7 & Aug 8)
The Traditional Mississippi Melody Showboat Performances are the second weekend in July (July 10 & 11, 2015)
Hosted by: Uncommon Loons, Showboat Landing Board & Volunteers, Grand Rapids area performers
Location: Showboat Landing Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Come discover the Grand Rapids Showboat Landing on the Mississippi River where you can be entertained under the stars. In 2015 there will be a 60th Anniversary celebration showcasing traditional tunes of the Mississippi Melody Showboat.  A new performance by Uncommon Loons called Ziibi will be added to the Showboat Landing schedule.  This facility may be rented out for group activities, weddings, and gatherings.

Family Fun Events

Children's FairChildren’s First Fair
Last Saturday in April (April 25, 2015)
Hosted by: Children’s First
Location: IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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The Grand Rapids Children’s Fair is fun for children 1-13 years of age.  The event is open to the public and FREE. Each child is given choice of books.  Lots of activity stations, ride on fire trucks, police cars and bouncy houses. Fun for the entire family.  Breakfast served starting at 9am.

Forest History CenterForest History Center Into the Woods Series
Throughout the Year – Something held each month
Hosted by: Forest History Center
Location: Forest History Center, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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The Forest History Center is an environmental learning center located on the Mississippi River that features a 1900’s logging camp, miles of groomed trails, and interpretive center.  Check out their Into the Woods Series that showcases special events to celebrate Minnesota’s Nature, Wildlife, Northern Minnesota Heritage and Lumberjack Life.

Wizard of Oz FestivalWizard of Oz Festival
Second Weekend in June (June 12-14, 2015)
Hosted by: Judy Garland Museum
Location: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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This annual festival celebrates the life of Judy Garland and the Wizard of Oz. The Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota holds the largest Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland exhibits of more than 3,000 pieces.  The Judy Garland Museum has restored Judy Garlands childhood home to its 1900’s historic period. Family fun filled events!

Itasca County FairItasca County Fair
Third week in August (August 19-23, 2015)
Hosted by: Itasca County Fair Board
Location: Itasca County Fairgrounds, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Since 1894, the Itasca County Fair provides fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors, animals, and agricultural exhibits. Come experience the most scenic Minnesota county fair that is nestled amongst hundred year old pines on the edge of Crystal Lake in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.


Grand Rapids Visitor GuideAs you can see the Grand Rapids Events are a great reason to visit Grand Rapids, Minnesota. For more information about the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area check out You can speak live to a travel specialist at 1-800-335-9740, download the Visitor Guide or Request a Visitor Guide to be mailed to you.

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