Fargo date ideas for every season

Looking for date ideas in Fargo, ND? Whether you’re here for a romantic weekend or need some inspiration for a night out, this list gives you Fargo date ideas for every season of the year.

Jump to the season you’re wanting below or read on for year-round date ideas.

Summer date ideas
Fall date ideas
Winter date ideas
Spring date ideas


Year-round date ideas

Plains Art Museum

The largest art museum in the state is ideal for an hour or two of wandering and talking about art. We’re not saying you’re a cheap date, but it’s also free to enter.

704 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 551-6011

Rourke Art Museum

Located inside a renovated post office building from 1915, this free art museum‘s permanent collection has over 5,000 works.

521 Main Ave, Moorhead | (218) 236-8861

Fargo Pinball arcade

Normally, you need to be a member of the Fargo Pinball Club to use the arcade, but if you stop by the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center, you can buy day passes for hours of becoming pinball wizards.

1133 C Harwood Dr S, Fargo | (701) 566-0026

Movie at the Fargo Theatre

Movie dates might are a classic choice, but watching a movie inside a 1920s vaudeville theater takes this date to a new level.

Movie tickets are just $9 at this iconic Downtown Fargo spot. Impress your date with your knowledge of the Theatre by reading this post.

See what’s playing

314 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 239-8385

Experience Fargo’s nightlife

Fargo’s nightlife has something for everyone. Want live music? Check out The Aquarium for local and regional bands. Want classy drinks? You got ’em at one of the upscale bars in Downtown Fargo. Want to dance? The floors of several bars await.

For a full list of bars and what type of vibe they have, check out where to find your crowd in Downtown Fargo’s bars.

Cooking class

Square One Kitchens hosts cooking classes in their commercial kitchen. If you or your date love cooking (or even if you’re terrible at it), cooking together is always a fun way to get to know each other, and you get dinner built-in!

1407 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 388-1137

Grab drinks at a brewery

Fargo has eight breweries, so you have lots of options, from the large and beautiful to intimate and cozy.

Brunch

Let’s face it: people love brunch. Luckily, Fargo has some great ones, from the Bloody Mary bar at Pounds to the giant buffet at Granite City to the vegan brunch at Twist.

Ax throwing

If you’re the more adventurous type, ax throwing at Triple Ax lets you channel your inner Hunger Games instincts.

5229 51st Ave S, Unit 1, Fargo | (701) 561-6906

Live theater

If a standard movie feels too cliche, mix it up with a live-action show. Fargo’s theater companies always have something going on, from the Trollwood Mainstage Musical in the summertime to shows at The Stage at Island Park or Theatre B in the winter.

Trivia night

If Fargo had a middle name, it would be trivia. You can find trivia nights nearly every night of the week at bars across Fargo.

Put your brains together over drinks and test your general knowledge.

Find a trivia event

Art or painting night

For something artsy, you’ve got options. Check the Plains Art Museum schedule for classics like sculpting or pottery, or opt for a paint-by-instruction class at Creatively Uncorked (where you can bring your own bevs and drink as you paint… believe us, it makes your work look so much better).

Unglued hosts crafting events where you can make everything from flower pots to needlepoint pillows.

Pixeled Brewing & arcade

Fargo’s only brewery and arcade is the ideal mix for a date. Grab one of their small-batch craft beers, some coins, and get playing on one of the 55 arcade games lining the wall.

1100 NP Ave #101, Fargo

Open mic comedy night

Fargo has tons of comedy nights if you and your date are looking for a few laughs. Your best bet is The Cellar, but read our guide to all the best places to find comedy in the city.


Summer date ideas

Rent kayaks or canoes

The Red River of the North splits North Dakota from Minnesota and is nature’s gift to the dating world.

Grab a double kayak or canoe from one of the rental stations and hit the water for a couple hours of paddling and chatting on one of the cleanest rivers in North America.

Read our guide to kayaking and canoeing the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead to find where you can rent, the cost, and more.

Golf one of the city’s seven public courses

If you and your date love hitting the links, a golf date gives you something to do while getting to know each other. Read our post about all the great golf courses in Fargo to pick one.

Note: If you’re not great golfers, don’t worry, you can head to El Zagal to play a shorter course without the pressure or try a game of footgolf.

Ride bike along the river

Fargo has over 200 miles of bike trails. Some of the best wind along the Red River, giving you great views and exercise in one fell swoop.

If you don’t have your own bikes, you can rent from one of the Great Rides Bike Share stations in Downtown or near NDSU.

Rooftop drinks

Drinking with views over the city is romantic and fun, and you have tons of options.

