We survived the dog days of summer just in time to enjoy the great outdoors and some fun under the sun - and there's plenty to pick from this weekend.
Thursday, Aug. 16
Though it didn't get a warm reception at the box office when it was released in 1986, "Labyrinth" has become a cult classic in the three decades since. The unexpected 2016 death of David Bowie, who played Jareth, the Goblin King, only added to the film's mystique. Maybe theaters weren't the best place to see the musical fantasy. Perhaps the ideal viewing location is a park. With that in mind, the Plains Art Museum is hosting an outdoor screening of the film at the Heritage Garden and Amphitheater at the southwest corner of Woodlawn Park in Moorhead. The free show starts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, with popcorn, refreshments, bug spray and fleece blankets available, though lawn chairs are welcome; plainsart.org.
Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 18
Dale Days at the Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway N., Fargo, is a tribute to the establishment's late manager, Dale Powers, but it's also an anniversary of sorts for the business that's celebrating 15 years downtown. The event taps into all aspects of the organization's cultural embrace, with different live street artists, music and food specials Thursday through Saturday as well as room tours Thursday and Friday, Aug. 17. Highlights include Dead Horses playing at 8 tonight and kids day on Saturday, which includes T-shirt making, airbrush tattoos and more; www.hoteldonaldson.com.
Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 19
Take a step into the past to see how settlers made a home here on the Plains with Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville, 1351 Main Ave. W., West Fargo. This weekend's event includes blacksmithing, threshing and printshop press demonstrations, not to mention family activities like a kids' tractor pull, a haystack coin hunt, parades each day at 2 p.m., face painting, crafts, games, a pioneer costume contest and more. The Bonanza Belles will cook up some old-time goodies, and there will be lefse and kuchen demonstrations as well as a food truck for other concessions. Admission ranges from $6 to $12; www.bonanzaville.org.
While she broke out as a country star at age 13, LeAnn Rimes grew up into a pop star, devoting herself to dance floor tunes over the past few years. So it's a little surprising the singer's stop at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, on Sunday night is an acoustic one. Expect a stripped-down mix of old ("Blue") and new ("Love is Love is Love") and some new twists on old tunes ("How Do I Live") at the show. Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $80; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.