A “North of Normal” Valentine’s Day

Confession: I’ve never been big into Valentine’s Day. One Valentine’s Day several years back, a friend and I killed several hours at a local bookstore, perusing grisly historical crime thrillers and melancholy war poetry. Yeah, we’re pretty cool here.

While I do enjoy going out to dinner, watching sappy BBC movies, consuming massive amounts of chocolate, and killing off beautiful flowers by forgetting to give them water, Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to hold exclusivity for any of these activities. Don’t get me wrong, all of these things (sans killing flowers) are lovely, but if you’re like me and are looking for an alternative to the out-to-eat-dinner-drinks scene, then keep reading.

*Keep in mind that Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, so this itinerary is built specifically for that.

Take a class together.
Creatively Uncorked Studio is offering a social canvas painting class. What’s better than unwinding by an evening of painting? Better still, supplies are provided for you! Register here. 

The Boiler Room offers Mixology Lab for you to learn about different spirits from some expert mixologists. You also get to try your hand at concocting one yourself! Two area award-winning mixologists host the class, and registration includes four hand-crafted cocktails plus appetizers for $33. Register on their Eventbrite page or call to make a reservation.

Rent Log the Mobile Sauna.
Enjoy some winter warmth with this rentable sauna, created by Folkways. Sign up for their mailing list to rent. 

Frostville - Sauna

Watch I Hate Hamlet at The Stage at Island Park or Equivocation at Theatre B.
Sick of the rom-coms on Valentine’s Day? Go see a less-conventional Valentine’s Day performance! Both are parts of Shakespearefest, happening in Fargo through March. Both performances       begin at 2pm.

Try DinnerTies for a fun twist on the traditional Valentine’s Day dinner.
Don’t want to do the typical out-to-eat experience? Want to meet some new people? Try DinnerTies! Your hosts will cook you dinner while you are their guests. Sign up on their website. 

Fargo Escape Room – Ready to test your knowledge and deduction skills?
What’s better than joining forces with your significant other/family/friends to solve puzzles and clues to allow your escape in just 60 minutes? Two Escape Room games are currently available. Think of it as practice for knowing who your allies are in a Zombie Apocalypse. Just kidding. (Maybe. That deadbeat boyfriend of yours might be zombie fodder. Kidding. Again!)

*Note: No age restrictions, but anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Hit up Kilstone Brewing and Junkyard Brewing for a taste of local.
These two breweries are open on Sundays for your craft brewing revelry.

Junkyard Brewery (14)

Spend some time in our great outdoors.
Enjoy our beautiful winter weather by participating in some glorious outdoor activities. Here are some options: 

  • Rent cross country skis or showshoes from the Edgewood Chalet to make use of their beautiful flatland snow!
  • If ice skating is your thing, be sure to go to the Downtown Fargo ice rink and practice your Tara Lipinski moves. *Check out Hockey Zone in Moorhead for ice skating rental, or bring your own skates!
  • Make use of our sledding hills! Get creative (cardboard boxes, anyone?) and have sled races to the bottom.
    • Fargo sledding hills
    • West Fargo sledding hills

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you use the hashtag #ilovefargo and #northofnormal so we can follow your experiences! Happy Valentine’s!

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