Grand Old Day St. Paul - General Information

Grand Old Day, Saint Paul's first rite of summer, is where to go when you’re looking for things to do in the Twin Cities. It’s the kick off to Minnesota festivals season, and is the largest one-day festival in the Midwest. 
 
Mark your calendars for the first Sunday in June, because you don't want to miss out on Grand Old Day - one of the biggest and best Twin Cities events of the summer! 
 

RAIN or SHINE!! We know that rain won't stop the Twin Cities from its first big outdoor festival of the summer! Bring out your PARTY PONCHO!

In the case that the parade cancels due to SEVERE weather, we will immediately post to our Facebook and Twitter

Fun for Everyone!

Grand Old Day is one of the best Minnesota festivals for people of all ages and interests. Whether you're looking for the best summer parades in Minnesota (complete with candy, of course!), Minnesota outdoor music festivals, some of the best fair foods Minnesota has to offer, or just some good old family fun in the sun - St. Paul's Grand Old Day is the place to be!
 
Listening to live music in our 5 unique Festival Gardens is the best way to ring in Summer in the Twin Cities! Dozens of the Twin Cities’ favorite bands perform throughout the afternoon.
 
Sports District presented by Xfinity
Guests of all ages take part in interactive games and fun from area sports teams and organizations including: basketball, the MN Rollergirls, the Timberwolves and more!
 
One of the most popular and lively areas of Grand Old Day, the Family Fun District hosts free activities including: inflatable bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting, performances by Choo Choo Bob, and more!
 

Minnesota's First Parade of the Summer

Enjoy the Grand Old Day Parade presented by White Bear Mitsubishi, which starts at 9:30am at Dale Street, and marches (and rolls…and dances) down Grand Avenue - all the way to Fairview Avenue! You'll see fire trucks, Choo Choo Bob and other local celebrities, area "royalty", marching bands, gymnasts and dancers, and (of course) candy!
 

Food Vendors

Over 150 food vendors will hoist their booths along Grand Avenu, featuring an incredible array of the most delectable delights, including the best fair foods Minnesota has to offer! 
 

Craft Beer Sampling

Join us for for craft beer sampling in the Pier 1 Festival Garden while you enjoy the sounds of local musicians! Find your new favorite summer beer by trying samples from some of the best craft breweries in the nation -- including some local favorites.
 

Getting to Grand Old Day

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You can also bike, walk, drive, or take our shuttle buses along Summit Ave. More details on getting to Grand Old Day.

 

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