Welcoming Week

welcoming_week_Welcoming Week, created by Welcoming America, is designed to promote welcoming communities across the nation for new Americans. According to their website, their goal with these annual events is to “bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans.” Read more about Welcoming America here.

The New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment was the lead organization for Welcoming Week 2015 in the F/M Area. Fourteen events held between September 12-20, 2015, and nearly 1,000 people participated in events! Fargo-Moorhead’s Welcoming Week continues to grow each year and we’re very excited to see its impact on our community.

Welcoming Week 2016

Welcoming Week 2016 was September 16-25 and there were a variety of events hosted by different community members and organizations. These events included week-long as well as daily events. They were free and open to the public! Click here for a detailed event schedule.

There were also several businesses and restaurants in the area that supported Welcoming Week. Check them out and get a taste of the world! See a list here.


September 6 to October 31

“The World in Fargo-Moorhead”

A photo and story exhibit featuring Fargo-Moorhead area residents who have come to the region from other countries will be at the Fargo Public Library during regular library hours. A public reception will be help Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7-9pm.

September 16 to 25

Flags from around the world

During the week there will be flags from around the world hanging in downtown Fargo.


Friday, September 16

4:30-6:30pm Voter Information Meet & Greet

Saturday, September 17

1-4pm Welcoming Week Family Program

Sunday, September 18

11am-2pm Community Table

4-5:30pm International Peace Day Celebration

Monday, September 19

4-10pm Welcoming Week Happy Hour

6:30-8pm The Latecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir Book Talk

Tuesday, September 20

All day event: Concordia College’s Faith, Reason, and World Affairs Symposium

1-2:30pm ND Job Fair Workshop

4pm Immigrant Entrepreneur Event

6-8pm CHARISM and Fargo Police Movie Night

7-8:30pm Community Conversation

Wednesday, September 21

10:30-11:30pm Voices from the Fargo-Moorhead Community, Panel Discussion

1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm “What’s Your Story” Using Narrative to Foster Empathy in Our World”

4-10pm Welcoming Week Happy Hour

6-7pm Refugees in America: History, Myths, and Reality

7-8:30pm Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation

Thursday, September 22

5-7pm Family Night at the Gathering

7-9 pm “The World in Fargo-Moorhead” Opening Reception

Friday, September 23

11am-2pm New American Potluck & Cultural Event

3-7pm Grand Opening & Barbeque for the New American Consortium

Saturday, September 24

9am-6pm Welcoming Week Soccer Tournament at Johnson Park

Sunday, September 25

12-5pm StreetsAlive!

2pm Cultures and Colors of India


Click here for a detailed event schedule

Want to try some food from around the world? Check out our list of restaurants that have joined us in celebrating Welcoming Week.


Welcoming Week 2015: Community Table

Welcoming Week: Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo hosted a Community Table in Fargo, N.D., on Sunday, Sept 13, 2015. The free event featured food, conversation and more at Rabanus Park. A meal for several hundred people was served. To read more about the 2015 celebration, click here.

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All Photos by Ann Arbor Miller