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Simply grand events – week of August 20

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Blues on the Red encore performances set

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The City of Grand Forks, Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rhombus Guys Pizza are thrilled to announce that the Blues on the Red Summer Music Fest made its year five successful debut on June 23. Hundreds of attendees filled Town Square for great music and food!

If you couldn’t make it out; don’t worry. Dates, along with scheduled artists, for the remaining Blues events are as follows:

Saturday, July 28

Headliner – Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

Opener – The Sky Blues Band

Saturday, August 25 special “Ladies Sing the Blues” night until 12 midnight

Headliner – Sena Ehrhardt

Openers – Kelly Richey and Dee Miller

The music begins at 6 p.m. both nights. On July 28, the show will conclude at 10 p.m. However, a special “Ladies Sing the Blues” night will take place on August 25, with the show going until 12 midnight.

There is always a beer garden and food vending area provided by Rhombus Guys. Admission is free and people are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to the Empire Arts Center.

Get regular updates about Blues on the Red on Facebook.


Appreciating our visitors

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Grand Forks is set to kick off National Travel & Tourism Week by celebrating the importance of natural, cultural and historic wonders and how they draw visitors to cities and towns across the nation.  During May 5-13, tourism related industries will join together to highlight the valuable role tourism plays in contributing to vibrant communities as great places to visit and live.


In an effort to show our appreciation to visitors and local residents and emphasize the importance of the tourism industry, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a prize each day during the week.  These prizes will help us illustrate the many wonderful offerings available in our Grand Cities.  All you need to do to register for the simply grand giveaways (listed below), is click on this link and complete the short form.


  • May 5 – One 2lb. box of Chipper’s from Grand Forks’ own Widman’s Candy Store
  • May 6 – Greater Grand Forks gift basket
  • May 7 – Two World of Outlaw passes sponsored by River Cities Speedway
  • May 8 – Two North Dakota Museum of Art Summer Concerts in the Garden season passes (sponsored by ND Museum of Art)
  • May 9 – Two 2012 Art & Wine Walk season passes
  • May 10 – Round of golf for four along with two cart rentals at Valley Golf Course
  • May 11 – Picnic backpack for four along with blanket and three $25 gift cards for L&M Meats, Dakota Harvest Bakers and Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops.
  • May 12 – Blues on the Red gift package with one night’s lodging on Saturday, August 25, during “Ladies Sing the Blues”, $50 gift card at Rhombus Guys Pizza and two Blues on the Red t-shirts
  • May 13 – Tandem bicycle with “no pressure” seats, basket and bell for those long leisure rides on the Greenway


“This is an important week for those of us who work in tourism, and the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to be a part of this industry,” said Julie Rygg, CVB Executive Director.  “It is our hope these fabulous prizes will show our appreciation to our visitors and provide a taste of all the great things to do in Greater Grand Forks.”


For information on local and regional tourism opportunities, please contact the Visitor Center (800.866.4566 / info@visitgrandforks.com) and a travel professional will assist you.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter and see other travel reviews on TripAdvisor.  With a little research and a spirit of exploration, you’ll be able to discover treasures right outside your door!

What do we do now?

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It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon (the Convention & Visitors Bureau was the presenting sponsor by the way) and a record breaking attendance for the last of the 2011 three-part music series, Blues on the Red.  It may have some asking what do we do now?  The answer is PLENTY!  I am going to just give you a brief taste of some of the great events coming up (details and more events can be found on our Calendar of Events) in September:

-UND Football season opener vs. Drake September 1 at the Alerus Center (don’t miss tailgating, as the presenting sponsor, the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a great prize package)

Friday Night Races at the River Cities Speedway through September 16

-Outdoor Farmer’s Market in Town Square through September 24

-Choice Financial 10K Fun Run/Walk Setember 10

-Tour de Forks Bike Ride & Walk in Lincoln Drive Park on September 11

-AudioBody at the Chester Fritz on September 11

-Art & Wine in Downtown on September 17 (and October 15)

-4th Annual Fall Frolic Run in Riverside Park on September 17

-Potato Bowl Week (there will be a blog later highlighting activities) September 19-24

-UND Women’s Hockey vs. Manitoba September 23 & 24 at Ralph Engelstad Arena

-Grand Forks Women’s Show at the Alerus Center on October 1

This is just a taste of the happenings in September, and we always like to get feedback on what you like to spend your time doing in Greater Grand Forks.

