21 things to do in Downtown Grand Forks if you're under 21

While having bars and 21+ restaurants, downtown has more for the underage crowd than you might know. Here’s a list of 21 different things people under 21 can do:

1. Go to a local show

The Empire and Fire Hall theatres both have live performances and provide an experience like no other!

Photo by Visit Grand Forks

Photo by Visit Grand Forks

2. Shopping

Kittsona, Voxxy, Cabela’s, True Colors, and Two Twenty Bling are a few of the stores that can be found downtown.

3. Escape Room GF

Escape rooms are a great way to test your creative problem-solving skills and have fun with friends.

4. Go ice skating at Town Square

In the winter, the ice rink at the Town Square in Grand Forks is the perfect place for hanging out with family and friends, or even going on a date!

Photo by Downtown Development Association

Photo by Downtown Development Association


5. Buy local at the Town Square Farmer’s Market

The Town Square Farmer’s Market is a great place to get fresh vegetables, listen to live music, and browse local vendors from May-September.

6. Go to the Downtown Street Fair

The Grand Forks Downtown Street Fair occurs during the late summer and is a great place to try unique food trucks and buy handmade crafts.

7. Try something sweet

Tea & Crepe and Widman’s Candy Shop are both great places to pick up dessert after dinner or for any sweet craving!

Photo by Visit Grand Forks

Photo by Visit Grand Forks

8. Go out on the Greenway

Get outside and get active on the Greenway! Whether it be walking, running, riding a bike, cross-country skiing, or rollerblading, take advantage of our beautiful parks and paths while being outside.

9. Grab some sushi

Our downtown area has three great sushi restaurants to choose from. Shing Ya and Thai Hot 3 are located in Grand Forks, and Little Bangkok across the Sorlie Bridge on the Riverwalk.

10. Get a slice of signature pizza

Rhombus Guys Pizza, Up North Pizza Pub, Mike’s Pizza & Pub, Half Brothers Brewing Company, and Mamma Maria’s all have incredible and unique pizzas with many different toppings to choose from.

Photo by Visit Grand Forks

Photo by Visit Grand Forks

11. Get on the Red River with Boathouse on the Red

Rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard for $10 per paddler for 90 minutes with the Boathouse brought to Grand Forks by Ground Up Adventures. Have your own? Use the canoe/kayak launch right by the Boathouse!

12. Go to a Movie

River Cinema has the best shows in town and is just over the river in East Grand Forks!

13. Check out a free live concert

There are multiple locations downtown that regularly host live music and are open to all ages! Half Brothers Brewing Company, Urban Stampede, Rhombus Guys Brewing Company, and The Ember all frequently have live shows as well as in the Town Square during the summer months.

Photo by Half Brothers Brewing Company

Photo by Half Brothers Brewing Company


14. Grab a cup of coffee

Urban Stampede, The Ember, and Bully Brew Coffee are the main coffee houses in Downtown Grand Forks. They all have a great selection of coffee and non coffee drinks to please anyone. Each are great places to meet up with friends or study for school.

15. Eat a burger

Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Sickies Garage, Rhombus Guys Brewing Company, and the Boardwalk are open to all ages and have incredible burgers and food.

16. Get a haircut

Choose a new hairstyle at either Avant Salon & Spa or Fringe by Mikki and Jadie! Both salons are located downtown.

Photo by Avant

Photo by Avant


17. Pick up a unique gift

Badman Design has many different products. From a custom-order art piece, to ready for purchase Christmas ornaments, you are guaranteed a unique gift that cannot be found anywhere else. Kittsona also has great gifts for friends, wedding parties, significant others, and your furbabies!

18. Try something new

Ely’s Ivy and Sky’s are open to all ages and provide incredible food! Each have unique items on their menu that aren’t made anywhere else in town.

19. Go to an art Gallery

“World’s Smallest Gallery” in the Urban Stampede, You Are Here, the 701, and the Empire all have free art exhibits and all ages are welcome.

Photo by Visit Grand Forks

Photo by Visit Grand Forks


20. Work on your fitness

The Pedal is a cycling studio downtown with classes at multiple different times during the day to fit any schedule! It also has a student discount available to those with a valid student ID.

21. Chill out with some yoga

Yoga is a great way to work out and relax simultaneously. Ganesha and WillowLife are both located downtown, and have classes available to pre-register for online.

Shayna Berberich