Guide to attending a concert in Fargo

If you’re coming to a concert in Fargo, ND, this guide covers what you need to know about getting around the city, plus where to eat, drink, and be merry based on your Fargo concert venue.

Getting around Fargo

People always ask, “Does Fargo have Uber?” and the answer is: “YES!” Fargo also has Lyft and several taxi companies and a free downtown shuttle and a public bus service. You can find all the details on our Getting Around page.

Shuttles to concerts: If you want a shuttle to your Fargo or Moorhead concert venue, you’re in luck! Several bars run consistent services to some of the major venues.

Where is your concert?

Click on the live music venue to jump to its section:

 

Don’t know where you’re headed yet? Read about all of Fargo’s live music venues to find the one for you!

 

If your show is at:

FARGODOME

The FARGODOME is the biggest Fargo music venue, seating over 25,000 people for full arena concerts. Most of the largest events in Fargo, ND happen here.

The ‘Dome’ (as locals call it for short) has hosted entertainers like Guns N’ Roses, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, P!NK, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, AC/DC, Justin Bieber, and tons more. This October, Celine Dion will take the stage.

If you’re headed to the city for a concert or event at the FARGODOME, you can guarantee it’s going to be big and it’s going to be fun.

Where to stay near the FARGODOME

A variety of hotels near the FARGODOME put you within easy walking or driving distance to your concert.

Where to eat near the FARGODOME

Restaurants near the FARGODOME tend to be chains, but you can find a few local gems close by.

For a sit-down meal
Buffalo Wild Wings
, Pizza Hut, Applebee’s (for chains) or Labby’s Grill & Bar (for local eats). If you’re willing to walk or Uber five or six blocks, you could head to The Bison Turf (a local student hangout that serves great burgers and bar food), or Herd & Horns which serves a larger American menu.

For fast food
Burger King
, Taco Bell, Subway, McDonald’sArby’sGrand Junction, or the Red Pepper

For something local
You’re a hop, skip, and 10-minute taxi or Uber ride from Downtown Fargo, where the largest array of local restaurants can be found. Check out the section on Downtown Fargo concerts for a list of places to eat.

Bars near the FARGODOME for pre-show drinks

For pre-concert beverages, you’ll want to hit up Labby’s Grill & Bar. You can get a drink, then walk across the street to the FARGODOME. If you’ve opted to eat at The Bison Turf or Herd & Horns, they also serve great pre-show drinks.

Nightlife near the FARGODOME for after the show

After your FARGODOME concert is over – and if you still have energy for hitting the town – we recommend heading to Downtown Fargo to join the nightlife scene.

Scheels Arena

When it comes to Fargo events and entertainment, Scheels Arena is the second-largest venue in the city. If a big-name artist isn’t playing at the FARGODOME, there’s a good chance they’ll be here.

Where to stay near Scheels Arena

You have quite a few options for hotels near Scheels Arena. You can opt for a South Fargo hotel or go for a hotel near West Acres Mall.

Where to eat near Scheels Arena

For a sit-down meal
Tru Blu Social Club
will give you fancier bites, The Tavern specializes in build-your-own pizzas, salads, and burgers, The Blarney Stone is an Irish-themed eatery, or Wurst Bier Hall West takes the German food of its original downtown location and brings it to West Fargo.

For bar food
Blvd Pub
Pub WestBarcode Bar & Grill, JL Beers – 32nd Ave, Brewtus Brickhouse, or Fargo Billiards and Gastropub

For something unique
Deep Blue Seafood
serves just what the name suggest – great seafood (just keep in mind it closes at 6:30 p.m.). Izumi Sushi is known for its all-you-can-eat sushi buffet.

Bars near Scheels Arena for pre-show drinks

Blvd Pub, Pub West, Round Up Saloon, Brewtus Brickhouse, Bulldog Tap, SouthTown PourHouse, or Barcode Bar

Nightlife near Scheels Arena for after the show

After your show, you’re just down the street from The Windbreak, where people boogie all night on the large dance floor to live bands or Shotgun Sally’s, a rock ‘n’ roll themed bar with live music and an equally-large dance floor.

Bluestem Amphitheater

For concerts in Moorhead, MN, there’s no better spot than the gorgeous, outdoor Bluestem Amphitheater. The natural acoustics and setting sun give Bluestem an unforgettable ambiance.

Where to stay near Bluestem Amphitheater

Hotels in Moorhead, MN will get you closest to the Bluestem Amphitheater.

