FARGO-Things are heating up leading into this weekend's Frostival and that's leaving some a little cold.
The mid-winter festivities were created as a way to show that there's fun to be had outdoors here, even in the coldest parts of the year.
While the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau's event has been a success, the weather hasn't exactly cooperated. Ideally the temperature would be between 15 to 20 degrees, organizers have said. In its first two years, however, the temperatures have reached into the 30s.
The local forecast calls for highs in the mid-30s today and Friday, and in the mid-20s on Saturday, when the bulk of the events take place.
Hot or cold, snow or no, the event will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday at the former Schumacher Goodyear in downtown Fargo. A cocoa cook-off heats things up while the Varying Degrees Percussion Trio rings in the festivities with ice instruments. The evening also includes attractions for kids, food vendors, a beer garden and a concert with Slamabama from 7 to 10 p.m. under the heated tent.
All day Saturday activities will be held throughout the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area, including kickball tournament in Moorhead's MB Johnson Park, a cardboard sled race at Fargo's Mickelson Hill and golf at West Fargo's Elmwood Park.
If you want to take part in the fun but don't want to get competitive, there are family-friendly happenings all day. The Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead becomes Frozen Fortress for the day, hosting cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, a scavenger hunt, snowga-yoga in the snow-snow sculptures and more. For those who want to warm up, a mobile sauna and a chili feed will be available.
West Fargo's Rustad Recreation Center welcomes families to the Kids Winter Boot Camp, which features free sleigh rides, inflatable games, science and craft projects and more from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
Enjoy the quiet of the outdoors at the Winter Birding Festival in Forest River Park in south Fargo from noon to 2 p.m.
Wind down at the end of the day with a variety of entertainment options. The Frozen Fantasy Family Dance at the Avalon Dance Center, Fargo, is a semi-formal dance for families from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Things end where they all began the night before with another concert under the big tent behind Schumacher Goodyear in downtown. This time it's Downtown Sound playing from 8 to 11 p.m.
If You Go
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Various locations in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo
Info: For a full schedule of events, go to frostival.com/.