Explore North Dakota during Labor Day weekend
Bismarck, N.D. – Make the most of the Labor Day weekend by taking in all that North Dakota offers. Haven’t made plans yet? No need to fret. Here’s a sampling of events and ideas to incorporate into your three-day holiday weekend. Need more ideas? Check out www.ndtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
UND vs. Valparaiso football game (Military Appreciation Night)
The University of North Dakota kicks off its football season against Valparaiso. Plus, it’s Military Appreciation Night.
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks vs. Amarillo
Newman Outdoor Field, Fargo
Enjoy a lovely summer evening at the baseball field, as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks take on Amarillo.
August 30–Sept. 1
North Dakota State Fairgrounds, Minot
The largest motorsports event in the Upper Midwest kicks off with regular races at Nodak Speedway and drag racing on the Magic City International Dragway. Other events include a motorcycle poker run, enduro race and SCCA autocross. Motor enthusiasts can visit the historic military vehicle display, antique snowmobile display and classic car show, or bid on one of the classic cars at the Motor Magic Classic Car Auction.
Nightly through Sept. 7
Enjoy family entertainment in the outdoor splendor of the North Dakota Badlands. The Medora Musical is a professionally produced, western-style musical. It’s proudly dedicated to the legacy of America's 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and the time he spent in North Dakota's Badlands. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. MT.
Wild West Shootout
Frontier Village, Jamestown
Experience the Old West in a Wild West shootout at the Frontier Village. Show starts at 3 p.m. and is free to the public.
52nd annual Badlands Trail Riders Labor Day Trail Ride
August 31–Sept. 2
Little Missouri State Park, Killdeer
Saddle up and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the North Dakota Badlands from the back of a horse. The Badlands Trail Riders of North Dakota, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting the North Dakota Badlands, invites interested horse owners to join them on their annual trek through Little Missouri River State Park. Aside from beautiful scenery, participants can enjoy entertainment, games, a Not-So-Silent Auction, food and camaraderie.
7th annual Mercer-Turtle Lake Rodeo Club Bull-A-Rama and Mutton Busting
Brush Lake Pavilion, 2.5 miles north of Mercer
Bring the family to enjoy the Western Edge Bull-a-Rama, mutton busting and all Brush Lake has to offer. The event kicks off with mutton busting at 5 p.m. Children wanting to participate in mutton busting should register in advance. On-site concessions will be available. 701-447-2242
USA-Canada International Fly-In
Dunseith International Airport, Dunseith
Fly-ins are great opportunities for pilots to fly-in and neighbors to drive-in to enjoy time together.
18th annual Stump Lake Village Threshing Bee
Stump Lake Park, Pekin
Step back in time to a thresherman's breakfast, craft show, giant parade, grain threshing and old-time demonstrations of lefse making, rope making, quilting, spinning, sawmill and blacksmithing. Tour the village and enjoy food vendors.
The great outdoors
Whether you like to hike it, bike it, hoof it or cruise it, North Dakota’s outdoors provides a variety of activities to suit your taste. Ride the Maah Daah Hey Trail atop a mountain bike. Hike the various trails found in North Dakota’s state parks or enjoy a leisurely stroll on recreational trails. Pack up the tent or camper and sleep under the stars. And, catch supper by dropping a line in one of North Dakota’s lakes, rivers or streams.
Discover off-the-beaten-path destinations by getting off the interstate and cruising North Dakota’s scenic byways and backways. Whether on the back of a motorcycle or in a car, these roads will take you through great towns and fantastic scenery.
End of summer city getaway
Discover interesting museums, exciting festivals and events, delicious restaurants and more as you experience the cities of North Dakota. Major cities across the state boast rejuvenated downtowns, which are home to great boutiques, shops, locally owned restaurants and nightlife. So, shop ’til you drop and then dine your way across town.
For more information about events, attractions and activities in North Dakota, go to www.ndtourism.com, or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.