If you aren’t old enough to explore the local 21+ establishment scene, there are plenty of other opportunities for you.
916 Main Ave., Fargo
This cozy café has more to offer than just beverages and tasty food. Aside from an extensive drink menu and vegetarian and vegan food options, the Red Raven is known for a full calendar of public shows, comedy and poetry nights, and even some days where the neighboring cat shelter, Cats Cradle, brings in cats that are up for adoption. My favorite perk of the Red Raven are the comedy shows. If you like to laugh, go to the open mic nights where local amateur comedians share jokes on stage at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Anyone is free to sign up for a time slot. If music is your thing and you are in the mood to catch a local or touring band, chances are that the Red Raven will have a show. Check out the Red Raven on Facebook to view the events schedule.
215 10th St. N., Moorhead
Theatre B is a nonprofit community theatre organization that was formed in 2003 with a mission to spark civic conversation through storytelling. Theatre B believes that engaging with the arts helps preserve a healthy community. Including trained artists and community members, Theatre B strives toward bringing the F-M area shows that all can enjoy. Check out the website for a list of showtimes for the current season of productions.
314 Broadway N., Fargo
If you enjoy movies, you should check out the historic Fargo Theatre. Located along Broadway in downtown Fargo, the restored vaudeville theatre now serves as an art house space that is known for showing independent and foreign films. Aside from the great movies, the Fargo Theatre partners with Jade Presents, a local entertainment booking company to help bring comedians, musicians, and private events to Fargo. By hitting up the Fargo Theatre for local events and entertainment, you are sure to come across cool Fargo residents. Bring your student ID along to an evening show for a discount on your ticket. P.S. Make sure to buy the popcorn. It’s the best (and most affordable) in town.
425 Broadway N., Fargo
If cycling is your thing, head over to the Great Northern Bicycle Co. in downtown Fargo. While you can buy the latest cycling supplies there, the biggest perk is the Great Riders Club. The Great Riders Club offers free membership to individuals who want to enjoy group cycling in the F-M area. With more than 100 group rides in the fall season alone, the Great Riders Club offers year-round rides for varying skills. Your mileage will be tracked and you’ll receive a free member T-shirt when you hit eight or more rides in a season. Some of the weekly rides include Riding 101 for beginners and Women on Wheels (WOW), a female only riding group. Be sure to check out the Great Rides schedule for multiple weekly rides – and bring your helmet!
1416 1st Ave. N., Moorhead
In 2014, Junkyard Brewing Company opened a location in north Moorhead (aka NoMo) to bring craft brews and entertainment to the community. Despite the industrial feel of the nanobrewery and taproom, you will feel the warm sense of community that Junkyard Brewery brings to the F-M area. In addition to interesting beers, Junkyard offers coffee and soda for the under 21 crowd. With lots of indoor and outdoor seating, there is plenty of room for you and your friends or family to hang out and enjoy live music. While the establishment does not offer menu options other than free popcorn and the occasional food truck during warmer months, Junkyard encourages guests to bring their own food or order from Sol Ave. Kitchen located next door.
704 1st Ave. N., Fargo
The art scene in Fargo is vibrant and some of this can be accredited to the Plains Art Museum. In downtown Fargo since 1997, the Plains brings art exhibitions and classes to community members. Admission to view art within the museum is now free, which makes it accessible for all people to enjoy what its walls have to offer. If you are interested in taking one of the many classes, you can choose from a variety of mediums that might pique your interest such as bookbinding, watercolor painting, ceramics, and printmaking just to name a few. Check out the website for a list of classes being offered and what exhibits are on display.
Newman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Ave. N., Fargo
From May to September, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks team is hard at work on the field playing baseball. Experiencing a game for the first time is sure to get you hooked. The liveliness of the fans, the cheers from the seats, and the smell of popcorn definitely makes it all more fun. Tickets are reasonable at $5 for an advanced adult general admission ticket or $7 if purchased at the game. Bring your friends with to cheer on the RedHawks. Check out the website to see the current season schedule, including the promotions for each game.
63 5th St. N., Fargo
If you are looking for something to do during the summer or early fall, check out the Red River Market. The Red River Market is a collaborative event on Saturdays where local artists, famers, and entrepreneurs come together and showcase their produce, art, or food. Take a walk around the market to see cool vendors, smell yummy food, and pet all the dogs. The event is now held in the parking lot across from The Forum building in downtown Fargo, so check out the website for a guide on where to park.