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Crash into the weekend with these exciting events in Fargo

Looking for something to do around town in the next few days? Here are 5 ideas to get you out and about.

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Jousting will be on display at the North Dakota Renaissance Faire.
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Indigenous throat singers

Thursday, Aug. 11

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Anastasia Adams and niniiwakamigkwe are throat singers.
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American Indian artists niniiwakamigkwe and Anastasia Adams are on a very different kind of tour. The duo are on the road, heading west, symbolic of the “settling” of the country that in actuality disrupted and destroyed Indigenous culture and communities. On stops along the way, like from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Plains Art Museum , the duo will perform Yup’ik and Nunavut-based throat singing and discuss their experiences and art. This event is free and open to the public.

Big & Rich, Hairball and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 13

Rascal Flatts' video screen blew up with fire during their main stage performance at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Thursday night. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers
Big Kenny and John Rich of Big & Rich play WE Fest.
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Essentia Health Plaza at the Lights in West Fargo will be rocking this weekend with a trio of shows. Big & Rich blur the line between country and rock with anthems like “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” “Rollin’” and ballads “Lost in this Moment” and “8th of November.” They’ll pump up the crowd with a mix of both Thursday nights. Hairball has its own anthem/ballad blend, paying tribute to the best guitar rock of the 1980s on Friday night, Aug. 12. Country icons Nitty Gritty Dirt Band may be known for “Fishing in the Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles,” but on its current tour the group has been pulling heavily from Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and John Prine. The group brings the classics to life Saturday night. All shows start at 7 p.m. For tickets and more info, go to westfargoevents.com.

Blackberry Smoke & Rock the Rails

Thursday & Sunday, Aug. 14

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Blackberry Smoke plays outdoors at Fargo Brewing.
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It will be more than just the nearby trains that will have Fargo Brewing’s outdoor stage shaking this weekend. Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke are singing the praise of the Peach State on its last album of originals, “You Hear Georgia,” but expect songs from throughout the group’s long career when it plays at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Sunday’s Rock the Rails show concert will be even more raucous with August Burns Red headlining a night that also features We Came as Romans, Hollow Front, Void of Vision and more rocking the stage starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for both ID-only shows are available at jadepresents.com.

Joe and Mark Schneider readings

Friday

Fargo-bred brothers Joe and Mark Schneider are teaming up for a book event Friday at Zandbroz. Joe returns to town to read from and discuss his new mystery, “A Blind Pig in Sugar City,” about a Fargo journalist looking to shine the light on crime and corruption in Fargo on the 1960s. Mark will discuss his own 1960s Fargo story, the 2020 coming-of-age novel “She Has the Right of It.” The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

"She Has the Right of It" is the debut book from Mark Schneider.

ND Renaissance Faire

Saturday & Sunday

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The Baron of Treviso will be at the North Dakota Renaissance Faire.
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Over the next two weekends, the Red River Valley Fairgrounds will be transported back in time — and back across the pond — for the first North Dakota Renaissance Faire. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, knights will joust and fight with swords, faeries will flirt, jesters will mock all around them, minstrels will sing the story of the times and more. Try your hand at games of the day or sample some food inspired by the times. Tickets range from $15 to $45; ndrenaissancefaire.com

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