Summer is heating up with lots of fun events for outside and inside.

Guillermo Guardia with his ceramic sculptures and vessels. Special to The Forum
Guillermo Guardia with his ceramic sculptures and vessels. Special to The Forum

Guillermo Guardia

Thursday, June 6

Peruvian-born artist Guillermo Guardia is known to area museum patron thanks to his years working and showing at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks. Fargo fans can take in a new show this summer at the Plains Art Museum, 704 First Ave. N., where he’ll talk about his colorful ceramic sculptures and vessels, which combine playful images with serious discussions. The free talk is at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Plains; https://plainsart.org or 701-551-6100.

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‘Breaking Up Is Hard to Do’

Thursday, June 6, & Friday, June 7

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre is off and running with a song and a dance. Inspired by the music of Neil Sedaka, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” follows two friends looking for love in the 1960s. The jukebox musical includes hits like “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Calendar Girl,” “Sweet Sixteen,” the title song and more. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Gaede Stage, Roland Dille Center for the Arts, MSUM. Tickets are $28 or $30; www.mnstate.edu/tickets or 218-477-2271.

A cowboy rides during the Hawley Rodeo. Forum file photo
A cowboy rides during the Hawley Rodeo. Forum file photo

Hawley Rodeo

Friday, June 7, & Saturday, June 8

Saddle up, buckaroos. The Hawley Rodeo rides again this Friday and Saturday. A week’s worth of celebrations ramp up on Friday when the first ride takes place at 7 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds. Saturday promises to be full of fun with games and displays throughout the day. A kiddie parade at 3 p.m. gives way to the rodeo fest parade at 4 p.m. The main event gets going at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $7 to $12; https://hawley.govoffice.com.

The Little Red Reading Bus will be at Share a Story on Saturday, June 8.  Special to The Forum
The Little Red Reading Bus will be at Share a Story on Saturday, June 8. Special to The Forum

Share a Story

Saturday, June 8

Summer is a time to kick back with a good book, and families can get a free book and take a look at some other at Share a Story this Saturday. The event, which promotes literacy, invites kids to read, or listen to a story, or tell a tale through art, crafts or other activities. All kids will get to take home a free book. PBS’ Nature Cat will be on hand, as will the Fargo Fire Department, West Fargo’s Little Red Reading Bus, Concordia’s Science Academy, NDSU’s Department of Geosciences and more. This fantastical opportunity runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St. S., Fargo.

West Fargo Street Fair

Saturday, June 8

Sheyenne Street comes alive on Saturday for the first West Fargo Street Fair. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., more than 70 vendors will set up from Third Avenue to Fourth Avenue to sell a variety of arts, crafts and other goods, while about a dozen food vendors will offer everything from Fargo Cheesesteaks to Italian Ice. Hang around after the vendors leave for a street dance from 7 to 9 p.m.

Luna, at 1545 S. University Drive, Fargo, hosts a block party on Sunday, June 9. Forum file photo
Luna, at 1545 S. University Drive, Fargo, hosts a block party on Sunday, June 9. Forum file photo

Luna & Friends Block Party

Sunday, June 9

Luna, 1545 S. University Dr., Fargo, is throwing its annual Luna Block Party this Sunday — and like any shindig, it’s doing so with a little help from its friends. The restaurant and coffee shop will serve up some new items outside, from curry chickpea toast to bison burgers and duck tacos, while area musicians like Jessica Vines, The Cropdusters, Gina Powers, Hot Lunch and Silka Tobias supply a summery soundtrack. The fun runs from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, which includes a free food item and a drink; https://www.lunafargo.com or 701-293-8818.

Singer Ani DiFranco returns to Fargo to play the Fargo Theatre. Photo by GMDThree / Special to The Forum
Singer Ani DiFranco returns to Fargo to play the Fargo Theatre. Photo by GMDThree / Special to The Forum

Ani DiFranco

Sunday, June 9

Folksinger Ani DiFranco returns to town for a show on Sunday at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N. The singer-guitarist isn’t touring behind a new album (her latest, “Binary”, is two years old), but she does have a new book, “No Walls and the Recurring Dream.” Whether in verse or prose, she has developed a distinct sound and always found creative and colorful ways to stylize stories, making her an artistic legend and powerful voice. Diane Patterson opens the show at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $32.50 to $42.50; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.



Kottonmouth Kings play Fargo's Sanctuary Events Center on June 9. Special to The Forum
Kottonmouth Kings play Fargo's Sanctuary Events Center on June 9. Special to The Forum

Kottonmouth Kings

Sunday, June 9

Rap-rockers Kottonmouth Kings will roll out the good times Sunday when they play Fargo's Sanctuary Events Center, 670 Fourth Ave. N. The group brings its intoxicating mix of punk and hip-hop and a heavy dose of marijuana inspiration to the stage. This ID-only show starts at 8 p.m. with opening sets by Boondox, followed by Flaw and Smile Empty Soul. Tickets are $24, or $29 the day of the show; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.