Visit Grand Rapids Promotes Autumn Activities

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Minnesota’s fall harvest season, color display and cooler temperatures invite visitors and the community of Grand Rapids to get out and enjoy the activities specific to this time of year. The calendar of events posted at the website provides the latest updates on happenings in this northern Minnesota area.

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Our website is an excellent source of information for selecting interesting events and activities,” commented Megan Christianson, Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids.

Autumn in the heart of the Minnesota’s nature brings in vacationers wishing to experience an authentic Minnesota vacation in the great outdoors. Grand Rapids Minnesota is a favorite destination for fishermen and hunters during October and November with thousands of acres of public forests and lakes available to enjoy. Hunting is a wide draw for visitors that draws thousands to the area. Some popular hunting seasons that the Grand Rapids, MN area is known for are small game and large game. The small game hunting season (grouse, gray partridge and woodcock) runs mid-September through mid to late December, and some bird hunting even runs through February. Deer hunting runs mid-September through end of December. Fishing really peaks at this time of year as well, as the fish grow hungrier before the freeze up on area lakes. Limits of walleye, northern pike, crappies, bass and sunfish are regularly caught by fishermen in the fall.

“The harvest season here in Grand Rapids is celebrated in many ways. Aside from the sporting opportunities found here, the community comes together to share the arts and the tastes of fall. The pace of life slows and people take the time to get out and participate in the many offerings well suited to satisfy every member of the family. Our website is an excellent source of information for selecting interesting events and activities,” commented Megan Christianson, Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids.    

The Arts are truly an integral part of the Grand Rapids community. Among the upcoming chances to experience some of the fine arts produced here are; the Public Art Celebration, a mapped walking tour through the city, monthly exhibits at the MacRostie Art Center, Holiday Artists Marketplace, Fall Festivals and Bazaars featuring local artists occur each weekend through mid-December. The first Friday of each month local shops in downtown Grand Rapids host artists and welcome visitors to see their work and meet the artists who create it. By clicking on the events calendar at, visitors will find additional links to detailed information about the types of arts that will be displayed at all of the various art venues and events.

Music rings out as well, with live music featured in several different venues throughout the area. The Reif Performing Arts Center draws a wide variety of musicians and performance artists throughout the year. Upcoming on October 29, the Reif Center will present the “Birdland Big Band,” “The Arrival: The Music of ABBA” on November 3, and on November 23, Jim Brickman will perform “On a Winters Night”.

Families can enjoy an old fashioned hay ride and corn maze at one of the area pumpkin patches that are located on working farms. All ages will enjoy a visit to the pumpkin patch to get up and close with farm animals, pick out a pumpkin to make the perfect jack-o-lantern, or just take in the fall harvest air. Halloween parties will be sponsored for the kids with Mall-O-Ween at the Central Square Mall and the Halloween Bash at the Marcell Family Center. The Reif Center has regular family performances scheduled each month with special pricing for students like: “The Man Who Planted Trees” on November 2, and “Fiddler on the Roof” on November 20.

Fall also brings “Girls Getaway Weekend” opportunities beginning the first weekend of November and running through the first part of December with wide craft sales and bazaars featuring over hundreds of vendors in many locations around the town. Enjoy some outstanding meals and relax with friends following a day spent shopping the wares of local artisans during this special weekend. Area shops host holiday open houses on weekends starting the first part of November running through mid-December as well.

“With so many upcoming events, it is easy to put together the perfect vacation for any visitor. Here at the ‘Visit Grand Rapids’ offices, we assist individuals and groups in planning their visit by helping with the selection of lodgings and activities best suited to their needs and interests” said Megan.

The opportunities to join in the fun and experience the friendly atmosphere of this northern Minnesota community are fully described on the updated community events calendar at the website. A phone call to Visit Grand Rapids headquarters at 800-355-9740 will connect callers directly to someone who knows the community, the upcoming events, the accommodations, and the offerings of bountiful autumn in northern Minnesota.

The Visit Grand Rapids group is made up of 22 lodging properties located in the area. Together they have created an extensive website to present the best offerings for visitors planning a vacation to Minnesota’s north woods environment. Please check the website for the latest offerings and the “HOT DEALS” page for great deals and last minute specials.

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