Best places for live music in Fargo-Moorhead

They say the heart of rock and roll is still beating (or at least Huey Lewis does). Here in Fargo-Moorhead, the heart of the local music scene beats loud and proud and there’s no shortage of places to hear it for yourself. Let us break it down by what you’re looking for.


Local, original music

In the mood for something you haven’t heard before? From punk rock and metal to bluegrass and electronic, the musicians of Fargo-Moorhead make a lot of noise (and we mean that in the best possible way).  Here are a few recommendations for those of you looking to hear original music.

The Aquarium

The Aquarium (upstairs from Dempsey’s) is one of the most loved music venues in the area. After opening in 2006, it quickly became a second home to local musicians and music lovers, as well as a huge supporter of the scene itself. Its popularity among locals, as well as the intimacy and sound of the unique space, has drawn amazing musicians/touring bands from all over.

Check out upcoming shows on the Aquarium Facebook page.

226 N Broadway Dr f2, Fargo | (701) 235-5913

Sidestreet Grille & Pub

Yet another staple of Downtown Fargo. Sidestreet’s new(ish) location opened in 2015 and has been rockin’ ever since. The venue has a huge open space with walls of windows and a stage that greets you right when you walk in. If you’re in town over the weekend, chances are there will be music to check out at Sidestreet.

Upcoming shows and events

404 4th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 271-0092

The Red Raven

There is nothing that’s not original about The Red Raven.  Not only can you regularly find original bands playing for crowds of all ages (yes, this is a venue open to music lovers of ALL ages), but also poetry readings, art receptions, and one of the best dang cups of coffee you’ve ever had. Their outdoor patio is worth the trip alone. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up from a fellow music lover.

Upcoming shows & events

916 Main Ave, Fargo | (701) 478-7337

TAK Music Venue

The newest addition to the music scene, TAK has quickly become a place to play for bands of all variety, and you don’t have to be 21+ to enjoy it! A nice combination of originals and classic covers depending on the night.

Upcoming shows & events

1710 Center Ave W, Dilworth | (701) 261-2525


Sit back and soak it in

Looking to be serenaded while enjoying a good meal or a tasty cocktail or craft beer?  Sounds like a pretty darn good time to us! Here are a few places to do just that.

The HoDo

From cool jazz and singer-songwriters to high energy rock ‘n’ roll classics and reggae, you’re in for a treat no matter your style. Every Thursday night, the HoDo Lounge serves some seriously groovy tunes along with dang good cocktails.

101 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 478-1000

Dempsey’s Public House – Monday night jazz

Fargo’s most popular Irish themed bar gets a little jazzy on Monday nights. If you’re in town, stop in, grab a booth and a drink of your choice, and enjoy some jazz played by some of the area’s best jazz musicians. Not able to make it on a Monday? That’s okay! Chances are if it’s Friday or Saturday, there will be music playing. Plus, the Aquarium is right upstairs!

226 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 235-5913

Urban 42

Enjoy a fantastic meal with a side of jazz every Thursday at Urban 42 located in the Delta by Marriott. This establishment is a strong believer in keeping things local. Ingredients are sourced from local growers, and the jazz from extremely accomplished local musicians.

1635 42nd St S, Fargo | (701) 281-7105

Front Street Taproom

Sample craft brews from around the region while checking out Fargo-Moorhead’s talented singer-songwriters at Front Street Taproom. How could that possibly be anything but a good time?

614 Main Ave, Fargo | (701) 566-7226

Fargo-Moorhead breweries

Craft beverages and music go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Stop in at any one of F-M’s eight breweries and sample the brews of the great plains while listening to the area’s talented musicians.

Various locations


Dance the night away

Sometimes listening just isn’t enough. If you want to dance the night away to some live music, here are a few must-stops.

The VFW in West Fargo

There’s always a good time to be had at the West Fargo VFW. Line dancing to classic country or doing your own thing to pop favorites, this is a venue worth checking out for live music and some fun.

444 Sheyenne St, West Fargo | (701) 282-4728

The Pickled Parrot

The huge dance floor at the Parrot makes for a heck of a good time! Live music can be expected every weekend, as can a full dance floor.

505 3rd Ave N, Fargo | (701) 356-5227

The Downtown VFW

Like its West Fargo cousin, the Downtown VFW has a dance floor and plenty of great bands lined up to dance to.  You’ll find an diverse crowd, stiff drinks, and a fun time at this underrated bar.

202 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 235-8243

The Windbreak

Known for their killer drinks specials and rockin’ bands, the Windbreak is a place where you can burn some serious calories on the dance floor.

3150 39th St S, Fargo | (701) 282-5507

Shotgun Sally’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Saloon

The name says it all! Stop in at Shotgun Sally’s for rock ‘n’ roll that you just can’t help but dance to every weekend.

1515 42nd St S, Fargo | (701) 241-4386

TAK Music Venue

Mentioned for its original, live bands already, TAK also has a huge dance floor where you can boogie to whatever music’s playing that night, and you don’t have to be 21+ to enjoy it!

1710 Center Ave W, Dilworth | (701) 261-2525

Dempsey’s Public House

Yes, Dempsey’s has already been listed as a good place for Monday jazz nights. But, visit this venue on a weekend and prepare yourself for a much different, incredibly lively vibe.

226 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 235-5913


Beautiful venues, big bands

Sanctuary Events Center

Big name touring bands, local originals, and tributes to the greatest musicians in rock ‘n roll history.. .just a few examples of what to expect from the Sanctuary. Add in the acoustics of a 100+ year old completely renovated church? Yes please!

670 4th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 404-9006

Bluestem Amphitheater

A spring/summer/fall favorite. The Bluestem Summer Concert Series brings bands such as the Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Steve Martin and Martin Short (not music, but still awesome). The beautiful outdoor venue is right off the Red River. Nothing like nature and music to soothe the soul.

801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN | (701) 298-0071 

Fargo Theatre

If you’ve seen one image of Fargo, it’s probably the iconic Marquee in glowing lights outside the historic Fargo Theatre. Hosting a wide variety of popular touring artists, comedians, ballets, and regular movie showings, this is a must-go when it comes to concerts in the area.

4715, 314 Broadway N | (701) 239-8385


No matter when you’re visiting, chances are there will be music in the air. Check out our calendar of events to see what’s going on and where to find it.