Great finds, food and fun in the sun

 - by julie

Are you looking for something cool to do on a warm summer weekend?  Skip the lake and head to one of the region’s most popular events – the Grand Cities Art Fest – instead!

On June 11 and 12, the streets of downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will be lined with great shopping, entertainment, food and plenty of fun.  More than 150 quality artists and crafters from around the nation will offer their works in an array of different media including ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal, naturals and painting.  Food vendors will tantalize your taste buds with everything from fruit smoothies, funnel cakes and kettle korn to fry bread tacos, bison burgers and barbecue ribs.  You will also want to check out North Valley Arts Council’s (NoVAC) Arts in Action, Fine Arts Avenue, Kids’ Corner and the Main Stage:

NoVAC’s Arts in Action – If you have ever wondered how artists turn raw materials into amazing works of art, Arts in Action is for you.  Skilled artists will perform live demonstrations of their art-making process in the Town Square.

Fine Arts Avenue – What happens when you take simple, inexpensive materials and add inspiration and talent?  You get Fine Arts Avenue where more than 25 of the region’s finest artists will be offering items worthy of any art gallery at prices for all budgets.

Kids’ Corner -Children of all ages are invited to enjoy hands-on “make-and-take” activities designed to inspire creativity.  Activities include the science of color, make your own art, temporary tattoos and much more.  There will also be inflatable games to help burn off some of their excitement.

Main Stage – Along with live theatre and ethnic dance performances, Town Square will be filled with music from a wide variety of performers.  Some of the genres include Folk, Bluegrass and Jazz.

For more details, including times, log on to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events.

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