Grand Avenue Events

Grand Avenue is the host of four of the best Twin Cities community focused events, Grand Old Days, Paws on Grand, BooFest on Grand and Grand Meander. Each with its own theme, these four events bring in people from around the Midwest to celebrate pets, the fall season, the holiday season, and summer fun in the sun. Make sure to mark your calendar and join us for a good time. We know your annual Grand Avenue events will have you coming back year after year!

Pirate Pub Crawl — April 16, 2016
Grand Old Days — June 4-5, 2016

Grand Old Days, one of the biggest festival in the Midwest, marks the official start of summer in Minnesota. Held annually on the first Sunday in June, it is widely known as the favorite of all Twin Cities events. Experience live music, games, fair food, festival gardens (21+), the parade, family fun stages, the art fair and so much more when you join the crowds at the Midwest’s favorite festival, Grand Old Days!

Paws On Grand — August 7, 2016

Celebrate the dog days of summer on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue with Paws on Grand! Paws on Grand is held annually on the first Sunday in August. Enjoy the Paws on Grand dog wash, rescue a pet, get a doggie photo taken, and even watch your pooch walk down the aisle and into wedded bliss!

Oktoberfest — Saturday, September 24, 2016

BooFest on Grand — Sunday, October 23, 2016

Grand Avenue will be haunted with pint-sized goblins celebrating the free, family-friendly BooFest.  After the kids tick-or-treat and enjoy fun activities, adults can experience one of the festive Oktoberfest gardens, featuring German beer and food.  Fall sales and special events at member businesses throughout the day will offer enjoyment for everyone!

Join Grand Avenue businesses and neighbors for our festive fall celebration on Saturday, October 10
St. Paul's Grand Avenue will be haunted with pint-sized goblins celebrating the free and family-friendly BooFest.  After the kids trick-or-treat and enjoy fun activities, adults can experience one of the festive Oktoberfest gardens, featuring German beers and food.  Fall sales and special events at businesses along the Avenue will offer enjoyment for everyone! 
BooZone: 11am - 3pm  Kids will delight with Halloween-themed activities in the BooZone at Ramsey Jr. High (Grand & Cambridge), featuring great entertainment, costume contests, creepy critters, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating and much more! BooFest treat bags will be handed out to the first 500 kids starting at 11am.  There will also be free pony rides sponsored by Keller Williams - The Odd Couple Team!
Petting Zoos: 11am-3pm Visit the farm animals at Subway (1820 Grand) and Frattalone's Ace Hardware (650 Grand)!
Trick-or-Treating: 2pm - 4pm  Meander along the Avenue to collect treats from participating businesses!  Treat stops will be marked and a "safe route" map will be provided to families in the event guide. 
Oktoberfest Gardens: 12pm - 8pm  Prost!  Celebrate Oktoberfest with German beers, food and entertainment at select Grand Avenue bars & restaurants.

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Grand Meander — December 5, 2015 (and December 3, 2016)

Grand Meander celebrates the holiday season with a full days worth of festivities for young and old alike, and has become known as one of the best Twin Cities holiday events. Grand Meander is held annually the first Saturday in December. In the morning have breakfast with Santa, take a ride on a fire truck, and visit with Santa’s reindeer. In the afternoon enjoy the young art fair and Art at Ramsey, both displaying art be the students in and around the Grand Avenue area. You can also take part in trolley rides and soup tasting. Don’t miss out on the best of the Twin Cities holiday events, Grand Meander!
This year's Grand Meander event will also include The Red Flannel 5K.

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