Fall for Fun in North Dakota this October

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Autumn is an outdoor-lover’s delight in North Dakota with brisk weather and changing colors beckoning people into the outdoors. Fill a thermos with coffee and join friends and family for pumpkin patches and hayrides. Don a wool sweater and lace up your hiking shoes for a day spent exploring the prairie countryside. Spend an afternoon at an art festival, then enjoy a delicious meal with friends at one of North Dakota’s wonderful eateries. Whatever you do, don’t let this festive season pass you by.

Fall for Festivals

As the air chills, North Dakota’s festival scene heats up. Discover the works of a local artist and get a head start on your holiday shopping at one of several art events across the state. North Dakota’s prevalent – and proud – German ancestry can be seen and felt throughout the year, but the influences are especially strong this month as Oktoberfest celebrations pop up across the region. Hunting season is underway and communities statewide are gathering together to honor – and eat – the season’s spoils at events such as Goosefest and Duckfest. Get acquainted with the locals and join in the fun.

Fall for Views

Hit the road for a day or weekend trip and explore backroads and small towns while taking in North Dakota’s brilliant fall foliage. Gather a hunting party and enjoy October’s pretty skies while traversing colorful tree-lined fields and paths. Autumn’s splendor in Theodore Roosevelt National Park is at its peak and wildlife are busily readying for winter against the backdrop of fall’s glow. Find some of North Dakota’s most brilliant displays of changing hues in and around the forests of Turtle Mountains and Lake Metigoshe. For a different vantage point, get on the water at Devils Lake or Lake Sakakawea for picturesque views of fall colors along the shoreline.  

Fall for Goblins

Ghouls of all sorts are turning up in North Dakota, so don’t miss out on the spooky fun. Halloween-themed fun is everywhere you look, whether it’s a cheerful pumpkin patch, a costume parade or a haunted fort. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park  converts from a historical landmark to a nightmarish haunted fortification, and General George Custer’s house is a key part of the action. Check out a local screening of an old, scary film or just dress up in themed costumes with your friends and head to the local watering hole. Whether it’s in a Zombie Run or a Zoo Boo, there’s something for everyone this October.