The Red River Valley Fair is held each summer in West Fargo.
The Red River Valley Fair is held each summer in West Fargo.

Celebrate with North Dakota Events, Festivals & Traditions

From the state fair to country, gospel and blues festivals, we've got a fun time for you.

We invite you to share in the favorite traditions of our culture and heritage. In our largest cities, our smallest towns and sometimes out in the middle of a field, you can find special events, festivals, fairs and free things to do that are uniquely North Dakota. From music festivals and bull riding to art fairs and car shows, here are some of the best places to have fun the North Dakota Way.

For a complete rundown of North Dakota events and festivals, please visit the events page.

Animal Tributes

Geese, Ducks and Watchable birds:

  • Turtle Mountain Birding Festival, Bottineau (late May)
  • Potholes & Prairies Birding Festival, Carrington (early June)
  • Blue Goose Days - The Future of Your Planet, Wahpeton (early June)
  • Sullys Hill Birding & Nature Festival, Fort Totten (mid-June)
  • Burke County Birding Festival, Lostwood Wildlife Refuge, Powers Lake (mid-June)
  • Midwest Waterfowl Fest, Fargo (mid-August)
  • Goosefest, Kenmare (mid-October)
  • Duckfest, Bowdon (mid-October)

Horses, Cows and Buffalo:

  • Ag & Dairy Day, Linton (early June)
  • Fort Seward Wagon Train, Jamestown (late June)
  • Taylor Horsefest, Taylor (late June)
  • White Cloud's Birthday and Tatanka Festival, Jamestown (mid-July)
  • Walhalla Ridge Riders Fall Trail Ride, Pembina Gorge, Walhalla (mid-September)
  • Badlands Trail Riders Fall Trail Ride, Killdeer (Early September)


  • Bite the Ice on the Hook Ice Fishing Tournament, New Town (early February)
  • Paddlefishing the Confluence, Williston (early May)
  • Devils Lake Walleye Fishing Tournament, Devils Lake (late June)
  • North Dakota Governor's Walleye Cup Fishing Derby, Garrison (mid-July)
  • Rod and Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament, Drayton (mid-July)


  • Paleontology (Dino) Digs, Marmarth, Medora, Walhalla and Rhame (summer)

Music to Enliven

Gospel, Jazz, Bands, Blues and Fiddlin':

  • Old-Time Music Festival and Dance, Medora (early June)
  • Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest, International Peace Garden, Dunseith (early June)
  • Rendezvous Region Music Fest, Langdon (mid-June)
  • Missouri River Bluegrass Festival at Cross Ranch State Park, Hensler (late June)
  • Red River Valley Fair, West Fargo (mid-July)
  • North Dakota State Fair, Minot (late July)
  • Fargo Blues Festival, Fargo (late July, early August)
  • International Country Gospel Music Festival, International Peace Garden, Dunseith (mid-August)

Ways of Life to Celebrate

Native American Culture:

  • Indian Arts Showcase, Williston (early August)
  • United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck (early September)

Heritage, History and Immigrant Cultures:

  • Celtic Festival, Fargo (mid-March)
  • Lewis & Clark Days, Washburn (mid-June)
  • Fort Union Rendezvous, Williston (mid-June)
  • Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, Fargo (late June)
  • North Dakota Ukrainian Festival, Dickinson (mid-July)
  • Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration, Mountain (early August)
  • Northern Plains Heritage Festival, Dickinson (mid-August)
  • Jamestown Culture Festival, Jamestown (early August)

Bikes, Cars & Motorcycles:

  • Winter Wheels Car Show, Jamestown (late January)
  • Prime Steele Car Show, Grand Forks (mid-April)
  • Red River Valley Motorcyclists Show, Grand Forks (mid-April)
  • Devils Run Car Show & Rod Run, Devils Lake (late May)
  • Buggies-n-Blues Car Show, Mandan (early June)
  • ABATE of North Dakota State Bike Rally, Menoken (mid-June)
  • Rally in the Valley Car Show, Valley City (mid-June)
  • Antique Classic Car Show, Medora (mid-June)
  • Bike the Border Bicycle Tour, Mohall (mid-June)
  • CANDISC Bicycle Tour, Garrison (early August)
  • Gear Grinder Mountain Bike Race, Jamestown (mid-August)


  • PRCA Championship Rodeos, Bismarck (mid-February) and Fargo (late March)
  • Roughrider Days Fair and Expo, Dickinson (late June)
  • Mandan Rodeo Days, Mandan (early July)
  • Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo, Killdeer (early July)
  • Hettinger Bull-O-Rama and Rodeo, Hettinger (early August)
  • NDRA Rodeo Finals, Watford City (mid-September)
  • Roughrider Rodeo Finals, Devils Lake (mid-September)
  • Binford Professional Bull Ride, Binford (late June)

Winter Fun:

  • Snow Jam, Arthur (mid-January)
  • Norski Days, Fort Ransom (mid-February)
  • Shiverfest, Devils Lake (mid-February)
  • Dickens Village Festival, Garrison (late November, early December)
  • Snowball Festival, Valley City (late November)

Art to Express 

Art in the parks, studio crawls, craft shows and street fairs:

  • The Big One Arts and Crafts Show, Minot (early April)
  • Art & Wine Walks, Downtown Grand Forks (May-October)
  • Pekin Days and Art Show, Pekin (late June)
  • Art in the Park, Mandan (early July)
  • Fargo's Downtowner Street Fair, Fargo (mid-July)
  • Rendezvous Art Festival, Walhalla (early August)
  • Capital A'Fair, Bismarck (early August)
  • West Fest, West Fargo (mid-September)
  • Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Fall Festival (SVACA), Fort Ransom (late September)
  • Fargo-Moorhead Studio Crawl, Fargo (early October)


2016 North Dakota State Fair

The North Dakota State Fair has something for everyone during its annual run in Minot. The 2016 event is July 22-30. The event features the best in big-name entertainment, farm, craft and home exhibits, displays, the midway and the State Championship Finals Rodeo. Please contact Dale Hildebrant, North Dakota Association of Fairs, for additional information and questions. 701-845-1281 or 701-840-2607.

2016 County Fairs/Others

Please contact Dale Hildebrant, North Dakota Association of Fairs, for additional information and questions. 701-845-1281 or 701-840-2607.

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