Fall is my favorite season so it’s no surprise that my “perfect day” would consist of great activities to do in Fargo-Moorhead during this beautiful time of year. My day would start with sleeping in (because it’s the weekend) but I would make it just in time for the start of the Red River Market. You can catch the farmer’s market in downtown Fargo from 10am-2pm, every Saturday. It’s the best place to get fresh flowers, locally made jewelry, oils, baked goods and of course, fresh produce. The farmers are so kind and love educating people on the varieties of vegetables they grow. The Baker’s Wagon from Fertile, MN has some of the best baked goods, canned pickles and jams in town. They even have fried pies! I recommend the strawberry rhubarb. After picking up my weekly supply of veggies, I would grab something warm to drink at the market from Twenty Below. They make a fantastic homemade apple cider made from fresh pressed apples. The market also offers live music from various local singer/songwriters and is a great place to enjoy a warm drink in the sun while people watching.
After the market, I would grab lunch downtown at Scratch Deli. They have great soups, salads and sandwiches and it’s only a block away from the farmer’s market. In an attempt to burn off lunch, I would grab my two huskies and head to MB Johnson Park. They have a nice trail system along the Red River that is well maintained thanks to a local mountain biking organization. It’s my favorite spot to take in the outdoors without having to leave city limits. If you hike the trails, you will find some pretty impressive life-size tee-pees made of branches.
After enjoying the crisp fall weather with the dogs it’s time to get ready for a night on the town. It would start with having dinner at Vinyl Taco. They have the best margaritas and the tacos are small and only a few bucks each. I suggest the regular margarita on the rocks (get a large to share with friends) and the crispy fish taco. They spin real vinyl records so the music is always great.
The HoDo Lounge is great spot for starting the night. Unfortunately, they no longer have sofas so it’s a little less lounge-y but they still have well-crafted drinks. Uncle Paul’s Spanish Coffee is a HoDo classic. It’s coffee liquor, Cointreau, coffee, cream and a flamed sugar rim. It’s served warm, which is prefect for the cooler nights on the town. If coffee drinks aren’t your thing, try the Cucular Caley. It’s one of their most popular drinks but stick to one, or the day after your “perfect day” might be a little unforgiving.
My husband is a musician and Fargo is a great place to take in live music. My favorite venue in town is the Aquarium. It is located above Dempsey’s Irish Pub on Broadway. They bring in a variety of acts so the crowd is always changing. Expect to pay a cover but it’s always worth it. In between set breaks you can go downstairs to Dempsey’s which always has live music on the weekends. It’s amazing the diversity of music and people you can find under one roof.
If you have made it until bar close, congratulations! You deserve a late night snack. You will find a number of food trucks still operating in the fall. I recommend the Korean Beef BBQ from Nibblers on the 2nd Ave N and Broadway.