Rhombus Guys rooftop is one of the most popular options in Downtown Fargo (stay late enough on a Friday in the summer and you can join in their rooftop movie night), or ride the elevator to the top of the Hotel Donaldson for classy drinks with some of the best views.

Find a full list of the city’s patios in this guide.

Thunder Road

In summer, a stop at Thunder Road gives you and your date plenty of activity options, from mini golfing to batting cages to go-karts.

2902 Thunder Rd S, Fargo | (701) 282-5151

Visit a winery

Surrounding Fargo-Moorhead are gorgeous vineyards and wineries making varieties from North Dakota-grown grapes. One of your closest options is Bear Creek Winery, which has stunning views and delicious wines.

Bear Creek Winery, 8800 25th St S, Fargo | (701) 261-3171

Farmers’ markets

Meet up at one of Fargo-Moorhead’s many farmers’ markets for a morning or afternoon of shopping local produce and goods, listening to live music, and eating food truck dishes together.

One of your best options is the Saturday morning Red River Market (the biggest farmers’ market in the state!).

Outdoor show or concert

Midwesterners take advantage of warm summer nights by heading to outdoor theater shows and music concerts. You and your date can capitalize on this, too.

The outdoor Bluestem Amphitheater has a constant stream of entertainment throughout the summer, from the mainstage musical to symphony shows to large concerts.

Bluestem Amphitheater, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead | (218) 477-6500

RedHawks baseball game

A night at the ballpark watching the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks is one of the best summer date ideas in Fargo. General admission tickets are just $7 at the door, and you can grab beers and ballgame food.

Some of the games even have fireworks at the end to really add to the romance.

Newman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 235-6161

Watch the sunset on a parking garage

One of the quirkier things many locals do to cap off a date night is watch the sunset from the top of one of the parking garages in Downtown Fargo.

Hike at Buffalo River State Park

Just 45 minutes outside of Moorhead, MN, you’ll find Buffalo River State Park. Fill a backpack with snacks, water, and plenty of sunscreen and head to the park for a hike along Buffalo River.

Then, spend time picnicking beside the swimming hole and chatting amidst the lush trees.

A day pass into the park costs just $7.

565 155th St S, Glyndon, MN | (218) 498-2124

Lake day trip

We’d be remiss not to mention the Minnesota lake country just over half an hour from Fargo-Moorhead’s borders.

Take a ride out to Detroit Lakes, spend a day on the public beach swimming and getting a tan, and then head to one of the lakeside bars followed by pizza at Zorbaz on the Lake.

Summer festivals to plan for:

Rare Beer Picnic

If you and your date are big beer lovers, this is the ultimate beer event of the summer. Grab tickets early and head to Junkyard Brewing Company to sample the rare brews created in the vats of breweries from across Minnesota.

Red River Valley Fair

In July, the Red River Valley Fair takes over West Fargo’s fairgrounds for days of rides, fair foods, and large concerts (which are completely free with your entry price!).

Sister Cities Smokeout

This brand new event involves two days of live music at the outdoor Bluestem Amphitheater plus lots and lots of smoked meats.

Happy Harry’s Ribfest

Nicknamed the “kick-off to summer”, this festival is all about ribs (hence, Ribfest) and has large concerts every night.

Midwest Viking Festival

For a cultural festival, you won’t want to miss this one in June. You and your date can wander through Scandinavian displays, see a replica Viking ship, talk to vendors dressed as Vikings, watch Viking fights, and eat food from every Scandinavian nation.

Downtown Fargo Street Fair

For two days in late July, Downtown Fargo closes down for this massive street fair. Local vendors, delicious food, and a concert on Friday night make for a great date.

Fargo Blues Festival

This outdoor blues festival is two days of great food, beer, souvenirs, and music at Newman Outdoor Field. Camp out and listen to some of the best blues bands in the country.


Fall date ideas

Ghost tour at Bonanzaville

For a quirky date idea, head to the pioneer village at Bonanzaville for one of their paranormal ghost tours.

Pumpkin patch outing

Fargo-Moorhead has several pumpkin patches that make a fun day out. Wander through a corn maze, then pick out the perfect pumpkins to take home and carve together.

Farmers’ markets

Most of Fargo’s farmers’ markets (including the largest in the state) run through the end of October, so you can get outside, shop for local produce, and hang out with your date while listening to live music and eating great food truck eats.

Haunted fields & corn mazes

It wouldn’t be fall without some spooky Halloween dates. Several haunted fields and corn mazes surround the city, so you can take your date (if you dare) for a scary jaunt through these terrifying fields.

