ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Hundreds of thousands of people are set to have a grand old time this weekend in St. Paul.
The state’s largest one day festival is this Sunday and it’s jam packed with fun for your family on Grand Avenue. As many as 250,000 people are expected to attend Grand Old Day on Sunday in St. Paul. It features plenty of local entertainment, drinks and food.
WCCO-TV’s Edward Moody was on Grand Avenue Wednesday morning with Adam Johnson from Visit St. Paul to talk about the event and what to expect this weekend. It’s a one-day festival that’s a big money-maker for the city.
One big new edition to Grand Old Day this year is cell phone charging stations. So many of us use our phones to take pictures and post what we’re doing at events like Grand Old Day on social media that it can drain our phone batteries. There will be stations at the Visit St. Paul truck where you can hang out for a few minutes and charge your phone.
The folks at Visit St. Paul will be on hand at the festival all day Sunday in the parking lot at Dixie’s on Grand welcoming visitors and handing out brochures on what the city has to offer.
“A lot of people are coming in from outside of St. Paul and they maybe just come for one day. We want them to come back in the fall and for multiple events,” Johnson said.
Some of the foods that will be on hand at Grand Old day include the favorites from the Grand Ole Creamery, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Local shop Campfire Desserts will have deep fried s’mores, and Rusty Taco will have plenty of tacos and other treats at the event.
There will be plenty of craft beer on hand also from local vendors. Grand Old Day goes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and is free to the public. The Grand Old Day Parade starts at about 9:30 a.m.