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8 fun things to do in Fargo-Moorhead in the fall

Fall is a great time for NDSU students to enjoy the beauty of the community and try new things.

There are many fun (and spooky) fall events to enjoy in the area this season. Fargo-Moorhead is often listed among the best college towns and best places to live in the country and there is plenty to see and do. 

The air is crisp and the community is warm and welcoming, so get out and experience the season.

Here are a few things to enjoy in Fargo-Moorhead this fall:

1. Visit pumpkin patches 

Lil Bitz Pumpkin Patch in Fargo has more than 25 attractions, including horse-drawn wagon rides, pick your own pumpkin and a corn maze. The site is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Sept.19 to Oct. 31.

Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch in Glyndon, Minnesota, includes a petting zoo, game area, horse-drawn carriage ride, duck races, photo booth and more. It’s open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 26 to Oct. 31.

2. Browse Red River Market

The Red River Market  is a local favorite in downtown Fargo each Saturday. Enjoy a pumpkin patch and fall festival on Oct. 5. Stock up on fall produce and locally-made goods and crafts. Bring a friend and strike a pose in the photo booth. There also are art demos, live music and local food. Stop by on Oct. 10 for a day filled with extra events in celebration of the 100th Red River Market.

3. Hike at Buffalo River State Park

Buffalo River State Park keeps its hiking trails open in the fall. The scenery during this time of year is extraordinary. Leaves are bright brown, orange and yellow and you can hear the rush of the Buffalo River as you make your way around River View trail. Prairie View Trail, a 2.2-mile loop near the edge of the park, has terrific views of wildlife and is one of Minnesota’s largest prairie preserves.

4. Ghost Tours at Bonanzaville

Unexplainable and creepy things have been reported by visitors and Bonanzaville Museum  in West Fargo. Take a historical night tour of the pioneer village and hear some truly haunting stories from North Dakota’s past. Ghost tours revive the ghostly and darker side of North Dakota, revealing stories long buried by time. The pioneer village serves as the setting, and tour guides share the unnerving stories from the past that have remained in the shadows. 

5. Visit the Haunted Farm 

The Haunted Farm 10 miles outside of Moorhead, Minnesota, is a scary adventure filled with creepy clowns, scary screams and zombies. Bring a group of friends who love a good scare. The full haunted show includes a haunted house, several haunted rooms, a maze and a spine-tingling walk through a dark, wooded area.

6. Shop at The Big One craft show

This unique craft fair holds its fall show at the Fargodome. You’ll find more than 350 different exhibitors showcasing their handmade items. Items include handcrafted décor, furniture, pottery, baked goods, salsa and candy. You’ll likely find something you love at The Big One.

7. Experience the Fall in Fargo Festival

This is a celebration of the changing seasons. The free event at Rheault Farm in Fargo is Sept. 26-27. Enjoy a straw bale maze, carnival games, DIY caramel apples, mini golf and a pumpkin patch at the Fall in Fargo Festival.

8. Pick up a sweet local treat

Fall is the season for sweet and salty holiday treats. Stop by Carol Widman’s Cando Co. for a hand-crafted caramel apple or pick up a pack of the shop’s famous “chippers” chocolate covered potato chips. Sip on the fall-favorite Gourd Grief Latte from Twenty Below Coffee to truly taste the season. Check out these uniquely local businesses in Fargo-Moorhead to grab a bite to eat or a cozy sip from this fall.


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