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Grand Rapids Annual Events

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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91.7 KAXE Radio Mississippi River Music Festival

Mississippi River Music Festival...

91.7 KAXE Radio Mississippi River Music Festival

Mississippi River Music Festival

Rotary Tent/KAXE Amphitheater
260 Northeast 2nd Street
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-1234

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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.


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Bargains are Great on Highway 38

Garage Sales

Edge of the ...

Bargains are Great on Highway 38

Garage Sales

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.


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Bigfork Wilderness Days

Family Fun and more

Bigfork Wilderness Days

Family Fun and more

Contact: Bonnie Tendrup
PO Box 215
Bigfork MN, 56628
Phone: 218-244-9069

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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~~


Bovey Farmers Day

Open to all Entertainment in Bov...

Bovey Farmers Day

Open to all Entertainment in Bovey

Contact: Jean Cyronek
402 2nd St
Box 147
Bovey MN, 55709
Phone: 218-910-0492


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.


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Club Mesabi – Mesabi Trail – Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour

Bike Trail and Routes

Club Mesabi – Mesabi Trail – Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour

Bike Trail and Routes

Contact: Ardy Nurmi-Wilberg
PO Box 139
Viginia MN, 55792
Phone: 218-749-4331
Email: tourinfo@mesabitrail.com

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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.

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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.


Deer River Bar-b-que & Brew Fest

Food, Music and Fun

Deer River Bar-b-que & Brew Fest

Food, Music and Fun

Contact: Mike Kane
White Oak Learning Center
33155 State Hwy. 6
Deer River MN, 56636
Phone: 218-327-1854
Email: mkane@gismn.com

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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.

Music:
The outdoor stage will come alive at 4 p.m. with live music!!

Cost:
General admission: $15

Directions: Take Highway 6 north for 1 mile to White Oak Learning Center.

 

 


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Deer River Wild Rice Festival

World's Largest Rice Festival

Deer River Wild Rice Festival

World's Largest Rice Festival

Contact: Larry Nixon
18 1st Ave NE
Deer River MN, 56636
Phone: 218-246-8302
Email: lanixon@paulbunyan.net

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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.


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Get Fit Itasca: Open Streets

Annual Block Party Event

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Get Fit Itasca: Open Streets

Annual Block Party Event

Contact: Ashley Runge
Downtown Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-327-1161 ext 233
Email: ashley@getfititasca.org

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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.

Grand Rapids Farmers Market

Local Farmer's Market

Grand Rapids Farmers Market

Local Farmer's Market

Contact: Kent Lorentzen
701 NW 4th St
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Email: manager@grfarmersmarket.org

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Local farmer’s market featuring locally grown fruits, vegetables and fresh farm products from growers within 50 miles of Grand Rapids.   Fresh farm-raised meats, syrups, honey, vegetables and produce, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, jams & jellies, and handcrafted items.  Open every Wednesday and Saturday from May 3rd and continuing into October with seasonal items.  Hours: 8am – 1pm (unless sold out); come early for best selection.


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Grand Rapids Speedway

Western Range Racing Association...

Grand Rapids Speedway

Western Range Racing Association

1336 Fairgrounds Rd
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-4437

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Thunder in the Pines!  Enjoy dirt track racing at the Grand Rapids Speedway located at the Itasca County Fairgrounds.  Racing generally every Thursday night at 7pm, with pits opening at 4pm.  Concession stands on-site.  Check the calendar of events for additional race nights and times to coincide with special events.


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HighLifter Quadna Mud Nationals

Mud Nationals

Quadna Mou...

HighLifter Quadna Mud Nationals

Mud Nationals

Quadna Mountain
Hill City MN, 55748
Phone: 218-327-1088

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Grab your quads and get ready for some mud at Quadna Mountain Park in Hill City, Minnesota, June 10-12, 2016! Get more info at http://www.quadnamudnationals.com/


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Itasca County Fair

Family Fun at the Fair Grounds

Itasca County Fair

Family Fun at the Fair Grounds

1336 Fairgrounds Rd
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-6470

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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.


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North Central MN Farm & Antique Assn

Farm and Antique Annual Consignm...

North Central MN Farm & Antique Assn

Farm and Antique Annual Consignment Auction and Flea Market

25313 US Hwy 2
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-8254
Phone: 218-752-6592

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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

North Star Stampede Rodeo

Rodeo

68270 County Road 5...

North Star Stampede Rodeo

Rodeo

68270 County Road 5
North Star Ranch
Effie MN, 56639
Phone: 218-743-3893

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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.


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Northern Cruisers Car Club

Annual Weekend of Wheels Car Sho...

Northern Cruisers Car Club

Annual Weekend of Wheels Car Show

Contact: Chuck Beck
IRA Civic Center Parking Lot
For More Information:
P.O. Box 792
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-244-0742
Email: northerncruisers@hotmail.com

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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.

 


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Northern MN Swap Meet and Car Show

Car show and swap meet

24...

Northern MN Swap Meet and Car Show

Car show and swap meet

24 NE 4th Street
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-5910
Phone: 1-800-472-6366
Email: bud@grandmn.org

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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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Peasants with Torches

Multimedia Art Presentation

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Peasants with Torches

Multimedia Art Presentation

Contact: Tom Page
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-328-5705
Email: tpage@paulbunyan.net

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This is not a for profit business. It serves a purpose of advancing the arts and culture in all communities regardless of size.

Peasants with Torches does not hold a non profit certificate.  Our primary function is to promote cultural awareness through the arts. We are also a model of alternative community promotion for the arts and culture, a service we seek and expect no income.

Days/Hours of Operation: Annual, Thursday before Halloween.

Tall Timber Days

Family Fun with many activities<...

Tall Timber Days

Family Fun with many activities

Contact: Sheena Richards
10 NW 5th St
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Email: talltimberdays@gmail.com

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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 

The Bash

Family Fun benefits Itasca Area ...

The Bash

Family Fun benefits Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund

Portage Park
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-398-3530
Email: info@team-bash.org

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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!


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White Oak Rendezvous

Educational Workshops, and learn...

White Oak Rendezvous

Educational Workshops, and learning about the 15th century

Contact: Bill Polchow
33155 St Hwy 6
Deer River MN, 56636
Phone: 218-246-9680
Phone: 218-246-9393
Email: swill@whiteoak.org

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