Eat Local Favorties at Ribfest, Sister Cities Smokeout, and More in Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota


A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere… and a lot is just what you’ll find in Fargo in 2020.

While many have seen with the cult-classic movie, Fargo as well as the FX series, most are unfamiliar with the actual city. What visitors find, however, is that it’s absolutely nothing like what they would have expected.

Should you find yourself in the Midwest, here are a few attractions and events that are worth a stop in Fargo.

The Infamous Woodchipper

Sure, Fargo may not be anything like the movie, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t embraced it! Stop in the Visitor Center and take a pic with the actual woodchipper prop from the movie Fargo and check out other various movie props.

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Fargo Marathon

May 4-9, 2020

Due to the flat terrain of the Red River Valley, Fargo is a runner’s dream! The Fargo Marathon incorporates music, dogs, and events for every kind of runner. From a cyclothon and Furgo Dog Run to the half and full marathon (Boston qualifier), for a whole week in May, Fargo is the picture of fun and health.

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June 3-6, 2020

With a name like Ribfest, you know it’s going to be a great time. Nicknamed “the official kick-off to summer”, you can expect nationally acclaimed musical entertainment and endless ribs from the country’s best rib vendors.

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Downtown Street Fair

July 16-18, 2020

North Dakota’s largest free outdoor event which draws over 100,000 people over the course of three days. Take a stroll through historic downtown Fargo and enjoy live entertainment, delicious fair food, and plenty of shopping from vendors, artists, and makers from around the country.

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Sister Cities Smokeout

August 28 – 29, 2020

Back for its second year, the Sister Cities Smokeout is a celebration of our sister cities (Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN), great music, and amazing BBQ at the beautiful outdoor Bluestem Amphitheater. Two days packed with local and nationally acclaimed musical acts, hot BBQ, and cold beer.

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November 19-22, 2020

A local holiday favorite! Christkindlmarkt is a German Christmas market set in an outdoor winter wonderland. Live music, food, art demonstrations, mulled wine, and tons of activities for the kiddos. This European-inspired experience is a can’t miss.

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So much more!

From Viking and food truck festivals to the High Plains Pow Wow and North Dakota’s largest pride week, there’s always something going on in Fargo-Moorhead. Check out the full calendar of events to see what’s happening during your next visit!

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