There are a lot of great events that take place in Downtown in the twin cities of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota – but here is the list of our Top 5 favorite yearly events.
5. Fargo Film Festival
In November of 1999, a group of film lovers, moviemakers and educators, along with tourism specialists, theatre volunteers and staff members, gathered at the newly restored Fargo Theatre to discuss the possibility of a Fargo Film Festival, as well as the selection of the Fargo Theatre as a site for the 2000 Library of Congress Film Preservation Tour. In March of 2000, with a great deal of guidance and insight from the passionate, movie-obsessed professor Ted Larson, the theatre celebrated the rich history of film with selections from the prestigious Library of Congress collection. Actor Janet Leigh attended our week-long celebration and proved a most elegant guest. The success of the Library of Congress tour fueled the fire for an annual Fargo Film Festival.
The festival takes place at a variety of downtown locations in the Fargo-Moorhead community. The Fargo Theatre is the festival’s home base and provides the venue for the majority of screenings.
In May 2002, Fargo hosted the Scheels All Sports Run for the Children Half Marathon, and with 300 runners, it was considered a huge race. No one knew there were so many people eager to run in Fargo. After three years of the Half Marathon, they asked runners if they would support a full marathon in this place we call home. “Ya, Sure. You Betcha” was all they needed to hear, and in 2005, they made the jump to a full marathon.
The inaugural event in 2005 brought in over 2,400 participants! They thought that was a big as we would ever get but in the years to follow, the numbers continued to grow. In 2010, they hit their goal of over 20,000 people, and in 2014 they had over 24,000!
The mighty NDSU Bison have one 3 consecutive national championships, and in 2013 their success brought ESPN’s flagship college football show, College Gameday, to town. The show again set-up on Broadway in Downtown Fargo in 2014 – and they’ve promised to return should the Bison win again in Frisco, TX in 2015!
The annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair takes place in mid-July each year! Vendors from across the country have travel to Fargo to set up shop for this favorite summer event.
The Downtown Fargo Street Fair is North Dakota’s largest free outdoor event. This three day event features original works by regional and national artists and crafters. The Downtown Fargo Street Fair is a juried show and the artists and crafters are chosen based on the quality and uniqueness of their products.