It is an environment which encourages and inspires artists, in fact, draws them into the Grand Rapids area. The rich natural heritage of this Minnesota community is thus additionally enhanced with exceptional opportunities to become involved with the arts & culture of the area.
Outstanding venues offer visitors a chance to see a wide variety of exhibits and performances, both indoors and out. Musicians, sculptors, painters, performance artists, potters, jewelers, textile artists, photographers and more, add depth and understanding to the community.
Artistic, historical and cultural events fill the city calendar with frequent opportunities to view, hear, observe or participate in the arts. The small town atmosphere provides for relaxed discussions and easy access. Many artists are available to share their insights and talents.
Absorb the inspiration, and the results of inspiration, in the works of local area artisans. Explore some of the many offerings and options here on these pages and don’t be surprised when you find even more as you stroll the streets of Grand Rapids Minnesota.
Art & Culture Events in Grand Rapids, Minnesota:
Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse
A café where you can eat every day and be Healthy
Brewed Awakenings’ specialties are: Vegetarian soups made from the most local, fresh, organic ingredients available and Gelato (Italian Ice Cream) made in house weekly, with 12 flavors in the case at all times! Vegetarian and Gluten-free choices for entrees and snacks.
Mon – Sat. 6:30am to 6:30pm
Edge Center for the Arts
To enhance the Edge of the Wilderness by providing a welcoming and well-managed space, where shared art experiences build community.
The Edge Center for the Arts features Continental seating for 283 patrons, proscenium stage and professional lighting, sound mixing booth, box office, and upright and grand pianos.
The Edge Gallery is open free of charge May through December on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-4p and during performances only in the winter months. The Gallery features a rotating exhibit of works from local and regional artists.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
MacRostie Art Center
FREE Gallery, Private Group Classes
MacRostie Art Center is a nonprofit art center with free admission to monthly exhibits, ongoing classes and workshops for youth and adults, and an Art Shop featuring local handmade art including jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodworking, wearables, and more.
Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.
Reif Performing Arts Center
Stimulating Arts in Northern Minnesota
The Reif Performing Arts Center is a multi-theater venue which hosts national and international touring performances of all genres: country music artists, rock tributes, chamber ensembles, dance companies, musical theater, children’s theater, comedy, etc. It is also the home to great local music, theater and dance performances. Find upcoming events at reifcenter.org.
Box Office Open: M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm