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Summer fun starts today: 7 things to do in Fargo-Moorhead

Burgers -- and beer and barbecue -- are on the menu tonight at the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp. Special to The Forum1 / 7
Paul Littlefield, of Fargo, admires a 1934 Ford coupe owned by Dick Springer of West Fargo during a 2015 West Fargo Cruise Night. Forum file photo2 / 7
Mike Marth's mixed media piece, "Liturgical." Special to The Forum3 / 7
Zachary (left) and Dylan Zmed harmonize as The Everly Brothers Experience when playing the Fargo Theatre Friday night. Special to The Forum4 / 7
Har Mar Superstar. Photo by Rickett + Sones / Special to The Forum5 / 7
Rachelle Cordova fronts Reina del Cid. Special to The Forum6 / 7
Laila Lammers, 6, of Sabin, Minn., smiles as she waits to have her knee pads fixed during the 2015 StreetsAlive! Forum file photo7 / 7

Today is the first day of summer, and fitting for the longest day of the year, today kicks off a weekend packed full of fun in the sun.

Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival

Thursday, June 21

When you think of the taste of summer, what makes your mouth water? If it's the flavor of grilled burgers or smoked barbecue washed down with a cold beer, then Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival is for you. From 5 to 10 Thursday at the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp, 510 Center Ave., eateries like Twist, Herd & Horns, Fargo Billiards & Gastropub, VIP Restaurant & Catering and Brew Ales & Eats serve up samples to compete in taste tests, while local and regional brewers serve up the suds. Minneapolis' Alex Rossi will be this year's musical guest. Tickets are $40 to get all you can eat and drink. ID only; www.burgerfestfargo.com or 866-300-8300

West Fargo Cruise Night

Thursday, June 21

Sheyenne Street will be rumbling Thursday night as West Fargo Cruise Night rolls up and down the drag. Starting at 5 p.m., classic cars and motorcycles of all shapes and sizes will line up along or cruise the street in a parade of chrome until 9 p.m. Make a night of it by visiting the food court where seven local vendors offer up eats on the west side of Sheyenne along Second Avenue West; www.westfargond.gov

Mike Marth

Thursday, June 21

Moorhead artist Mike Marth shows regularly around Fargo-Moorhead, but his opening today at the Plains Art Museum, 704 First Ave. N., is a special one. "This is not a Still Life" follows up on his 2000 show there, "A Decade of Still Life." The display showcases his mix of painting and sculpture, often using construction material or other unexpected goods in deep and whimsical ways. Hear him discuss his work at a talk tonight from 6:30 to 7:30; plainsart.org or 701-551-6100

The Everly Brothers Experience

Friday, June 22

Almost a year after they first brought The Everly Brothers Experience to the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, Zachary and Dylan Zmed return for more close harmonizing. The brothers (yes, the sons of 1980s hairthrob Adrian Zmed) play the hits of acoustic country-rock duo Phil and Don Everly songs that would influence the next wave of musicians. Phil died in 2014, so this is as close as you'll get to the high, fraternal harmonies on "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to do is Dream," "Cathy's Clown" and more. Tickets are $28.50, plus applicable fees; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300

Har Mar Superstar

Friday, June 22

Har Mar Superstar (Sean Tillman) is best known for his shows, often stripping down to his skivvies to roam through the crowd singing all the while. What was lost to some in those steamy sets was that the singer possessed an impressive soul voice. His latest endeavour may keep him clothed, but also exposes that golden throat as he performs the songs of Sam Cooke. It's no joke, the Minneapolis musician pays a striking homage to the King of Soul with faithful tributes to "You Send Me," "Cupid," "Chain Gang" and even "A Change is Gonna Come." Har Mar brings the hits to The Aquarium, 226 Broadway, Fargo, on Friday night. Music starts at 9 p.m. with a full set of Cooke tunes, then a second set of Har Mar originals following an intermission. Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 on Friday, plus applicable fees; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300

Reina del Cid

Saturday, June 23

Former Fargoan Rachelle Cordova brings it all back home with her pop rock band Reina del Cid playing The Aquarium, 226 Broadway, Fargo, on Saturday night. The group has been building steam over the years and are staying busy on the road with a spot at the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis sandwiched between shows in Oslo, Norway, and Glasgow, Scotland. Catch this show from rising Twin Cities stars. Music starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door for this ID-only show; www.ticketweb.com or 701-235-5913

StreetsAlive!

Sunday, June 24

Cars may roam West Fargo's Cruise Night, but bikes, rollerblades, or even just walking shoes have the right of way in downtown Fargo this Sunday. The first StreestAlive! of the year rolls up and down Broadway, with activities from NP Avenue to Sixth Avenue North and over along Second Street North in the same area. A pop-up bike lane gives cyclists safe passage to and from Moorhead, where Woodlawn Park will be set up as another activity area; https://www.greatridesfargo.org

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