Fall for North Dakota this October

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Autumn in North Dakota brings brilliant fall color, cooling temps and idyllic outdoor settings. Hunting season is in full swing, along with Halloween and an array of festivals across the state. Support local artists while getting your creative “fix” at an art or craft show. For more events, visit NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo
October 5-8
Come out for the Dakotas’ “Super Bowl” of rodeos as the Minot YMCA hosts the Ram Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. Watch the region’s best 90 cowboys and cowgirls compete for the championship and a spot in the National Circuit Finals Rodeo. While you’re there, check out the Miss North Dakota Rodeo Pageant and the Badlands Cowboy Christmas Expo and Trade Show. http://www.minotysmensrodeo.com/; 701-852-5577.

Haunted Fort - Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
October 6–28
Each weekend in October – beginning October 6- Mandan’s Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park undergoes a shocking transformation from a historical landmark into a nightmarish venue. New this year: A Zombie Battlefield, where participants can engage in a zombie-like paintball experience. For the tamer and/or younger crowd, Haunted Fort’s Halloween Kid Bash offers games, prizes and a Little Monsters Hike on October 22. http://www.hauntedfort.com/; 701-667-6340.

October 7
Where can you watch a wiener dog race, listen to live polka music and participate in a beer stein holding contest? Why, Oktoberfest, of course! Join other North Dakotans for fun events, including kid-friendly events and a pub crawl. www.fargooktoberfest.com; 701-237-4500.

FM Studio Crawl
October 7-8
Explore the studios and creative spaces of local visual artists during this two-day event in Fargo and Moorhead. Visit face-to-face with artists to learn firsthand about their unique techniques and creative processes. https://fmva.org/studio-crawl/. 701-298-3936.

The Fargo Big One Art & Craft Fair
October 13–14
Now in its 29th year, the Fargo Big One Art & Craft Fair is back to showcase top-notch and handmade products from across North Dakota and the United States. Close to 300 booths will showcase arts, crafts and baked goods. www.thebigone.biz; 701-837-6059.

October 13–15
This fun annual festival is back in town, so come out to enjoy good eats, a variety of farming demonstrations, an art and quilt show and a dance. Main Street’s rubber duck race is a festival favorite. http://www.bowdonnd.com/2017.html; 701-471-4748.

Ntty Gritty Dirt Band
Fort Yates
October 21
Just in time for its 50th anniversary, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band makes a stop at Prairie Knights Casino to entertain crowds with iconic hits like “Mr. Bojangles” and “Fishin’ in the Dark.” This band has been credited with serving as “a catalyst for an entire movement in country rock and American roots music,” so don’t miss out on the rock and roll legend when it visits North Dakota. www.prairieknights.com/events/nitty-gritty-dirt-band/#.WcFeG8iGO00; 701-854-7777.

Fall Craft Show
October 21–22
If you are eager to get a head start on your holiday shopping, head to the Fall Craft Show at the Jamestown Mall where a variety of crafters and vendors will show off their wares. 701-251-2237.

Kenmare GooseFest
October 22-28
Waterfowl hunters will relish this week-long event celebrating the peak snow-geese migration. Special activities and events throughout the week include hunting contests, free feeds at local taverns, Ladies’ Night Out, a chili cook-off and the Goose Hunter’s Hall of Fame induction, banquet, awards and prizes. www.kenmarend.com/goosefest; 701-848-6004.

Zoo Boo
Bismarck - October 28
Wahpeton – October 30
Don your costume and spend an afternoon trick-or-treating at the zoo. Proceeds from this event help the zoos care for the animals through the cold winter. http://www.dakotazoo.org/special_events/zoo-boo/, 701-223-7543; http://www.chahinkapazoo.org/zooboo, 701-642-8709.

Headless Horseman Barrel Race
October 28 – 29
Celebrate Halloween with the family oriented, open barrel Headless Horseman Barrel Race in Bowman. There will also be a costume contest and vendors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/headlesshorsemanbarrelrace