Summer activities abound in early July in North Dakota

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Whether you’re playing in the sun or relaxing under the stars, North Dakota has an activity for you in July. Head to the Badlands to dig for dinosaur bones or cheer on your favorite turbo turtle during Turtle Lake’s Turtle Days. You can also sit back and enjoy Broadway-style entertainment at Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater in Bismarck. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to, or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Hands on History
July 5

Get ready to learn about skills that were part of the Mandan Hidastsa culture, starting with traditional games. You can make a bull roarer, a colored stick game, and a cup and bead game. All supplies will be provided. Modern games like hop scotch, jump rope and hula hoops will also be available. You will be part of the hands-on activities taking place at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.; 701-745-3300

Town Square Farmers Market
Grand Forks
July 5-September 30

Every Saturday through September, Town Square will be filled with a variety of vendors selling fresh produce, homemade baked goods and handmade crafts. There will also be live entertainment and food concessions.; 218-779-1382

McKenzie County Fair and Rodeo
Watford City
July 10-12

Family fun can be found in Watford City where you can enjoy carnival activities plus a rodeo performance, barbecue and dances to spice things up. 701-675-2306

Turtle Days
Turtle Lake
July 11-13

Bring the whole family to enjoy three days of activities, including the school reunion, street dances, tractor pull and, of course, turtle races.

Cal Ripken State Baseball Tournament
July 11-14

Grab your glove and cheer on your favorite teams at the 11-year-old Cal Ripken state tournament.; 888-850-9544

Fun in the Sun
Lake Metigoshe
July 12

Put on your swimsuit, grab your beach towel and lawn chair, and join us for all kinds of summer fun. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Pioneer Day
July 13

Bob Barr of the ND Pottery Collectors Society will host the first North Dakota Antique Pottery Road Show. Pioneer Village will also offer a scavenger hunt, log cutting contest, a pig roast, and more. For some, it is a glimpse of their ancestors' lives, for others it’s reliving old memories.; 701-385-3355

MOVE Live on Tour
Grand Forks
July 13

“Dancing with the Stars” performers Julianne and Derek Hough will star in their own all-new dance production at the Alerus Center.; 701-792-1200

Public Fossil Dig: Whiskey Creek
July 14-20

Excavation continues at this site and beyond in this beautiful, remote area of the western North Dakota Badlands. Participants must be at least 12 years old.; 701-328-1954

Shrek and Chicago at Sleepy Hollow Theatre
July 14-August 6

You will be wowed by the Broadway-style musical theater productions set under the stars in the outdoor amphitheater with a live orchestra and large casts.; 701-319-0894

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

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