FARGO — With construction on Main Avenue and lane closures in the heart of town, driving to and parking near the downtown Fargo Street Fair might be a challenge. Fortunately for fairgoers, the Downtown Community Partnership is beefing up the Link FM transit option.
Drivers can park in the Moorhead Center Mall right across the river and hop on a free bus going from there to downtown Fargo. Lora Larson, the DCP's Development Coordinator, said the three buses will collectively pick up passengers every 5 minutes. These free rides last until 9:30 p.m. on all three fair days, Thursday, July 18, through Saturday.
"They're air-conditioned, they're free, they go fast, so they're a great option for getting to the fair," Larson said.
There are a few new closures fairgoers and drivers headed through downtown should know about this week.
The city will close off two roads in order to set up the fair a day early. Starting on Wednesday, Second Avenue North will be closed from Roberts Street to Broadway. Fourth Avenue North will be closed from Roberts to Fourth Street.
Main Avenue will be reduced to one lane of traffic each way from Eighth Street South to University Drive on Tuesday, July 16. Public Works services manager Matt Andvik said in a statement that the city is doing this for street maintenance. They expect these lanes to re-open by the end of Wednesday.
If you need to get through downtown, city engineer Jeremy Gordon recommends focusing on Fourth Street or coming into downtown from the north. NP Avenue and First Avenue North will both stay open to traffic throughout the street fair. They also have sidewalks going through the construction site on Main.
Regardless of how you get there this year, the fair will be filled with stores, performers like Brother Ali and loads of classic fair food.
"There's something for everybody there," Larson said. "There's Mediterranean food, Middle Eastern food, there's your typical fair food, deep-fried Oreos, and your corn dogs."
It's also a business boom for the local shops lining Broadway. Every year, the owner of Beyond Running orders stock specifically for the street fair. Sally Loeffler said the street fair brings on one of their busiest weekends of the year.
"It is one of our biggest and most profitable weekends of the year just because of the sheer number of people," Loeffler said.
The DCP expects roughly 120,000 visitors for the fair.
MATBUS is offering half-price rides on Thursday and Friday. They will be free on Saturday, according to the DCP.