Old-School Traditions and New Diversions in North Dakota this August
August is often the warmest month in North Dakota, also making it one of the busiest. Outdoor festivals abound, offering delicious food and live entertainment. North Dakota lakes and rivers are a cool - and fun – escape from the heat. There are many ways to relish the waning days of summer, so find your adventure this August. For 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.
Little Shop of Horrors at Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park
Roll out the picnic blanket or set up a chair for an entertaining evening at Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park’s presentation of the funny – but twisted - Little Shop of Horrors. Show runs nightly (except Mondays) starting at 7 p.m. Visit http://www.shst.org/. 701-319-0894.
Morton County Fair
Nothing says ‘summer in the country’ quite like an old-school county fair. Morton County’s features 4-H and open class exhibits, rodeos, a tractor pull, livestock shows, evening dances and a chicken supper. Learn more at http://www.co.morton.nd.us/; 701-667-3340.
Bruno Mars at the Fargodome
Grammy Award winner and music sensation Bruno Mars makes a much-anticipated stop in Fargo while on his 24K Magic World Tour. Camila Cabello is the opening act for this talented entertainer. http://fargodome.com/event-page-new?e_id=111; 701-298-2690.
Enjoy two days of fun-filled family oriented entertainment, which includes Metis/Michif music and dancing, craft and food vendors and beautiful nature trails within the grounds to explore throughout the festival. For tickets and information visit http://www.keplinfest.com/; 701-244-5080.
The Quilters Jubilee in Valley City is a tribute to a time-honored hobby. View more than 200 quilts displayed at the Barnes County Courthouse, then check out the quilters rummage sale in the basement. Visit http://www.ndtourism.com/events/quilters-jubilee; 701-845-1891.
Maah Daah Hey Race Series
North Dakota’s rugged Badlands are the setting for this equally rugged event. The “Raddest Race in the Baddest Place” is back for another year with some adaptations to the event. The grueling 100-, 75- and 50-mile races return, but there are now options for less-experienced riders. Learn more at http://www.experienceland.org/; 701-570-9138.
Enjoy another year of craft, entertainment and eats at the Capitol A’Fair. Mingle with locals and score some one-of-a-kind finds at this event held on the North Dakota State Capitol Mall. http://www.ndtourism.com/events/capitol-afair; 701-222-4301.
Heathers: The Musical
Don’t miss Empire Arts Center’s production of “Heathers: The Musical.” Based on the 1989 cult film about mean girls, this musical tells the story of how a misfit and her new boyfriend reject this cruel regime. For tickets and information visit http://www.empireartscenter.com/empire-theatre-co.html; 701-746-5500.
Seventh Annual Wild West Grill Fest
For two days of live entertainment and delicious food, head to the Mandan’s Wild West Grillfest. It’s a grilling competition between restaurants where you get to be the judge. Dykshoorn Park in downtown Mandan hosts the event so come out for inflatable games, hayrides, arts and crafts vendors, a Pride of Dakota tent and dances.www.mandanprogress.org; 701-751-2983
Northern Plains Ethnic Festival
Stack your plate sky-high with delightful cuisine from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Scandinavia at Dickinson’s Northern Plains Ethnic Festival. Enjoy crafts and entertainment from these regions at this event held at the Prairie Outpost Park. 701-225-2416 or 701-290-5379.
Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville
Ever wonder what life on the prairie was like back in pioneering days? If so, visit the Pioneer Days at West Fargo’s Bonanzaville to see authentic costumes, demonstrations, parades and crafts. www.bonanzaville.org; 701-282-2822
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Soul2Soul World Tour
Country legends Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are on their Soul2Soul World Tour and stopping in Fargo on August 24. It’s the first time Hill has toured since 2007, so score tickets while you can. http://www.fargodome.com/event-page-new?e_id=203; 701-667-3340.
Downtown ArtSpark Festival
Celebrate all things art at Jamestown’s ArtSpark Festival. The city’s downtown bustle with live music, theater, dancing, puppets, living statues and more. Visit http://jamestownarts.com/; 701-251-2419.
Fort Stevenson Beach Party and Regatta
Celebrate back-to-school with a Beach Party bash on Lake Sakakawea. Revelers of all ages can enjoy live bands and concessions, as well as the spectacle of the Fort Stevenson Regatta (race gets underway at noon). www.garrisonnd.com; http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/fssp/fssp.html; 701-337-5576.
Slide the City
Now in its third year, Mandan’s Slide the City is a popular, family friendly event featuring a 1,000-foot water slide on Sunset Drive’s hill adjacent to Mandan High School. Food and craft vendors, inflatables and live entertainment will be on hand for the sliders. https://www.slidethecity.com/; 701-751-6161