Squeeze the last bit of fun out of this summer

Check out these events in Fargo-Moorhead that are all taking a responsible approach to social distancing in 2020.

Hawkeye, the RedHawks’ mascot, waves to the crowd during a game. Forum file photo

FARGO — The sun is setting on a summer that never really got a chance to shine brightly.

Due to health concerns over COVID-19, concerts were canceled, baseball got off to a late start, restaurants opened to a fraction of capacity and even many family reunions were scaled back or scrapped for social distancing.

But summer is still here. Labor Day, the symbolic start of fall, is a little over a week away — and then, faster than you can say “pumpkin spice latte,” winter is coming.

So get out and enjoy these last long days of the year. Looking for a reason to get out of the house? Check out these events that are all taking a responsible approach to social distancing.

Catch a ballgame

Like its major league counterparts, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks’ season got off to a late start. Unlike the Minnesota Twins and all MLB teams, fans can still go to the games at Newman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Ave. N.


The staff has scattered seat availability so there will be plenty of space between you and other groups of fans. It may not be as festive as past seasons, but being outside and watching baseball helps take your mind off of other issues. It's better to hear the crack of the bat than the roar of a snowblower.

A game starts at 7:02 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Aug. 27, and the field will host more games each evening next Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 1-3. Visit for more information.

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See a movie (in a theater!)

"The New Mutants," starring (from left) Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy, is still scheduled to hit theaters Aug. 28. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / TNS

The summer blockbuster seems like a distant memory. Summer is supposed to be a big season for films, but movie theaters closed in mid-March. Some are just starting to open up and with that comes some of the most anticipated titles of the year.

“The New Mutants,” from the world of the X-Men, opens at both West Acres Cinema and Century Cinema on Friday, Aug. 28. Or get nostalgic and re-watch classics like “Ghostbusters,” “Jurassic Park,” “Back to the Future” and “Jaws.”

Savor a Dilly Bar


The Dilly Bar was invented in 1955 at the famous downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen. Forum file photo

Is there anything more identifiably summer in this community than waiting in line at the Moorhead Dairy Queen? Waiting in line may not sound too appealing these days, but the queues have been pretty respectful on the corner of Main Avenue and Eighth Street in Moorhead.

Go at off-peak times to the local landmark, 24 Eighth St. S., and you won’t have to wait long at all for your Dilly Bar.

Hear some live music

RiverHaven Events Center, 700 First Ave. N., Moorhead. Forum file photo

The COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to touring and has largely shut down indoor concert spaces. Outdoor concerts have offered some solace for music fans, giving them space from others but still in earshot of good tunes.

Moorhead’s new event space, RiverHaven Events Center , 700 First Ave. N., formerly Usher’s House, has opened its patios for a concert series every Thursday night through October.

Mike Holtz & Nathan Pitcher play tonight, with music starting at 6 p.m. Seats are first-come, first-served and available starting at $12 per table of four, with all proceeds going to the artists. Food vendors will rotate weekly and drinks are available for these ID-only events.


Hear more live music

Composer Libby Larsen. Special to The Forum

North Dakota State University’s Chamber Music Festival wasn’t able to happen as planned this year, but organizers have made some changes to present a scaled-back version.

Early next week, the music will move outside to the courtyard between the Reineke Fine Arts Center and Askanase Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. Performances on Monday, Aug. 31, will include symphonic works for two pianos, percussion and trumpet and a surprise arrangement.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, will feature Britten's "Abraham and Isaac," Schumann's 4 Fantasiestucke for Clarinet and Piano, Myaskovsky's Cello Sonata No. 2 and Libby Larsen's "Raspberry Island Dreaming" and the world premiere of "May I An Artist Be." Tickets are free but limited and must be reserved in advance online at . Bring your own chair.

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