Concerts and blockbusters — chalk it up to summer fun in Fargo this weekend

Looking for something to do around Fargo-Moorhead? Here are 5 ideas to get you out and about.

Krista Jones draws profiles of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles next to a flower she drew during the 2021 Summer Chalk Fest at Broadway Square in Fargo.
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‘9 to 5: The Musical’

Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5

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A scene from FMCT's production of "9 to 5: The Musical."

Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit “9 to 5” had more staying power that the movie of the same title, in which Parton starred opposite Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. So it’s only natural that a musical based on the comedy features the tune as well as about 20 other songs by the country queen. The story remains the same — a trio of overworked and underappreciated women stand up to their sexist boss — but this time, there’s more song and dance. “9 to 5: The Musical” punches in at 7:30 p.m. at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre in the Hjemkomst Center from Thursday through Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, and again next week. Tickets range from $15 to $28; or 701-235-6778.

Damien Jurado


Singer Damien Jurado.
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Some artists would celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album with a blown-out rerelease and a tour playing the album in its entirety. Facing the silver anniversary of his Sub Pop debut, singer-songwriter Damien Jurado is doing what he’s been doing for the last quarter of a century: releasing a new album and hitting the road. Expect the singer and guitarist to pluck a range of introspective tunes from the last 25 years as well as “Roger” and “What Happened to the Class of ’65?” from his upcoming album, “Reggae Film Star.” Music starts at 8 p.. Thursday at The Hall at Fargo Brewing . Chris Pureka opens the ID-only show. Tickets range from $20 to $30. Come early and pregame with David Allen playing a free set on the patio starting at 6; 866-300-8300.

Drake White

Friday, June 3


Country singer Drake White.
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Rising country star Drake White brings his Alabama blend of country, gospel and soul to the Hall at Fargo Brewing this Thursday. The singer was on the rise in 2016 with the hit “Makin’ Me Look Good Again,” but a rare medical condition left him temporarily paralyzed. Back on the road and touring behind his appropriately titled new album, “The Optimystic,” White isn’t making up for lost time, just living in the moment. The music starts at 8 p.m. with Fargo singer Bryan Loweree. Tickets are $25 for this ID-only show; 866-300-8300.

Summer at the Square

Thursday and Saturday, June 4

Broadway Square, in the heart of downtown Fargo, plays out more like a park thanks to programming from the Fargo Park District. This week things kick into the summer season with a blockbuster superhero series every Thursday as part of the Movies at the Square . “Ant Man and the Wasp” starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, artists of all ages can create masterpieces on the pavement as part of the monthly Summer Chalk Fest from noon to 2 p.m. Chalk is provided and art instructors are available for encouragement. Both events are free and open to the public.

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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