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Editor’s Choice: Festivals Pad Upcoming Weekend

It’s a weekend of festivals in Fargo-Moorhead this Thursday through Sunday, and there’s something for every Bison over these next few days. Be sure to take a break and make plans with family, friends or a date to take in any of these exciting events, plucked from the tree of F-M A&E by yours truly.

Thursday, Sept. 4: The 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival

Come ready to laugh by starting your weekend off this Thursday night with a trip to the Fargo Theatre for the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival. This feline barrel full o’ monkeys is a presentation of the Walker Art Center and has snowballed in popularity in recent years, with visits to South by Southwest and the Minnesota State Fair, among other places. Admission to this one-night only event is $8, and for those wanting to go the extra mile, a cat costume contest is on hand, complete with prizes. Grab a friend and head out before the fun starts at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5: Fifth Annual Fargo Beer Festival

Those 21+ should pencil in the Fargo Beer Festival for their Friday night. Multitudes of new, seasonal and specialty brews will be available throughout the event in Auditorium and Centennial Halls at the Fargo Civic Center. Live music and food vendors will be rocking the civic lawn outside, and as a rain-or-shine event, the Fargo Beer Festival is a definite must-see. Take note that doors open at 5:45 p.m. and tickets are $30 at the event, with a $25 rate for purchasing in advance at any Empire Crown or Royal Liquor location. Everything runs from 6-9 p.m., so grab a designated driver, drink responsibly and enjoy the night out.

Saturday, Sept. 6: Roots on the Red

For those with some fuel still left in their tank after the Fargo Beer Festival, or for any music lovers, hop across the river to Moorhead’s Bluestem Amphitheater for Roots on the Red. This two-day music festival has over 20 acts lined up on three stages. From local acts like the Johnson Family Band and Diane Miller to heavy hitters like the Steep Canyon Rangers and Steve Earle, this music fest has something for everyone. The music runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with food vendors, craft peddlers and family activities lined up as well. Ticket options and prices range from $30-$75 with additional fees and are available from Jade Presents. 

Sunday, Sept. 7: Grandparents Day at Red River Zoo

End the weekend with some familial bonding at the Red River Zoo. Grandparents’ admission is free from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the zoo has much to showcase for the outing. From the Eastern screech owl to the African hedgehog, from two-toed sloths to Gila monsters, the zoo’s residents are far-ranging and as exotic as anywhere else. Make a mental note to introduce Gram and Gramps to the zoo’s red pandas, animals that are a gem among the 600-plus species found at zoo. Regular admission to the Red River Zoo is $8.75 for adults.

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