Summer is a time to get outside and experience all the great things Fargo-Moorhead has to offer.
We love to stay active by running, walking, hiking, kayaking and biking. And there is nothing better than lounging by the water under a cloudless, sunny, blue sky.
And as pandemic restrictions are lifted or relaxed, we also have access to great concerts, fairs, food, sports and entertainment to keep our days and nights filled with memorable experiences.
Check out 12 fun things to do in Fargo-Moorhead this summer.
1. Downtown street fair
The streets of downtown Fargo are filled with art, crafts and food for three days beginning July 15. Vendors from all over the country provide entertainment for more than 150,000 visitors during North Dakota’s largest outdoor event.
2. Red River Valley Fair
The fair features food, carnival rides, concerts and agriculture exhibits during a six-day stretch in July. This year’s concerts include Skillet, Chris Young and Styx.
Ribfest is an annual summer event held in the Fargodome parking lot. It brings together barbeque, family fun and music. Award-winning food vendors come from Texas, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana. This year’s concerts include Warrant, Slamabama, John Michael Montgomery, Locash, Zach Thomas, Bryan Loweree and Dylan Scott.
4. Professional baseball
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are an independent baseball team that plays on campus at Newman Outdoor Field. RedHawks games are a popular choice for Fargo residents who want to soak up the summer sun.
5. Fargo AirSho
The world-famous Thunderbirds of the United States Air Force are the highlight of this late July event at Hector International Airport near the NDSU campus in north Fargo. The Thunderbirds’ demonstration has thrilled fans for years with its precisely choreographed show.
6. Food truck festival
The Fargo Food Truck Festival comes to north Fargo’s North Dakota Horse Park in August. About 20 trucks bring a variety of cuisine, from barbeque to tacos to traditional Italian to pastry desserts.
7. Hiking, biking and running
Fargo is an active community that loves to get outdoors. There are opportunities to hike the trails, bike or enjoy a run at any number of local trails.
8. Other outdoor concerts
The 3,000-seat Bluestem Amphitheater hosts several summer concerts in August and September near the banks of the Red River in Moorhead. Headliners this summer include former Alabama, Cody Johnson, Cole Swindell and more.
9. Red River Market
Red River Market runs from July through October. It hosts locally-sourced produce, baked goods, pantry items, hot food, beverages and art. The market’s new location is located right in the heart of downtown in Broadway Square.
10. Outdoor activities at local parks
The metro area has 175 public parks, including hiking and biking trails, golf courses and athletic facilities, such as softball fields, tennis courts and disc golf courses. You can even rent equipment. NDSU’s Wallman Wellness Center allows you to rent outdoor adventure equipment all summer long. Beautiful Lindenwood Park also rents bikes and kayaks for an unforgettably fun experience.
This annual concert event near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, brings in thousands of music fans for a handful of days in August. A large campground is the hub of activity for fans who want to fully experience the event. This year’s event features some of the biggest country acts in the world, including Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bently, Blake Shelton, Eli Young Band and more.
Fargo is home to five public golf courses, and there is a course for every level of play. For an easier round, give Prairiewood, Osgood or El Zagal a try. If you are looking for something more challenging, head to Rose Creek or Edgewood. El Zagal also offers the only footgolf course in the area.
Photos courtesy of Visit Fargo-Moorhead