Fall into September with North Dakota fun

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September is the perfect time to enjoy many outdoor opportunities in North Dakota. Our festivals honoring holidays, seasons, potatoes, harvests and even junk shift into high gear. You can also get down and dirty at mud runs and mud drags. To find 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.

Potato Bowl
Grand Forks
September 2-6

This week is filled with awesome events like the World's Largest French Fry Feed and a fireworks display on Thursday, along with a potato pancake breakfast, parade, tailgate party and University of North Dakota football game all on Saturday. www.potatobowl.org; 218-773-3633

Winds of Change Festival Concert
Fargo Sept. 2, Wahpeton Sept. 3, Ellendale Sept. 4

The eighth annual North Dakota Winds of Change Festival will present a concert of light classical music celebrating the 125th year of North Dakota statehood. 701-642-2811

United Tribes International Powwow
September 4-7

Enjoy one of the premier cultural events of North Dakota, receiving numerous awards over the years. This must-see spectacular attracts more than 70 tribes, 1,500 dancers and drummers and 20,000 spectators. www.unitedtribespowwow.com/; 701-255-3285

Medina Fall Festival
September 5-7 

Join the fun of the annual festival that includes a truck and tractor pull, parade, classic car show, kids games, threshing show and more. www.medinand.com

September 6

Enjoy live music, good food and more than 80 vendors selling re-purposed junk, antiques, architectural salvage, garden pieces, handcrafted jewelry, and more. www.junk-fest.blogspot.com; 701-674-3281

Pioneer Machinery Show and Tractor Trek
September 6-7

Experience North Dakota’s heritage at this show featuring a machinery parade, threshing, tractor pull, kids peddle pull, entertainment, displays, and breakfast.. Located across from Icelandic State Park. www.parkrec.nd.gov; 701-265-4941

Town Square Farmers Market
Grand Forks
September 6-27

Every Saturday through September, the Town Square will be filled with a variety of vendors selling everything from fresh produce and homemade baked goods to handmade crafts and jewelry. There will also be live entertainment and food concessions. www.tsfarmersmarket.com; 218-779-1382

Uff Da Mud Run
Grand Forks
September 6

Challenge yourself to obstacle racing Extreme North Dakota (END) style featuring a 5K course that will encompass roughly 20 obstacles on the Greenway. http://endracing.com/uff-da; 701-330-0709

Tri-County Mudders Mud Drags
September 7

Watch side-by-side mud drags in seven classes. Also Power Wheels racing for the little kids (bring your own Power Wheels) and foot races through the mud pit. 701-745-3362 or 701-226-2833

Corks and Canvas Art and Wine Walk
September 11

Take an evening stroll through downtown with wine sampling, live artists and great shopping. www.downtownfargo.com; 701-364-9867

Downtowners Street Fair
September 12-13

More than 180 arts, crafts and food vendors provide traditional favorites and new experiences. Peruse the booths while taking in historic downtown Bismarck. www.downtownbismarck.com; 701-223-1958

The Color Run
Grand Forks
September 13

Celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality while bringing the community together to create a 5K canvas of colorful fun in which participants are doused in different colors at eachkilometer. 

http://thecolorrun.com/grand-forks/2014-09-13/; 701-792-1200

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch
September 14-October 25

Let the kids run on the pumpkin-lined paths while you ponder life and visit with neighbors over a slice of fresh pumpkin pie. There are dozens of photo opportunities, the famous Bale Mazes, Papa’sville, pony rides, Slide Mountain, Sebastian's train ride, horse-drawn hay rides, pumpkin cannons, nature trails, a corn maze and more. www.papaspumpkinpatch.com; 701-222-1521 or 701-258-8469

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

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North Dakota’s accommodations are plentiful and varied. With more than 25,000 hotel rooms available in North Dakota, you’ll find a comfortable place to rest your head. So, plan your North Dakota vacation now. Go to NDtourism.com.