August kicks off with outdoor adventure and racing in North Dakota

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The early August calendar is full of great outdoor things to see and do, from endurance races to monster trucks and all kinds of entertainment in between. To find more information about these activities and for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Dacotah Speedway Outlaw Monster Trucks
August 1-2

Monster truck program expected to include California Kid, Rock Star, Mega Merc, Panic Attack and more. Plus Tuff Trucks, demo derby and the Inferno Fire Truck.

Keplin Fest
August 1-2 

This two-day music festival in the Turtle Mountains features the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, Metis Prairie Steppers and house band Hicktown.; 701-244-5080

Outdoor Feast Weekend
Lake Metigoshe State Park near Bottineau
August 1-3

A weekend all about making and enjoying food in the great outdoors. Grab a fork and get a taste of some unique sweets and treats.; 701-262-4651

Lawrence Welk Birthplace Improvement Days
August 1-3 

Volunteers work on barn restoration, painting and sprucing up other buildings at the Lawrence Welk Homestead. German meal, music and other entertainment, including Strasburg Superstar Mylo Hatzenbuhler on Saturday.; 701-336-7777

Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration
August 1-3

Enjoy this celebration of Icelandic heritage and culture, music, food and entertainment. Also the site of the state tractor pull.; 701-993-8268

Maah Daah Hey 100
August 2

Race nearly 100 miles of uninterrupted Badlands singletrack with many different options for race day, including teams and shorter distances of 25, 50 and 75 miles.

Lawrence Welk Tribute Show
August 2

A tribute to the great band leader Lawrence Welk, featuring the talents of Ashleigh and Ryan DiLello from the television show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” as well as the Hanson Family Singers and other local and regional talent.

Wilderman Triathlon
August 2-3 

An off-road, full-distance triathlon through the Pembina Gorge that is sure to test the mettle of even the strongest endurance athletes.; 701-330-0709

FAME – Fun, Art, Music and Entertainment
International Peace Garden, Dunseith
August 3

This annual summer festival includes photo display, books signings and entertainment.; 701-263-4390 or 888-432-6733

Beulah Centennial
August 7-10

Take part in this citywide celebration of Beulah’s 100th birthday that includes food, music, fun and games, and a parade.; 701-873-4585 or 800-441-2649

Best of the West Ribfest
Watford City
August 8

Head west for ribs and fixins, street vendors, live music, concessions, Kid Zone Fun and Games, classic car show and a street dance.; 701-570-5084

North Dakota Chokecherry Festival
August 8-9

A celebration of youth accomplishments and our state fruit, the chokecherry. Activities include a 5K fun run, children’s stroll and parade, vendors and live entertainment.; 701-774-9041 or 800-615-9041

Icelandic State Park Kids’ Weekend
August 8-10

An entire weekend totally devoted to kids with crafts, games, prizes, contests, entertainment and excitement.; 701-265-4561

Rod and Reel Catfishing Tournament
August 9

Red River of the North’s only whopper catfishing contest. There will be cash prizes plus a bonus $30,000 prize for breaking the state channel catfish record.; 701-454-3474

Village Fair
August 9-10

Bring the family to this event featuring live music, pioneer demonstrations, great food, an art show and activities for kids.; 701-776-6414

Tri-County Mudders Mud Drags
August 10

Side-by-side mud drags in seven classes: stock, street stock, mod stock, modified, open and 2 powder puffs. There will also be power wheels racing for kids. 701-745-3362 or 701-226-2833

Medora Public Fossil Dig
August 11-17

Join the hunt. Crocodile, champsosaur (crocodile-like animals), turtle, fish, bird, mammal and other fossils have been excavated from this site.; 701-328-1954 or 701-328-2803

Corks and Canvas Art and Wine Walk
August 14

Enjoy an evening stroll through downtown Fargo with wine sampling, live artists and great shopping.; 701-364-9867

Fall Festival
Glen Ullin
August 15-17

Events include burgers in Burlington Park, a scavenger hunt and Frisbee golf. Participate in the Randy Morman 5K walk and run Saturday morning followed by the parade. Enjoy games, food and free entertainment all day with an evening street dance.; 701-348-3683

North Dakota’s 125th Anniversary
August 16

Help celebrate North Dakota’s quasquicentennial on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck! Enjoy live entertainment from some of North Dakota’s best talent, including the Medora Musical’s Burning Hills Singers, Tigirlilly, Dakota Air, Keith Bear, Jesse Veeder, Robbie Vee, Greg Hager, Kevin Locke, Chuck Suchy, Mitch Malloy, and The Blenders. There also will be art booths, ethnic North Dakota foods and kids’ activities to round out this event for the whole family.; 701-328-2666 701-328-1430

These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in early August. For more information, go to or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663

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