With a vibrant cultural scene and rich arts offerings, there’s always something to do in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo—or our surrounding regions. Whether you’re looking for museum outings, performing arts, or a night on the town, we definitely don’t lack activities to get you out and about. Or you’re an adventurer or outdoorsman, there are plenty of opportunities to be active, from golf to fishing and hunting, skiing or nature-watching. And if low-key is your jam, we’ve got plenty of movie theaters, restaurants, breweries and local hidden treasures to check out. Plus, there’s a whole host of family-friendly events and opportunities year-round.
Get out and about!
Looking for a fun photo opp? There is plenty of street art to discover around town, from a Mario mural wall to the Meadowlark building to angel wings, all just downtown. Add in wrapped electrical boxes, sculpted bike racks, a public art wall and secret art literally on the street, there are plenty of fun and free gems to discover.
There are many outdoor offerings in this region. Take a trip to the lakes for fishing (whether in summer or winter!), camping and relaxing, or trek out to the country for hunting, hiking, even horseback riding. In the winter, hit the slopes for skiing or snowboarding. And all an easy, short drive from the city.
If you don’t yet live here, you should know a phrase that you will inevitably hear – “the lake.” Every summer, many locals flock to one of the many nearby Minnesota lakes. Because of FMWF’s proximity to Minnesota’s namesake slogan (‘the land of 10,000 lakes’), many take weekend visits to soak in life on a lake. Activities range from fishing, tubing, pontooning, beach lounging and smore-making. Most lakes are within an hour of us, and if you don’t already have a place to go, many cabins or camp sites offer rentals.
You don’t have to go out of town to enjoy water recreation, though! The Red River right in between our two states offers opportunities for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. You can rent from either Lindenwood Park or from RiverKeepers shack by the Hjemkomst Center in the summers.
Find an event
Below are a few resources to learn more about what’s happening in the metro area all year long and get the most up-to-date information and listing of all the community events.
A bevvy of food & beverage options
Good news for foodies – FMWF is bursting with dining and drinking options! Whether you’re looking for cozy cooking, unique haunts, cool and classy cuisine, pub grub, sweet treats or international fare, we promise you won’t go hungry here. Not sure where to start? Check out the Restaurants section of our member directory, or grab a Dining Guide from the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Thirsty? The craft beer and brewing scene is hot, with numerous local establishments committed to creating local brews—we’ve even got a whiskey distillery and plenty of hand-crafted cocktails. And with fun events (including yoga!), live music, trivia, tours and tasting rooms, there are plenty of places to fill your cup and your plate.
Looking for something a little more family friendly? Stop in a number of local coffee shops, candy companies or ice cream parlors. Year round, you can stumble upon fun food trucks and pop-up shops, too.
Oh, and there are many food-related events and festivals to keep your belly full and heart warm.
Did you know?
- Fargo Moorhead has 99 miles of hiking/biking trails!
- The Fargo Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier and hosts thousands of runners from all over the world.
- More than 300 species of birds can be seen in the FMWF area. Part of this number is because the Red River is a natural migration corridor for birds at its near the intersection of the boreal and hardwood forests to the east and the tallgrass prairie to the west.
- The Red River is one of the best catfish fisheries in the country, offering unparalleled fishing opportunities right in town for some monster cats.
- Tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet, with less than 1% remaining. Much of it is very close to Fargo-Moorhead.
- In March and April, you can watch Greater Prairie Chickens do their very elaborate display dances at Bluestem Prairie in Glyndon. Blinds are managed by The Nature Conservancy and the dances are one of the most exciting (and strange) wildlife displays to witness.
Parks & Recreation & Leisure
Fargo Moorhead West Fargo is home to 175 public parks covering more than 3,000 acres, with 99 miles of biking and hiking trails. Check out the facilities to get your fix of swimming, tennis, disc golf, ice skating or other activities.
You’ll also find several businesses offering fun for the family, including roller skating, bowling, public pools, gyms, a trampoline park, batting cages and more. And of course, there are classes, festivals and events year-round to keep your family active and engaged.
If you want to soak in the great outdoors, hop over to “the lakes” or go camping, or trek out to the country for hunting, hiking, even horseback riding. In the winter, hit the slopes for skiing or snowboarding. And all are an easy, short drive from the city.
Places, programs and activities are available at the area's parks. You'll find options for children, youth and adults alike for recreation, relaxation and socialization. Lindenwood Park in Fargo also offers a campground and RV parking.
- Fargo Park District
- Moorhead Parks and Recreation
- West Fargo Park District
- F-M Metropolitan Council of Governments
Five area state parks provide year-round outdoor recreation activities within a short driving distance of Fargo Moorhead. Most state parks provide camping, swimming, boating/canoing, fishing and hiking/biking/snowmobile trails.
- Buffalo River State Park (15 miles east of F-M)
- Itasca State Park (115 miles northeast of F-M)
- Maplewood State Park (55 miles southeast of F-M)
Arts & culture by the numbers
1 creative arts incubator
1 professional opera
1 ballet company
1 historic movie theatre
2 youth symphonies
3 instrumental bands
4 adult choruses
3 youth choruses
16 theatre programs/companies
10 art galleries
3 film festivals
2 publishing houses
Multiple film companies
Hundreds of individual artists
…and so much more!
Source: The Arts Partnership, 2018