For over 40 years Grand Old Days has been the first event of the summer, and the largest 1-day festival in the Midwest USA. This year, the festival expands to a full weekend event featuring two distinct days with very different activities.
Saturday, June 4, Grand Old Days will have a completely different feel than the traditional Sunday event. This is a day to celebrate the businesses on Grand Avenue and give people the opportunity to shop the businesses. On this day many merchants will have special Grand Old Days sales and promotions . . . drive right up to the local business you would like to visit . . . the streets will be open for all events and festivities. Kids Adventure Zone at Ramsey Middle School with Carnival Ride will be open from 12 noon-8:00 pm Saturday and again during Grand Old Days Sunday. Individual stores may have music, but there are no big stage performances. Crews will be getting ready for the traditional Sunday Event.
The Sunday, June 5 event is recognized as one of the best Minnesota festivals for people of all ages and interests, Grand Old Days features four distinct areas of fun along Grand Avenue – the Family Fun District, the Home & Garden District, the Sporting District, and the Entertainment District, and new this year, the Arts & Culture District, which will include a vibrant array of artist and craftspeople, with a mix of street performers, ethnic foods and music. Don’t forget the Grand Old Days Parade that passes through all the areas!
Grand Old Days is FREE to attend! If you’d like to spend time in the Festival Gardens in the Entertainment District, you’ll need to prove that you’re at least 21 and buy a wristband for $6 online in advance* or $8 the day of the event. Then, you’ll have access to all of our Festival Gardens!
Listening to live music and entertainment on seven unique stages is the best way to ring in summer in the Twin Cities! Dozens of local favorite bands perform throughout the afternoon.
Each year Grand Old Days draws in over 275,000 people from the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area, regionally and from neighboring states. The parade is the 2nd largest in the area with over 180,000 in attendance. The Parade will kick-off promptly at 9:30 am. The route begins at Dale and Grand then proceeds west along Grand to Fairview. Grand Avenue and all side streets are closed after 8:00 am.
Be sure to check out the many METRO area B&Bs, including 4 in St. Paul.