August events to do before school starts in North Dakota

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There is still time to take in a number of events before the school bell rings. The August temps are hot, and the activities are even hotter. Here’s just a sampling of things to do in North Dakota during August. 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.

Warm August Nights Car Show and Ribfest
August 2
See the original Batmobile and enjoy ribs by Famous Dave's and Buffalo City Rotisserie Grill. Beer gardens. Live band Johnny Green and the Greenmen. 701-650-0640 or 701-650-7235

Outdoor Feast Weekend
Lake Metigoshe State Park
August 2-4
A weekend all about making and enjoying food in the great outdoors. Grab a fork and get a taste of some unique sweets and treats.; 701-263-4651

114th Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration
August 2-4
Join a celebration for the entire family. The weekend event welcomes Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, and also features Icelandic heritage and culture, music, food and entertainment, including the state tractor pull.; 701-993-8268

Quilters Jubilee
Valley City
August 3
Admire more than 300 beautifully designed quilts on display in the courthouse atrium. A quilters' rummage sale will take place in the basement.; 701-845-1891

Capital A’Fair
August 3-4
Stroll the state capitol grounds at this summer art fair featuring more than 130 artisans. Music, great food, and performing groups create a festive mood.; 701-223-5986

Pioneer Days
August 3-4
Step back in time to see blacksmith and quilting demonstrations, Morse Code demonstrations and performances by Kevin Locke (American Indian Hoop Dancer and Flutist). 701-251-9145

CANDISC Bicycle Tour
August 3-10
CANDISC is a 400-mile fully supported loop bicycle tour originating and ending at Fort Stevenson State Park. This year’s route is northeast of the park to the International Peace Gardens and back.; 701-463-2345 or 800-799-4242

Chokecherry Festival
August 9-10
Celebrate the accomplishments of youth and the chokecherry becoming North Dakota's State Fruit. This family festival features free burger feed, ice cream with chokecherry topping, a style show and entertainment. 701-774-9041

Rendezvous Arts and Heritage Festival
August 10
Head to Walhalla and take part in this event promoting art in our lives. It features fun activities, arts and crafts, great food and music. 701-549-3939

Fiber Arts Festival
August 10-11
Dozens of area fiber artists will demonstrate skills such as spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, embroidery, and lace making.; 701-499-7788

28th annual Village Fair
August 11
Prairie Village Museum's Village Fair features live music, pioneer demonstrations, costumed villagers, kids' games, ethnic foods, an art exhibit and more.; 701-776-6414 or 701-776-7606

Great Tomato Festival
August 14
Annual summer gourmet picnic includes smoked pork chops by master chefs, tomato and cucumber salad, roasted tomato stuffed with rice, and more. Evening activities include live jazz music, silent auction, Menu Venue and tomato displays.; 701-838-4445

13-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series
August 16-24
Cheer on youth baseball players from around the country as they compete for the 13-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series Championship.; 701-774-9041

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

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