Get Autumn’s Adventures Underway in North Dakota

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Time to look forward to the joys of autumn! Enjoy the tastes, sounds and treats of a street fair. It may be September but Oktoberfest celebrations are underway across North Dakota, so join in the fun. Cheer on the home team at one of many homecoming events across the state. 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.

52nd Annual Potato Bowl USA
Grand Forks
September 5-9
Now in its 52nd year, the annual Potato Bowl is back for a celebration of potatoes and football. Festivities include a golf scramble, baked potato bar and a fun run. Cheer on the University of North Dakota as it plays Missouri State on Saturday.; 218-773-3633

United Tribes International Powwow
September 8-10
Take in one of the most highly awarded cultural events in North Dakota. The United Tribes International Powwow features more than 1,500 dancers and drummers from over 70 tribes and regularly attracts around 20,000 spectators. There will be food, art and specialty vendors as well as a free barbeque and buffalo feed.; 701-255-3285

Downtown Street Fair
Grand Forks
September 8–9 
Check out more than 100 vendors lining Grand Fork’s downtown streets, Town Square and Greenway park space. An array of art, crafts, clothing, jewelry, music and food will be available for purchase and consumption, so don’t miss out.; 701-746-4636.

September 9
The Jamestown Arts Centre brings Oktoberfest to this charming city for the sixth year, so head to the Stutsman County Fairgrounds for brats, beer and lederhosen. Attendees must be 21 years old.; 701-251-2496.

Big Iron
West Fargo
September 12-14
Seize the opportunity to see the newest farm machinery and technology at West Fargo’s Big Iron Farm Show. With more than 900 vendor exhibits and a variety of demonstrations and seminars, this event is one of the biggest in agribusiness.; 701-282-2200

44th Annual Downtowners Street Fair
September 15-16
Vendors line the streets of Bismarck’s quaint downtown for this street fair that has been held since 1973. The Downtowners Street Fair is back for another year of food and fun so visit the more than 180 arts, crafts and food vendors offering handmade favorites and delectable eats in the heart of downtown Bismarck. Autumnfest parade held on Saturday.; 701-223-1958.

Bismarck Marathon
September 16
Spend a Saturday morning cheering runners from across the United States and Canada as they pound 26.2 miles of pavement during Kroll’s Bismarck Marathon (a qualifying race for the Boston and New York City marathons). Racers weave their way through the neighborhoods and parks of North Dakota’s capital city, Bismarck, and its neighbor, Mandan. Coinciding events include a kids’ mini marathon, 5K, 10K, marathon relay and a half marathon.; 701-220-9162

Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase  
September 16-17
Shop local from an array of local vendors at the Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase. Artisans and craftspeople will have North Dakotan crafts, jewelry, housewares, cookbooks, woodworking and more for sale.; 701-328-2231.

Junk Market
September 22-24
For a truly unique shopping experience, head to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds to scour for … junk! This semi-annual event is hosted by Fargo’s own Eco Chic and the outdoor market will be busy with both fall activities and purveyors of local, vintage, salvaged and handmade goods.; 701-356-6600.

Wild Hog Weekend/Grand Forks Marathon
Grand Forks
September 22-23
Gather family and friends for a weekend of healthy and crazy fun. Start it off with a Family Fun Night that includes hog races and a 5K run/walk. A 10K, half marathon and an inaugural full marathon are highlights on Saturday, in addition to food and live entertainment.; 701-746-0444.

Mandan Oktoberfest
September 23
Head to Mandan’s Dykshoorn Park to revel in some German-themed fun for everyone at Oktoberfest. Enjoy the polka bands, German food vendors, beer gardens, children’s activities, adult games and a hay maze at this not-to-be-missed fall favorite.; 701-751-2983.

September 23-24
Now in its 11th year, Applefest brings Bismarck’s pioneer town of Buckstop Junction to life with entertainment for all ages. The event features live music, food and craft vendors, a range of children’s activities and a fall festival favorite – an apple pie eating contest.; 701-222-6119.

NDSU Homecoming
September 25–September 30
Put on your green and yellow duds and come out for a multi-day celebration of a Top 100 research University and its successful athletics program. North Dakota State University’s homecoming event includes a parade, tailgating, a coronation and - naturally - football!; 701-231-8011.

Norsk Høstfest  
September 26–September 30
Celebrating its 40th year, discover your inner Viking at North America’s largest Scandinavian festival: Hostfest. It’s lefse, lutefisk, Vikings and top-notch entertainment at this multi-day event featuring all things Nordic. Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Celtic Thunder, Gary Allan, The Doobie Brothers, Little River Band, Oak Ridge Boys and more will get your toes tapping then get your fill of uniquely Scandinavian delicacies.; 701-852-2368