NDSU tailgating and football game

NDSU Football returns in full force in the fall. Spend a Saturday with your date at NDSU’s nationally-known tailgating parties before heading into the FARGODOME to watch the Bison play.

Fall foliage hike at Buffalo River State Park

45 minutes outside of Fargo’s sister city, Moorhead, is the beautiful Buffalo River State Park. Hike amidst the colorful branches of the trees lining Buffalo River for a very fall-esque date.

565 155th St S, Glyndon, MN | (218) 498-2124

Fall festivals to plan for:

Oktoberfest

Watch wiener dog races, drink beer, and join a pub crawl with your date.

Canoe Parade

This quirky event is a great afternoon spent watching decorated canoes float the Red River.

F-M Studio Crawl

Wander through the studio’s of Fargo-Moorhead’s visual artists with your date and take a closer look at the creative processes of these talented folks.


Winter date ideas

Island Park walk

This park in Downtown Fargo is one of the most romantic and beautiful in the city, especially in winter with trees glittering with snow.

302 7th St S, Fargo | (701) 499-7788

Cross country skiing at Edgewood

For an active outdoor date, rent cross country skis from Edgewood Chalet and hit the snowy trails together.

19 Golf Course Ave N, Fargo | (701) 232-8620

Snowshoeing

Another outdoorsy option, you can rent snowshoes at Edgewood Chalet or from the Hjemkomst Center and romp through the snowy trails along the Red River of the North.

Edgewood Chalet, 19 Golf Course Ave N, Fargo | (701) 232-8620 Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead | (218) 299-5511

Ice skating

If you and your date both own ice skates, a great option is Fargo’s Downtown on Ice outdoor rink.

You’ll have views of busy Downtown Fargo and are close enough to stop in one of the coffee shops for a cup of warm cocoa or coffee after your skate.

If you don’t own your own skates, you can rent them every Sunday at Moorhead Sports Center from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. for just $1!

Red River Zoo excursion

The Red River Zoo stays open all winter long. How? All of its species are cold-weather climate animals who are used to the cold.

Bundle up, grab a hot chocolate, and wander through the exhibits together.

4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo | (701) 277-9240

Fargo Force hockey game

Like baseball in the summer, hockey in the winter makes for an excellent date evening. The Fargo Force play at Scheels Arena, so you can watch a game, drink some beers, and eat arena food.

Find tickets and game schedules here.

5225 31st Ave S, Fargo | (701) 356-7656

Coffee shop

Lucky for you, Fargo loves craft coffee, so you can skip Starbucks and have a coffee date at one of the cool local coffee shops across the city.

Winter festivals to plan for:

Holiday Lights Parade

This magical evening lights up Downtown Fargo with decorated floats and plenty of reason to huddle together for warmth.

Christkindlmarkt

Fargo’s German-themed festival happens every holiday season. Drink mulled wine, listen to live polka music (and dance together if you know how!), while completing your holiday shopping together or just perusing the goods at this winter market.

Frostival

Winter events spanning several weeks of January and February will give you and your date a reason to get outside and enjoy the winter weather in Fargo.

Unglued Craft Fest

Would you rather spend time indoors during winter? Head to the large Unglued Craft Fest at Drekker Brewhalla to sip beers and shop locally-made crafts and goods.


Spring date ideas

Moorhead Dairy Queen

The iconic, walk-up Moorhead Dairy Queen opens every year on March 1, snow or shine (and most likely, it will be snow). What weirder date than to eat ice cream outside together in the snow? Just make sure to dress for the weather.

24 8th St S, Moorhead | (218) 233-3221

F-M Derby Girls roller derby

For a non-traditional sports outing, the F-M Derby Girls hosts several roller derby exhibitions throughout the spring. There’s something about watching these tough ladies battle it out on a derby track that is just fun.

Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St N, Fargo

Rent bikes in Lindenwood Park

As soon as the bike rentals open in Lindenwood Park, take your date on a double-seated bike or one of the sitting bikes for a roll through the beautiful park.

1905 Roger Maris Dr, Fargo | (701) 232-3987

Tour one of Fargo’s major attractions

Many of Fargo’s major attractions open for the season in early May, giving you the opportunity to explore them.

Spring events to plan for:

Fargo Film Festival

The event of the year for movie buffs, you can buy day passes or tickets for the full festival and watch some of the top releases of the year at the iconic Fargo Theatre in Downtown Fargo.

Bacon and Beer Festival

If you love bacon and you love beer, this festival is a can’t-miss for you and your date.


Whatever kind of date you’re looking for, hopefully this list has helped. For weekend itineraries, check out our plan your trip page.