Fiber Arts Festival is August 8 & 9

fiber-arts-festCelebrate all things fiber, yarn and fabric! Fiber Arts Festival is Saturday, August 8 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday, August 9 12:00-5:00 pm at Rheault Farm.

Fiber Arts Festival will include two days full of demonstrations, exhibits, classes, and shopping.  The featured artist this year is Deb Jones. Deb Jones is an expert spinner and owner of The Fiber Garden in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Deb will demonstrate how to spin, including the necessary steps leading up to spinning. There are also demonstrations on sheep shearing, knitting, felting, quilting and so much more.

If you are interested in getting some hands-on experience sign up for one of our classes held during the festival.  Some on-site registrations will be accepted, but pre-registration is encouraged.  Cost varies by class. Classes include:

  • Learn how to make an “Upcycled Pin Cushion” from Virginia Dambach on Saturday, August 8 from 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Join our guest artist Deb Jones in “Fiber Preparation for Spinning on Sunday, August 9 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.
  • “Needle Felt A Sheep” with Teresa Perleberg of Bear Creek Design & Felting on Sunday, August 9 from 1:30-4:30 pm.

North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producer Association along with American Lamb Board presents Taste of Lamb. From 11:30-1:00 pm on Saturday, local Shepherds and Sweet Commotion are dishing up samples of their favorite recipes. Taste some of the delicious dishes and vote for your favorite.

Additional concessions will be available for purchase throughout the weekend from Drunken Noodle.  There will be opportunity to shop at the festival for items such as yarn, spinning wheels, needle tools, looms, and more throughout the weekend.

Admission to this event is free. This event is sponsored in part by the Quilters Guild of North Dakota and Pepsi. Rheault Farm is located at 2902 25 St S, Fargo.  For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 or visit fargoparks.com.

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Enjoy a free Concert in the Park

concert in the parkDance, sing and enjoy the park with your family! The Fargo Park District is hosting a series of four Concerts in the Park at area parks this summer.

Concerts in the Park are a chance to bring the whole family out to the park and listen to live music performed by some great local bands. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, face painting and a bouncy castle. Admission to the event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Limited concessions are available for purchase.

The Concert in the Park series are held Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm. Come out and enjoy great performances from the following local bands:

Concerts in the Park are part of the series of music events held by the Fargo Park District throughout the year. Other upcoming music events include the Fargo Rocks! Concerts on July 23 and August 20 and Music Montage open mic events. See the complete calendar of Fargo Park District events here.

For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 or visit www.fargoparks.com.

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German Folk Festival is July 19

german-folk-festExplore German culture at the Fargo Park District’s German Folk Festival! The annual German Folk Festival is Sunday, July 19 from 11:00am- 5:00pm at Rheault Farm.

Taste authentic German beers with Sidestreet Grille & Pub. Try a variety of delicious German foods including German spaetzli dumplings, beer brats, roasted red cabbage and much more from Oven Door. Karen’s Kuchen’s features eight different kuchen flavors, including the popular strawberry rhubarb and almond crème.

Dance the polka to traditional German music featuring Dale Dahmen and the Beats and enjoy performances from yodeler Kristi LaRae. Learn about German culture and history at the educational and interactive presentations throughout the afternoon.

Children of all ages will enjoy German crafts, watching a live blacksmiths, checking out woodcarving, accordion and German Ornament making demonstrations and dancing to the German music. Snap a picture of your fun at the festival and enter the #FargoFun Photo Contest.

Experience Germany without leaving Fargo! Admission is free with concessions and beer tasting available for purchase. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.fargoparks.com.

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Music Montage Open Mic Event

music-montageThe Fargo Park District is hosting an open mic style music event. Music Montage will be held from 7:00- 9:00 pm on Thursday, July 9 at Great Northern Park. Join in an interactive evening of music outside on the park plaza in the heart of downtown Fargo.

