Abundant Summer Fun for Everyone in North Dakota this August
August in North Dakota is a lively time. Harvest gets underway and locals stay busy discovering the pleasures of summer’s long, warm days. Whether it’s taking in live musical entertainment at a county fair or angling for catfish on the Red River, there are many ways to soak up the waning days of summer this August in North Dakota. 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.
Taste of West Fargo
Join residents and local business and restaurant owners for a picnic in the park at the Taste of West Fargo. Delight in the showcased foods and desserts. For more information about this event, visit www.westfargond.gov; 701-433-5312.
Back for its seventh year, KeplinFest honors the Metis/Michif traditions of music and dance with a two-day festival in Belcourt. This family-oriented event features music, dancing, traditional metis dancers, crafts and food. Take advantage of the beautiful nature trails nearby and enjoy camping in the primitive campground (be sure to reserve a campsite in advance). Visit www.keplinfest.com to learn more.
Maah Daah Hey Race Series
Looking for unprecedented access to North Dakota’s pristine Badlands? On a bike, no less? Then be sure to check out the ‘Raddest Race(s) in the Baddest Place,’ a series of 100-, 75- and 50-mile mountain bike races that are set in some of the region’s most rugged terrain. While the featured races are grueling and not for the faint of heart, there are options for less-experienced riders. Learn more at www.experienceland.org/; 701-570-9138.
Mingle with locals and score some one-of-a-kind finds at the Capital A’Fair, held on the North Dakota State Capitol Mall. More than 130 vendors from across the country will showcase their wares and culinary treats, and entertainers are on hand to heighten the already fun and festive mood. www.ndtourism.com/events/capital-afair; 701-222-4301.
Northern Neighbors Day Air and Space Show
Minot Air Force Base
Don’t miss sky-high excitement as the Minot Air Force Base presents the Northern Neighbors Day Air Show. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform and other aircraft will be on display, in addition to a B-52 weapon upload demonstration, a missile launch facility tour and an X-1 Supercar. Concessions and a kids’ area are available for patrons as well. Learn more at www.minot.af.mil/airshow/; 701-723-3468.
Soulful guitarist and crooner Phillip Phillips makes a stop in Bismarck where he’ll perform hits from his chart-topping albums in the intimate setting of the beloved Belle Mehus Auditorium. For more information, or to get tickets, visit www.bismarckeventcenter.com/events/2019/phillip-phillips; 701-355-1370.
Rod and Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament
Proudly touting itself as the Catfish Capitol of the World, Drayton welcomes anglers from all over the country to its Rod and Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament. Participants regularly reel in 10- to 20-pound catfish from the Red River as they compete for cash prizes. Learn more at https://draytonnd.com/event/rod-reel-rally-catfishing-tournament/.
Fargo Blues Festival
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Fargo Blues Festival is a solid two days of music-packed fun on the grass of Newman’s Outdoor Field. Twelve world-class blues bands such as Curtis Salgado, Heart & Soul and Kenny Neal provide a “blues explosion” extravaganza. Vendors are on-site to serve fantastic food and thirst-quenching beverages. For more information, visit www.fargobluesfest.com/.
Ransom County Fair
Head to Lisbon’s Ransom County Fair to get your fill of small-town American summer fun. The fair is four days of bustling activities, ranging from livestock and classic car shows to rodeos, parades and carnival rides. Come hungry and ready for entertainment. Visit www.ransomcountyfair.com/ for more information.
Rollin’ on the River
It’s an in-line skating marathon. Held on the city streets of Grand Forks, the Rollin’ on the River marathon gives in-line skaters the opportunity to enjoy the city … on wheels. Several divisions are offered: professional half-marathon, recreational marathon or a recreational half-marathon. For more information, visit www.ndtourism.com/events/rollin-river-2018; 701-746-0444.
Fort Stevenson Beach Party and Regatta
Summer’s end is just around the corner, so celebrate back-to-school with a Beach Party bash on Lake Sakakawea. Merrymakers of all ages can enjoy live bands and concessions, as well as the wonderous spectacle of the Fort Stevenson Regatta (race gets underway at noon). www.garrisonnd.com; www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/fssp/fssp.html; 701-337-5576.