Things to do in Fargo in the fall

Although the season is short, fall in Fargo is one of the best times in the year to get cozy and enjoy the beautiful weather, pretty leaves, and fun events. Here are some fun fall activities in Fargo, ND.


Red River Market

The largest farmers’ market in the state happens every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Downtown Fargo until the end of October. Produce is always seasonal, and the live music, food trucks, and artisan goods stay as consistent (and good) as ever.

Check out all local farmers markets for other great shopping, too!

NDSU tailgating

With school back in session, it’s NDSU football time. Regardless of the weather, hundreds gather outside the stadium every home game to drink, eat, and shout “Go Bison” at every opportunity.

Stalls on stalls of impressive setups surrounded by locals grilling meats, playing drinking games, and always wearing green-and-gold mark a new season in the city.

Pumpkin patches

In September, Fargo’s pumpkin patches – Lil Bitz Pumpkin Patch and Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch – open for the season (which lasts through the end of October). Corn mazes, petting zoos, horse drawn carriage rides, and of course massive pumpkins make these a fall must.

Grape stomps & apple harvests

The area’s seven wineries and two cideries recruit locals and visitors to stomp grapes and help pick the season’s apples… and the events usually include plenty of tastings.

View fall foliage

Canopies of colorful trees make biking or walking along the river or through North Fargo and Downtown Fargo neighborhoods a mesmerizing spectacle. For a full immersion in fall colors, head just outside the city to Buffalo River State Park for a hike through the foliage. 

Celebrate spooky season

It wouldn’t be fall without a little bit of scary – or a lot of scary in Fargo’s case. 

Acres of Terror frightens the pants off anyone willing to wander through literal acres of spooky fields dotted with crazy and terrifying characters.

Meanwhile, you can find 15 haunted attractions at Moorhead’s Haunted Farm and take a bone-chilling walk through the woods surrounding them. 

Major attractions also throw creepy events, including paranormal tours at Bonanzaville, USA, where you can search for the ghosts of this pioneer town’s past, and behind-the-scenes Flashlight Tours at the 137-year-old Comstock House.

Find a cozy outfit

With so many locally-owned women’s boutiques around town like Kittsona, Charmed Boutique, and Leela & Lavender, there are more than enough spots to pick up a new fall outfit.

Get your caffeine fix

Along with cozy clothes, warm drinks will help you celebrate the season. Opt to go to a local coffee shop like Twenty Below Coffee for your Pumpkin Spice or to Young Blood Coffee Co. for a drip coffee and toast combo that will not only be Insta-worthy, but cozy and delicious.


What are your favorite fall activities and events in Fargo? Join us in Fargo this fall and find out!