This event features an open mic format and invites local musicians of all levels to perform to a crowd of all ages. Get your shot up on stage or just enjoy the talent in our community. Come downtown early and enjoy Corks & Canvas- an Art & Wine Walk put on by the Downtown Community Partnership

Music Montage is part of the series of music events held throughout the year by the Fargo Park District. There will be two more Music Montage events held on August 13 and September 10.  Music Montage is free and all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend.

For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 or visit www.fargoparks.com

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#FargoFun Photo Contest

FB-announcementToday, July 1 officially kicks off National Park and Recreation Month. This month across the country, we highlight the benefits of a strong Park and Recreation system. To celebrate locally, the Fargo Park District is hosting a Photo Contest to showcase all the fun in Fargo. The Fargo Park District is encouraging everyone to spend the month enjoying all of the fun parks and recreation opportunities that Fargo has to offer! Share your #FargoFun on social media this July for a chance to win!

To enter the Fargo Parks Photo Contest simply snap a photo at a Fargo Park District event, park or facility. Then post the image to your Instagram or Twitter with #FargoFun or to the Fargo Park District Facebook page using #FargoFun to be automatically entered into the Fargo Parks Photo Contest.

Once you’ve entered, help us choose a winner! Vote for your favorite photo by “liking” the picture in the photo contest gallery on the Fargo Park District Facebook Page. Don’t forget to share the contest with your family and friends to help you get the most votes! The photo with the most “likes” by July 31, 2015 will win the $100 Scheels Gift Card grand prize. Check out the contest rules and summer calendar of events for ideas to get you started.

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Sign up for Youth Flag Football League

youth flag footbalIt’s been said that football is a game of life.  Youth football programs teach sportsmanship, teamwork and a strong work ethic. Get your kids involved in a fun, recreational Youth Flag Football League offered by the Fargo Park District. The registration deadline for Youth Flag Football League is Wednesday, July 1 at 4:30 pm.

This is a noncompetitive league for kids who want to have fun and learn the basic skills of flag football. Leagues are open to boys and girls Kindergarten through 5th grade and are designed to allow youth to play with children the same age/grade. A $42.00 league fee is required at the time of registration. Register online or at the Depot at 701 Main Avenue.

The program starts August 10. Practices are scheduled by coaches at an area park. Games will be held evenings at Tharaldson Complex starting at 5:45 pm. Time and facilities are subject to change.

This program is made possible thanks to the volunteer coaches. If you’re interested in getting involved, consider serving as a volunteer coach. To become a volunteer coach you do not have to be a football expert. The volunteer coach’s primary role is to be a positive role model and help the players to have a fun, positive experience. If you’re interested in coaching, contact the Fargo Park District by calling 701-499-6060 or by emailing info@fargoparks.com.

To register before the July 1 deadline, click here. For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-6060.

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Free Pool Admission at Pepsi Appreciation Days!

Pepsi Appreciation DayMake a splash this summer at the Fargo outdoor pools with fun summer pool events! The Fargo Park District will host five Pepsi Appreciation Days throughout the summer at different pools in Fargo.

Pepsi Appreciation Day is an annual event for the community. During Pepsi Appreication Day, enjoy free pool admission all day long. Join us at the beginning of the first session and enjoy free Pepsi products and hot dogs while supplies last, courtesy of Pepsi!

Enjoy the free fun at each of the pools on the following days:

Monday, June 22: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Davies Recreational Pool, located at 7150 25th Street South

Tuesday, June 23: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Southwest Recreation Pool, located at 1840 15th Avenue South

Thursday, June 25: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Northside Recreation Pool, located at 824 19th Avenue North

Monday, July 6: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Madison Pool & Splash Pad, located at 1040 29th Street North

Tuesday, July 7: Pepsi Appreciation Day at Island Park Pool, located at 616 1st Avenue South

Island Park Pool opens at 1:30 pm daily. All other pools open at 1:00 pm daily.

This program is free thanks in part to Pepsi, but you can also check out the pools for a reasonable Admission Rate all summer long. Punch Cards and Season Passes are still available too. Click here for more information on 2015 Outdoor Pool Admission Rates & Season Passes.

