An Art-lover’s itinerary to Fargo

Fargo is full of art, from murals on brick walls and wrapped benches and electrical boxes to North Dakota’s largest art museum, there’s no shortage of culture in this community.


Full two-day itinerary

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Day 1

Afternoon

Aptitude in West Acres

Start out your time in Fargo with the artists at Aptitude, a 6,000 square foot arts incubator within the West Acres Mall. This “new way to shop for art” is located right off of the Mall’s common area and serves as a platform for the arts in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

3902 13th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 237-6133

West Acres Mall

After you enjoy Aptitude, step back into the largest Mall in North Dakota – West Acres and get some shopping done. Many big box stores along with the name brand shops you love lie just beyond Aptitudes doors.

3902 13th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 282-2222

Evening

Dinner at CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar

Also within West Acres, CRAVE brings a unique dining experience to Fargo with a menu chock-full of American and modern sushi choices.

3902 13th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 809-9020

Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre

The community theatre produces shows nearly monthly from September through May with shows for each season. This season featured Sweeney Todd, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Matilda the Musical.

The Stage at Island Park | 333 4th St S, Fargo | (701) 235-6778

Drekker Brewing Company

Top your night off with some brews at Drekker Brewing Company. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Fargo and packed with long pub tables and old-school pinball machines, grab a beer and enjoy your time in this historic building.

1666 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 532-0506

Day 2

Morning

Young Blood Coffee

The gourmet toast menu at Young Blood Coffee Co. will fill you up with something warm and (excuse the pun) toasty. Couple that with a hot cup of Joe and you’re ready to start your second day.

623 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (218) 770-4728

Plains Art Museum

Following your morning pick-me-up, head to Plains Art Museum in Downtown Fargo to check out nationally recognized art pieces with Native American works sprinkled in.

Plains Art has free admission but you can opt for a guided tour for $4 per person if you’d like a more curated experience.

704 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 551-6100

Shopping Downtown

From there, head out to some of the local galleries throughout Downtown Fargo to purchase your own piece of local art.

Check out spots like Gallery 4, The Spirit Room, or Dakota Fine Art for some local art flair, or head to Unglued or Zandbroz for a variety of local wares made by makers from the community.

Afternoon

Lunch at Rosey’s Bistro

After you find your newest one-of-a-kind piece from Fargo, head into Rosey’s Bistro for the best grilled cheese around. Located within the historic Loretta building, Rosey’s creates some unique grilled cheese sandwiches alongside charcuterie boards and of course tomato soup.

212 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 551-0777

Rourke Art Museum

Next, cross over the river into Moorhead to dive into their art scene. Right in Downtown Moorhead, you’ll find the Rourke Art Museum which is another free art museum and gallery in the area.

521 Main Ave, Moorhead | (218) 236-8861

Hjemkomst Center

This Scandinavian culture center showcases a replica Norwegian stave church, a Viking ship that actually sailed from Minnesota to Norway, and one of the region’s largest art collections. You can also take a guided tour of the inside of the stave church, they’re scheduled each hour (the views are incredible!).

202 1st Ave N, Moorhead | (218) 299-5515

Evening

Dinner at Usher’s House

For dinner, head to Usher’s House for upscale steak, seafood, and of course, cocktails. Start with seared scallops or house-specialty lobster corndogs and then move onto one of their steak options and finish with Usher’s German chocolate cake.

801 Main Ave, Moorhead | (218) 303-1718

Theatre B

This ensemble of 11 artists puts on unique and mind-evoking shows meant to start conversations around important subjects. They tend to have shows running throughout the year, so check their schedule to see if one is happening while you’re here!

215 10th St N, Moorhead | (701) 729-8880

Junkyard Brewing Company

What better way to finish these art-filled days than to head over to Junkyard Brewing within their graffiti-filled space. With some of the best beer in town and a hopping patio, Junkyard is sure to leave a lasting impression.

1416 1st Ave N, Moorhead | (701) 936-5545