Fall in Love with North Dakota this October

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October in North Dakota is a great time to take advantage of the pleasant temperatures and enjoy activities both indoors and out. Gather friends and family for moral support and brave a terrifyingly haunted fort. Rub elbows with the locals – and artists – at one of several art shows. Get a glimpse of North Dakota’s wildlife at a bird-watching festival. For more events, visit NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

FM Studio Crawl
October 1-2

Tour the studios and creative spaces of the area’s visual artists at this event. Meet with local artists as they showcase their “making” techniques and allow attendees an insider view of their creative processes. www.fmva.org/studio-crawl; 701-298-3936

Makoti Threshing Show
October 1-2

North Dakota’s largest threshing show is back for its 50th year and will feature more than 300 operating units. Events are for all ages and include a parade, an antique tractor pull, bingo, an operational sawmill and food vendors. http://makotithreshingshow.org/; 701-728-6740

Wine Walk
October 6

Stamp your Wine Walk passport while visiting and supporting area businesses as they serve wine and hors d’oeuvres. Completed passports may be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. Learn more at www.cityoflangdon.com; 701-256-2155.

Big Sit! Noncompetitive Birding Event
October 9

It’s National Wildlife Refuge Week and there’s no better way to celebrate than an international noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest. Bring binoculars and a field guide and join nature lovers for a day of observing and learning at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/arrowwood/; 701-285-3341.

Haunted Fort - Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
October 7–29

Every weekend in October, starting October 7, Mandan’s Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park transforms from a historical landmark into a terrifying venue where “nightmares come to life.” For the tamer and/or younger crowd, Haunted Fort’s Halloween Kid Bash offers games, prizes and a Little Monsters Hike on October 25. http://www.hauntedfort.com/; 701-667-6340

UND Homecoming 100th Anniversary
Grand Forks
October 10-15

Join the fun in Grand Forks as UND celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first homecoming with activities throughout the week. Enjoy an ice cream and pizza feed, pep rally, 5K run, parade and football game against Southern Utah at the Alerus Center. http://und.edu/homecoming; 701-777-3000

Kegs and Canvas Art and Ale Walk
October 13

Stroll the charming streets of downtown Fargo, sample craft beers and enjoy watching artists as they work. http://downtownfargo.com/events/article/art-and-ale-walk; 701-364-9867

Adult Prom – Under the Harvest Moon
October 14

Come as you are … or as you were. Northern Plains Dance hosts its first ever adult prom themed “Under the Harvest Moon.” Open to the public ages 21 and over, the dance will be held at Buckstop Junction and feature live music from local band Rift. http://www.northernplainsdance.org/; 701-530-0986

October 14–16

This annual festival is back for another year with delicious eats, a car show, a tractor rodeo, a plowing demonstration, a concert and dance and an art and quilt show. The rubber duck race on Main Street is a festival favorite. http://www.bowdonnd.com/duck-fest.html; 701-471-4748

Kenny Rogers Concert
New Town Four Bears Casino
October 22

Legendary country-music crooner Kenny Rogers makes an appearance at the newly renovated Four Bears Casino Event Center. “The Gambler’s Last Deal” with special guest Linda Davis takes a reflective look at the highlights of Rogers’ music career. http://4bearscasino.com/promotions/kenny-rogers-oct-22/; 701-294-5454.

Kenmare GooseFest
October 22-29

Calling all waterfowl hunters! GooseFest is an annual festival coinciding with the peak snow geese migration. Activities and events geared for everyone include hunting contests, free feeds, Ladies’ Night Out, a chili cook-off and the Goose Hunter’s Hall of Fame induction, banquet, awards and prizes. www.kenmarend.com/goosefest; 701-848-6004

Zoo Boo
Fargo – October 22
Bismarck - October 29
Minot – October 29
Wahpeton – October 30

It’s an afternoon of trick-or-treating at the zoo, so don your costume and visit your favorite zoo critters. http://redriverzoo.org/event/boozoo2016/; 701-277-9240, http://www.dakotazoo.org/special_events/zoo-boo/; 701-223-7543, http://www.rpzoo.com/events.html; 701-857-4166, http://www.chahinkapazoo.org/zooboo; 701-642-8709

October 29-30

This fun-fueled event gets your heart racing in more ways than one. It’s END-TOMBED, a 12-hour Halloween-themed endurance mountain bike race through Turtle River State Park. Craving more thrills? Take part in a Halloween-themed 12-hour run (END-TRAILS) with pumpkin carving and horror movies. http://endracing.com; 701-330-0709