FARGO — The days are long and the weather has been nice and warm lately, and I don't know about you, but it makes me want to get out of the house.
Whether you're in the mood for eating Scandinavian treats, checking out a new restaurant and public art downtown, enjoying a free jazz concert in a park or hearing from an author about his true-crime fiction, there's a lot on the schedule this weekend.
Here are some ideas going on around town between Thursday, June 24, and Sunday, June 27.
Get a taste of Scandinavia
One of the many events that we missed out on because of the coronavirus pandemic was the annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival, held every June at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.
But when that was canceled for a second year in a row, organizers shuffled to put together at least a sample of what could have been. Check out the Taste of Scandinavia going on until 8 p.m. tonight at Fargo's Sons of Norway if you're looking for a snack or meal or something to savor. Whatever you choose is sure to be delicious.
Check out the Jasper and Rosewild
Construction of the RDO Building, which was referred to as Block 9 for a while, has marked a big change in downtown Fargo. It's an eye-catching and tall building right in the heart of the neighborhood, and we've already seen things shift and revamp as the structure came up.
It also includes something that downtown needed more of: hotel rooms. The Jasper Hotel and its Rosewild restaurant celebrated their grand opening Thursday morning, with the first guests starting to check in at noon, the bar and lounge opening at 3 p.m. and Rosewild scheduled to begin serving at 5 p.m.
Even if you don't check it out, it's fun to read more about the new business, including the interesting namesake of the hotel, Jasper Chapin.
Jazz it up
There's no denying that we're in the middle of outdoor concert season around town, and another concert series is starting up this Thursday night.
The Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead will perform a summer park concert series the fourth Thursday of the month, with all performances over at Moorhead's Gooseberry Park. The free music kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight.
Fiction with a real local tie
True crime is everywhere these days, and it's interesting to see all the stories from North Dakota's past that have come to light, whether they're being told by reporters like my talented colleague at The Forum, Tracy Briggs, or authors who are ready to research heinous or tragic things.
Paul Legler, a native of the Jamestown, N.D., area, wrote "Half the Terrible Things," which is considered true-crime fiction because it's based on actual events of the death of a North Dakota man who left to see the world in the 1920s and was eventually whipped to death in a Florida prison work camp.
Legler is now promoting the book, including with a Saturday book signing at Zandbroz Variety in downtown Fargo.
See the new mural
There's just something about a mural that adds a pop of color and fun or expression on an otherwise regular wall. Whenever I get to a new city, I look for that public art, and that's why I'm excited that a familiar wall in downtown Fargo is getting a big new mural this week.
The work started on Monday, and a community celebration is planned for that block of Roberts Street this Sunday with food, music and a chance to check out the newest addition to downtown Fargo's public art.
I am loving the hot summer we're experiencing (other than how dry it is all over the region), but it's always nice to get a little break from the heat. Look for things to cool down a bit this weekend, and there might be some scattered showers and thunderstorms, according to the latest WDAY Northland Outdoors Forecast.
Find more ideas
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.