Festivals, food and fun on the run make for a “Legendary” September in North Dakota

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September is all about being on the go. Run, crawl, walk, eat, laugh, listen or gaze skyward at the wonders of the solar system. Day and night, there is something special for you to be a part of in September in North Dakota.  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.

Tewaukon Music Festival
September 5-6

Musical acts from North Dakota and beyond come together for an outdoor festival at Coteau des Prairie Lodge. Kat Perkins, Tigirlily, Jessie Veeder and Minneapolis band 2 Mile Final are among the scheduled acts. http://cdplodge.com/tewaukon-music-festival-saturday-september-5th-2015/; 701-680-1175 

50th Annual Potato Bowl 
Grand Forks
September 7-12

Celebrate a half century of great spuds at the World's Largest French Fry Feed, enjoy live music, fireworks and a parade and University of North Dakota football game against Drake on Saturday. www.potatobowl.org; 218-773-3633 

United Tribes International Powwow 
September 10-13

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 

Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival
September 11-13
Stargazers will marvel at the countless stars twinkling in the night sky while learning from nationally recognized astronomers the secrets of the universe. www.nps.gov/thro/learn/nature/dakota-nights-festival.htm; 800-633-6721 

Sodbuster Days
Fort Ransom
September 12-13
Step back in time to pioneer days where hard work driving a team of plow horses or threshing the crop was followed by a hearty meal around the fire. www.ransomcountynd.com/

Medora’s Hot Air Balloon Rally
September 11-13
Grab your camera and head to Medora for this beautiful photo-taking opportunity as hot air balloons soar over the North Dakota Badlands. http://medora.com/do/events/hot-air-balloon-rally/; 800-633-6721  

Big Iron
West Fargo
September 15-17
It will take a fast tractor to get to all 900 exhibits at the largest farm show in the Upper Midwest. Demonstrations, craft shows, seminars and more. www.bigironfarmshow.com; 701-282-2200 

Downtowners Street Fair
September 18-19
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 

Bakken X-Trek 
September 19
Challenge yourself to obstacle course racing created by Extreme North Dakota (END). Run, crawl, wade and climb a grueling 3-mile course. Are you up to it? http://www.bakkenxtrek.com/; 701-774-9041

Maddock Rural Renaissance Festival
September 25-27
A 10-acre corn maze is only part of the fun designed for the whole family. The event also features arts and crafts vendors, pumpkin patch, wine walk, chili cook-off and live music. www.maddocknd.com; 701-438-2436 

September 26-27
The pioneer town of Buckstop Junction comes alive with entertainment for all ages, including live music, food and craft vendors, games, horse rides and a fall festival tradition – apple pie eating contest. www.applefest.org; 701-222-6119 or 701-934-5434 

Norsk Høstfest
September 29-October 3
Lefse, lutefisk, Vikings and ABBA (tributes). Find these uniquely Scandinavian delicacies, The Band Perry, Celtic Thunder, The Swon Brothers, Martina McBride and much more at North America’s largest Scandinavian festival. www.hostfest.com; 701-852-2368