The Aquarium’s mission is to bring original, cutting-edge music to the area to foster an inspired, diverse and creative community.
Established in 2006, The Aquarium is North Dakota’s number one source for up-and-coming live music. Located in the heart of downtown Fargo, it hosts more national, regional and local artists than any other venue in the state. Past performers include Against Me!, Father John Misty, Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, The Melvins, Built To Spill, Band of Horses, Trampled By Turtles, Screaming Females and hundreds of other acclaimed acts.
The Aquarium is an independently owned and operated 260-capacity venue. Its staff includes two core promoters/co-directors and one production director. Dempsey’s Public House, located below The Aquarium, supports the venue with bar staff and business management. The High Plains Reader has awarded both The Aquarium and Dempsey’s “Best Music Venue” and “Best Bar” respectively several years in a row.
Fargo entrepreneurs Bert and Klaus Meyers own The Aquarium. Local musicians and promoters Ryan Hoffart and Josie Gereszek run the venue.