There are always things to do in Grand Rapids.
Plan your visit to Grand Rapids to coincide with one of the many premier annual events our community offers. County Fair and Rendezvous, Riverboat, and Sled Dogs Too! Car Shows, Lumberjacks, Rodeo, and more! Events are happening year round here in Grand Rapids. Bring the family or getaway with the girls for the weekend. Something is sure to be going on.
You can always count on good food and something fun to do. Mark your calendar for Grand Rapids MN events!
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Deer River Bar-b-que & Brew Fest
Food, Music and Fun
Deer River will be smokin’ for the Annual Deer River Bar-b-que and Brew Fest, Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at White Oak Learning Center in Deer River.
The event will kick-off as pit and brew teams assemble for the competition. The Burners and Smokers will be creating their best renditions of low and slow beef brisket, pork, ribs and chicken. Brewers will be chilling down their favorite recipes in up to four styles – IPA (India Pale Ale), Stout/Porter, Lager and Brewer’s Choice. All will be competing for awards and bragging rights
Beginning at 3 p.m., the public is welcome to mingle with the champion cook while sampling sauce-smothered ‘que & brew.
The outdoor stage will come alive at 4 p.m. with live music!!
General admission: $15
Directions: Take Highway 6 north for 1 mile to White Oak Learning Center.
Itasca Area Community Education
Itasca Area Community Education is a collaboration of 4 districts; ISD 316, ISD 317, ISD 318 and ISD 319. The mission of Itasca Area Community Education is to ignite learning through ever-changing opportunities for individuals to enrich and enhance their lives. Community Education events, classes, and programs are happening across the Itasca Area year round for individuals of all ages and interests. Visit our website for more information.
Additional Itasca Area Community Education locations: ISD 316 Greenway High School (218-245-6232), ISD 319 Nashwauk High School (218-885-1280 x.51112), ISD 317 Deer River High School (218-246-8241 x.227)
Club Mesabi – Mesabi Trail – Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour
Bike Trail and Routes
Great River Energy - Mesabi Trail Tour
Ride for the fun or ride for the challenge, either way mark your calendar for Saturday, August 6, 2016 when Great River Energy, Club Mesabi and the Mesabi TrailTM join forces to support two state traditions - recreational trails and Ampers - "Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities".
The GRE-Mesabi Trail Tour is a unique recreational riding experience that both serious riders and families will enjoy - choose from four different routes ranging from 67 to 12 miles.
Special discounted "Youth Tour Package" for girl or boy scout troops working on their cycling merit badges, sports teams, church youth groups, boys or girls clubs, 4H... Call Club Mesabi at 218-749-4331 for more details and to see if your youth group qualifies.
Group discounts available for other groups as well including; bike clubs, church groups, family reunions, employee wellness program. Call Club Mesabi at 218-749-4331 for more details.
Itasca Choral Society
Itasca County's mixed choir, open for all serious singers.
Itasca County’s mixed choir, open to all serious singers. No auditions necessary. Join in Sept. or Jan. Goal–making quality choral music accessible to all. Fun director with excellent training. Friendly place to be. Wonderful time to make new friends and contribute to the joy of singing.
91.7 KAXE Radio Mississippi River Music Festival
Mississippi River Music Festival
Rotary Tent/KAXE Amphitheater
260 Northeast 2nd Street
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Always the 3rd weekend of July. Mark your calendars for the 91.7 KAXE Mississippi River Festival. The area’s community public radio station presents this showcase of regional and national musical acts in the Americana, folk, rock, and blues genres. Handmade art and craft items will also be on display along with a silent art auction. Food concessions will also be on site. For more information or to order tickets by phone, call KAXE at (218) 326-1234.
Northern MN Swap Meet and Car Show
Car show and swap meet
Dust off and crank up those collector cars for the largest car show and swap meet in the North Country! The glamour and excitement of antique classics, hot rods, and street machines come together in Grand Rapids the last weekend of July at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. While admiring vehicles of the past, take advantage of a giant swap meet outdoor shopping.
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Tall Timber Days
Family Fun with many activities
Contact: Sheena Richards
10 NW 5th St
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Reserve the First Saturday and Sunday in August Each Year for Grand Rapids’ biggest celebration of the year. Check out the lumberjacks as they climb 40-foot logs or as they compete to stay afloat during the log rolling exhibition. Chainsaw carving demonstrations with many pieces available for sale. An arts and craft fair showcases local and regional talent, while a footrace draws runners from all over northern Minnesota. Children’s street games, bingo tent, food booths and musical entertainment are for the whole family! A parade culminates a weekend of fun on Sunday afternoon.
