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As the Fargo-Moorhead continues to grow at an astonishing rate of a dozen residents a day, our identity is being shaped by the nearly 230,000 citizens. We went to you, the people who are molding and shaping our culture, to ask about fun things to do in the Fargo-Moorhead community. We asked, you answered. Here’s what Fargo means to you.
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Three places you would take someone who is visiting Fargo for the first time…
Ashley Kunz: A concert or show at Bluestem, Dempsey’s or Sanctuary Events Center. Plains Art Museum. The museum always has interesting exhibits and often times has events and hands-on activities. Get dessert. I would take them to Nichole’s Fine Pastry to try all the sweet treats like the Chocolate Feuilletine Cake or Crème Brûlée.
Amanda Wolf: Scheels and ride the Ferris wheel, take in the bowling alley and have some lunch because it truly is more than just a store. Walk down Broadway with a delicious tea in hand from Teaberry and explore all the local art, shop at Kindred People, spend too many hours in Unglued and Zandbroz and finish up at Rosey’s with a mojito and grilled cheese sandwich. Fargo Force hockey game but get there early for the beer special, a little sports memorabilia shopping and snacks for the game.
Anna Larson: Downtown Fargo: I would give them a tour of downtown while stopping to drink coffee, eat, shop and talk to people. They would definitely need a treat from Nichole’s Fine Pastry and a photo in front of the iconic Fargo Theatre sign. Hjemkomst Center: I grew up going there all the time, and I think it’s a very FM thing to do. I would show them the Norwegian Viking church and Viking ship inside so they understand why uffda is a saying here. A farm: Agriculture is so important in our community, and you’d be surprised at how many people haven’t visited a farm. I would take them to Doubting Thomas Farms, where they’d learn a lot and meet some cute chickens, dogs and sheep.
Lance Morlock: On a walk of Downtown Fargo. There are people from all walks of life enjoying what the city has to offer. It’s such a fun place to be, especially around the holiday season. The streets are filled with happy people, often a parade or two, and usually beautiful lights. Hjemkomst Center. It is home to one very large ship. I love going here to check out new exhibits and I think it would be very interesting to a newcomer. The Fargodome. It is the biggest community center in town. Year round it is filled with people at different community events. Whether it is a concert, football game, nonprofit event, it is one of the largest and most versatile locations in Fargo.
Two places you take your family and friends when they come to visit…
Ashley Kunz: Everyone has such different ideas for having a good time so I’m always willing to cater to their interests. Usually, I would take them out to dinner, go shopping and take them to see a show or listen to live music.
Amanda Wolf: Bison Tailgating is by far a sight to see and a party to participate in from the food, drinks and entertainment, but you better have some green and gold to wear.
Shotgun Sally’s because I love the country style, they have amazing food and one of the best patios to relax on after a full day of shopping at West Acres Mall. And if there is a band playing, we will be back to kick up our boots come evening.
Anna Larson: When my sister visits from Iowa, we usually spend a Saturday downtown shopping and strolling. Then, our family will have dinner at Mango’s. I have to get the queso because it’s the best. We love that place.
Lance Morlock: I would invite them to see a Moorhead High Theatre Production. I have been in the Moorhead Theatre Program for four years and it is a truly magical and special program. It is nothing like any program I’ve ever worked with and each show is so fun to perform and I love when the community gets to share the magic with us.
I would bring them to an escape room. They are super fun and allow for great quality time. Each room is specially designed to work as a team building exercise and it’s a fun challenge everyone should get to experience.
Your favorite spot to see live music…
Ashley Kunz: Depending on what’s going on in town, I would choose either Sanctuary Events Center, Bluestem, the Aquarium or Sidestreet. I enjoy these venues because they are a good size but still feel intimate.
Amanda Wolf: Bluestem Amphitheater because there isn’t a bad seat in the house and you get to be outside. For either a concert or Trollwood Performing Arts production, this is a must do on your summer plans list.
Anna Larson: Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead is an incredible place to see live music. You’re outside so that just adds to the experience. I like watching the sunset and taking it all in. Sanctuary Events downtown is awesome, too. It’s a smaller venue so shows feel more intimate.
Lance Morlock: The Fargodome. It is such an amazing center to hold events. The energy in the room is crazy.
*Some of the big acts coming to the Fargodome this year include Kevin Hart, Avenged Sevenfold, Jim Gaffigan and Ed Sheeran.
Your favorite way to spend a Saturday in Fargo…
Ashley Kunz: I like to start by sleeping in. Then I get coffee at either Caribou or Moxie Java. I would go shopping either downtown or at West Acres then have dinner with my friends in the evening. After dinner, we like to find a place to play darts or pool, listen to a live band and have some drinks.
Amanda Wolf: Getting dressed up and going downtown is always a treat and there is so much to offer from dining, entertainment to dancing. I would start with apps at Toasted Frog, then off to Old Broadway for dinner, which has smothered mushrooms my husband raves about and ending the night at the Pickled Parrot dancing until my feet hurt.
Anna Larson: My favorite way to spend Saturday here is to wake up early and run and then meet up with friends for coffee and brunch. After that, I love to walk around if I am downtown, check out an event or go home for a nap. I’ll spend extra time getting ready for the night and usually meet my friends for dinner and then go out downtown. Have you noticed I love downtown Fargo?!
Lance Morlock: On a Saturday, I like to start my day early and do as many things as I can. It usually involves friends. I love going out shopping at local stores, eating at interesting restaurants, getting involved in any local events or volunteering at local organizations. There are so many things in the community, and each day brings new opportunities.