Chalk it up to summer fun. There are a lot of events in and out of the sun this weekend with plenty to do inside and out.
Are you feeling creative and wanting to leave your own colorful mark? Head out to the Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave. S., Fargo, today for ChalkFest. Billed as the largest free art-making event in the area, the annual drawathon attracted more than 5,500 artists of all ages and skill levels last year. The procedure is simple, between noon and 7 p.m. just show up at the Zoo and get sketchy on the sidewalk. If you need inspiration take a look at the work being created by visiting artist Chelsie Liberati or walk around the zoo as admission is also free.
2. Alicia Underlee Nelson
The Fargo-Moorhead area is making a name for itself with its different microbreweries. That may seem like a new development to some, but those in the know will tell you that North Dakota has a rich history in brewing. Alicia Underlee Nelson dusts off some historic stories that are easy to swallow in her new book, "North Dakota Beer: A Heady History." Fittingly, the author will read from and sign copies of her book at 5:30 tonight as part of Corks & Canvas and local breweries will have beers to sample. The reading, at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo, is free but the drinks as part of Corks & Canvas require an ID and a $20 wristband. downtownfargo.com/ (701) 239-4729.
Since making its recorded debut a decade ago, Hellyeah has been hella busy, releasing five albums. The most recent, last year's "Unden!able," roared extra loud with a cover of Phil Collins' "I Don't Care Anymore," featuring guitar parts by the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The supergroup, featuring singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne), guitarist Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) and Abbott's brother, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, brings the noise to Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave., N., Fargo, tonight. Music starts at 8 p.m. with Kyng and Crane Hill. Tickets for this ID-only show are $26.50, plus fees. jadepresents.com/ (866) 300-8300.
4. 'Devon's Hurt'
The children's summer theater productions have come to an end, but North Dakota State University students have a child-centric show running the next two weekends. "Devon's Hurt" looks at how an 8-year-old boy learns to cope with having a bad day. In 40 minutes, the play covers his range of emotions as he discovers how to overcome obstacles in an uplifting story. Showtimes are 10:30 a.m. and Friday, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 18 and 19, as well as 1 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 17, at Walsh Studio Theatre, Askanase Hall, NDSU. https://www.ndsu.edu/performingarts.
5. Jass Festival
Saturday and Sunday
Get ready to swing this weekend as the annual Jass Festival brings the beats with two days of free jazz concerts. The music starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, at Dempsey's Public House, 226 Broadway, Fargo, with festival organizer, singer-trombonist Christopher Hanson, playing with guitarist Eric Martens, bassist Tim Johnson, saxophonist Eddie Schwind and drummer Russell Pfaff on drums. This show is free to the public, 21 and over. The beat goes on at noon, Sunday, on the front lawn of the El Zagal Shrine, 1429 3rd St., N., Fargo, with the El Zagal Imperial Big Band, followed by the Flatland Dixie Band of the 188th Army Band, the Jass Festival Big Band, the FM Jazz Orchestra, the Dakota Brass Quintet and finally the FM Kicks Big Band at 4:10 p.m. Though the shows are free, canned goods and hygiene products will be collected and donated to area homeless shelters and food pantries.
6. Shakespeare Karaoke
Have you ever wanted to be a Shakespearean actor but didn't want to bother memorizing the lines? Then Shakespeare Karaoke-or Shaoke-is for you. On Sunday night amateur and professional actors are invited to suite 670 of the Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave., N., Fargo, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30. A screen will have the text from some of the Bard's best known scenes and the audience is invited to pick up a prop and take part. As the great writer himself said, "All the world's a stage," so get up on it.