Skateboards and Mural Art Round Out a Mammoth Weekend

Tom Kemmer gets a hand constructing a ramp for Saturday's Ramp Jam at the Plains

Tom Kemmer gets a hand constructing a ramp for Saturday's Ramp Jam at the Plains

That great summer Fargo pastime, the Downtown Street Fair, will bring scads of vendors and shoppers to our neighborhood starting Thursday. Along with it will come the tantalizing smells of fair food, the possibility of crazy heat, and a handful of great (and free) events presented by the Museum.

The fun gets started with the third installment of Hip Hop Don’t Stop, a collaborative mural painting project spearheaded by artist Paul Ide and co-presented by Plains Art Museum and Idehaus. HHDS3 will feature a slew of Midwest street artists painting a mural at the Arctic Audio building on 8th Street South in downtown Fargo. Boosting the vibe during the painting sessions will be an assortment of DJ’s and hip-hop artists from around the region. The public can stop by, say hi, and check out the progress from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Monday (weather permitting). Along with the mural painting, South Moorhead Scratch Dungeon member DJ Stupid Birthday will present a demonstration and talk on the evolution of the turntable DJ at the Museum on Friday evening at 6 p.m. If you like turntables, don’t miss it.

On Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., we’ll be holding a Ramp Jam on 7th Street North in front of the Museum. The ramps will be open to skateboarders, bikes, and inline skates of all ages. The Ramp Jam is being organized by Museum Graphics Director Cody Jacobson along with Tom Kemmer (see photos above and below), whose exhibition of skateboarding photography and videography, Local Spots, is currently on display in the Xcel and Serkland Law Galleries. (All riders must sign a release form to ride the course. Under 18 needs a parent or guardian signature. Click here to download a release form or stop by THIS skate and snow, 625 1st Ave N, Downtown Fargo.

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Admission to the galleries is free all day on Saturday too, so feel free to stop by, rest your feet, take advantage of our air conditioning, and check out all of our current exhibitions.

That said, what’s your favorite part of the Street Fair weekend? Tell us in the comments.