Grand Old Day 2011

There are usually a few markers of the first days of summer: The snow melts, dandelions pop up everywhere, and Grand Old Day takes over St. Paul. This annual event has become a favorite local tradition and has something for everyone, from live music to family activities to parades to shopping. Those interested in the festival gardens can purchase a wristband for admission to the live stages, featuring nearly 20 of the best performers on the local music scene, including Communist Daughter, Heiruspecs, and Phantom Tails. Pick up food tickets at the booths along Grand Avenue to sample the best of what the famed street has to offer. People can work those delicious calories off in advance with an early run, walk, jog, or inline skate sponsored by the Sporting Life. Kids should check out the Family Fun Zone, filled to the brim with great activities, including bounce houses, mini-golf courses, and a petting zoo. Watch the Hometown Heroes parade honoring firemen, veterans, educators, and superheroes. Paint pianos as part of the Keys 4/4 Kids Twin Cities' upcoming Pianos on Parade, a public art project that will exhibit pianos around St. Paul for the public to play all summer. Or take a gander at some Art Cars, the coolest things on four wheels in the Twin Cities. Grand Old Day presenters encourage visitors to take advantage of green transportation options, but if walking or riding a bike isn't your cup of tea, print a free Metro Transit ride pass from the event's website. For a complete schedule of events and for more information, visit (Photo by Sarah Kannenberg)
Sun., June 5, 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., 2011

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