North Dakota’s great outdoors beckons in late July
The rising temps make July a great time to paddle the river, fish the big lake, run the bog or float in the coulee. It’s also a time of fairs and festivals as North Dakota celebrates the activities that make it a unique destination. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Enjoy Les Miserables presented with full orchestra and large cast under the stars at Sleepy Hollow Arts Park in Bismarck. http://www.shst.org/; 701-391-0894
The Village Fair features live music, pioneer demonstrations, costumed villagers, kids' games, ethnic foods, an art exhibit and more. Also sample various rhubarb treats. www.prairievillagemuseum.com/; 701-776-6414
There is something for everyone on the banks of the Red River including food, music, parade, fireworks, and Supper at the Soddy at 5 p.m. at Blessing Square. Visit with North Dakota author Lauraine Snelling, enjoy science exploration activities, mud volleyball, and a motorcycle run. www.draytonnd.com; 701-454-3474
Stroll through blocks of outdoor booths of handmade arts and crafts, awesome food and great live entertainment in historic downtown Fargo. www.fmdowntown.com; 701-241-1570
252 teams competing on Lake Sakakawea for the Governor's Cup 38th annual championship. Flights go out between 7-8:30 a.m., weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. www.ndgovernorscup.com; 701-337-5576
This weekend event features dances, children's games, canoe races, barbecues, golf tournament, bingo, aerial show, dessert bake-off, and parade. www.mcville.com; 701-322-4343
Celebrate the area’s strong Ukrainian heritage with music, Ukrainian dancers, food and activities. http://ucitoday.org/VYTAIEMO-Welcome.html; 701-483-1486 or 800-279-7391
The North Dakota State Fair returns with a stellar concert lineup to include Journey, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith to name a few. Take part in the exciting midway games, ag shows, action-packed NPRA rodeo and, of course, unbeatable fair food. www.ndstatefair.com; 701-857-7620
Three days of wide open mud-slinging action, featuring off-road mud racing. Event located six miles east of Lidgerwood. Concessions available. www.vinniesmudbog.com; 701-640-0441
North Dakota's first Paddle Fest. Navigate the coulee when pumps are turned on in the outlet to Devils Lake. Sprint races and two-mile paddle-thon. 701-381-9109
Everyone is encouraged to bring costumes and candy, decorate campsites and participate in all of Lake Metigoshe State Park’s spooky events. www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/lmsp/lmsp.html; 701-263-3281
Enjoy an evening of great blues music featuring Steve Sullivan & the Factory, and Dirty D and the Derelicts. Vendors will be selling pizza, burgers and barbecue. www.visitgrandforks.com; 701-772-8404
It’s all about horses. Events include demonstrations, parade, musical and cowboy poetry, entertainment and food booths. www.taylorhorsefest.com/events.htm; 701-974-4210 or 800-279-7391
These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in late July. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.