North Dakota Festivities Make for Unique, Fun Travel this June
North Dakota’s range of outdoor activities makes it an ideal summer destination. The long days, warm temperatures and accessible recreation provide a perfect playground for travelers seeking fun and varied experiences. Whether hiking through a state park, enjoying live music or sampling the fare at a food festival, discover the delights of North Dakota this June. 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
Blue Goose Days
Join in some community fun at Wahpeton’s Blue Goose Days. Festivities include a parade, wildlife walk, fishing tournament and street dance. Learn more at www.visitwahpeton.com/attractions-events-wahpeton-north-dakota.html.
The 24th annual Devils Run Car Show and Rod Run is a weekend packed with events and entertainment for classic car lovers. Check out the schedule of activities at www.greaterdakotaclassics.com/events/devils_run.html.
Medora Musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue
June 3-September 10
The "Greatest Show in the West" is performed nightly all summer in the majestic Burning Hills Amphitheatre. Enjoy this beloved western-style show professionally produced and packed with singing, dancing and comedy. Before the musical starts, experience a unique dining experience up on one of the area’s highest bluffs. Savor ribeye steaks fondued “western-style” and served with a full buffet. www.medora.com/; 701-623-4444
National Trails Day Hike
Join a ranger-guided hike for an intimate look at the park’s native prairie. The approximately one-mile hike will begin at 2 p.m. from the Guardhouse Interpretive Center. Visit www.ndtourism.com/events/national-trails-day-hike; 701-337-5576.
Who doesn’t love some lip-smackin’ barbecue? Sample the delicious fare and check out the live entertainment and fun at Fargo’s Ribfest. Top chefs from around the globe compete to see whose ribs are the best. Enjoy four big nights of live music featuring Uncle Kracker, Blind Melon, Smash Mouth and Eli Young Band. For details and a full schedule, visit www.fargoribfest.com/; 701-241-9100
June 9–September 30
Enjoy a classic movie for all ages under the stars every month this summer at the Sleepy Hollow Arts Park. The lineup includes “Back to the Future,” “The Sandlot,” “The Labyrinth,” “Napoleon Dynamite” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Tickets are available in advance or at the door and blanket and chair seating is available. Refreshments and snacks are available for sale and chairs are available for rent. Learn more at http://starlightcinema.tv/.
Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival
Birdwatchers unite! Birding Drives Dakota offers opportunities to observe American white pelicans at Chase Lake National Refuge, dancing share-tailed grouse at Arrowwood and grassland birds near Lake Juanita. Informative and engaging seminars will provide new insights on bird identification and other topics. www.birdingdrives.com/; 701-652-2524
Bring a kite, make a kite, fly a kite and buy a kite! This premier kiting event attracts kite enthusiasts from across the country and Canada. The event is free and includes kite making, demonstrations, door prizes, music, and - of course - the sight of dozens of kites of all shapes and sizes floating in the sky. www.jamestownparksandrec.com/; 701-252-3982
One of the area’s hottest and most anticipated events kicks off with a classic car parade and a block party at Dykshoorn Park. There are activities for all ages and on Sunday more than 500 cars line Mandan’s Main Street. www.buggies-n-blues.org; 701-751-2983
Grand Cities Art Fest
More than 200 skilled arts and craft vendors line both banks of the Red River on the beautiful Greenway during the Grand Cities Art Fest. Delight in two full days of art, food and live entertainment. www.novac.org; 701-772-3710
Fort Union Rendezvous
This19th Century fur trade fair includes a variety of period arts, crafts and music. Participate in the upper Missouri's finest fur trade fair at one of the West's most imposing historic sites, with featured headliner Dr. Daniel Patterson, www.nps.gov/fous/index.htm; 701-572-9083
2016 is the 20th annual Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In and this small North Dakota town is ready to celebrate! Enjoy street dances, fun runs, a live auction and food and merchandise vendors. For more information, visit www.cavaliermotorcycleridein.com/; 701-265-3151.
Justin Bieber visits Fargo on his Purpose World Tour to support his fourth studio album Purpose. The show promises to be edge-of-your-seat entertainment with hydraulics, an LED lightshow and Bieber’s musicianship. Learn more at http://fargodome.com/.
Dickinson Area Fossil Dig
June 27-July 1
Want to bone up on your fossil knowledge? Take a trip to legendary fossil sites near Dickinson where you can discover 30-35 million-year-old mammals like saber-toothed cats, rhinos, tortoises, tiny deer, horses and more. www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/digs/; 701-328-8105
The New York Kammermusiker 10th Anniversary North Dakota Winds of Change Concert Tour
Maddock: June 25, 26
Bismarck: June 27, 28
Ellendale: June 29
Fargo: June 30
The program for the 10th anniversary tour will include Icelandic music, pieces by Handel and Haydn and a special presentation at the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center. This is a unique celebration of North Dakota, featuring music dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt with narration by actor Bjorn Pederson. Learn more at www.ndtourism.com/events/new-york-kammermusiker-10th-anniversary-winds-change-concert-tour.
These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in June. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.
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