Tall Timber Days is hosted by an all-volunteer local committee. If you would like to help as a volunteer, or are interested in being a vendor, contact information
Get Fit Itasca: Open Streets
Annual Block Party Event
Get Fit Itasca: Open Streets
Get Fit Itasca hosts an annual block party in the streets of the City of Grand Rapids. The idea of Open Streets is to show the community members that non-motorized transportation is fun, safe, and healthy. We encourage all types of non-motorized transportation during our event.
It featured many free attractions such as a rock climbing wall, ski-jump simulator, mountain biking course, National Guard obstacle course, 55+ pickleball, group fitness classes, and much more.
There is also an annual, outdoor Open Streets Jam 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in conjunction with Open Streets.
North Star Stampede Rodeo
68270 County Road 5
North Star Ranch
Effie MN, 56639
The Effie North Star Stampede is always on the same weekend — the last full weekend of July, rain or shine. The rodeo is held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with performances at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is also a rodeo parade in “downtown” Effie at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Rodeo admission is $13.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages 6 to 13. Parking is free and there is also free camping on the rodeo grounds on a first come, first served basis.
Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus
A fun place to get together and enjoy the music
Mondays: 7pm to 9pm
Main doors to Reif Center. Ask one of the singers for directions.
Music really is the international language! We have seen how true this is in our different groups again and again.
Our music entertains our guests and is fun for us to make. We practice hard and gather new experiences from numerous performances. That’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. And since playing also make you thirsty, some even wind up after our practices with a drink or two together.
We are happy to have new additions to our family. Just drop by. You’re bound to like it!
Bigfork Wilderness Days
Family Fun and more
Contact: Bonnie Tendrup
PO Box 215
Bigfork MN, 56628
Always the second Sat in June : 11:00 AM to ? Closing
Fun for the Whole Family Logging History * Naturalist Shows* Wood Carving*Wilderness Day Village
Science Center Snake Demo*Ole Time Photo’s* Kidde Parade* Grand Parade* Live Music*Great Food Varity* Vendor Sales* Educational Booths* Kids Games* Pony Rides* Dunk Tank*Raffle Drawings*Street Dance*
~~ and much more~~
Itasca County Historical Society
Connecting people to the history of Itasca County
Welcome to our new home!
Our museum will take you back in time with stories about our area. Discover the woolly mammoth tusk found 3 miles from Grand Rapids; learn about the picture GRACE and how it became the Minnesota State Photograph; visit CCC camp locations across Itasca County; see how the Harper Boat Factory built wooden boats; and investigate other fascinating tales.
February 23rd will be the grand opening of the “Then and Now” exhibit which celebrates 125 years of Itasca County -- our Quasquicentennial. Fifteen communities will display artifacts and pictures from the 1800s compared to what it’s like today.
Karjala Genealogy and History Research Center—is open to the public to research families, people or places. The purpose of the center is to collect artifacts, information, genealogy, and photos that are pertinent to Itasca County and to make that information available to all.
Access to Ancestry.com is available during open hours, with Genealogists on site Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m. to help in your research.
Open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Itasca County Fair
Family Fun at the Fair Grounds
1336 Fairgrounds Rd
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
The Itasca County Agricultural Association (aka Itasca County Fairboard), welcomes you to our beautiful grounds.
Often referred to as the Itasca County Fairgrounds, our 80 acre parcel is the most beautiful and clean grounds you will visit in the state of Minnesota. The first fair was held on these grounds in 1907.
The Itasca County Fairgrounds continues to be a gathering place for county residents and visitors alike to, camp, fish, enjoy the fair, use the Mesabi Trail, attend events, plan family reunions, or just to visit and get information. We have several buildings for rent that are utilized year-round for storage, meetings etc. Please contact the caretaker at (218) 326-6470 for information, space availability and pricing. With your help and support we will continue this fine tradition.
GRAHA Walleye Shootout
Walleye Fishing Tournament in June
Pokegama Lake and Awards Address: 1401 NW 3rd Ave,
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
107 boats competed for the $15,000 first place price at last year's tournament. The team of Estebo and Graupmann boated over 21 pounds of walleyes to win the 1st place GRAHA Walleye Shootout Cup and $15,000 at last years tournament.