Where to eat near Bluestem Amphitheater

For a sit-down meal
Speak Easy
serves Italian food from its mob-era themed interior, while Doolittles Woodfire Grill dishes out upscale American food amidst World War I decor. If you’re willing to drive a bit further to get to Bluestem (think 20 minutes instead of 10), you can also opt for Rustica Eatery & Tavern or Usher’s House for some of the best cuisine in the city.

For bar food
O’Leary’s Pub
, Brickhouse Tavern, or Legends Sports Bar & Grill 

For something unique
Snap Dragon Asian Buffet
makes delicious Chinese food or Reese & Riley’s Olive Oil & Bistro Bar (which closes at 7 p.m. on Fridays and 5 p.m. on Saturdays) has great Mediterranean cuisine.

Bars near Bluestem Amphitheater for pre-show drinks

Brickhouse Tavern, O’Leary’s Pub, or Legends Sports Bar & Grill

Nightlife near Bluestem Amphitheater for after the show

After the show, you have a few options in Moorhead. Rustica Eatery and Tavern transforms into a trendy drink spot. It closes at 11:00 p.m., but you can capitalize on happy hour from 9:00 p.m. until then.

For more of a dive bar scene, Vic’s Bar, JC Chumley’s, or Mick’s Office work splendidly.

From Bluestem Amphitheater, you’re also only about 20 minutes from the mecca of Fargo’s nightlife – the Downtown bar scene.

Red River Valley Fairgrounds

Every year during the Red River Valley Fair, great bands take the grandstand stage for FREE concerts (included in the price of your entry to the fair) every single night.

Where to stay near the Red River Valley Fairgrounds

If you want to be close to the action, opt for a West Fargo hotel.

Where to eat near the Red River Valley Fairgrounds

For a sit-down meal
Speedway
is a classic steakhouse just minutes from the fairgrounds, the Blarney Stone serves Irish food from its cool interior, JL Beers – 13th Ave has the best burgers in Fargo-Moorhead (according to locals), MacKenzie River Pizza obviously serves pizza, but also other great American food, Tru Blu Social Club is a go-to for upscale dining, or Spitfire for incredibly rotisserie chicken and wood-fired dishes.

For bar food
Work Zone
, Silver Dollar Bar & Flying Pig Grill, or Hooligans

For something unique
India Palace
 will fill you up on incredible and authentic Indian Food.

Bars near the Fairgrounds for pre-show drinks

Work Zone, Silver Dollar Bar & Flying Pig GrillHooligans, JL Beers – 13th Ave, or Blarney Stone

Nightlife near the Fairgrounds for after the show

Head back to one of the bars mentioned above, or hit up the West Fargo VFW for a night of dancing.

A Downtown Fargo venue

(Fargo Theatre, Fargo Civic Center, The Aquarium, or the Sanctuary)

Chock full of Fargo music venues, this section will give you everything you need to know about attending a concert at the Fargo Theatre, the Fargo Civic Center, The Aquarium, or The Sanctuary (they’re all within a few blocks of each other).

Where to stay near Downtown Fargo

A few hotels near Downtown Fargo, ND, will make your concert-going easy. Every Downtown Fargo music venue is within walking distance of these Downtown Fargo hotels.

Where to eat in Downtown Fargo

The incredible amount of local Downtown Fargo restaurants means you’ll have plenty of pre-concert dining options.

For a casual sit-down meal
Looking for good ol’ American food done well? Head to The Boiler RoomNoBull SmokehousePoundsRosey’s Bistro & Bar, Twist, or 46 North Pints & Provisions. Awesome local pizza can be found at Blackbird Woodfire, Rhombus Guys, or Sammy’s Pizza.

For fancier bites
If you’re wanting fine dining before your Downtown Fargo concert, you can get it at the HoDo Restaurant & Lounge, Mezzaluna, Level 2 Eats + Drinks, The Toasted Frog, or Toscana (this last one is upscale Italian food).

For bar food
JL Beers – Downtown
, Sidestreet Grille & Pub, or Old Broadway

For something unique
Vinyl Taco’s 
Mexican street tacos and margaritas make a great pre-show meal, while Ishtar Mediterranean Cuisine supplies tastes of the Mediterranean on their menu. Try the trendiest food in the nation – Hawaiian poke – at Poke Bowl, grab Japanese cuisine from Wasabi or Slurp Ramen, or eat at long wooden tables and order a boot of craft beer at Wurst Bier Hall.

Bars in Downtown Fargo for pre-show drinks

You can get a drink pretty much anywhere in Downtown Fargo, but if we had to recommend a few options, check out Proof Artisan Distillers for locally-made spirits, Dempsey’s Public House for low-key Irish pub vibes, Front Street Taproom for beers made only in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota, or the HoDo Lounge or Twist for classy cocktails.