In addition to checking our calendar (there is an RSS feed by the way), don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and/or follow @visitgrandforks on Twitter.  Not only do we provide the latest updates on things to do, but we have a number of contests with great prizes!

Have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend and a warm welcome to all our Canadian friends that will be visiting for Canadian Labour Day Weekend!

Fun in the summer sun!

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It looks like our hot streak is going to continue in the Grand Cities this week with temps hitting the upper 80s and 90s!  While we should be extra careful when venturing out, but we we can still enjoy the summer and all the fun offered in Greater Grand Forks.  I like to make lists, so I have my list of inexpensive activitess to tackle with my family this week including:

Turtle River State Park is located just 22 miles west of Grand Forks, and if your family likes fishing, nature trails or just enjoying the outdoors, this is the place for you.  I plan to grab a group of little ones and make it out for one of our “nature walks” this week!

Riverside Park Swimming Pool is a very inexpensive way to spend a hot summer day.  Adults get in for only $3.25 and children 5-16 get in for $2.75.  Kids 4 and under are $1.50.  They have a snack area, water slide, kiddy pool and diving boards as well as a friendly life guard staff.  Make sure to have some time set aside if you are bringing the family, as I know my kids never want to leave!


University Park Splash Park in beautiful University Park is fun for the whole family and free!  There are shelters, gardens and a playground there as well, so we will definitely need to pack a picnic.

I hope one evening this week to make it over to the Keg’s Drive In.  There is nothing better in the summer than enjoying a one-of-a-kind “Joe” along with a cherry-lime Coke at the Keg’s.  My daughter loves the “Joes” because they are “sloppy” and “awesome”!



Saturday projections are a little cooler for heading to the Farmer’s Market in Town Square.  Since we are getting more into summer, there will be more fresh produce from local farmers.





Local blues favorite, PeatMoss, will open the Blues on the Red show for Big George Jackson on Saturday when Blues on the Red kicks off at 6 p.m.  This is a great family or adult event in Town Square.  It is free and all you need to do is bring a lawn chair.  The only negative I have heard about Blues on the Red, is that people don’t want it to end!








I feel very lucky to live a safe community that offers so many cost-effective options for families in the summer.  I actually check the calendar of events every day to check out our options.

We would love to hear from you what your favorite activities are in the summer?  We want to expose our hidden gems.

Blues on the Red redux

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The Blues on the Red Music Fest made its fourth year successful debut on June 25.  Hundreds of attendees filled Town Square for great music and food!  Check out what you missed here!

If you couldn’t make it out, don’t worry.  Dates, along with scheduled artists, for the remaining Blues on the Red events are as follows:

  • Saturday, July 23 with headliner Big George Jackson and opener Peat Moss
  • Saturday August 24 with headliner Lamont Cranston Band and opener Austin James Band

Major sponsors of Blues on the Red are the City of Grand Forks, Canad Inns Destination Center and the Convention & Visitors Bureau.  The music begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.  There is also a beer garden and food vending area hosted by Canad Inns.  Admission is free to all, and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors.

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Music made for the outdoors

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I am so excited that Blues on the Red will be kicking off the three-part music series this Saturday, June 25, in Town Square! This is one of my favorite events, as it provides a winning combination of great music, food and beverages and lots of fun all outdoors in downtown Grand Forks. I am going to grab some friends and lawn chairs and head downtown for the free event.

The June Blues on the read will feature guitartist, singer and songwriter, James Armstrong, from Michigan.  The Deb Jenkins Band from Fargo will open the show at 6 p.m.

After the four-hour music show, I plan to head over to one of my favorite downtown businesses for more fun.  Not sure yet whether that will be The Frog, Blue Moose or Rhombus yet, and it may be all three!

Two more shows will be coming on July 23 and August 27.  Bands will include Big George Jackson, Lamont Cranston, PeatMoss and the Austin James Band.