Top Summer Must Do’s in Grand Rapids, MN

//Top Summer Must Do’s in Grand Rapids, MN

Top Summer Must Do’s in Grand Rapids, MN

There is still LOTS of summer left! You deserve to take a vacation this summer, and if you don’t have a lot of time, don’t worry, there are Great Lodging DEALS to be found in the Grand Rapids, MN area. Area Hotels/Motels and Resorts are ready with last minute deals and discounts to help meet your needs. Don’t wait to long though, these DEALS will go fast!

Here is a list of Top Summer Must Do’s that you will not want to miss. From Grand Rapids Events, FREE Things To Do, and Area Attractions that are worth paying attendance.

Wizard of Oz CastArea Attractions

There are a few places that are worth the drive and the admission to tour in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area. These places showcase the Grand Rapids area heritage, history and the Minnesota’s nature. These places are all Family Friendly; fun for all ages.

Forest History Center –  Walk back in time to Northwoods #1, an authentically recreated white pine logging camp complete with cook shack, bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, office wanigan, filer’s shack and horse barn.  Stop and visit with the cook, clerk, bull cook, blacksmith and other lumberjacks who may be in camp.  Try your hand at sawing and pet the Percheron draft horses. Admission range from $6-$9 per person.

Hill Annex Mine – Go down in history with a tour of the Hill Annex Iron Mine. On the 1 1/2-hour open pit mine tour, visitors make a spectacular descent into mining’s past. Learn about the mine operation, the people who worked here, and where they came from. Discover marine fossils in northern Minnesota. Get a sense of the mine’s deep, rich history. Learn how this National Historic Site played an important role in state, national, and world history.Take a virtual tour. It’s a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Admission is $6-$10 per person.

Judy Garland Museum & Children’s Museum – The Judy Garland museum showcases a wide variety of artifacts from Judy’s musical and theatrical career, personal awards and effects, movie memorabilia and the carriage used in the Wizard of Oz. An extensive gift shop is filled with Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland items. The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a place for children to discover and learn, features all hands-on exhibits: GeoZoooom!, Riverview Water Table, Treesa, the talking tree, Junior Achievement Exchange City, River Forest & Camp, tot park maze & dinosaurs, and a museum store for children’s gifts.

Tall Timber Days 2014Upcoming Events

July and August are full event months in the Grand Rapids, MN area. Some of these Events are FREE and some are pay per person, make sure to check out the Grand Rapids Events Calendar for all of the details on each. There are recurring events like: Naturalist Programs at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center and Scenic State Park, Jazz at VFW, Open Mic Night at VFW, Live Music at Eagles, Summer Concert Series, First Friday Art Walk, and the Reif Center Independant Film Series.


July 15, 2016Annie Jr. Presents Stages of Theatre of Hopkins (Edge Center, Bigfork)

July 15-16, 2016 – KAXE Mississippi River Music Festival (Mississippi Rotary Tent)

July 16, 2016  – Deer River BBQ & Brew Fest (White Oak Fur Post – Deer River); Children’s Be a Naturalist Program (Forest History Center);Bigfork Valley Health Expo (Bigfork Valley Hospital & Clinic, Bigfork);GRAHA Walleye Shootout (Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids)

July 22, 2016 – Grand Rapids Players Children’s Theatre – Jungle Book & Thousand Cranes (Reif Center)

July 22-23, 2016 – Crazy Days (Grand Rapids)

July 23, 2016 – Drawing and Walking in Nature (Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center, Marcell);  Grand Rapids Players Children’s Theatre – Jungle Book & Thousand Cranes (Reif Center)

July 25, 2016 – Air in Nature (MacRostie Art Center); Invasive Species Colorgraph Workshop (MacRostie Art Center)

July 28, 2016 – Guitars in the Tent (Mississippi Rotary Tent)

July 29-31, 2016 – Weekend of Wheels (IRA Civic Center and Itasca County Fairgrounds)

August 3-5, 2016 – Creative Theatre Words and Sculpture (MacRostie Art Center) Come create in Minnesota’s nature.

August 5, 2016 – First Friday Art Walk (Downtown Grand Rapids)

August 5-7, 2016 – Tall Timber Days (Downtown Grand Rapids)

August 6, 2016 – Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour (Ends Mesabi Trail at Itasca County Fairgrounds)

August 11-14, 2016 – Church Basement Ladies (Reif Center).

