It’s finally here! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and everyone is itching to get outside and enjoy the weather.
Summer in Fargo-Moorhead is a beautiful time, and we northerners know how to make the best of it. If you’re staying in the F-M area this summer or have plans to visit, take a look at our guide to summer events and activities around town.
Fargo-Moorhead has plenty of community parks where you can go for a walk, enjoy a picnic, or challenge your friends to disc golf. Lindenwood Park offers bike rentals on the weekends so you can explore the park at a faster pace. You can even try out different styles of bikes, from low riders to family chariots. There are also several disc golf courses at local parks, including Oak Grove Park, Trollwood Park and Woodlawn Park, which is just a short walk from Concordia’s campus.
Kayaking/Canoeing on the Red
Get out on the water this summer by renting a kayak or canoe with some friends and exploring the winding Red River. Rentals are available at the Hjemkomst Center 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 27. They even offer guided river excursions for all skill levels, where you can learn about the history of the river and the different habitats found around it. Find more information on the City of Moorhead website.
Take a Swim
Summer can get hot, and community pools are a great way to cool off or work on your tan. Island Park Pool features an eight-lane lap pool, large wading pool and a diving well. Concessions are also available. It’s open every day of the week, and you can check their website for specific hours and rates. If you feel like getting out of the city for a day, Buffalo River State Park is just a short drive east of town. Their man-made swimming pond features soft sand, clean water and excellent picnic spots. And afterward, you can explore the park’s trails and beautiful landscapes.
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball games are a fan favorite – and for good reason. Many of their games have fun themes like "Star Wars" or "Harry Potter," and they often host giveaways. Win prizes like can coozies, snow globes or even bomber hats. A couple of nights feature post-game concerts and fireworks. Concordia students and alumni should be sure to catch the Cobber Night game on Aug. 2. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Bucky Burgau Bobblehead and ticket prices are reduced for college students. Wear your maroon and gold and cheer for some home runs!
Red River Market
Getting some locally produced groceries at the Red River Market in downtown Fargo is a must if you’re in town this summer. Pick up some apples, herbs, eggs, vegetables, and an abundance of other items like flowers and homemade soap. The Red River Market also features different artisans each week who have an array of unique crafts available for purchase. The farmers market is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays starting July 8.
What’s summer without a local fair or two? The Red River Valley Fair and Downtown Street Fair are great opportunities to get out and join the community. The RRV Fair is July 11-16 in West Fargo and features exhibits of livestock, arts and crafts, 4-H, FFA, small animals and horses. Their Grandstand Musical Acts this year will feature Granger Smith, Hairball, Old Dominion and more. The Downtown Street Fair is July 13-15 and offers a chance to purchase or enjoy local arts, crafts and food along Broadway.
Outdoor Movie Night
One activity you don’t normally get to enjoy outside is movie watching. Movie Night in the Park is an event hosted by the Fargo Park District twice a month starting June 19. The event rotates between different area parks, and free popcorn and Pepsi products are provided. Just bring a chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy a movie outdoors!
Fargo-Moorhead’s art scene is thriving and there’s plenty of ways to enjoy it. One cool spot to check out this summer is the art wall on the side of The Forum building. Located off of First Avenue, this hidden alley is designated as a spot where anyone and everyone can create legal public art. The Plains Art Museum in Fargo and the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead are also great places to enjoy local art in a more traditional venue.
Theatre and Film
Trollwood Performing Arts School in Moorhead always puts on a summer production and this year’s pick is Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” With the new movie starring Emma Watson, there’s a lot of hype for this classic tale. And Trollwood’s performances are sure to impress. Check it out July 14-15, 18-22 or 25-29. You can also escape the heat this summer with a trip to the famous Fargo Theatre to catch a movie. They have different independent and foreign films featured each week in their main theatre and smaller small auditorium. The renovated interior looks like it’s straight out of the 1920s, so it’s a movie-going experience you won’t get anywhere else.
Let’s not forget about music! There are tons of concerts happening in the area this summer that you won’t want to miss. Diamond Rio and Collective Soul will be playing at RibFest in the Fargodome parking lot in June, while Bruno Mars and Tim McGraw & Faith Hill are performing at the Fargodome in August. You can catch Kenny Rogers and Modest Mouse (among others) at the Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead, and Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Goo Goo Dolls will be at Scheels Arena. Check out bandsintown.com for more information on these concerts and others!
Bailey Tillman '18 studies multimedia journalism, Spanish and film studies at Concordia.