Find your Fun this July in North Dakota
Summer is in full swing in North Dakota and delightful temperatures and long days accommodate all sorts of warm-weather fun. Visit the State Fair in Minot to taste funnel cakes, spin the day away on carnival rides and see ribbon-winning livestock. Join fellow revelers as they celebrate at one of many Fourth of July events across the state. Pick a spot to spread a blanket and enjoy local theater or music performances under the stars. July will soon be gone, so pack it all in! 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
Head to Mandan for three days of patriotic fun as the city celebrates Independence Day the western way with a professional PRCA rodeo. Enjoy 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.
Summer Theater and Music Presentations
Celebrate a beautiful summer evening out-of-doors while soaking up some culture at a theater or musical performance.
Through September 9: Medora Musical; www.medora.com; 701-623-4444.
Through August 22: Devils Lake presents Arts in the Park; www.devilslakend.com
Through August 15: Dickinson’s 2017 Bandshell Concert Series; www.dickinsonparks.org; 701-456-2074.
July 1–August 6: Pembina Gorge’s Frost Fire Summer Theatre presents Smoke on the Mountain; www.frostfiretheatre.com; 701-549-3602.
July 11: Grand Forks’ NDMOA Concerts in the Garden – Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas; www.ndmoa.com/2017-concerts-in-the-garden; 701-777-4195.
July 19-23, 25-29: Hairspray: The Broadway Musical – Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park Bismarck; www.shst.org; 701-319-0894.
July 27: Music and Art in the Park: Cavalier; 701-265-8188.
Celebrate the Red, White and Blue
Dig out lawn chairs, pack snacks, gather friends and show patriotic pride at Fourth of July celebrations across the state.
July 3-4: Bowman Chamber Fireworks Show – Bowman; www.bowmannd.com; 701-275-6316
July 4: Fourth of July Baseball and Fireworks Celebration – Wahpeton; 701-642-8559.
July 4: BMSO Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks – Bismarck; http://bismarckmandansymphony.org/; 701-258-8345
July 4: Sertoma Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Show – Grand Forks; www.gfsertoma.org/fourth-of-july; 701-746-0052.
July 4: Fourth of July Celebration at Bonanzaville – West Fargo; www.bonanzaville.org; 701-282-2822.
July 4: Kiddie Bike Parade – Jamestown; 701-320-7217.
18th Annual Beach Olympics
It’s the 18th Annual Beach Olympics at Lake Metigoshe State Park! All ages are welcome to join in the fun, which includes sandcastle making, egg racing and water balloon tossing. Learn more by calling 701-263-4514.
Teddy Bear Picnic in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Here’s your chance to learn how the Teddy Bear got its name. Head to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to join a Teddy Bear Picnic where children will receive a goody bag treat and meet Yogi Bear. Don’t miss the natural splendors of Theodore Roosevelt National Park while in the area. Visit www.trnha.org for more information; 701-623-4884.
Red River Valley Fair
Don’t miss out on a North Dakota summer staple: The Red River Valley Fair. While away a day visiting exhibits and shows and then enjoy live music by Granger Smith, Hairball, Locash and more. www.redrivervalleyfair.com; 701-282-2200
Downtowners German Days
Bismarck’s Downtowners German Days is celebrating all things German for its third year. For an authentic take on German customs – from food, drink and music – join fellow merrymakers in the heart of downtown Bismarck. Visit www.bismarckgermandays.com for more information.
Cross Ranch State Park Bison Bash
Cross Ranch State Park and The Nature Conservancy’s Cross Ranch Nature Preserve are partnering to celebrate America’s National Mammal - the buffalo. This event includes bison-themed hikes, fun run, scavenger hunt, crafts and more. For more information call 701-794-3731.
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 delicious food and enjoy live entertainment. Visit www.downtownfargo.com; 701-242-1570.
North Dakota State Fair
The North Dakota State Fair is back for its 52nd year and is a guaranteed good time for all ages. Don’t miss the star-studded concert lineup, including Fergie, Little Big Town and Jason Aldean. Savor a vast array of unique flavors at the food vendors and then check out the midway rides, as well as displays and side shows throughout the grounds. https://www.ndstatefair.com/; 701-857-7620.