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Five Festivals + Waterfalls You Need To Check Out This Summer

Take a break from your 9 to 5 and escape on your own weekend getaway. Check out our A to Z adventure guide! Today let’s talk about F and G.


Special thanks to North Dakota Tourism, South Dakota Tourism, Explore Minnesota and Tourism Winnipeg for the photos featured within.

Take a break from your 9 to 5 and escape on your own weekend getaway.

Do you need to get out of Fargo for a few days? If so, there are several places within driving distance of the Fargo-Moorhead area you can go. Whether it is North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota or even Canada, there is a place or event for everyone to escape to for a weekend. Jump out of the rat race and journey across state (or country) lines as we profile the best weekend getaway spots from A to Z! Well, what are you waiting for?

Check back later this month to see the rest of the places mentioned in our A to Z Adventure Guide! So far we’ve featured A-C and D-E.

#1 Top Five Festivals To Plan a Getaway Around: WE Fest


WE Fest, August 2-4

Detroit Lakes, MN

The biggest party in Minnesota commences on Detroit Lakes the first week of August. This year's festival includes Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and country legend Vince Gill.

#2 Top Five Festivals to Plan a Getaway Around: Moondance Jam

Moondance Jam summer music festival in Walker.

Moondance Jam, July 19-21

Walker, MN

An annual gathering of rock and classic rock enthusiasts. Late July will find rock staples Kid Rock, Poison's Bret Michaels, Tesla and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley performing.

#3 Top Five Festivals to Plan a Getaway Around: Soundset

Soundset, May 27

St. Paul, MN

The Twin Cities are one of the premier areas for great hip-hop. They project this legacy with their annual Soundset festival on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. This one-day festival will feature rap powerhouses Migos, Logic and Tyler, the Creator. They will also welcome hip-hop icons Erykah Badu, Ice-T and the Wu-Tang Clan.

#4 Top Five Festivals to Plan a Getaway Around: MN Renaissance Fest

Renaissance Fest

Minnesota Renaissance Festival, August 18-September 30 (weekends only)

Shakopee, MN

A Minnesota summer staple, the Renaissance festival brings in roughly 320,000 people per year. That number is massive given that the festival is only open on the weekends in late summer. Never the less, you can feast like royalty while knights joust as you take in this spectacle of a festival.

#5 Top Five Festivals to Plan a Getaway Around: ND State Fair

ND State Fair

North Dakota State Fair, July 20-28

Minot, ND

North Dakota's biggest summer get together brought in nearly 300,000 people in 2017. This year will yet again feature the classic deep-fried foods we all love. The Grandstand will showcase the musical stylings of Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and rock virtuosos Nickelback.

#6 Gooseberry Falls

Gooseberry Falls

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: Approximately 282 miles

Why Should You Visit?

Minnesota's North Shore is one the most scenic and peaceful areas in the entire state. Those two qualities are married together to create Gooseberry Falls, one of Minnesota's must-sees. The state park has five waterfalls along the Gooseberry River, which eventually empties into Lake Superior.

There is no shortage of things to do while at Gooseberry. There are several areas to camp with one even requiring you to kayak down the river. Hiking and mountain biking are also very much encouraged with 20 miles of hiking trails and nearly 11 miles for mountain biking. If you love to fish, you can do so right along the shores of the river. However, you will need a Minnesota fishing license and a trout stamp.

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Nolan Schmidt

Written by Nolan Schmidt

Nolan is the Co-Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated publication. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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