Find pumpkins and more during October in North Dakota

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There’s no end of places to be in North Dakota in October. Start out “Under the Streetlamp” and wind up at Florida Georgia Line. Most events in October have a musical element to them. So get the toes tappin’ and get out to some of the exciting events. For details on these or other events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Under the Streetlamp
October 1

Comprised of former members of the Broadway touring production "Jersey Boys," "Under the Streetlamp" brings the repertoire of the American Radio songbook of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.; 355-1384

Norsk Høstfest
October 1-5

America’s largest Scandinavian festival attracts thousands of visitors from around the world to experience music from Alabama to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, food and entertainment with Scandinavian flair.; 701-852-2368

October 4
Come to Napoleon for beer tasting and German sausage tasting, along with music, door prizes,  a silent auction and fun.; 701-754-2260

Maddock Rural Renaissance Festival
October 4-6

Enjoy the 10-acre corn maze, large craft show, petting zoo, pet contest, pumpkin patch and horse rides in medieval costumes. Saturday night features the Jonny Holm Band.; 701-438-2436

JFK Friday Film Festival
October 4, 11, 18, 25

Free John F. Kennedy-themed films showing each Friday at the North Dakota Heritage Center: “Thirteen Days” (Oct. 4), “Seven Days in May” (Oct. 11), “Dr. Strangelove” (Oct. 18) and Oliver Stone’s “JFK” (Oct. 25).; 701-328-2799

Florida Georgia Line
Fargo, October 5

Bismarck, October 6

The hot new band with special guests Colt Ford and Dallas Smith will be performing in Fargo and Bismarck as part of its “Here's to the Good Times” tour. and

FM Studio Crawl
October 5-6

Visit the studios and creative spaces of the area’s many artists. Ask questions, and gain some hands-on experience.

International Peace Garden
October 4-6

Join the fun of this festival for tuba and euphonium enthusiasts of all ages. Bavarian-themed meals will be served.; 701-263-4390

Makoti Threshing Show
October 5-6

North Dakota’s largest threshing show features more than 300 operating units. Event includes a parade, antique tractor pull and an operational saw mill. Food is available.; 701-728-6740

Uffda Day
October 6

Festivities include a 5-K walk/run, classic car show, craft sales, food (lefse, krumkake and Norwegian dinner) and more. Parade at 1 p.m.; 701-724-3361

Fall Art Show
October 8-26

Enjoy the Bismarck Art and Galleries Association fall show which provides an opportunity for artists to show, share and sell their work.; 701-223-5986

Badlands Pro-Rodeo Circuit Finals
October 10-13

Top PRCA Badland Circuit cowboys vie for year-end championships, while fans are treated to great action and the Cowboy Christmas Expo and Trade Show.; 701-852-5577

Haunted Fort
October 11-31

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, a place full of haunting speculations and ghostly presences, has unleashed the spirits of the past and present in the region's best Halloween attraction. Haunted Fort has become the largest event hosted in a North Dakota state park.; 701-667-6340

Country Barn Crafters Fall Festival
October 12

Have a fun family day on the farm. Enjoy more than 60 arts and craft vendors, lunch, kids’ rides, face painting, door prizes and pumpkin patch.; 701-722-3540

Roller Derby: Bismarck Bombshellz
October 12

Grab the family and brace yourself for this fast-paced full-contact roller skating sport that requires speed, strategy and athleticism.

Williston Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase
October 12-13

Shop from more than 60 Pride of Dakota vendors featuring food, books, jewelry, decor, personal care products, etc.; 701-328-2231

Big Sit
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge
October 12

Annual international noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher's Digest and founded by the New Haven (Conn.) Bird Club.; 701-285-3341

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

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