Summer is in full swing, so head out and enjoy these options for fun around town.

The cast of the catastrophe film spoof, "Disaster!" Dave Arntson / MSUM / Special to The Forum
The cast of the catastrophe film spoof, "Disaster!" Dave Arntson / MSUM / Special to The Forum

‘Disaster!’

Thursday, June 13, & Friday, June 14

In the 1970s, Irwin Allen earned the nickname “Master of Disaster” for his catastrophe films, “The Poseidon Adventure,” “The Towering Inferno” and “The Swarm.” Those titles also earned him a Golden Raspberry for Worst Career Achievement. Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players’ “Disaster!” spoofs the campy classics as a glitzy, celebrity-packed floating casino must deal with earthquakes, tidal waves, fires and killer fish, all with song-and-dance numbers. The musical adventure sets sale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Hansen Theatre, MSUM. Tickets range from $28 to $30; https://www.mnstate.edu/strawhat/ or 218-477-2271.

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A marcher and her stuffed animal in the Teddy Bear Parade, part of Midwest Kid Fest. Special to The Forum
A marcher and her stuffed animal in the Teddy Bear Parade, part of Midwest Kid Fest. Special to The Forum

Midwest Kid Fest

Friday, June 14

Children will rule Fargo's Island Park, 302 Seventh St. S., this Friday during Midwest Kid Fest. The annual event starts with a Teddy Bear Parade at 11 a.m., encouraging youngsters to walk with their favorite stuffed friend in exchange for a canned food donation for Great Plains Food Bank. After that, the park is open for business with activities and attractions like interactive educational exhibits, games, a petting zoo, inflatables, strolling entertainment and more until 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; https://www.fargoparks.com.

"Son of a Gun," the title piece of Ross Rolshoven's show at the Spirit Room. Special to The Forum
"Son of a Gun," the title piece of Ross Rolshoven's show at the Spirit Room. Special to The Forum

Art events

Thursday, June 13

A trio of visual art events will give patrons good reason to hit the pavement in downtown Fargo on Thursday. Ross Rolshoven shows off his collection of Western-inspired assemblages, paintings and photographs from 4-6 p.m. at the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway N., Fargo. He’ll talk about the show, “Son of a Gun,” at 4:30 p.m. If one show isn’t enough, check out Corks & Canvas from 5-9 p.m., in which over 20 downtown Fargo shops open their doors to host pop-up art shows and serve wine to those of age. Exhibits are free, but wine, with a focus on Spanish varieties this week, requires a $20 ticket, available at Studio 6, 6 Broadway N., or Gallery 4, 115 Roberts St N.

An oil and wax on canvas piece from Jay Pfeifer's show at Ecce Gallery. Special to The Forum
An oil and wax on canvas piece from Jay Pfeifer's show at Ecce Gallery. Special to The Forum

Last but not least, Jay Pfeifer returns to Ecce Gallery, 206 Roberts Alley, for a show of new work, “Portrait of a Landscape”. Thursday’s opening reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Under Brew Skies, a showcase of regional craft beers, takes place on Saturday, June 15. Forum file photo
Under Brew Skies, a showcase of regional craft beers, takes place on Saturday, June 15. Forum file photo


Under Brew Skies

Saturday, June 15

Tap into the craft beer scene from 2-6 p.m. Saturday with Under Brew Skies. The event features more than 20 regional brewers sharing samples of their finest and most experimental ales. Wash down some food truck supper with sips from across the Dakotas and Minnesota, all in the shade of Island Park, 302 Seventh St. S., Fargo. Tickets are $35; http://www.underbrewskies.com/.