Festive North Dakota Fun and Fanfare this July
If you’re in search of all-American summer fun, North Dakota is ripe with options. Idyllic temperatures and sustained daylight (the average sunset in July is around 9:20 p.m.) mean visitors can get the most out of the warm-weather fun. Head to the beloved North Dakota State Fair in Minot to hear world-class music acts and to satisfy your sweet tooth (funnel cakes) and thirst for adventure (carnival rides). Celebrate the Stars and Stripes at one of many festive Fourth of July events across the state. Gather family and friends and find a spot to spread a blanket and enjoy local theater or music performances under North Dakota’s constellations. For 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.
Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration
Don’t miss out on cowboy-inspired patriotic fun during Mandan’s Rodeo Days celebration. Festivities include professional, top-ranked PRCA rodeo performances, Art in the Park, concerts, dancing, baseball and a lively Fourth of July parade. Check out www.mandanrodeo.com for more information; 701-751-2983.
Enjoy a pristine North Dakota summer evening out-of-doors while delighting in a theatrical or musical performance.
June 1–September 8: Medora Musical; www.medora.com; 701-623-4444.
June 6–August 22: Devils Lake presents Arts in the Park; www.devilslakend.com
June 12–August 14: Dickinson’s 2018 Bandshell Concert Series; www.dickinsonparks.org; 701-456-2074.
June 30–August 1: Pembina Gorge’s Frost Fire Summer Theatre presents Route 66; www.frostfiretheatre.com; 701-549-3602.
July 5–July 7: Ryan Keplin Summer Fest at Maple Sugar Ranch, Rolette; www.ryankeplin.com/; 701-278-0260.
July 6-15: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park at Bismarck; www.shst.org; 701-319-0894.
July 10–August 28: Grand Forks’ North Dakota Museum of Art Concerts in the Garden; www.ndmoa.com/2018-Concerts-in-the-Garden; 701-777-4195.
July 19–28: The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park Bismarck; www.shst.org; 701-319-0894.
July 26: Music and Art in the Park at Cavalier; 701-265-8188.
July 28: Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red Summer Music Fest at Grand Forks: www.visitgrandforks.com/; 701-772-8404.
Pull out the lawn chairs and blankets, pack some snacks and assemble friends to enjoy a spectacular celebration of our nation’s independence.
July 4: Fourth of July Baseball and Fireworks Celebration at Wahpeton; 701-642-8559.
July 4: Sertoma Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Show at Grand Forks; www.gfsertoma.org/fourth-of-july; 701-746-0052.
July 4: Fourth of July Celebration at Bonanzaville at West Fargo; www.bonanzaville.org; 701-282-2822.
July 4: Kiddie Bike Parade and Fireworks Spectacular at Jamestown; 701-320-7217.
July 4: Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra Fourth of July Spectacular at Bismarck; http://bismarckmandansymphony.org/.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul World Tour
One of America’s most beloved country music couples is making a stop at Grand Forks’ Ralph Engelstad Arena. Wife and husband team Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will perform together on their critically-acclaimed Soul2Soul World Tour. For tickets or to learn more, visit www.theralph.com/events/detail/tim-faith; 701-777-4167.
Red River Valley Fair
Hang with the locals at the Red River Valley Fair. Spend the day visiting exhibits and sampling vendor food. As night falls, enjoy shows from bands like Bush, Sawyer Brown, Brothers Osborne and more. www.redrivervalleyfair.com; 701-282-2200
Downtowners German Days
Back for its fourth year, Bismarck’s German Days brings all things German to the heart of downtown Bismarck. Visit vendors for the chance to partake in an authentic German experience – from food, drink and music. Visit www.bismarckgermandays.com for more information.
Fargo’s Downtown Street Fair
Stroll up and down Fargo’s charming downtown city blocks to take part in North Dakota’s largest free outdoor event. Broadway Avenue is lined with vendor booths filled with fine art, jewelry, photography and quality crafts during Fargo’s 42nd Annual Downtown Street Fair. Sample the delicious food and enjoy live entertainment. Visit www.downtownfargo.com; 701-242-1570.
International Peace Garden 85th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the 85th anniversary of the International Peace Garden. There will be entertainment daily along with children's activities and food and craft vendors. A formal ceremony will be held on July 15th at 1 p.m. For more information visit https://www.peacegarden.com/; 701-263-4390
North Dakota Governor’s Walleye Cup Fishing Derby
Anglers put their fishing skills to the test at the North Dakota Governor’s Walleye Cup Fishing Derby. The competition is stiff among more than 200 teams competing for big prize money. Plenty of fun to go around and a Junior Governor’s Cup for anglers ages 17 and under on Saturday morning. Learn more at www.ndgovernorscup.com or call 701-337-5576.
North Dakota State Fair
If you are looking for guaranteed fun for all ages this summer, look no further than the North Dakota State Fair. This year’s star-studded concert lineup includes Nickelback, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and more. Visitors can enjoy a smorgasbord of sweet and savory flavors from food vendors and find hours of entertainment at agricultural displays and other sideshows. Of course, midway rides are a highlight day or night. www.ndstatefair.com; 701-857-7620.