Throughout the summer, the Red River Valley Fairgounds has been hosting near weekly events from drive-in movie nights and concerts to Food Truck Thursday and this week will be no exception.

The last Fair Food Thursday, a weekly chance for foodies across the metro to get their fair food fix after the 2020 Red River Valley Fair was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held this week on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Communications Specialist Breann Lenzmeier said about 10 vendors and food trucks will be expected a the fairgrounds on Thursday as well as live music from Plowboyz and a beer garden beginning at 4 p.m.

There is no admission fee for Fair Food Thursdays.

The week will also cap off with an encore Metallica concert to be held virtually Saturday, Aug. 29.

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The show will be shot specially for the Encore Drive-In Nights Series at a location near the band’s Northern California headquarters and will subsequently be edited and mixed by Metallica's production team. The concert, the band’s first show in nearly a year, will feature material from throughout their near four-decade career.

Tickets are available for the concert online at

Weekly drive-in movies will continue to be shown this month at the fairgrounds such as:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 26: Footloose
  • Monday, Aug. 31: Cool Runnings
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2: Sully

Drive-In movies are $30 per vehicle or $10 per adult, $5 per child with those under 12 free. Concessions are available for purchase and social distancing guidelines are enforced although attendees can watch the movie from in their vehicle or bring lawn chairs to sit outside.