East Grand Forks is located in Northwestern Minnesota on the border with neighboring North Dakota at the intersection of United States Highway 2 and Minnesota Highway 220.

The City is characterized by small town friendliness and hosts several community events including: Catfish Days, Frosty Bobber, Heritage Days, and Arts and Crafts exposition each year. The City also participates in activities with neighboring Grand Forks, ND including the Potato Bowl parade and the First Night New Years celebration. Downtown has a variety of restaurants with some situated along the river front, and convenient shopping with a variety of stores located in the downtown mall. Cabela's is also located in downtown East Grand Forks and has several displays of live fish indigent to Minnesota as well as a static display of a variety of wildlife. The Red River State Recreation Area is located within walking distance of downtown and restaurants and provides year-round facilities for camping, fishing, and RV parking.

The nearest City with a population of greater than 50,000 is Grand Forks, ND which is immediately across the Red River of the North. This river defines the border between North Dakota and Minnesota in this region and there are three bridges that cross the river between the two cities. Interstate 29 is located just west of Grand Forks providing easy access for driving to this area.