6 Legendary ways to enjoy a festive fall North Dakota

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Fall is a festive time of year in North Dakota: a time for cultural celebrations in many small towns, farmers celebrating a season of hard work and families exploring pumpkin patches and corn mazes. We invite you to get festive this fall and take advantage of the sights, sounds and adventure that accompanies this legendary season in North Dakota. www.NDtourism.com        

1.    Fall feeling

The fragrance of small grains being harvested, the views of fall foliage along the riverbeds and the tune of pheasants talking on the prairie: those are the smells, sights and sounds of the season. Roll down that window, pop the sunroof and roll out the Harley, Honda or Kawasaki and get the full sensory effect of the open road on any of North Dakota’s beautiful scenic byways.

2.    Get lost in a maze

How long does it take to get through a corn maze? If you are up for the challenge, try weaving your way through the Amazing Corn Maze in Mandan or the Rural Renaissance Festival Corn Maze in Maddock. Test your inner navigational skills and race your friends to the finish line.

3.    Oktoberfests

The festivities of fall would not be complete without attending an Oktoberfest in North Dakota. Celebrating our German culture is just the beginning, from German music and food to talent contests and games. You are sure to feel a warm “willkommen” at communities playing host to these events throughout the state.

4.    Farming festivities

Small towns throughout North Dakota celebrate the end of harvest by throwing parties. Have some fun, eat, socialize or cut a rug at the Central North Dakota Steam Thresher’s Reunion, Applefest, Enderlin Sun Fest and more. Or take a hayride, see a play or dance the night away at Ashley’s Hayloft.

5.    The perfect pumpkin 

When you think of fall fun in North Dakota, pumpkins are at the top of the list. You may not find the Great Pumpkin, but you're sure to have a great time looking for him at some of our pumpkin patches. Begin your search at Papa's Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck, Berry's Acres at Minot or Nelson's Pumpkin Patch at Grand Forks.

6.    Festive arts

Take your sense of adventure around the state and discover hidden gems like Prairie Fire Pottery in Beach or 62 Doors Gallery and Studio in Minot. If you prefer to stroll while admiring the local talent, try the Art and Wine Walks in Grand Forks and Devils Lake, Artfest in Minot or the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl. Many of North Dakota's art galleries are close to home, so find one near you. 

These are just a few ways to enjoy a festive fall in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

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