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10 things to do in Fargo-Moorhead this summer

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.

We also have access to great concerts, fairs, markets, food, sports and entertainment to keep our days and nights filled with memorable experiences.

Check out 10 fun things to do this summer: 

Street Fair

1.    Downtown street fair

The streets of downtown Fargo are filled with art, crafts and food for three days in July. Vendors from all over the country provide entertainment for more than 150,000 visitors during North Dakota’s largest outdoor event. Head downtown for some popcorn, shopping, local art and music July 14-16.


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 event begins on July 8 and will feature concerts from 3 Doors Down, Tim McGraw, Walker Hayes and Jason Derulo.


3. Ribfest

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 Granger Smith, Phil Vassar and Firehouse.


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 sun.

Food truck

5.    Food truck festival

The Fargo Food Truck Festival comes to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in August. Twenty trucks bring a variety of cuisine, from barbeque to tacos to traditional Italian and pastry desserts. Corgi races, eating challenge and kid’s inflatables make it a fun event for all.


6.    Outdoor activities at local parks

Fargo is an active community that loves to get outdoors. The Fargo Park District has 175 public parks, including hiking and biking trails, golf courses and athletic facilities. This includes softball fields, tennis courts and disc golf courses. You also can rent equipment. Beautiful Lindenwood Park, for example, rents bikes and kayaks for an unforgettably fun experience.


7.    Other outdoor concerts

The 3,000-seat Bluestem Amphitheater hosts several summer concerts throughout the summer near the banks of the Red River in Moorhead. Headliners this summer include Brothers Osborne, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Rob Base, All-4-One, Young MC and comedian Amy Schumer.

Broadway Square in downtown hosts music in the square every Tuesday evening in the summer through September. Stop by Silver Lining Creamery for some ice cream and enjoy local artists each week.

Buffalo River State Park

8.  Swimming and sun

Buffalo River State Park’s large swimming pond is a popular summer destination for people looking to soak up the sun. The park is located just 14 miles east of Moorhead. Outdoor public pools are now open for the summer in Fargo and Moorhead.

Red River Market

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.

Fargo golf

10. Golf

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


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