About The lights

The Lights is a vibrant, walkable area that promotes entertainment and employment in West Fargo, ND. The Lights is a public-private partnership between EPIC Companies and the City of West Fargo. The Lights Entertainment District embodies employees from both the City of West Fargo and EPIC Companies working together, for four years, to complete the vision. The goal was to create a partnership that would generate activity by public amenities that everyone could enjoy as well as a large tax base that would assist with funding the city, school, park, and county through property tax. All infrastructure, roads, and public amenities of The Lights are supported by a TIF district guaranteed by the developers of the project.

Live Entertainment District

The Lights Entertainment District features a public parking ramp, community plaza, and multi-use buildings on premise. The buildings include ECHO, EPIC, ENVY, EDGE and The Northern Lights. This area was officially defined as an entertainment district in February 2020 by the City of West Fargo planning department. This title enables the area to include additional amenities as well as community events that support retail, office, recreation, entertainment, and living for the state of North Dakota, the first of its kind.


Underground parking available for the residential tenants.
Timed parking for commercial tenants + guests.
City owned public parking ramp with 400+ stalls. Free to use.

Best live entertainment spot 2021

The votes are in and you voted us to be the #1 Live Entertainment spot in the Red River Valley. We are proud to have made such memorable and enjoyable experiences for you and we can't wait to continue doing so. From all of us at The Lights, Thank You.

The Essentia Health Plaza

Cost of events?
Many events at Essentia Health Plaza are FREE to the community. Some events may be ticketed.
How do I buy a ticket for an event?
Ticket information is found under the event details at WestFargoEvents.com.
Are Food and Drinks allowed on the plaza?
During a typical day, food and non-alcoholic beverages can be enjoyed on the plaza. Alcohol is sold during special events only. Absolutely NO GLASS on the plaza.
What is the ice rink schedule?
During winter months the plaza is turned into a NHL regulation size rink. Fun events such as Open Skate, Open Hockey, Watch N' Skates, and more are held. Skates can be rented for only $5. The community room is located in the Southeast corner of the plaza. To view the rink schedule, visit WestFargoEvents.com.
How do I turn on the splash pad?
There is a circular pad that needs to be touched by hand or foot.
Can I order food to the plaza?
Yes! Make sure to explain to your delivery driver where to find you.
Can I rent out the plaza?
Yes! The plaza can be rented for a private event year-round by contacting info@westfargoevents.com.
Is there wifi?
Use our WiFi "Lights".
Can I listen to the tv in the plaza?
You can listen to "Slim TV" with your own headphones by downloading the AudioFetch app in your app store.
Can my children hang out at the plaza?
Yes, however we ask that attendees use the plaza area and that buildings are used for patrons only. All children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the plaza. Under the age of 18 everyone must be accompanied by an adult at all times when in the buildings. Cameras are on-site to monitor activity along the plaza and building hallways.
Is Smoking allowed on the Plaza?
No, smoking is never allowed on the plaza or near the buildings.
Are dogs allowed on the plaza?
Dogs are allowed on a typical day or during a free community event however they are not allowed during any ticketed events. They are not allowed in the winter when ice is out.
Are backpacks, chairs, water bottles allowed?
These are allowed during a typical day, but not during ticketed events. Concessions will be available along with benches around the plaza.


Can I sponsor an event?
Absolutely! Sponsors are what drives free events at the plaza. Reach out to Mike@WestFargoEvents.com to learn more about their sponsorship opportunities.
How can I advertise on the video boards?
Become a sponsor of West Fargo Events! With a sponsorship you will receive video board advertising while sponsoring a non-profit organization, win-win! Contact WestFargoEvents for more details.


Where do I park?
There is free parking in the City of West Fargo's parking ramp. To get to the plaza, use the stairway or elevator to access the first floor. Overflow parking will be in the West Fargo Sports Arena.
How do I get to a business?
First floor businesses can be accessed at their store front. Second floor businesses can be accessed by parking in the ramp and utilizing the skyway. There is signage throughout the building to help you navigate.
Where are the bathrooms?
Public bathrooms are located in the community room in the South East corner of the plaza. During ticketed events extra bathrooms are brought in.
Do you have a map?
Having a hard time navigating The Lights? Check out our directory here: The Lights.

Live and work at The Lights

Can I live here?
The Lights features both apartments and condos. These can be rented/purchased through EPIC Companies at Info@EPICCompaniesND.com.
Can I open my business here?
Yes! EPIC Companies has commercial space available. Contact EPIC Companies at Info@EpicCompaniesND.com.


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