As summer begins to fade away, it may be worthwhile to take one last road trip before autumn ages the trees’ leaves. With an out-of-town concert just a hop, skip and a jump from Fargo and a nice option for an afternoon drive on the return trip, anyone choosing to go that route will see numerous highlights of eastern Minnesota. Those choosing to remain at home can bookend their weekend with events in downtown Fargo. Whatever your fancy, get out and check out the best the weekend has to offer!
Thursday, Sept. 11: Cork & Canvas Art and Wine Walk
Pony up $20 for a stroll with spirits through illustrious downtown Fargo. The last Art and Wine Walk offered by Cork & Canvas is happening from 5-9 p.m. Thursday. Over two dozen downtown businesses are participating in the evening event, which includes wine sampling, live artists and of course, shopping. Take a date for some walking and wining, a night out that should see a glamorous sunset, barring any inclement weather.
Friday, Sept. 12: Martina McBride at Shooting Star Casino
Hit the road for the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, Minn., and catch the biggest voice in country music, Martina McBride. The platinum-selling singer released her latest album “Everlasting” last spring, covering soul and R&B hits from the ‘50s onwards. Mixing her new tunes with old favorites like “This One’s For the Girls,” “Independence Day,” “Whatever You Say” and McBride’s personal concert favorite “A Broken Wing,” the Everlasting Tour is bound to be a great show and well worth the trip. Tickets are just $40 for general admission, so grab a friend and hit the road.
Saturday, Sept. 13: Driving tour of eastern Minnesota’s bird statues
Those returning to Fargo from the Martina McBride concert should bear south toward Frazee for a roadside tour of Minnesota’s (and the world’s) largest bird statues. Art and wildlife come alive on the side of the highway. Be sure to bring the camera to capture some of the Midwest’s best public art. After Frazee’s giant turkey, keep south to Vergas for the world’s largest loon, then on to Pelican Rapids for (you guessed it) the biggest pelican in the world and finally, catch Rothsay’s enormous prairie chicken off Interstate 94. It may help to bring a map as these birds are spread out across 40 miles of scenic Minnesota lakes country.
Sunday, Sept. 14: FMCT’s ‘Oscar & Felix’
Wind down from the weekend with Sunday’s 2 p.m. matinee of the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre production “Oscar & Felix.” Neil Simon’s modernized update of his “The Odd Couple,” this story follows its two main characters as they cope to live with each other’s eccentricities. Whether it’s Oscar’s procrastination at daily tasks or Felix’s anal retentive housework, the two wifeless men find comfort in their living situation, and the comedy that arises is solid gold for audiences. Student-rate tickets are available for $12, so call ahead to reserve those seats at 701-235-6778.