August 12-14, 2016 – Suomi Hills 100th Anniversary (Suomi Church  – Hwy 38, Marcell)

August 13, 2016 – Blackwater Brew Fest (Portage Park, Cohasset); Real Horse Power (Forest History Center)

August 13-14, 2016 – Threshing and Antique Show (North Central Antique and Farm Association Hwy 2 Grand Rapids)

August 17-21, 2016 – Itasca County Fair (Itasca County Fairgrounds)

August 20, 2016 – Geli Painting – Mono Painting (Marcell Family Center)

August 22-25, 2016 – Air in Nature (MacRostie Art Center)

August 27, 2016 – Habitat for Humanity Construction Motorcycle Cruise (ReStore, Grand Rapids)

September 2-5, 2016 – Bovey Farmers Day Festival (Bovey)

September 2, 2016 – First Friday Art Walk (Downtown Grand Rapids)

EOW Naturalist Program

FREE Naturalist Programs

FREE Things To Do

These are regularly held things to do that are FREE that need to be on your Must Do List This Summer!  Most of these are family friendly, but you will want to check the Grand Rapids Events Calendar for full details to be sure.

Outdoor Naturalist Program –  The Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center intern and other naturalist provide weekly outdoor naturalist programs that feature living in the northwoods, wildlife, plant history, learn to fish, and many other topics for FREE every Thursday and Friday at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center in Marcell, and on Saturday’s at the Scenic State Park in Bigfork.

I Can Fish – This FREE event is held each Saturday throughout the summer at the Scenic State Park. Fishing poles, tackle and bait is provided for all ages.  Learn to fish is a program supported by the MN Department of Natural Resources.

Summer Concert Series -This FREE event is held every Tuesday throughout the summer at Grand Rapids area churches. A light lunch is served for a nominal fee.

Jazz at the VFW and Open Mic Night at VFW – Every Wednesday night there is FREE live Jazz performances at the VFW in Grand Rapids, MN. Each week they have regulars like Sam Miltich and Friends and sometimes they have special guests.Thursday’s the Grand Rapids VFW is hosting Open Mic Night where people are welcome to the stage to their musical talents with the crowd.

Independant Film TheatreReif Center hosts FREE Independant Film Series end of June to mid-August in their air conditioned Mary Ives theatre that is the perfect size venue for this weekly event. Runs June 28th through August 16.

First Friday Art Walk – The Grand Rapids Arts hosts this monthly event on the first Friday of each month in downtown Grand Rapids. Open to the public and FREE. Come walk amongst the downtown shops; sample appetizers and beverages while enjoying the sites and sounds of local artists.  This is a family friendly event. Each business hosts local artists to showcase their talent trade; most of their work is for sale as well.

Itasca County Historical Society – The Historical Society hosts a FREE museum that showcases the history of the Grand Rapids/Itasca County area. They have an annual exhibit and they host genealogy nights to trace your own heritage.

Public Art Walk – The Grand Rapids Arts and MacRostie Art Center have put together a walking map of the Grand Rapids, MN Public Art. This self guided tour maps out all of the public art from murals to sculptures.

Grand Rapids City Parks & Beaches – There are 25 FREE Parks in Grand Rapids, MN. The parks that have playground equipment are: Blandin Beach, Crystal Lake Park, Grand Rapids Sports Complex, Grusendorf Park, Lost Creek, Maplewood Park, McGowan Park, Oakland Park, Veterans Park, and Willow Park. Veterans Park is now home to the new Dog Park which is a great FREE place to come and let your dog run within a confined fence with benches to sit on. Public Beaches at the Blandin Beach and at Tioga Beach in Cohasset.

LIVE Music  – Every Friday and Saturday night the Grand Rapids Eagles hosts a live band. Band starts around 8pm. Adult crowd.

Blandin Paper Company  – They offer FREE paper company tours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-3pm. Attendees must be at least 12 years of age and wear closed toe shoes.

MacRostie Art Center GalleryMacRostie hosts a FREE gallery that showcases new exhibits every month. Most of the artist work is created by local artists and for sale. You can rent out the Artists Suitcase to create your own art while visiting in the Grand Rapids, MN area.

Grand Rapids Library – The Grand Rapids Library offers a wide variety of programs for children and adults from reading programs and special events held each month. You can also borrow a fishing pole and tackle with your library card – from whatever library you are a member. You will be required to leave something of value like a driver’s license or car keys and returned back when you return the fishing equipment.

As you can see this is a long list, and we have probably missed a few.  Don’t worry we have all of the Things To Do and See in the Grand Rapids, MN area on our website.  Check it out today!


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