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Guide to attending both fairs in Fargo this summer

In 2021, we’re lucky enough to have an overlap of both the Downtown Street Fair as well as the Red River Valley Fair over ONE WEEKEND. We put together an itinerary to help you navigate the busy weekend so you can get to all of the fun entertainment.

Basic information on the two events

Downtown Fargo Street Fair

Artists, crafters, and food vendors on the streets of Downtown Fargo.

July 15 – 17, 2021 | Downtown Fargo

Red River Valley Fair

Exhibitions, concerts, carnival rides, and nearly 200 food stands at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

July 9 – 18, 2021 | Red River Valley Fairgrounds

Three-day itinerary to both fairs

Thursday, July 15

Morning

The Downtown Street Fair kicks off at 10 a.m. so to kick off the weekend, head down there and get the first pick of the vendors’ wares. Wander in and out of the tents and get the lay of the land.

Afternoon

There are going to be over 35 food vendors at the Downtown Street Fair this year, find an old favorite or try something new for lunch.

After your meal, escape the heat for a bit and wander through some of Downtown Fargo’s storefronts like Unglued for gifts, Proper for trendy clothing, and STABO for one-of-a-kind Scandinavian pieces.

Evening

After your big shopping day, grab a beer from one of the local breweries who will be setting up shop along the main drag of the fair and head to the stage to enjoy some local bands at 5:30 p.m. and then the Gear Daddies at 7.

Friday, July 16

Morning

Since gates to the Red River Valley Fair do not open until 11, we recommend grabbing some breakfast before your big day at the fair. Deaner’s Diner in West Fargo is a fantastic diner and in the perfect location to swing by before you head to the fair.

Once your all fueled up for the day, make your way to the fun at the fairgrounds. Unlimited wrist bands for the day are $30 so grab one of those and head on in (if you haven’t already taken advantage of the Mega Pass for a whole 10 days of fun).

Afternoon

The Midway opens at 12 p.m. so after you’re all settled in, find some of your favorite rides and get to it. This whole afternoon should be filled with corn dogs, funnel cakes, cheese curds, and a whole lotta carnival rides.

Evening

The Grandstand entertainment for July 16 is Ratt, Quiet Riot, and Kix. Rock out to these glam metal/rock groups starting at 7 p.m. on the main stage while you enjoy some beverages from the beer garden.

Saturday, July 17

Morning

To wrap up your weekend full of fun, fair entertainment, you’re probably going to need to perk up after the concert the night before. Head to Downtown Fargo and stop by one of the many local coffee shops to kick off your morning. Some of our favorites include Young Blood Coffee and Atomic Coffee and both are right in the thick of the action.

Spend the morning perusing any of the 145 artists/makers’ tents and picking up anything you might have missed on Thursday. Don’t miss the Audubon Society’s pop-up prairie and petting zoo as well as the henna artist and face painter.

Afternoon

On the way to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, we recommend grabbing lunch from a local restaurant, some lighter options (to save room for fried foods later) would be Stone Town Grill or a BYO salad from The Tavern.

After your lunch, head to the RRVF to enjoy some more carnival rides and also check out the farm animal exhibits as well as each of the competitive exhibits like the competition for best homemade brews, canned products, and ceramics.

Evening

The evening is meant for one last sunset Ferris Wheel ride and of course the Trace Adkins concert starting at 7 p.m. on the grandstand. Grab another corn dog and an ice-cold beer and enjoy the country singer’s greatest hits.


This is a jam-packed weekend of fair activities, but if you’re looking for more fun, the grandstand at the RRVF has more concerts starting on July 9 including Chris Young, Styx, and Hairball. Plus, races at the Red River Valley Speedway on Sunday night kick-off at 6 p.m.