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From festivals to fairs, here are the top events you can’t miss in August. You can find more events on our Events Calendar at fargomonthly.com/fargo-event-calendar.
Since WE Fest’s inception in 1983, it has been one of the leading country music festivals in the nation and is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding events of its kind in the nation. This year marks the 35th anniversary of WE Fest and will see an allstart linup of Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and many more.
Soo Pass Ranch
25526 County Highway 22, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Tuesday, August 8 at 7 p.m.
The on-stage persona of Austin, Texas, native Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Shakey Graves began as a private creative outlet. His folky bedroom recordings quickly developed a cult following, and he soon began performing live as a one-man band. With the release of his recent album “And The War Came” on Dualtone Records, Shakey Graves has become something much bigger. Now joined on stage by a backing band, Shakey Graves is selling out major venues around the country, has appeared on late-night television with Conan, Letterman and Seth Myers and recently won the Americana Music Association’s “Emerging Artist of the Year” award. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a show time of 7 p.m.
Fargo Brewing Company
610 University Drive N, Fargo
Tuesday, August 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Join this one-and-a-half-mile walk with or without your pet to support the local Adopta-Pet in finding homes for rescued pets and animals. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and the walk starts at 6 p.m. Cost is a donation to Adopt-a-Pet.
2902 25th St. S, Fargo
Events will take place at various locations throughout the week such as a block party, drag show, a 5K, kick-off glow party and much more that can be found on the FMPride website. The annual Pride Parade and Rally will be taking place in Downtown Fargo on Sunday, August 13 starting at 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate all things fiber, yarn and fabric with a full schedule of demonstrations, vendors and hands-on activities. Lectures and hands-on classes are open for registration prior to the event or on-site. Admission is free.
2902 25th St. S, Fargo
Wednesday, August 16 from 1-5 p.m.
Join The Chamber for another exciting event highlighting the amazing innovations coming from our community and state. The State of Technology will expose attendees to talks from the brightest individuals and some of the advancements that you haven’t even heard about yet. The FMWF Chamber is thrilled to once again partner with U.S. Sen. John Hoeven to bring you an event you won’t want to miss. Presenters include Doug Burgum, Betty Gronneberg, Brian Kalk, CoSchedule, Dr. Kelly Rusch, Seth Arndorfer and more. Registration is $35 for Chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. #StateofTech17
Sanctuary Events Center
670 4th Ave. N, Fargo
Thursday, August 17 at 8 p.m.
Fargo-Moorhead Symphony performing with Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome in their annual outdoor concert event. This event combines the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra together with the 12-piece horn band Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome to honor music by rock legends such as Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Leonard Cohen and more, plus orchestral favorites performed by the symphony. The pre-concert party ($30) will take place at Marcil Commons at 5:30 p.m. and is for ages 21 and older. The concert on the Amphitheater stage ($20-$60) is all ages and will start at 8 p.m.
Bluestem Center for the Arts
801 50th Ave. S, Moorhead
Thursday, August 17 from 4:30-9 p.m.
Jade Presents is proud to introduce this new summer beer festival. The event will not only showcase samples of today’s best craft beers, but also samples of legendary brands. On-site attractions include live music, lawn games and food trucks. All tickets include a souvenir sampling mug. The Home Run ticket ($45) includes 90-minute early entry, a commemorative baseball cap, access to specialty casks and Home Run Deck access. The Grand Slam ticket ($65) also includes 90-minute early entry, a commemorative baseball cap, access to specialty casks, two premium cocktails and VIP access to the Grand Slam and Home Run Decks. General admission tickets are $25 with entry at 6 p.m. This is a 21+ event.
Newman Outdoor Field
1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo
North Dakota’s Food Truck Festival will feature a handful of food trucks from the FM area and throughout the upper Midwest. Soft drinks and alcohol will be available, plus there will be a live radio broadcast, a live band, prize giveaways, kids jumpy gym, craft vendors and much more.
