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Top 10 Events To Check Out This August

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Get outside and experience our last few months of warm weather while we can! There are a ton of concerts, outdoor activities, festivals and more going on, so check out our top Fargo events for August.

You can find more events on our Events Calendar.

What are you most excited to check out this August?

1. Red River Market

Every Saturday until Oct. 27

The Red River Market strives to support small to mid-size farms. It hosts new and emerging food businesses to increase access to fresh, locally grown produce, to be a good steward of the planet and to create a sense of place where all are welcome to gather.

Downtown Fargo

Broadway and 4th Ave. N.

2. The Arts Partnership’s Chalk Fest

#TAPChalkFest artist in residence Chelsie Liberati. Just, wow! #supportlocalart

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Thursday, Aug. 9 from noon to 7 p.m.

ChalkFest is one of The Arts Partnership’s favorite annual programs because it’s a free event (including zoo admission) that invites people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to do one simple thing: draw with chalk. The beauty of chalk is that it’s universal. It’s relatable, it’s fun and you can draw whatever you’d like. Join for a day full of local music, fun activities, engagement with local arts groups and more!

Red River Zoo

4255 23rd Ave. S., Fargo

3. Go Far Woman Run

Friday-Saturday Aug. 10-11

The Go Far Woman Run is the first women’s only road race in Fargo, consisting of a 5K, 10K, half marathon and relay, as well as an expo, silent auction, Go Far baby dash, toddler trot and Go Far Girl youth run. This race will raise money to benefit the Essentia NICU unit in honor of Newt Running and the late Dr. Renee Schwandt, OB/GYN, of Essentia. Join in to celebrate the lives of women: their health and wellness, inner and outer strength, amazing friendships and ability to give and lift up others in the time of need.

Scheels Arena

5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo

4. Pride Parade

From the parade today #ally #loveislove #fmpride

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Sunday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m.

Fargo-Moorhead businesses, organizations and individuals are welcomes each year to participate in the annual Pride Parade. These groups create floats, signs and toss candy (and glitter!) to show their support of the LGBTQ+ community. The parade lineup starts at 1 p.m. and the route follows historic Broadway in Downtown Fargo. The FM Pride Parade begins on the South end of Broadway on NP Avenue, marches through the downtown streets and ends at Broadway and 4th Avenue North, with the Pride Rally being held immediately after.

Downtown Fargo

At the corner of 8th Street and NP Avenue

5. Folkway’s Night Bazaar

Thursday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.

Folkways brings another Night Bazaar to the schedule, showcasing all our community has to offer. Enjoy an evening of food, music, art and performance all from our favorite local businesses and people. Join us for an interactive night with fun for the whole family!

Broadway Garage

409 Broadway, Fargo

6. Fargo Food Truck Festival

Friday-Sunday Aug. 17-19

The tastiest part of your summer is rolling back into town! From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, enjoy tasty fares from your favorite local food trucks. This year will feature 20 trucks, some of the old classics and some new sure-to-be favorites.

North Dakota Horse Park

5180 19th Ave. N., Fargo

7. Fargo Blues Festival

I finally got to see Robert Randolph! Amazing show!

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Friday-Saturday Aug. 17-18 at 2 p.m.

The Fargo Blues Festival is a two-day, 12-band blues explosion that features world class bands, great food and plenty of ice cold brews. It’s held on the grass of a first-class baseball stadium, so be sure to pack a blanket or lawn chair to sit back in and enjoy some blues alongside a treat or two from one of the over 40 beer, food and gift booths.

Newman Outdoor Field

1515 15th Ave. N., Fargo

8. I Love The 90’s Bash

#ilovethe90sbash #memphis

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Saturday, Aug. 25 from 2-10 p.m.

The I Love the 90’s Bash is coming to Fargo! We’re lacing up our high tops, putting on our fanny packs and gettin’ jiggy with it to the best music of the 90’s. This bar crawl involves drink specials and fun at Pickled Parrot, Dempsey’s Public House, Fort Noks Bar of Gold, Front Street Tap Room, OB’s Sports Zone, Sports Bar and more!

Downtown Fargo Area Bars

9. Happy Harry’s Field of Beers

Saturday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m.

It’s back for its second year! This outdoor beer festival will feature samplings of more than 130 beers from local, regional and national breweries in a commemorative tasting mug. Food and other merchandise vendors will be located throughout the stadium.

Newman Outdoor Field

1515 15th Ave. N., Fargo

10. StreetsAlive!

Sunday, Aug. 26 at noon

Our community’s reoccurring open-street festivals plant the idea that people walking or biking to work or play is normal and exhilarating. Join Great Rides Fargo for this fun, free, family-friendly event. Come play in the streets with the community and celebrate active play and active transportation.

Downtown Fargo

425 N. Broadway, Fargo

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Written by Jessica Kuehn

Jessica Kuehn is the web editor for Spotlight Media. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a degree in print journalism. When she isn't writing or correcting her and other people's grammar, Jessica is obsessively quoting The Office and reading way too many books.

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