Discover Fall Fun in North Dakota

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Autumn in North Dakota is a festive time of year. Nature is in her colorful glory and North Dakota communities are vibrant and active with fun, fall-centered activity. In a state where 90 percent of the land surface is devoted to agriculture, it should come as no surprise that there is a healthy supply of pumpkin patches, corn mazes and outdoor festivals to enjoy. Gather family and friends and head outside for your fill of pumpkin picking, corn mazing and spiced cider drinking.

The Travel Channel recently named North Dakota’s Papa’s Pumpkin Patch one of the top 10 pumpkin patches in the United States. Located in the state capital of Bismarck, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is a treat for visitors of all ages and includes pumpkin sales, train rides, a corn maze, pony rides, concessions and more. Across the state in Fargo, Lil’ Bitz Pumpkin Patch offers guests in-the-field pumpkin picking, horse-drawn wagon rides, a corn maze and more.

The Amazing Corn Maize in Mandan has a different theme every year. This year, it will feature Jurassic Park. Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch in Emerado also has a history of incredible corn maze designs and visitors can head to the patch and select their own future jack-o-lantern.

For more of an urban experience, enjoy a range of community-based fall festivals, from AppleFest in Bismarck to the Fall Festival at Fargo’s Rheault Farm. With German roots running deep in this state – more than 40 percent of residents claim German ancestry – North Dakotans know a thing or two about how to throw an Oktoberfest. Don some lederhosen and find a local festival to enjoy some craft brews, bratwursts and German melodies. Oktoberfest isn’t the only cultural autumn celebration occurring in North Dakota this fall. Minot’s Norsk Hostfest – North America’s largest Scandinavian festival – has been providing “pure Scandimonium” and entertainment every September for more than 40 years.

These are just a few of the activities available this fall in North Dakota. For more information, go to or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.