Get the Flavor for a North Dakota Summer
BISMARCK, ND – June in North Dakota is long, temperate days filled with outdoor amusement. It’s cultural road trips, farmers market finds and lazy days at the lake. Whether you’re in the mood to get on the road or crawl into a hammock, come get a taste for North Dakota this summer.
Pack the car and head out to better acquaint yourself with North Dakota’s story. Start at the highly-acclaimed North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck to learn about the geological history of the area and the people settling the region. Travel west to the Dickinson Museum Center where you’ll see cultural and natural artifacts from southwestern North Dakota, including a complete triceratops skull and several dinosaur displays. Drive north to New Town and tour the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum to learn more about the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people. Medora is a charming western town famous for the Medora Musical but it’s also home to the delightfully interesting North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. In eastern North Dakota, visit the Fargo Air Museum to learn the history of North Dakota’s flying aces and Air National Guard or visit the Plains Art Museum to view fine arts exhibits. The North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks - the official art museum of the state – features contemporary art.
Nothing says summertime like an outdoor festival. And once warm weather arrives in North Dakota, festival fever sets in. Fan of old cars? Visit Buggies-N-Blues in Mandan and enjoy live music, food booths and a beer garden. North Dakota’s country music festival is in its inaugural year, so head to New Salem to sway to the sounds of stars Michael Ray, Cannan Smith and Aubrie Sellers at ND Country Fest. Several junk festivals are held across the state so get busy exploring for rare, vintage finds. From birding to soap box racing there is a celebration for everyone in North Dakota this June.
North Dakota is an agricultural state so summer means a bounty of fresh and delicious fare. Sample summer garden delights at food festivals in every corner of the state. Grand Forks hosts a Rhubarb Festival with all things rhubarb, plus live music and entertainment. Early June signals the return of Bismarket to the state’s capital city. This outdoor community market features the region’s freshest produce and local food vendors and food trucks are on hand to fuel shoppers with tasty eats. Ribfest in Fargo features all varieties of barbecue in addition to live music from bands Collective Soul, Night Ranger, Diamond Rio and Little Texas. In Grand Forks, Art on the Red invites artisans and food vendors to line the banks of the Red River for two days of lively entertainment. Before attending the Medora Musical, enjoy an authentic western-style cookout – pitchfork steak fondue - while looking out over the Badlands. There are eateries and drinking holes across the state that offer patrons a uniquely North Dakotan dining experience, so ask the locals for a recommendation and then dig in!
These are just a few of North Dakota’s activities and events taking place in June. Visit ndtourism.com for more information. Travelers are also invited to order a free copy of the 2017 North Dakota Travel Guide.