The Downtown Fargo Street Fair may be the big event happening this weekend, but there are plenty of other fun options out there.
Thursday, July 19
If you're taking in the first day of the Downtown Fargo Street Fair and want to top it off with a groovy nightcap, head to the Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway N. The horn-based rock band Boogie Knights cranks out rock and R&B hits from the 1970s on from Chicago to CeeLo Green. The free show starts at 8 p.m.; www.hoteldonaldson.com
Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21
Fans of comedy can get a belly full of laughs this weekend. Front Street Taproom, 614 Main Ave., Fargo, returns with its Comedy in the Cellar series Friday and Saturday night with Last Comic Standing semifinalist Tommy Ryman delivering the punchlines. Nathan Fulsebakke opens at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for this ID-only show. YouTube sensation, animator and storyteller Alex Clark kicks off an unannounced tour with shows at 8:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at Theatre B, 215 10th St. N., Moorhead - though he says Fargo in an online ad, in which he also states that Fargo "needs some lovin.'" The appearance will be a mix of stand-up and storytelling, but could also include some juggling as Clark has circus training. Tickets are $25 or $40 for VIP; https://www.picatic.com
Thursday and Saturday
While downtown Fargo is packed with arts and crafts for the Downtown Fargo Street Fair, from 4:30 to 9 Thursday, downtown West Fargo will be packed with classic cars for the monthly West Fargo Cruise Night. If you want to check out hot cars in the shade, head down to Fargo's Island Park on Saturday morning for the Street Fair Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more muscle cars and hot rods.
4th Annual Rare Beer Picnic
Beer geeks will get their drink on Saturday with the 4th Annual Rare Beer Picnic. Craft connoisseurs will share their hard-to-find draughts and experimental ales, from sours to infused specialties, in a celebration of uncommon suds. Music, games and giveaways will all be available. And it wouldn't be a picnic without a meal, provided by Rustica, all happening in W.H. Davy Memorial Park, Moorhead, from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $38; https://www.eventbrite.com
Ralph's Corner closed 13 years ago, and the former bar's regulars aren't ready to give up the ghost just yet. Aging punks will gather at The Aquarium, 226 Broadway, Fargo, on Saturday and rock out to FUP, Les Dirty Frenchmen and reunited acts like floid matrix and Battle at Sea. The evening will also include a preview of a documentary of the Fargo-Moorhead music scene, "The Red River Runs Through It." Tickets for this ID-only show are $12 in advance or $15 at the door; www.ticketweb.com