As the snow piles slowly melt and forecasters warn of a spring flood, many in Grand Forks are looking forward to the summer months.
Although summer construction on DeMers will displace some events typically held in Town Square or North Third Street, the Downtown Development Association says the events will all still be downtown.
Katie Rehder, marketing and event coordinator for the DDA, said that although things will be shifted from their normal spots, they are looking for ways to continue expanding.
On May 1, the DDA will host an event called "Discover Downtown," to allow residents to see renderings of what the pocket parks and the streetscape will look like after construction is done.
"This is just a way to take a pretty boring subject and turn it into something fun," said DDA Executive Director Blue Weber.
The DDA also plans to host bi-weekly pop-up events in partnership with various downtown businesses affected by the DeMers construction project.
"We're planning a variety of different, fun things," Weber said. "The idea is to just get people used to fun things going on at all times."
Other events will include cornhole tournaments, and an ice cream social or a movie night in the park. The dates and times for these events are not yet set. When the DDA has dates for these various events, Rehder said, they will be listed on downtowngrandforks.org.
Something new this summer will be concerts Wednesday evenings in the parking lot of the Riverview Center building.
Ward and Diana Johnson, who own the Riverview Center and are part of a band called Town and Country, plan to host small concerts all summer long, Rehder said.
The Town Square Farmer's Market will still take place on Saturdays from June to September starting June 15, but will be in a different location still to be determined.
On the agenda
• The Greenway Takeover Festival, Sept. 5 to 8.
• ND Shakespeare's "Rude Run" on June 1. Performers will dress up in costume and yell rude things at runners.
• Blues on the Red on June 22 and Aug. 16. The summer concert series will be moved out of Town Square and to a new location still to be determined.
• The 3rd Street Festival in the parking lot of Riverview Center June 26 to 29.
• The Downtown Street Fair on Aug. 23 and 24. The Street Fair draws between 15,000 and 20,000 people, Rehder said. The kids' activity area will return this year, possibly with an obstacle course and mini golf courses. The DDA is looking for a different kind of entertainment Aug. 23, like an outdoor movie.
• Art and Wine Walks on May 4, June 1, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. The Art and Wine Walks will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. This event is in its 13th year, Rehder said, and has been DDA-run since 2015. There will be 15 different businesses participating in the Art and Wine Walks this summer.