14 free things to do in Fargo

Fargo is a lot of things, but it isn’t expensive. With most major attractions (and even sporting events!) costing less than $10, it’s not hard to find a cheap day out in the city.

That being said, we prefer a free day out. So, we’ve compiled 14 fun things to do for free in Fargo:

1. Embrace the great outdoors in Fargo’s parks

Fargo’s largest network of parks winds along the Red River.

Biking, rollerblading, and walking on the parks’ designated trails are some of locals’ favorite free things to do. If birding is your thing, these trails are also the perfect place to spot some of ND and MN’s top feathered friends.

Families can take advantage of the parks’ large playgrounds, sport courts, and frolfing courses, and wide open green spaces make an ideal field for a pick-up kickball game.


2. Throw yourself into the Woodchipper

Stop by Fargo’s Visitors Center to take a photo with the original woodchipper from the movie Fargo. If you tag #FargoWoodchipper when you post it, you could even win free stuff!


3. Capture a memory by the Fargo Theatre

This 1929 theater in downtown Fargo is one of the city’s most iconic sites… and photo backdrops.

Take your own picture, and then use the theater as a jumping off point for exploring the rest of downtown.


4. Head to ‘Art Alley’ for some great photo ops

Downtown has tons of photo ops, and some of the best are in ‘Art Alley’.

Located between 4th and 5th St on 1st Ave N, this alley features rotating murals by local artists. The murals are accessible to anyone and are incredibly Instagram-friendly.


5. Visit the painted train car mural

After ‘Art Alley’, pop over to Fargo’s Northern Pacific Depot for your final photo shoot of the day.

Outside, you’ll find a painted train car, splashed with the message ‘Greetings from Fargo’. This bright mural was done by an ND-native, so it’s yet another chance to see some local art.


6. Learn about a baseball legend at Roger Maris Museum

Baseball fans won’t want to miss the Roger Maris Museum, which is located in the West Acres Mall.

Maris hit a Major League Baseball record 61 home runs during the 1961 season for the New York Yankees, breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season record of 60 home runs in 1927… so he’s kind of a big deal. The museum includes:

  • A video room for watching historic footage while sitting on actual Yankee Stadium seats from the Maris era.
  • A replica of Roger’s Yankee Stadium monument.
  • A replica of Roger’s 1961 locker.
  • Displays and artifacts from Roger’s youth and Major League playing days.


7. Appreciate local art at an actual art museum

Time to take your local art appreciation indoors at the Plains Air Museum in Downtown Fargo or the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead.

Both feature carefully-curated local and ‘Midwest Modern’ art pieces, alongside rotating exhibits.

Oh, and they have free entry, did we mention that?


8. Go window shopping in Fargo’s downtown district

While window shopping isn’t an easy feat, Fargo’s downtown is packed with boutiques and stores selling locally-made goods.

Unglued and Zandbroz Variety sit along the main street of Broadway, and both sell Fargo and Midwest-related products and cool oddities. Local clothing boutiques and some antique and thrift shops also adorn the various backstreets.


9. Hunt for bison… the painted kind

Painted bison dot the Fargo area. You can pick up a free map and go on a search for all 20+.


10. Geocache

Another kind of scavenger hunt, grab your GPS (or just your cell phone) and download the Geocaching app. Once you have it installed, get searching for these electronic logs, leave your data behind and find the next!


11. Attend a free event

Free events are constantly cropping up around Fargo. To find one happening during your stay, you can visit the Events Calendar or check here.


12. Stroll the ‘Walk of Fame’

Fargo has had its fair share of celebrities and famous faces, and this ‘Walk of Fame’ near the Visitors Center highlights their handprints and names.

See how many of the names you can recognize.


13. Listen to some live music

Live music, karaoke, and open mic nights are usually free and tend to happen almost every night of the week (see a calendar here).

Chances are, if you stop in at Dempsy’s Public House, Sidestreet, The Aquarium, Front Street Taproom (which also serves only regionally-brewed beers) and Red Raven Espresso Parlor, you’ll hear some rockin’ live music. Not to mention any of Fargo’s breweries.

14. Visit the largest college campus in North Dakota (NDSU)

NDSU’s leafy, sprawling campus sits just south of the Fargodome and buzzes with student life. A stroll through campus lets you take in the beautiful brick buildings and shady green spots, plus the wonderfully cared for flower beds.

A babbling brook and Bison statue are great stopping points for photos, a picnic, or just to appreciate the student life of North Dakota’s biggest university.

Free and Fargo definitely go together… you just have to know where to look.