Opinion piece by Ezra Van Den Einde, MSUM
The lakes are great and who doesn’t love a road trip with the family, but downtown is the real place to be during the summer. Starting in mid May, a series of fun summer events will be going on in downtown Fargo-Moorhead. To help you plan your summer I have highlighted a few events you won’t want to miss.
Like classic cars? Starting on May 17 Broadway in Fargo will be swarmed with fancy, unique and classic cars. The event lasts from 5-9pm and will be held the first Thursday of the month through September. For more information or to check out photos, visit “Cruisin’ Broadway” on their facebook page.
The weekend following the kickoff off of cruise night will be a busy one. With people parking their cars and lacing up their running shoes, Fargo will be overtaken by runners of every skill level. From a youth half mile run to the main event where over two thousand runners will be taking on the 26.2 mi. trek through the streets Fargo, the event has something for everyone. Registration ends on the May 6 and can be found along with a rundown of weekend events on the Fargo Marathon website.
One of the next major events to take hold of Fargo’s downtown streets will be the 37th annual Fargo Street Fair. The Street Fair claims to be North Dakotas largest free outdoor event, attracting thousands for great vendors selling clothes, food, crafts and more. The dates you should mark on your calendar are July 19- 21. Applications to your space as an artist, crafter or vendor can be downloaded here.
If these events still leave you with time to spend celebrating summer in Downtown Fargo and Moorhead, don’t worry. Spend some time in one of the beautiful parks. Go for a refreshing swim at Island Park Pool. Visit the Hjemkomst Center, the Plains Art Museum or the Fargo Theater. Spend a day shopping on Broadway or take a walk along the Red River. Where ever your summer takes you, remember that you don’t need to look any farther than downtown for memorable summer fun.
Below are a couple more sites to help you continue Doing it Downtown this summer.