Jan. 5, 2024

8 fun things to do in Fargo-Moorhead this winter


Fargo-Moorhead is famous for its winter weather. Locals and visitors love to talk about blizzards, wind and cold temperature. 

The reality is the average winter high temperature ranges from 18 to 37 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the month. It’s much less extreme than depicted on television and in movies. 

And it can be a lot of fun indoors and outside.  

We can sip hot cocoa by the fire and watch TV, but we’d much rather get out of the house and take advantage of the experiences the season offers.

Check out some fun things to do this winter. 

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1. Frostival

Frostival celebrates everything about winter with outdoor events, concerts and family-friendly activities across Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead. Events begin Jan. 13 and run through Feb. 24.

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2. Snowshoe and cross-country ski

Adventure awaits on one of the 10 groomed cross country ski trails in Fargo. You can rent snowshoes or cross country skis at Edgewood Golf CourseM.B. Johnson Park and the NDSU Wellness Center. A guided cross-country ski trip through Lindenwood Park is scheduled for Feb. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Free transportation is provided through the NDSU Wellness Center. Registration closes on Feb. 20.

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3. Ice Skating

Fargo-Moorhead has more than 30 outdoor skating rinks. Grab a coffee in downtown Fargo, rent skates and enjoy open skating in Broadway Square, or check out the West Fargo’s outdoor rink at The Lights during College Skate Night. Skate rental also is available at the NDSU Wellness Center for both students and non-students.

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4. Hiking

Hike the trails in Fargo-Moorhead all four seasons. Explore Buffalo River State Park or walk the groomed paths along the Red River near Lindenwood Park.

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5. Detroit Mountain

Spend the day with other NDSU students in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, at Detroit Mountain. Students will be provided with free transportation to and from Detroit Lakes to ski, snowboard and tube throughout the day on Feb. 3. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Learn more about equipment rental and transportation on the NDSU Wellness Center website. Registration closes Jan. 29.

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6. Fargo Hotdish Festival

The 6th Annual Fargo Hotdish Festival is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Drekker Brewing Company in Fargo. Attendees have access to unlimited samples of hotdish from some of the best restaurants in the area. There also will be prizes, entertainment and awards throughout the day.

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7. Fargo Comedy Fest

Maria Bamford and Drew Lynch headline a hilarious group of comedians during a two-night Fargo Comedy Fest extravaganza on Feb. 16-17 at historic Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo.

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8. Bar Down Bonspiel

Put a team together and compete in the 24-team curling event for all levels on Jan. 26-27 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Lights Ice Rink in West Fargo. Online registration is open for the event.

Photos courtesy of Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau and Detroit Mountain

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