For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-6060 or go to www.fargoparks.com

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Join in Midwest Kid Fest and the Teddy Bear Parade

midwestkidfestimageBring the kids out as Sanford Children’s presents Midwest Kid Fest and the Teddy Bear Parade on June 19 at Island Park from 11:00 am- 7:00 pm! This family-friendly event offers a whole day packed with fun games and activities for the kids.

The day kicks off with the Teddy Bear Parade at 10:30 am at Dike West. Kids and adults are invited to be part of the parade and walk the ½ mile course around Island Park with their favorite Teddy Bear!  If you’re coming with a large group, fill out the Teddy Bear Parade Participation Form and bring it with you to register. Bring a canned food item to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank.

After the parade, kids can enjoy over 30 interactive activities including life-size games, a petting zoo, pony and carriage rides, inflatables and more! Kids will also have the opportunity to create hands-on crafts at Picasso Point, sponsored by the cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo through the Arts Partnership. Festival food will be available for purchase or feel free to bring lunch and picnic on the grounds.

Main Stage entertainment includes Penny & Pals, West Fargo Arts Incentive- Shrek Jr., Bill the Juggler, Magician Jeff Salveson, Gooseberry Park Players- Footloose, and Wicked Bees. All performances are kid friendly!

Free transportation is provided by MAT Bus for kids going to the festival. For MAT Bus schedule click here. Free parking is available at the Island Park Pool lot, Island Park Ramp after 2:00 pm and in the neighborhood.

Interested in helping out with this event? Volunteers shifts are still available. Contact Tricia at twehrle@fargoparks.com.

Visit www.fargoparks.com or call the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788 for more information.

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Fargo Park District hosts 2 free, family events this weekend!

Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend?  Check out these free events at Rheault Farm.  Spend a day telling stories at Share a Story on Saturday and spend Sunday afternoon enjoying sweet melodies at Classical Music Festival.  Admission to these events is free and everyone is welcome!

Share A Story- Saturday, June 6

share a storyJoin the United Way of Cass-Clay, Fargo Park District and Prairie Public at Share A Story– a fun, free literacy event.  The 12th annual Share A Story will take place Saturday, June 6 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Rheault Farm in Fargo.

Children and their parents are invited to enjoy story-telling, musical performances, make their own books and meet Buddy the Dinosaur from Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train on PBS Kids.  Face painting, balloons and lunch will also be part of the festivities. Children will each take home a free book!

Share A Story is intended to help children develop their literacy skills through storytelling, singing, performing, drawing and writing. Activities are also designed to encourage parents and caregivers to take an active and early part in their children’s literacy.

Classical Music Festival- Sunday, June 7

classical-music-festivalExperience the sounds of excellence while enjoying a wonderful afternoon outside. The Fargo Park District is teaming up with Minnesota Public Radio to host Classical Music Festival on Sunday, June 7th from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at Rheault Farm.

Listen to free performances from the FM Symphony, FM Kicks Jazz Band, Fargo Moorhead Choral Artists, Lake Agassiz Concert Band and Penny and Pals. The complete program can be found here. Try your luck in the “Music Listening Contest.” Kids can try out different instruments in the “Instrument Petting Zoo.”

In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held at the Fargo South High School auditorium.  Visit fargoparks.com for up to date weather information.

Upcoming Events

Can’t make it to one of these fun events this weekend?  Check out the Fargo Park District Events Calendar for fun events offered year round.  And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Trout Fest on June 8, Music Montage on June 11 and Midwest Kid Fest on June 19!

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Fun Arts and Crafts at Park It!

Park-ItLooking for some fun for your little artist? Come to Park It! and create some unique arts and crafts that your little one will be excited to take home. The Fargo Park District is hosting a series of Park It! events this summer so make sure to join in on the fun!

The event travels weekly to a different neighborhood and each week features new projects. Find the location near your home or travel with us to the different parks this summer and join in on the fun. All supplies are provided for this event and adult supervision is required.

There will be ten Park It! events held on Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00pm. The dates and locations are as follows:

Looking for another way to celebrate summer?  Cool down at one of the Fargo Park District’s five outdoor swimming pools that open June 1st!

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