A Perfect Kickoff to Summer: Grand Old Days

  • A Perfect Kickoff to Summer: Grand Old Days

     
    POSTED June 3, 2016
     

Each year Minnesotans look forward to Saint Paul’s first rite of summer, Grand Old Days. Grand Old Days took place this past  weekend, Saturday, June 4- Sunday, June 5. The free festival was located along Grand Avenue in St. Paul from Dale Avenue to Prior Avenue.

Saturday was solely about the businesses on Grand Avenue. All of the businesses featured sales and special promotions that went on throughout the day.

Sunday kicked off with the Grand Old Day Parade, which is the second largest parade in the area. A panel of judges was on the lookout for the best parade unit and awarded the Grand Old Day Parade Best in Show trophy to the lucky winner.

After the parade, Grand Avenue shut down and the streets came alive. There were food, artist, and merchandise vendors lining the streets; it was a very fun lively atmosphere. Live music also played throughout the day. This year, there were a record number of food vendors. A few of my personal favorites were Dougie Boy’s Kettle Corn and Curds and Cakes, they were both amazing.

Grand Old Days was a perfect way to spend an early summer weekend. Make sure you stop by next year! 

Weekends from August 19 through October 1 welcome back the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Voted 2017’s best festival, The Renaissance Festival draws hundreds of thousands of mead drinking, fairy loving, medieval enthusiasts every year. With free parking, 250 artisan booths, and 16 stages of live entertainment, the annual celebration offers planners a unique venue for their next event.

 

Brews & Buses: St. Paul Brewery Bus Crawl offers beer lovers the unique opportunity to experience each of Saint Paul’s 11 breweries, without having to worry about driving throughout the day. The GetKnit event is in its third year and will be taking place on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Participants board a fleet of specially-commissioned “brewery buses” at Union Depot in Lowertown Saint Paul and will be delivered door-to-door of each brewery in the capital city.

 

It’s time for the local meetings and events industry to show the NFL what the Bold North is all about