The largest city in North Dakota, Fargo is a cultural, retail, manufacturing and educational hub for the Fargo-Moorhead region. Nestled in the beautiful Red River Valley, Fargo is home to a number of colleges and universities, including North Dakota State University, which bring a variety of cultural opportunities and attractions to the city. Fargo event venues offer unique facilities, ranging from luxury to budget-friendly lodging and sumptuous restaurants.
Fargo is conveniently located at the intersection of the major roads I-94 and I-29. The city is served by Hector International Airport. Located just five minutes outside of downtown Fargo, Hector International provides nonstop service to Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix/Mesa, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City.
The largest of Fargo event venues, FARGODOME accommodates up to 25,000 attendees. The city-owned FARGODOME is home to the North Dakota State University football team, as well as the host of concerts, trade shows, large events and even small gatherings. The facility features 115,000 square feet for expos, which includes an 80,000-square-foot main arena floor, 20,000-square-foot concourse level and 15,000-square-foot lobby. FARGODOME also features nine meeting rooms throughout two floors; the meeting rooms can be used individually or in several combinations for 12 to 1,000 guests.
Additional Fargo event venues that are perfect for group gatherings, meetings and events include the 5,000-seat Scheels Arena, a new hockey facility that includes luxury suites and a lounge for rental. The Fargo Civic and Centennial Hall accommodates up to 2,700 in its 34,000-square-foot downtown space, while the 1908-built Avalon Events Center, with five private rooms ranging from 300 to 4,223 square feet, has been restored to its turn-of-the-century glory. Plains Art Museum houses 3,000 national and regional contemporary, traditional American Indian and traditional folk works in its turn-of-the-century warehouse space. Boasting both historical and new architecture, the museum accommodates up to 450 guests in such private event spaces as a soaring atrium and window-lined third floor. A popular attraction and unique venue, the Fargo Air Museum features interactive kids exhibits, regional aviation heritage exhibits and aircraft restoration, such planes as a Super Corsair and Japanese Zero and event space for up to 450 guests.
Many of Fargo's attractions celebrate the region's rich history and heritage. As the area's largest historical attraction, Bonanzaville showcases North Dakota history through its 12-acre Pioneer Prairie Village and Museum, preserving 43 buildings and more than 400,000 artifacts. Located in the heart of downtown, Fargo Theatre was built in 1926 as a cinema and vaudeville theater and today hosts independent and foreign films, concerts and plays, as well as private events. Speaking of film, two of Fargo's most popular attractions are housed at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center. The Woodchipper in Fargo Exhibit welcomes guests to take photos next to the real movie prop and a fun replica of the woodchipper from the famous Fargo scene. Located just outside of the visitors center, the Celebrity Walk of Fame features more than 110 celebrity signatures, handprints and footprints of such stars as Richard Simmons to KISS to Bill Gates.
Complementing its fantastic attractions, Fargo is home to a range of fine eateries and restaurants specializing in a number of cuisines. Housed in the sleek Hotel Donaldson, HoDo serves regionally produced and organically grown fare in a comfortable, open gallery, while Basies is a popular steak, seafood, and pasta restaurant inspired by the classic steakhouses of Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York. Mezzaluna serves artisan food and drink in the historic Lofts on Robert Street building, while the award-winning Maxwells serves adventurous cuisine.