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Area Description

Greater Grand Forks is comprised of two main cities: Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN. 20 miles west is Grand Forks Air Force Base, one of our nation's top UAS facilities. We are also home to the University of North Dakota, a Division I school with an enrollment averaging just below 15,000. Our two cities embody one lively, bustling community surrounded by tranquil, scenic farm country. It's a place that feels "warm" even in the winter...where you'll find plenty to see and do, in addition to meeting some of the friendliest people to be found anywhere.

Includes Cities/Towns: East Grand Forks, Grand Forks.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Shop till you drop at big box southend stores and unique downtown boutiques. Cheer on championship sports teams at Ralph Engelstad Arena or Grammy winning entertainers at the Alerus Center. Check out a Picasso hanging in the North Dakota Museum of Art or say hello to Dali at the Empire Arts Center Gallery. Paddle your way up the Red River, then take a stroll or roll on The Greenway. Indoor and out, we have lots of SimplyGrand ways to entertain you.

Cultural Activities

With a thriving local music scene, flourishing performing arts community and more talented artists than you can shake a paintbrush at, our cultural venues play host to SimplyGrand happenings every day.

Following is a listing of our Top 10 Annual Events:

1. Art & Wine Walk
Get ready to sip, savor and stroll through our beautiful Downtown District, as local businesses host and display works by regional artists while offering samples of fine wines.
Dates: February, May, July, August, October, November 2019

2. Art on the Red
Recognized as one of North Dakota’s best outdoor festivals, Art on the Red features 100+ high-end artisans and quality crafters, tantalizing food concessions, music, live entertainment, kids’ activities and more.
Dates: June 8 & 9, 2019

3. Town Square Farmers Market
Head to the heart of Downtown, every Saturday during the summer, to find all kinds of just-picked produce, home baked pies and kuchen like grandma used to make, mild and spicy salsas, assorted flavors of fudge and jams, jewelry, crafts, live music and lots more.
Dates: June 15-September 28, 2019

4. Blues on the Red
One of the region’s most popular blues festivals, this 3-part summer music series features top notch musicians from around the country; plus, great food and brews.
Dates: June, July, August 2019

5. Sertoma July 4th Festival & Fireworks
Spend your Independence Day in our Grand Forks with 12 hours of live music, fun games, delicious food and drinks, contests and an amazing fireworks display over the Red River.
Date: July 4, 2019

6. Heritage Days
Learn about our community’s legendary past when attending this annual East Grand Forks Heritage Village event. Some of the fun happenings include a parade, community dinner, live music, historical re-enactments, classic car show and antique tractor pull.
Dates: August 2019

7. Downtown Street Fair
Dozens of vendors will offer up blocks of unique finds to buy and tasty treats to eat. There will also be live music after the sun goes down.
Dates: September 6 & 7, 2019

8. Greenway Takeover Festival
Enjoy four days filled with talented artists performing live music in a variety of genres ranging from rock, country and folk to jazz, gospel and soul. There’ll also be a beer garden, numerous food trucks, plus games for both kids and adults. It all takes place Downtown, on The Greenway, by the banks of the Red.
Dates: September 2019

9. Potato Bowl USA
Celebrate the Red River Valley’s staple crop with a variety of events that include a 5K fun run, parade, UND football game and tailgate party, potato pancake breakfast, contests and the World’s Largest French Fry Feed & Fireworks display.
Dates: Early Fall 2019

10. HollyDazzle Festival of Lights
Kick off the holiday season in simply grand style at this popular family friendly event held the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. Festivities include a lighted parade, caroling, cookie decorating, live entertainment, kids’ games, carriage rides, ice skating and fireworks.
Date: November 24, 2019

Public transportation

City bus + Dial-a-Ride for those who are physically challenged

Medical Facilities

Altru Health System, Sanford Health, RiverView Clinic, VA Clinic


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  -4.0  5.3  14.5  0.8 "  9.8 "
 Feb  3.5  12.9  22.3  0.6 "  6.7 "
 Mar  16.9  25.6  34.3  0.9 "  6.3 "
 Apr  31.0  42.2  53.4  1.2 "  1.8 "
 May  43.8  56.5  69.1  2.1 "  0.1 "
 Jun  53.6  65.3  76.9  3.0 "  0.0 "
 Jul  57.7  69.2  80.7  2.9 "  0.0 "
 Aug  55.5  67.8  80.0  2.9 "  0.0 "
 Sep  45.2  57.0  68.8  2.0 "  0.0 "
 Oct  33.8  44.3  54.7  1.6 "  1.1 "
 Nov  17.9  25.6  33.2  0.9 "  6.4 "
 Dec  2.7  11.0  19.3  0.6 "  10.2 "

Spring (March-May): 51 degrees; Summer (June-August): 80 degrees; Autumn (September-November): 54 degrees; Winter (December-February): 18 degrees

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Cost of Living for Red River Valley, ND

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Senior Assistance in Red River Valley, ND

Red River Valley, North Dakota offers the following assistance for seniors:

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

The Grand Forks Senior Center offers assistance to all those looking for paid and volunteer opportunities; plus, our community has numerous job openings in a variety of professions.

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