ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud's annual summer festival starts Thursday with the return of Granite City Days.

The festivities kick off Thursday with the 42nd annual Lemonade Art Fair and Concert at St. Cloud State University that features over 200 art vendors and food stands as well as performances by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.

The art fair runs from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and also features the new Lemon Twist Tour of Fine Art and Historic Homes from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mayor Dave Kleis will host the Granite City Days opening ceremonies and Rock On Awards starting at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, you can enjoy canoe rides from Beaver Island to River Bluffs Park starting at 2:00 p.m. followed by the Liberty Block Party downtown with Travis Tritt at 5:00 p.m.

The Granite City Days Parade kicks off Saturday's events at 10:00 a.m. The parade will close off traffic in sections of W Saint Germain St., 6th Ave N, 12th St. N, 5th Ave N, 4th St. N, 7th Ave N, and 8th Ave N from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

An event at the Paramount follows the parade at 1:00 p.m. and a karaoke contest at Lake George starts a night of music at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday will see the WJON 5K Run at 8:00 a.m. at Lake George and the Civil Air Patrol Fly-In Pancake Breakfast until 1:00 p.m. at St. Cloud Regional Airport.

A family fun day (11:00 a.m.), fishing derby (10 a.m.) and outdoor expo (11:00 a.m.) will also highlight the day's events at Lake George.

People compete in Paddle Board races for Granite City Days (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)