Grand Day

Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota
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This festival is marketed as the largest one day event in the Midwest. This festival is held on the first Sunday of June and incorporates food and music to celebrate the long history of Grand Avenue. This street is the home to many unique businesses. There is no charge to attend this event, however a wristband and ID are required for the music festival gardens where alcohol is served. Food vendors are available throughout the festival, but they only take tickets, not cash. Food tickets are available at many different booths along the street for $5 per sheet of 10 tickets.

The festival is divided into roughly 4 districts according to interest. The music district is located between Dale and Lexington and features six stages with shows scheduled throughout the day. The second section is the sporting district located between Lexington and Hamline. This area has interactive games and activities for those who enjoy sports of all kinds. The art district is next from Hamline to Snelling and features a variety of art, crafts and jewelry from local artisans. The final area is the family fun section from Snelling to Fairview. This area has bouncy houses, pony rides a petting zoo and much more for the whole family to enjoy. There is also a stage with scheduled entertainment. This is also the area where the battle of the bands allows local amateur bands to compete for cash and prizes.

This festival is a great way to kick off the summer, though it is entirely outside so check the weather before attending. Additional information is available at www.grandave.com

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