North Dakota Horse Park
5180 19th Ave. N, Fargo
Monday, August 21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
On this day, the United States will witness the sun disappear behind the moon for two minutes during midday. Daylight will turn to twilight, the temperature will drop and you’ll be able to see an amazing visual phenomenon. Viewing will take place on the top level of the parking ramp. Please provide proper eyewear due to the dangers of looking directly into a solar eclipse.
625 2nd Ave. N, Fargo
This juried arts and craft festival will allow you to indulge in a day of shopping under the shade of Island Park’s trees. Find many unique items, enjoy the food and listen to a variety of great music.
307 7th Ave. S, Fargo
Sunday, August 27 from noon-5 p.m.
This annual event is set to spark human movement, and will also take place on August 27. Three miles of Downtown Fargo and Moorhead streets will be shut down to motorized traffic so that anyone can walk, run, bike, skate, dance or whatever your heart desires when it comes to movement. You can also meet (and eat) with healthy vendors. This event is free and open to the public.
Downtown Fargo and Moorhead
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Avalon Event Center West
Bluestem Center for the Arts
Courtney's Comedy Club
Fargo Civic Center
Herd and Horns
Newman Outdoor Field
Plains Art Museum
Ramada Plaza & Suites
Trinity Lutheran Church
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter hits the road to perform songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record "The Things That We Are
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter hits the road to perform songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record “The Things That We Are Made Of,” released May 6, 2016. Beloved by fans and critics alike, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
October 11 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm - November 11 (Saturday) 9:00 pm
314 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102
Theatre NDSU presents the Tony Award-winning musical Urinetown, a sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Shows are
Theatre NDSU presents the Tony Award-winning musical Urinetown, a sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.
Shows are at the Askanase Auditorium in NDSU Askanase Hall, at the corner of 12th Ave N. and Albrecht Boulevard.
Tickets are available at www.ndsu.edu/performingarts or by calling the NDSU Performing Arts Box Office at 701-231-7969. Contact the Box Office for reduced rates available with the Season Flexpass, providing four tickets for use in any combination to the shows. Discounts also available on tickets purchased in advance or online.
(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12th Ave. N and Albrecht Blvd., Fargo, ND 58105
When the young American pianist Van Cliburn won the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1958, it resulted in unprecedented celebrity for an
When the young American pianist Van Cliburn won the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1958, it resulted in unprecedented celebrity for an American concert pianist. Cliburn’s international victory instilled a fresh sense of artistic pride in many Americans, while opening the door to a new era of cultural relations between East and West.
Following the victory, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was established to perpetuate Van Cliburn’s unique legacy of demonstrating how classical music, in the hands of a master, has the appeal to reach across all borders.
The 15th Van Cliburn competition took place during several competitive rounds in May and June in Fort Worth, Texas. Minnesota native Kenneth Broberg, 23, won the Silver Medal. He performs Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus.
A Minnesota native and the first musician in his family, Broberg started piano lessons at age 6, when he became fascinated by his mother’s upright—a wedding gift from her parents. He studied for nine years with Joseph Zins in Minneapolis before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with Nancy Weems in 2016. He currently resides in Parkville, Mo., under the guidance of 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University.
The evening performance includes works by Franck, Bach, Barber and Liszt. The event is the second of four in this season’s Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series. Broberg will also briefly perform at a free event set for 11 a.m. on the Gaede Stage, but he will mainly talk about his experiences and answer questions from the audience.
To purchase tickets, go to www.mnstate.edu/perform or call the MSUM Box Office at (218) 477-2271 Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors and $12 for students with student ID. Tickets are also available at the door.
(Thursday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
MSUM - Gaede Stage
1104 7th Ave. S, Moorhead, MN 56563
Join The Hotel Donaldson as they welcome Davis? to The HoDo Lounge! Davis? is an indie rock band from Fargo/Moorhead. NO COVER
Join The Hotel Donaldson as they welcome Davis? to The HoDo Lounge! Davis? is an indie rock band from Fargo/Moorhead.