FARGO — With Father's Day just around the corner, maybe it's time to figure out some plans to celebrate the dads in your life.
Or maybe just come up with something to do to get out of the house and have fun.
Whatever your motivation this weekend, here are some ideas to get you out and about in Fargo-Moorhead between Thursday, June 17, and Sunday, June 20.
Cruise into West Fargo
The first of this summer's Cruise Nights is Thursday night in West Fargo. While visitors will notice some changes this year — mostly a temporary change of location due to construction — the event is set to still feature classic cars, tons of people and summer fun from 4:30-9 p.m.
Or take in the West Fargo Street Fair on Saturday if that's more your speed.
See some art
Over in downtown Moorhead, the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum's 62nd Midwestern Invitational will mark the opening of the annual show this Friday night. Festivities include awards followed by an outdoor afterparty.
Whether you're in the market to buy some new art or just want to enjoy the creativity and talents of the more than 80 artists in this year's show, it's sure to be a good way to spend a Friday night.
Check out a concert
It's been awhile since I've been to a concert, and that's definitely on my list to do this summer. There's just something special about live music with friends and fans that can't be beat.
Lately, Fargo Brewing Co. has been busy announcing upcoming shows or hosting concerts, helping to bring some touring acts back to town after too long of a break. That streak will continue this Friday night when Aaron Lewis, the former Staind frontman, will play rock and country tunes at the downtown venue.
A solemn anniversary
Fargo isn't my hometown, but I've been aware of the impact of the 1957 tornado that struck the city my entire life. When I was a young kid, my family rented a house in the Golden Ridge neighborhood of north Fargo that was particularly hard-hit by the twister. And the legacy of the deadly weather event that killed 12 people can still be felt and seen around the community today.
This Sunday marks the 64th anniversary of that tornado that came down on Fargo on June 20, 1957. The Fargo Park District is sponsoring a Fargo Tornado Anniversary Activation event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday to commemorate the date, and Jamie Parsley will read from and discuss his recently-reprinted book of poetry, "Fargo, 1957: An Elegy," during the event.
Rain on the way?
Have you looked at your plants lately? They're probably dry.
With drought conditions and dry weather persisting across much of the area, things are looking a bit brown and crispy, at least in my yard in Moorhead. But the WDAY Northland Outdoors Forecast gives me hope that the grass will perk up a bit next week.
Cooler air will start coming to the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest on Friday, and rain and thundershowers are in the forecast. Maybe consider finding a restaurant with plenty of indoor seating if you're bringing Dad out to eat on Sunday.
As always, keep up with the latest events happening in the region all through the week or submit your event for free on InForum's recently revamped events calendar.