FARGO — Distance learning is done and the summer sun is shining down. June is here, and we can look forward to three full months of fun and sunshine just waiting to be soaked in.

While the coronavirus pandemic has pushed back or canceled some events, there's still plenty to do around the area this June. We've rounded up just a few of the many happenings around Fargo-Moorhead to give our readers some ideas.

So, grab that sunblock and get ready to get out and about this month!


Moorhead isn't letting the pandemic slow down its summer plans. Here are just a few of the many fun events planned for the east side of the Red River.

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Find fresh and local products at the Moorhead Farmers Market from 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The first market of the season kicked off June 2, and will continue each Tuesday with vegetables, fruits, baked goods, honey, jams, jellies, pet products, handmade goods and more all available for purchase through September. Bring a shopping bag and find the market at the Moorhead Ace Hardware, 20 Sixth St. S.

Enjoy an 8-10 mile group bike ride every Wednesday! iStock / Special to The Forum
Enjoy an 8-10 mile group bike ride every Wednesday! iStock / Special to The Forum

Strap on a helmet and pull on your biking shorts because it's time to get out and bike. Join Nature of the North and Nickel's Bike Shop for a group bike ride at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday evening this summer. This 8-10 mile bike ride begins at Nature of the North, 814 Center Ave., and moves at a leisurely, comfortable pace through low-traffic streets and bike paths. Helmets and masks are encouraged to keep riders safe. This is open to bikers of all ages.

Take a break from the outside heat and learn something new at Minnesota State University Moorhead's College for Kids and Teens summer camp program. These virtual classes offer students in grades K-12 the chance to explore their creativity and learn from experts from MSUM. A variety of classes are offered each session. The cost is $58; for more information, visit the event page on MSUM's website.

Kiddos are invited to test out their STEAM brain at the Inspire Lab's Engineering/"Maker" Camp taking place June 15-18 at the Inspire Innovation Lab, 423 Main Ave. Create, invent and explore all areas of engineering, including electronics, robotics, hardware and more. Other weeks include an Escape Room Camp (June 22-25) and a YouTube/Video camp (June 29-July 2). For more information, or to sign up, visit Inspire Lab's Eventbrite page.


Fargo is hoppin' in June. Here are just a few of the many events scheduled in the 5810s!

Grab your fishin' pole and head to Woodhaven Park, 4406 44th Ave. S., for the Fargo Park District's annual Trout Fest. This year, fishers are invited to fish the Woodhaven North and South fishing ponds June 4-8, and post a photo of their best catch on the Trout Fest Facebook event for the chance to win a fun fishing basket. Two winners will be chosen at random on June 9.

On June 11, head to Lindenwood Park between 6 and 7 p.m. for Parks To Go, a new event created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 160 fun circus-themed packs (while supplies last) will be available for pickup to bring home or to a park of choice. When you arrive at the park, follow the signs and staff directions, stay in your car and wait at the pickup zone, where a staff member will drop off an activity. Only one pack per vehicle, and lineup is not allowed more than 10 minutes in advance.

The annual Midwest Kid Fest is back, but this time it looks a little different — it's now in a bag! Each of the 1,500 bags is filled with activities for kids and families to engage with the community. Families are invited to sign up through Eventbrite to claim their Kid Fest bag to be picked up from the Lindenwood Park Main Shelter on June 19. Kids are also invited to share a picture of themselves with their favorite stuffed friend for a chance to have the Teddy Bear Parade roll down their street! For more information, visit fargoparks.com.

Have you ever wondered what zookeepers do all day? Now is your chance to find out with the 2020 Summer Day Camps at the Red River Zoo. These weeklong experiences give kids who have completed first and second grades the chance to participate in activities throughout the zoo, including outdoor adventures, animal encounters, crafts and games.

Explore the Red River Zoo at their day camps. iStock / Special to The Forum
Explore the Red River Zoo at their day camps. iStock / Special to The Forum

But don't think the zoo forgot about the older kiddos. The Junior Zookeeper leadership program invites teens ages 11-14 to gain valuable skills and experiences. Learn how a modern zoo operates, assist in animal care, create enrichment for the critters, educate the public and more at this two-week session. Check out redriverzoo.org to find out more information, including prices, dates and how to register.

West Fargo

West Fargo has a whole heap of events planned for the summer months!

Kick off a summer of family-friendly Outdoor Movie Nights downtown at the West Fargo POW/MIA Plaza at 7 p.m. June 11. Grab some lawn chairs or a blanket or two and bring the whole family for a showing of "Frozen II." There will even be a surprise guest! Movie nights are scheduled all summer, so check out westfargoevents.com for more dates and titles.

Bring your four-legged friends to the first ever Paws on the Plaza event from 1-4 p.m. June 27, at the Lights at Sheyenne 32 Plaza. Enjoy vendors, nail trimming, a pack walk, food trucks and more at this tail-waggin' event.

Try your luck at West Fargo's Family Fun Night carnival. iStock / Special to The Forum
Try your luck at West Fargo's Family Fun Night carnival. iStock / Special to The Forum

Enjoy the carnival at the POW/MIA Plaza on Sheyenne St. Family Fun Night. Beginning at 7 p.m. June 25, families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy games and other activities on the plaza! Check out the rest of the summer event schedule at westfargoevents.com.