Itasca Orchestra & Strings Program
Provides opportunities to hear, learn and perform orchestral music for the youth and adults in Itasca County
The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program (IOSP), as a nonprofit, is a symphony orchestra and a strings program with lessons for children and adults in violin, viola, cello and bass.
Bargains are Great on Highway 38
Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: (218) 832-3161
Annual garage sales held the third weekend in September along the 47 mile route of the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway. Check the September calendar of events for the exact dates.
North Central MN Farm & Antique Assn
Farm and Antique Annual Consignment Auction and Flea Market
North Central Minnesota Farm and Antique Assn. Annual Consignment Auction and Flea Market
On Memorial Day weekend the NCMF&AA presents a swap meet (Saturday & Sunday) and a consignment auction (Saturday only). These events provide a chance to sell and buy a large variety of items, with an emphasis on older farm and rural collectibles. Food and refreshments are available.
North Central Minnesota Farm and Antique Assn. 29th Annual Threshing Show
On the second weekend of August the NCMF&AA sponsors a show which provides a wide variety of opportunities to observe vintage farm related activities and displays including harvesting, sawmill, blacksmithing, household activities, a school, a post office, small engines, miniatures, as well as huge diesel, gasoline, and steam engines. The local Draft Horse association joins in the presentation. Historic displays and activities are added each year. Food and refreshments are available.
Directions: 7 miles east on of Grand Rapids on Hwy. 2.
Grand Rapids MN
The show time is 9am - 4pm
Camping is $10 per day without electric and $20 per day with electric.
For Information, call (218) 326-8254 or (218) 752-6592
Deer River Wild Rice Festival
World's Largest Rice Festival
For more than 60 years the Deer River area has celebrated the World’s Largest Wild Rice Festival. Originally, the festival was established to bring the community together to celebrate the abundance of one of the area’s natural staples, wild rice. Though wild rice still grows abundantly in some of the area lakes and rivers, the advent of “paddy rice” which is grown commercially and harvested mechanically, has made the once regional product a national available commodity.
Grand Rapids Players
Two Two-tapping performances and Theatrical Plays
The Grand Rapids Players conduct two toe-tapping performances annually at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids. This volunteer theatrical group has enchanted audiences for more than 30 years and produces a spring musical and a fall play.
Tickets are available at Reed Drug, (218) 326-3453, or at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, (218) 327-5780.
Northwoods Pond Hockey Championship
Second weekend in February each year
February 10, 2018
A portion of the proceeds goes toward digging water wells in Africa.
McKinney Lake in Grand Rapids, MN
Bovey Farmers Day
Open to all Entertainment in Bovey
Contact: Jean Cyronek
402 2nd St
Bovey MN, 55709
Everyone knows that Bovey Farmer’s Day is the most important day of the year. If you lived in, or visited Bovey, Minnesota, within the last 100 years during Labor Day, you have seen a small town celebration that will remind you what America is all about.
Open to all enjoy the Firemen’s softball tournament, 5k & 10k fun run, flea market, concession stands, carnival, street dance, annual vegetable & flower contest and musical entertainment in Bovey.
Weekend of Wheels Car Club
Annual Weekend of Wheels Car Show
The Northern Cruisers Car Club is a club dedicated to having fun while pursuing our interest in cars. The Club is open to all ages and you are not required to own a car. We encourage anyone who’s into classic cars, regardless of the age to check us out.
Family Fun benefits Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund
Celebrate life! Enjoy some family fun while participating in a worthwhile endeavor to benefit the Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund!
Established to honor the memory of friend, teacher, coach, volunteer, wife and mother, Jackie Bischoff of Cohasset Minnesota, the Bisch Bash 5K Run and Kid’s Pledge Walk help support the Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund. The fund is designed to assist Itasca County residents struggling with the effects cancer treatment can have on a family.
Held the last Saturday in June, the Bash involves the entire family by providing fun activities for folks of all ages. There is no need to be a runner or walker to join in the fun! Cheer on your favorites, honor someone you know who has been affected by cancer, enjoy a day out in the park, or simply make a donation if you wish. All forms of participation are welcomed!
Grand Rapids Arts
Connecting audiences to local artist and art organizations.
The mission of Grand Rapids Arts is to connect audiences to local artists and arts organizations. Experience our local art scene on the first Friday of every month during our downtown art walk, 4-8pm. Looking for a musician to play at your local event or an artist to give an art talk? Reference the artist roster on our website, grandrapidsarts.org.
For info on upcoming arts events: www.grandrapidsarts.org