Fireworks, thrill rides and jet fighters abound in July in North Dakota

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For half a century, the North Dakota State Fair has been providing midsummer thrills, chills and musical entertainment. This year’s 50th anniversary promises even more excitement. Get July off to a great start at your community’s Fourth of July celebration and close things out at the Fargo Airsho. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Mandan Rodeo Days
July 2-4
Three action-packed professional rodeo performances on July 2-4 plus Art In the Park, concerts, dancing, baseball and the biggest and best Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration on the Northern Plains!; 701-751-2983

Medora Summer Concert Series – Gwen Sebastian
July 4
Start your Fourth of July celebration with a bang as Gwen Sebastian takes the stage of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.; 701-623-4444

Red River Valley Fair
West Fargo
July 7-12
Exhibits, livestock, live bands nightly, midway shows, food and entertainment - including Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Hairball and more.; 701-282-2200

Ryan Keplin Summer Fest
July 10-12
Metis celebration that will get your heart pumping with jigging, fiddling, square dancing, evening entertainment, dancing, workshops and children’s activities.; 701-477-9479

Great Western Exposition
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan
July 10-12
Take part in this family event showcasing the military history of Fort Abraham Lincoln and North Dakota.; 701-667-6340

White Cloud’s Birthday/Tantanka Festival
July 10-12
Celebrate White Cloud's birthday with citywide activities, including a kids' carnival, Wild West Shoot-Out, car show, parade, street dance, pancake breakfast, free cake and more.; 701-252-8648

Hands on History
Knife River Indian Villages, Stanton
July 11-18
Learn about the Native American way of making pottery, quillwork and jewelry in a hands-on way at the historic site.; 701-745-3300

Drayton Riverfest
July 16-19
Fun summer tradition celebrating hometown spirit with family activities and rib cook-off competition.; 701-454-3474

Fargo’s Downtown Street Fair
July 17-18
Enjoy blocks of outdoor booths lining the streets featuring handmade arts and crafts, awesome food and great entertainment in historic downtown Fargo.; 701-242-1570

Ukrainian Festival
July 17-18
This annual ethnic celebration includes concerts, dancing, Ukrainian meals, educational seminars and more.; 701-483-1486

North Dakota State Fair
July 17-25
The North Dakota State Fair celebrates its 50th anniversary with nine nights of exciting entertainment, including Aerosmith, plus a vast array of unique food vendors, an exciting midway and displays and side shows throughout the grounds.; 701-857-7620   

Taylor Horse Fest
July 25-26
Saddle up for this annual event that is all about the horse culture. Activities include a parade of horses and horse-drawn equipment, craft vendors, draft horse pulls, driving competitions, demonstrations, cowboy shooting, live music and more.; 701-974-4210

Fargo Airsho
July 25-26
The United States Navy Blue Angels headline exciting aerial performances in the skies over Hector International Airport. Other exhibitions include Franklin’s Flying Circus, Paul Stender, Skip Stewart, Lt. Col. John Klatt and Sky Dive Fargo.; 701-293-8043

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

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