Fargo, ND's Arts Scene: Theaters, Galleries, Music and Museums
Fargo's community spirit overflows in the number of attractions and events throughout the year, ensuring audiences are put in the middle of the action.
From the building to rotating exhibits and its permanent collection, the Plains Art Museum is the single largest art museum between Minneapolis and Seattle. The educational offerings include state-of-the-art printmaking, landscape painting and a clay camp for kids.
Aviation lovers may enjoy the Fargo Air Museum, which is home to a collection that includes the world's only flying Super Corsair and a classic used for WWII recon, a Beech Staggerwing.
And with more than 50 exhibits, the Children's Museum at Yunker Farm will keep little ones entertained for hours. Housed in an 1876 brick home, the museum has been lauded by Child magazine as one of the best in the nation.
Live Performances and Festivals
To enjoy a Broadway show, look no further than the Gate City Bank Theatre, located inside the Fargodome. Shows such as Rent, Cats and The Sound of Music have been performed at the theater, as well as a variety of popular entertainers including Lorie Line and Mannheim Steamroller.
The Fargo Theatre showcases a mix of plays, concerts, and foreign and independent films. The venue was used as a cinema and vaudeville theater after it was built in 1926.
BlueStem Center for the Arts is home to Trollwood Performing Arts School, and The Stage at Island Park is a half-round theater that hosts plays, concerts, events. Additionally, the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater puts on several shows a year. The theater also offers acting classes for all ages.
The music scene in Fargo heats up each August as the city sponsors a two-day Blues Festival. During the festival, which has been recognized as one of the best of its kind in the country, 12 bands grace the stage.
In nearby Detroit Lakes, Minn., a favorite summer event is WE Fest, an annual country music festival featuring three days of top acts like Sugarland and Rascal Flatts on the campgrounds of the Soo Pass Ranch.
Downtown art galleries Gallery 4, Ltd. and Ecce, both located on Broadway Ave., enrich Fargo's arty types. Founded in 1975, Gallery 4 Ltd. features original paintings, drawings and sculptures created by local artists. Ecce, a community arts center, showcases the works of local and regional artists and offers yoga classes.
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