Grab your significant other and head to Fargo for a weekend away. This itinerary covers everything from where to eat to what to do for three fun days together.
After checking into your hotel, start your weekend together with some of Fargo’s fanciest food.
The best fine dining in Dakota is at Mezzaluna among the modern, shell-like booths, intimate lighting, and chic high top tables. The menu constantly changes with the season, but your tastebuds are always in for an unexpected delight.
309 Roberts St N, Fargo | (701) 364-9479
After dinner drinks & live music
Downtown Fargo has no shortage of great places to get after dinner drinks.
If it’s a nice night, ride the elevator to the rooftop of the HoDo Lounge for martinis with a view. For locally-crafted spirits, Proof Artisan Distillers make delicious drinks with their in-house creations (we recommend the Colorado Bulldogs!).
Then, it’s time for music! Whether you want original, local music or cover bands you can dance to, our guide to live music venues can help you find the place.
Nichole’s Fine Pastry
Nichole’s is a breakfast date favorite. Dainty European décor and delicious coffee drinks (made with locally-roasted Stumbeano’s beans) are inviting, but the food is what really keeps people coming back.
You’ll find plenty of European-inspired dishes and drinks inside this cozy cafe. Pick up a French press coffee with a croissant, scone, daily flavor of quiche, or variety of pastries to start your day together.
13 8th St S, Fargo | (701) 232-6430
Red River Market
Every Saturday from mid-July to October, the largest farmers’ market in the state sets up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wander through stalls of fresh produce, local food and drinks, artisan gifts (great for souvenirs!), listen to live music, grab a craft beer, and more.
63 5th St N, Fargo | (701) 491-8892
Murals & boutiques
Most of Fargo’s murals are within easy walking distance of the market and each other so you can take a romantic stroll and get some cute Instagram pics while you’re at it.
Find the full Fargo-Moorhead mural map here.
As you wander through Downtown in search of street art, stop in to some of the boutiques and shops.
To enhance your record collection, check out Orange Records or Vinyl Giant. For cute gifts and souvenirs, head to STABO for Scandinavian-inspired goods, O’Day Cache for jewelry and eclectic gift items, Unglued for things all made by local artists, and Zandbroz Variety for everything from books to scented soaps to coffee mugs to wrapping paper.
Lunch at BernBaum’s
This cozy Nordic-Jewish deli whips up New York-style bagels each and every day while also integrating the local Scandinavian flare into dishes. Try the Iceland bagel plate, a bagel with lox (which gets rave reviews!) or Myron’s chicken matzo ball soup.
402 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 306-4131
Kayak or canoe the Red River
Fargo is split from its sister city, Moorhead, by the Red River of the North. This river also separates North Dakota from Minnesota, so you can paddle in two states at once!
Kayaks are available for rent for just $10 at two different locations in Fargo-Moorhead. If you rent a double kayak, it’s also a great test of your relationship as you try to keep it straight!
Read our guide to canoeing and kayaking on the Red River.
River Keepers Rental Shack, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead
Original Moorhead Dairy Queen
Treat yourselves after your hard work on the river at the Original Moorhead Dairy Queen. This historical landmark has been a local favorite since it opened in the late 1940s.
Try one of the hand-dipped Dilly Bars (invented at this very shop!) and take your photo by the 16-foot-tall Dilly Bar statue.
24 8th St S, Moorhead | (218) 233-3221
Bear Creek Winery
Bear Creek Winery is the only winery actually located in the city proper. You will find this beautiful escape with rolling hills and even a golf course.
The vineyard is also on-site, so make sure to go up to the deck and take in the views. Grab a cheese plate from the menu and sample some of their delicious North Dakota grape wines.
8800 25th St S, Fargo | (701) 261-3171
Dinner at Vinyl Taco
Music and Mexican street food set Vinyl Taco apart from every other Mexican restaurant in town. Instead of large plates, you can order individual street tacos.
Inside, you’ll be surrounded by musical artwork, exposed brick walls, and a central bar guarded by a bison statue. Menus come on record albums, the margaritas are served with giant rosemary leaves, and vinyl records spin behind the bar.
Note: You must be 21 to enter and eat here.
520 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 365-8226
RedHawks game or Bluestem Amphitheater show
Even if you’re not a baseball fan, the F-M RedHawks are a great spot to hangout on warm summer nights for the relaxed atmosphere. Check ahead to see if there’s a game on… sometimes, they even shoot fireworks off at the end!
Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 on the door. You can grab dinner here or have a local beer, sit back, and enjoy the game with passionate local fans.
Alternatively, catch an outdoor concert, show, or play at Bluestem Amphitheater.
Throughout the summer, the Bluestem Summer Concert Series brings bands such as the Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff, plus acts like Steve Martin and Martin Short. It’s also home to the Trollwood Performing Arts summer mainstage musical. Check ahead for what’s happening!
Drekker Brewing Company’s Brewhalla
It’s blasphemy, really, to visit Fargo without stopping at Drekker Brewing Company‘s newest location, Brewhalla. Housed in one of the most impressive buildings in the tri-city area (and serving some really great beer), you won’t be disappointed with the ultra-cool interior, delicious rotating menu of taps, or wall of pinball machines.
1666 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 532-0506
The Boiler Room is another great option with their extensive brunch (Rum Chata French Toast, anyone?) and their build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.
If you’re in need of some hair of the dog, the impressive Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars at Pounds will have just the ticket, with their massive selection of build-your-own ingredients. You can pile veggies, pizza rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches, sausage, shrimp, chicken strips, cheese, and more into your glass, so your drink doubles as your meal (or you can order food alongside it).
Ax throwing or Thunder Road
If you’ve got time after brunch, get competitive at Triple Ax, where you can throw axes at targets together.
For something less lumberjack, head to Thunder Road and play some mini golf, try the batting cages, or race go-karts.
Lunch at Wurst Bier Hall West
End your day with a tall local beer and some German food. New to West Fargo, Würst Bier Hall West’s menu features German-inspired dishes like yummy Elk bratwurst with jalapeño and cheese and homemade kuchen. They even have some vegan varieties for non-sausage eating friends!
3179 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo | (701) 532-0484