Once the warm weather hits Fargo, the city fills up with summer events for all types of people. From great outdoors to girls’ trips to foodie favorites, find an event that sparks your summer interest.
Many of these Fargo summer events are perfect for families – anything marked with a * is recommended for kiddos!
These events are perfect for the outdoorsmen in you. Check out our outdoor-lovers itineraries if you’re looking to fill the rest of your time in Fargo.
River paddling excursions and rentals
The Red River is a wonderful place to relax and get out on the water. Both Lindenwood Park and The Rental Shack at Viking Ship Park have rentals throughout the summer and there will also be many river-themed events going on throughout the summer, including a Race the Red Canoe & Kayak Race and the River Paddling Excursions happening monthly!
Streets Alive *
Dates TBD | Downtown Fargo
This event is a great reminder to get outdoors and celebrate being active! You get to play in the street without having to worry about pesky cars, on Fargo’s main street, Broadway.
Horse Racing *
July 8-9, 17-18, 23-24, & 31-Aug 1, 2021 | North Dakota Horse Park
The excitement of live horse racing is unparalleled and you can witness it right here in Fargo. The “Little Track on the Prairie” is fun for the whole family.
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks games *
Newman Outdoor Field
America’s favorite pastime makes an excellent summer evening out in Fargo, North Dakota. From fireworks to giveaways, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks always have something fun going on during their games!
Grab your girls and head to Fargo for a weekend away. From the new shops and restaurants throughout the metro area to the yummy Bloody Mary & Mimosa bars, Fargo won’t disappoint.
Summer Craft Market
Sunday, June 13, 2021 | Drekker Brewing Company
Beer and shopping were meant to be. This Summer Craft Market combines them in June. You can make crafts, buy hand-made items, eat snacks, and (obviously) drink some beer!
Red River Market *
Saturdays, July 10 – October 30, 2021 | Broadway Square
Fargo-Moorhead’s largest farmers’ market takes to the streets of Downtown Fargo every Saturday of the summer. Buy local goods and talk to local vendors to get a real feel for life on the Northern Plains.
Downtown Street Fair *
July 15-17, 2021 | Downtown Fargo
Girls’ weekend wouldn’t be complete without some local shopping. The Fargo Downtown Street Fair features vendors stocked up with local art, hand-made items, and plenty of delicious goodies.
Outdoor Concerts & Entertainment
Fargo-Moorhead is bursting with local artists. Check out our events calendar for different local artist shows, or head to these outdoor venues for some big-name artists.
Bluestem Events *
Fun concerts happen at the Bluestem Amphitheatre all summer long. From country music to hip-hop, you can sit under the wide-open sky as the sun sets behind the stage. For a bit of theater, Trollwood Performing Arts School will be taking the stage in July to perform Cinderella.
Red River Valley Fair *
July 9-18, 2021 | Red River Valley Fairgrounds
Cheese curds, a ferris wheel, and daily concerts are just a few of the reasons to attend this 10-day fair. It’s a can’t-miss in the summer for people of all ages and travel styles.
Fargo Blues Festival *
July 30-31, 2021 | Newman Outdoor Field
If you’re into Blues, or even if you aren’t, hit up the Fargo Blues Festival. The venue, a baseball stadium, is a cool backdrop to one of the best blues festivals in the country with 12 bands over 2 days.
Sister Cities Smokeout
August 28-29, 2021 | Bluestem Amphitheater
Hot BBQ, live tunes, and cold beer are what you’ll find at the Bluestem Amphitheater this August. Jamey Johnson is co-headlining with Whiskey Meyers on Saturday with more bands to be announced for the two-day event.
Food & Drink
We know how to eat and drink in Fargo, and we have events to prove it.
Happy Harry’s Ribfest *
June 9-12, 2021 | FARGODOME
Ribs and chicken and pulled pork, oh my! Some of the greatest rib cookers in the country descend on the FARGODOME parking lot June 6th-9th to serve up mouth-watering food. Each night as the sun sets, the entertainment kicks up a notch, with nightly concerts.
Craft Beer & Cider Festival
August 21-22, 2021 | Broadway Square
With so many craft beer and cider spots in Fargo, it’s hard to try them all. Broadway Square will host the Craft Beer & Cider Festival this summer to help showcase all of the different options we really have.
Fargo Food Truck Festival
August 13-15, 2021 | North Dakota Horse Park
As soon as the snow melts, food trucks take to the streets selling incredible, diverse menus and livening up Fargo’s already-thriving food scene. This festival lets you try them all in one place, so it really doesn’t get better than that!
The Food Truck scene is also doing a few pop-up festivals throughout the summer, stay tuned to their social pages for more information.
History & Culture Buffs
Fargo’s mix of Scandinavian culture and Old West-esque prairie makes an interesting mix. History and cultural events highlight these distinct flavors of the area throughout the summer.
F-M Classic Bike Nights
May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, 2021 | Drekker Brewing
Bringing together classic motorcycles, riders, and enthusiasts, stop in to see classic and unique bikes at these Classic Bike Nights, plus eat some food and drink some great craft beer.
Moorhead Cruise Nights *
May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug 5, Sept 2, 2021 | Moorhead Center Mall
On the first Thursday of each month, Downtown Moorhead comes alive with the inaugural year of Moorhead Cruise Night. Enjoy food vendors, music, and an exciting family-friendly atmosphere.
West Fargo Cruise Nights *
June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 16, 2021 | West Fargo Sports Complex
Car enthusiasts, rejoice! Car owners bring their nicest rides to this car show, which will be at the West Fargo Sports Complex on 2021. Grab a drink or some food and stroll along to check out some classics.
Fargo Airsho *
July 24-25, 2021 | Fargo Air Museum
Fargo’s great expanse of the sky makes it the perfect place for an airshow. Watch as the Navy Blue Angels dip and dive through the air this July, filling the skies with stunts, tricks, and jet streams. Between the flying and the ground acts, you’re in for a weekend of absorbing, fun-filled entertainment.
Volkswagens in the Valley *
July 31, 2021 | Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center
Bring your favorite VW or attend this free event just to see all the coolest Volkswagens descend on one place for an afternoon.
F-M Pride Week *
August 12-15, 2021
One of the region’s largest pride celebrations, with daily events and, of course, a large parade.
Summer in Fargo means hot weather, plenty of interesting people, and quirky events. The city comes alive, making the season a great time to visit.