sportsHeadlinesFriday local scoreboard win for Bemidji State in season openerUND HOCKEY: Fighting Hawks hammer Canisius in season openerCOLLEGE HOCKEY: Bulldogs, UMass Lowell skate to tieSUGAR BEET CLASSIC: Big plays, big winaccentHeadlinesUND Band and Men Canada Goose Banff Parka Spirit New Zealand Wind Ensemble in the FritzQuilters unite Oct. wetlandsOUTDOORS CALENDARopinionHeadlinesPort: We need a "None of the above" option on our ballotsOUR OPINION: Kudos to UND for photo findingsVIEWPOINT: Tobacco tax hike proposals ignore economic realityLETTER: North Dakota protest response shows Cavalry mentality LETTER: Let medical marijuana work in North DakotaHints of spring and summer are popping up everywhere. Outdoor events are one big sign of the changing seasons, and the Alley of Love in downtown Grand Forks is prepped and ready to attract visitors this evening with a celebration of culture.

What: ArtSee and Alley Alive. today.

Where: Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave., and the Alley of Love, which is located behind the businesses on the block enclosed by South Third Street, Kittson Avenue, South Fourth Street and DeMers Avenue.

Alley Alive, an event featuring live music, vendors and food that started last year, and the 11th annual ArtSee are partnering up to encourage Grand Forks residents to head downtown for a night out. today. Live music also will be performed on multiple stages. Artists will feature completed works for sale and also work on pieces in front of attendees.

The participating artists and vendors include Becca Cruger, Courtney Olsen, Rikki Stein, Mary Ann Austin, Maria Thompson, Sarah Anderson, Sue Burke, Nicole Gagner, Kayla Tao, Georgi Crummer, Whitney Oberg, Elizabeth Kitchell Rockstad, Carol Simmons, Kari Marchant, Jon Floyd of North Cut Boxes, Jordan Lee, Nick Thompson of Hatchet Apparel, Kittsona, Valley Health Care, Jake Bordelon, Emma Katka, The Guild, Doug Norby and Arts for Vets.

In total, two dozen artists and other vendors, eight food vendors and five stages for music will be part of tonight's events in downtown Grand Forks.

The food vendors are Straight Concessions, L Mexican Food Truck, Buddha Belly, Dog Mahal, Rhombus Guys, Brick and Barley, Ground Round and The Ember.

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The musicians and performers include High Five, Disappear Forever, Moon Shines Red, Zen People, Improv Anonymous, Mark Diers, Cierra Sonder, Dave Carlson, Ron Franz, Richard McGurran Band, Shellon Glum, Ali Rood and Eric Morrison.

´╗┐Alley Alive team up to concurrently host events in downtown Grand Forks

Admission is free at both venues, and food and artwork will be available to purchase.