Nightlife in Downtown Fargo for after the show

You can’t walk more than a few yards without running into a bar in Downtown Fargo… it just depends what you’re looking for. You’ll find dive bars, cocktail bars, hangout bars, places to dance, beer-drinking havens, and more. Find the one for you on our Downtown Fargo nightlife page.

BONUS: Hungry after the show? Stop for some late-night eats at Black Coffee & Waffle Bar or Drunken Noodle.

The Windbreak or Shotgun Sally’s

Both of the live music venues in Fargo have large dance floors and live bands every night of the weekend. The Windbreak in Fargo usually showcases regional country, pop, and modern rock bands, while Shotgun Sally’s is your one-stop spot for regional rock ‘n’ roll bands.

Where to stay near The Windbreak or Shotgun Sally’s

If you’re wanting to stay in a hotel near The Windbreak, your best bet is a South Fargo hotel. They’re all a short Uber, Lyft, or taxi ride away. For a Shotgun Sally’s show, South Fargo works, but you can also go for any of the hotels near West Acres Mall in Fargo, ND.

Where to eat near The Windbreak or Shotgun Sally’s

These two music venues are just minutes away from each other. Luckily for you, the blocks between them are packed with delicious local restaurants.

For a sit-down meal
The Tavern
specializes in build-your-own burgers, salads, and pizzas, Lucky’s 13 has a relaxed pub ambiance with extra good American food. Granite City has a large menu and serves their own microbrews. For something a little fancier, Urban 42, Porter Creek Hardwood Grill, or Fargo Brewing AleHouse are all great choices.

For bar food
JL Beers – 32nd Ave
, Fargo Billiards and Gastropub, or Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon (you can also eat AT Shotgun Sally’s if you want to get there early)

For something unique
For some tasty Mexican food, head to Mexican Village (free chips and salsa, anyone?). Otherwise, you have two Japanese options: Kobe’s or Osaka.

Bars near The Windbreak or Shotgun Sally’s for pre-show drinks

Fargo Billiards and Gastropub, Prairie Rose Meadery, Round Up Saloon, SouthTown PourHouse, or Bulldog Tap

Nightlife near The Windbreak or Shotgun Sally’s for after the show

Stay all night, or hop over to whichever of these venues you haven’t seen yet.

TAK Music Venue

The newest music venue in town, TAK Music Venue is an all-seasons spot for concerts in Moorhead, Minnesota. It’s all ages, so you can bring the whole family and still order beer and wine for the adults from the bar.

Where to stay near TAK

If you’re wanting to stay in a hotel near TAK Music Venue, your best bet is a hotel in Moorhead, MN.

Where to eat near TAK Music Venue

For a sit-down meal
Altony’s Italian Cafe and Wine Bar
, Duane’s House of Pizza, Rustica Eatery & Tavern, or Usher’s House

For bar food
Boulder Tap House
, Hi-Ho Burgers & Brews, JL Beers – Moorhead, or Burger Time

For something unique
Thai Orchid
dishes up delicious Thai curries and cuisine. Right down the road is Everest Tikka House, where you can get Indian or Nepalese dishes.

Bars near TAK Music Venue for pre-show drinks

Red Hen Tap House, Harold’s On Main, or Boulder Tap House

Nightlife near TAK Music Venue for after the show

Junkyard Brewing Company, Red Hen Tap House, JC Chumley’s, or Mick’s Office

Fargo Brewing Company

Fargo’s original brewery has renovated to include a large events space specifically for great concerts. They also have an outdoor tent where you’ll definitely want to spend a warm summer night listening to great regional and national bands.

Where to stay near Fargo Brewing Company

If you’re wanting to stay in a hotel near Fargo Brewing Company, you can go for a North Fargo hotel or a Downtown Fargo hotel.

Where to eat near Fargo Brewing Company

See the Downtown section for great places to eat before heading over to Fargo Brewing Company for the show.

Bars near Fargo Brewing Company for pre-show drinks

Fargo Brewing Company is a brewery… so really there’s nowhere else to go but here for some delicious craft beers before (and during) the show. For non-beer drinkers, you could stop at Wild Terra Cider and Brewing beforehand for locally-crafted ciders, it’s just a few blocks south.

Nightlife near Fargo Brewing Company for after the show

You’re less than five minutes from Downtown Fargo and it’s great nightlife scene.


For upcoming concerts in Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, check out our events calendar and filter by Music & Concerts. Enjoy the show!