Stay active in late September in North Dakota

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Avid runners and those who choose just to run downtown for a bite to eat and drink won’t lack things to do as September winds down. Bismarck offers a full marathon with all the trimmings and Grand Forks a half marathon and a color run which will, no doubt, color your world. For those hoping to slow things down at bit, there are many community and Oktoberfest celebrations on tap. To find out more about these or other events, or for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Oktoberfest celebrations
Throughout North Dakota

Many communities begin celebrating fall through events known as Oktoberfests. In North Dakota, the following larger cities and small towns have celebrations to honor their cultures:

5th annual Downtown Devils Lake Wine Walk

Devils Lake
September 19

Enjoy the fifth annual walk where a collaboration of downtown businesses serve samples of wines and appetizers and promote store discounts and specials throughout the evening.; 701-662-4957

Central North Dakota Steam Thresher’s Reunion
New Rockford
September 20-22

You will be in awe of the unique collection of rare antique operational steam engines from a bygone agricultural era on display, as well as many antique tractors and implements. Daily events include a thresherman's breakfast, parade of engines and live entertainment.; 701-947-5631

Bismarck Marathon
September 21

Something for every running and walking enthusiast. The Bismarck Marathon includes full and half marathons, a marathon relay and 5-K run and walk. The course includes a climb up the bluffs above the Missouri River.; 701-220-9162

The Color Run
Grand Forks
September 21

Celebrate healthiness, happiness and individuality on a five-kilometer canvas of colorful fun in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.; 701-792-1200

September 21-22

Fun-filled, family event at Buckstop Junction. You will find kids’ carnival, arts and crafts, petting zoo, food vendors, live music, bake sale, silent auction and more.; 701-222-6100

Wild Hog Grand Forks Half Marathon
Grand Forks
September 27-28

Go hog-wild in Grand Forks! Family fun run, half marathon, half marathon relay, 10-K and 5-K. Stick around for the celebration at Wild Hog featuring food, beverages and live entertainment after Saturday races.; 701-746-0444

Roughrider Rodeo Association Finals
September 27-29

This rodeo features the best of the best and includes it all from bareback riding, saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and more.; 701-252-8088

Dakota Nights: Astronomy Festival at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
September 27-29

Stand under the expansive night sky that influenced cultures of American Indian tribes and inspired modern space exploration and is still yours to experience today. Astronauts, rangers, astronomers, and historians come together for a three-day festival celebrating North Dakota's starry nights and rich heritage.; 701-623-4466

10th annual Giant Pumpkin Festival
September 28

Is it the “Great Pumpkin?” Find out at the giant pumpkin contest. Also try hiking, birding and horseback riding and scavenger hunts in Tetrault State Forest, ATV rides in the Pembina Gorge, trolley rides and much more. 701-549-3939

46th annual Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Fall Festival
Fort Ransom
September 28-29

Stroll through more than 150 vendor booths, enjoy the works of local and regional artists featured in the art show and in Bear Creek Art Gallery, listen to live entertainment, watch unique demonstrations and grab a bite to eat in the food court. 701-973-4461.

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

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