Now that we’ve all dug out from the several inches of fresh snow that fell earlier this week, get out of the house and check out one (or more) of these fun events happening around town.
Priest and poet Jamie Parsley reads from his new book of poetry, "Only Then", at Zandbroz Variety at 6:30 p.m. This is his 12th book, and the first reading since his mother Joyce died last month; he offers her and his congregation, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, a special thanks in his acknowledgements. Parsley, who also published a collection of short stories called "The Downstairs Tenant", was named an associate poet laureate of North Dakota in 2004. The reading is free and open to the public.
2. Bernie's Bacon & Beer Festival
The forecast for the weekend is pretty typical for this time of year, but the Fargodome will be sizzling with the delicious smell of bacon as well as the savory aromas of more than 125 craft beers from both local and national breweries. Prairie Brothers Brewing Company (which opened in May 2017) and Wild Terra Cider & Brewing (which opened in December 2017) are making their festival debut. The fifth annual event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with the bacon-eating contest scheduled for approximately 7. Other attractions include beer pong, cornhole, a photo booth and live music. Tickets to the 21-only event range from $35 to $80, and there's a price for anyone planning to sample only the 20 different bacon dishes and not the beer. www.fargodome.com (855) 694-6367.
3. "Dirty Habits"
Friday - Sunday
Join Harwood Prairie Playhouse for "Dirty Habits," a farce set in the 1970s featuring a man named George who is keeping an outrageous secret from his boss, his best friend and even his ex-wife. The show is a prequel to one of HPP's most successful shows "Who Maid Who?" and was written by David Lassig. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Dawson Hall at Bonanzaville, 1351 Main Avenue West, West Fargo. The show has additional performances the next two weekends. Tickets are $12 and $10 for senior citizens and are available online at Prairieplayhouse.org or calling (701) 298-6807.
4. Celtic Festival
Enjoy life on the Emerald island and beyond at the 15th Annual Celtic Festival at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The festival celebrates the rich culture of seven Celtic Nations including Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Bands will play lyrical Celtic music while dancers perform regional dances. The festival features entertainment stages, several presentations about intriguing history, arts and Celtic traditions. All exhibits, performances and activities are free with the exception of Activity Passport ($2), which provides admission to many of the craft stations and can be turned in for a prize once completed. For more information to Fargoparks.com
5. Lake Agassiz Concert Band 30th Season Legacy Concert
In celebration of its 30th Season, the Lake Agassiz Concert Band is holding a special reunion concert featuring music from Bach, Beethoven, Birkenstocks, Honey Boo Boo and Scooby Doo.
In addition to the more than 60 performers on stage, more than 200 former members and two former directors have been invited and will be recognized. A reception will be hosted in the church basement after the concert for all members and their families. The board of directors will also be awarding the second annual Allegro Grant to an area middle, junior, or high school band program. The event is free and open to the public and is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 650 2nd Ave. N., Fargo. For more information, visit https://www.lakeagassizconcertband.org.