Celebrate Time-Honored Traditions and New Amusements in North Dakota this August
August is a fun and busy time in North Dakota. There are long-standing festivals and new celebrations occurring all across the state. Whether outdoor entertainment sounds fun, or piling your plate with some delicious fare is your goal, there are plenty of ways to round out the summer in North Dakota. August 25th is a particularly special day at Theodore Roosevelt National Park where festivities will be under way to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service as well as the release of the new Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter as part of the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, visit NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663, 701-328-2525.
North Dakota Museum of Art Concert Series
Christopher Paul Stelling - August 2; Sean Hayes – August 9; Sam Outlaw – August 16
Rolling Stone Magazine recently crowned him an artist you need to know and now the North Dakota Museum of Art will host him for his first visit to the state. Come hear the sounds of Christopher Paul Stelling and other up-and-coming musical artists like Sean Hayes and Sam Outlaw to learn for yourself why they’re garnering national recognition. Visit http://www.ndmoa.com/; 701-777-4195.
Sleepy Hollow Theater and Arts Park presents Cabaret
August 2 - 6
Grab your blanket and chair and come out for an entertaining evening at Sleepy Hollow Theater and Arts Park’s presentation of the lively and fun Cabaret. The show is intended for mature audiences and starts at 8:30 nightly. Visit http://www.shst.org/; 701-319-0894.
Over 200 quilts will be on display at the Barnes County Courthouse for the Quilters Jubilee. Get an up-close look at the magnificent craftsmanship of these time-honored creations. Visit http://www.ndtourism.com/events/quilters-jubilee; 701-845-1891.
August 6 - 7
This beloved outdoor art fair is back for two full days of craft, entertainment and food. Join the locals and get in on the fun at the North Dakota State Capitol Mall. Visit http://www.ndtourism.com/events/capitol-afair; 701-222-4301.
31st Annual Village Fair
For its 31st year, the Prairie Village Museum comes to life with music, pioneer demonstrations and costumed characters from days gone-by. There will be fair food, art and photo exhibits. All 30 museum halls will be open. Visit www.prairievillagemuseum.com; 701-776-6414.
Rock the Leaves Musical Festival
August 18 - 20
Rock the Leaves Musical Festival is held in the heart of Minot at Oak Park and brings together people of all ages for family-friendly fun that supports a good cause. In addition to live music, there will be inflatables, face-painting and free food. Visit http://www.iamrtl.com/rock-the-leaves/; 701-390-9728.
Wild West Grillfest
August 19 - 20
A grilling competition between restaurants and you get to be the judge! Dykshoorn Park in downtown Mandan hosts the Wild West Grillfest where attendees can enjoy live entertainment all day including inflatable games, hayrides, arts and crafts vendors, a Pride of Dakota tent and dances. Visit www.mandanprogress.org; 701-751-2983.
Rollin’ on the River
Calling all in-line skaters! It’s an in-line skating marathon through the streets of Grand Forks. Skaters with prior marathon experience and those who are at the level of advanced novice are encouraged to come out for the comradery and fun. Visit www.rollinontheriver-inline.com; 701-746-0444.
Northern Plains Ethnic Festival
August 20 - 21
Pile your plate with a variety of ethnic foods, including Czech, German, Scandinavian, Norwegian and Ukrainian. Crafts and entertainment are also a don’t-miss at the Northern Plains Ethnic Festival at the Prairie Outpost Park. Call 701-225-2416 or 701-290-5379.
Off the Charts Music Festival
August 20 - 21
Back for its fifth year, Cavalier’s Off the Charts Music Festival includes acts like Plumb, Big Daddy Weave and Hawk Nelson. Other family-friendly events include Octoball tournaments, mega-trampolines, rock-climbing walls and more. Visit www.offthechartsnd.com/; 701-412-1501.
Badlands Trail Run
The eighth annual Badlands Trail Run weaves its way through portions of the Maah Daah Hey Trail in the spectacular Badlands near Medora. The rugged terrain guarantees athletes a challenging – and hugely rewarding – experience. Visit www.medora.com/do/events/badlands-trail-run/; 800-MEDORA-1.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter Launch and 100th Birthday Celebration
America’s National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th and Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in on the celebration! The United States Mint is issuing a new quarter-dollar coin featuring the likeness of Theodore Roosevelt and his namesake national park. Visitors to the park on August 25th can participate in both a Centennial Celebration and a Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter Launch which will feature speeches by several state leaders and historians. Visit https://www.nps.gov/thro/getinvolved/centennial-at-trnp.htm; 701-623-4466.
Fort Stevenson Beach Party and Regatta
It’s an end-of-the-summer beach party bash on Lake Sakakawea with live carnival-style entertainment and music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Revelers will also enjoy the spectacle of the Fort Stevenson Regatta (race gets underway at noon). Concessions, a Beach Party Store and inflatable games are also on-hand. Visit www.garrisonnd.com; http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/fssp/fssp.html; 701-337-5576.
Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville
Step back in time to experience what life was like in Dakota Territory. The Pioneer Village in West Fargo’s Bonanzaville comes to life with authentic costumes, demonstrations, parades and crafts on Pioneer Days. Visit www.bonanzaville.org; 701-282-2822.