Guide to Grand Old Day

Guide to Grand Old Day

Grand Old Day won't take place in 2021, but here's an overview to get you excited for 2022.


Everyone and their grandmother (who also probably attended Grand Old Day when it kicked off 47 years ago in 1973). Grand Old Day is truly a family-friendly event for all ages. Your pups, however, may have a hard time with the large crowds. We encourage you to leave them at home for this one, but to come back in July for PAWs on Grand—an event specifically designed for the enjoyment of our four-legged friends.


The official kick-off to summer and the largest one-day festival in the upper Midwest. What is it that draws in such a crowd? Over 150 food vendors, a family fun area, art district, six unique festival gardens, a parade and much more.

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Traditionally, Grand Old Day is held the first Sunday in June.


30 blocks of Saint Paul’s iconic Grand Avenue, from Dale Street to Fairview Avenue.


Because summer...and fun...and happiness—that’s why.

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General access to the event is free, but you will need to purchase a  wristband to enter any of the 21+ festival gardens. Skip the day-of line and get a pre-sale wristband. As you can imagine, a 30-block party doesn’t make for the easiest parking. We recommend making it easy on yourself by using Metro Transit, but you can also try your luck at the University of St. Thomas Anderson lot.

We can hardly wait for Grand Old Day to return - here are summer events you can enjoy in 2021. Share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtags #MYSAINTPAUL!

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