Get moving with music, movies and makers: 5 things to do this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead

Crafters like Sandy Carey of M&S Enterprises of Minot, N.D., will be at Pride of Dakota when the event sets up at Scheels Arena this weekend. Forum file photo

FARGO — From fine art to arts and crafts fests, jazz harp to football marches, there's something this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead to get you moving.

North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival

Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16

If you’re looking for films that are a little more enlightening than entertaining, more uplifting than just light, grab a seat at the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival. The Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., Fargo, hosts two days of films that explore issues affecting our region today. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursday, ending with a panel discussion on homelessness. Things get rolling again with screenings from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday and again at 7 p.m., leading up to an event-ending panel discussion, "The Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis." Tickets range from $2 to $40;

Edmar Casteneda plays jazz harp at MSUM Thursday night. Special to The Forum

Edmar Castaneda Trio


Following on the heels of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony bringing in harpist Yolanda Kondonassis to perform last week, jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda brings his strings to Minnesota State University Moorhead on Thursday night. The musician weaves between his own contemporary compositions and the folk music of Venezuela and his native Colombia. He’ll be performing with noted saxophonist Schlomi Cohen and drummer Ludwig Afonso when he plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaede Stage, MSUM. Tickets range from $13 to $29; or 218-477-2271.

Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase

Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18

If you haven’t started on your holiday shopping, you can catch up with one stop at the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase this weekend at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo. The annual touring market brings more than 120 regional vendors to town so you can support small businesses across the state. Peruse wines, soaps, suds, foods, jewelry, clothes, books, music and more. The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2, or $1 with a reusable cloth bag;

Native American Arts and Crafts Festival


The final celebration of Native American Heritage Month will take place Saturday with the Native American Arts and Crafts Festival at the Plains Art Museum, 704 First Ave. N., Fargo. The bazaar features native craftspeople from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin showing and selling works of jewelry, clothing and art. American Indian food will also be available. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public;

NDSU's Gold Star Marching Band gets center stage at the Fargodome on Sunday. Forum file photo

Sounds of the Gridiron


The regular season wraps up Saturday for the North Dakota State Bison, but that only means it’s time to get pumped up for post-season football. The next day, NDSU’s Gold Star Marching Band takes the field at the Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive, to strut its stuff and give fans something to sing, or cheer, about until the playoffs begin. Sounds of the Gridiron features takes on contemporary tunes, classic marches and fight songs. The music starts at 2 p.m. Sunday.