Jump into June in North Dakota
Summer in North Dakota means long, warm days loaded with adventure, be it lazy or crazy. North Dakotans welcome June with festivals and events full of fun for all ages. Maybe it’s relishing the flavors of delicious barbecue, junking with friends at a festival, putting miles on in the saddle, or chilling to live music, there is something for everyone this month 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.
May 31 – September 7
Head to Medora for a night of beloved, western-style entertainment set in the majestic Burning Hills Amphitheatre nestled in North Dakota’s Badlands. The Medora Musical features world-class singing, dancing and comedy under a canopy of stars. Before the show starts, be sure to take part in a unique, North Dakota-inspired dining experience. Ribeye steaks are fondued “western-style” and served with a full buffet. Learn more at www.medora.com/; 701-623-4444.
Blue Goose Days
May 31 – June 2
Wahpeton’s Blue Goose Days is a community-geared event for all ages, so gather friends and family for three days of fun. Enjoy a parade, a wildlife walk, fishing tournament and street dance. The town will celebrate its 150th birthday in conjunction with the event. Learn more at www.visitwahpeton.com/attractions-events-wahpeton-north-dakota.html.
National Trails Day Hike
Support National Trails Day with other nature enthusiasts at beautiful Fort Stevenson State Park. A ranger-guided hike with a North Dakota bird checklist is one of many other programs and activities throughout the day. The hike begins at the Guardhouse Interpretive Center. Visit www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/fssp/fssp.html; 701-337-5576.
Buffalo Fest 2019
Celebrate the history and heritage of the national mammal, the buffalo. Hettinger is the location of the last great Native American buffalo hunts and where herds now flourish. Festivities include a 3K “Buffalo Run,” kids’ games, vendors and a self-guided tour to 10 historic and current buffalo sites. www.hettingernd.com/; 701-7567-2531.
Junkin Cuzins Junkyard Expo and Flea Market
Spend your Saturday morning searching for the perfect upcycled and repurposed addition to your home at the Junkin Cuzins Junkyard Expo and Flea Market at Jamestown’s Stutsman County Fairgrounds. Admission is free, but please bring a can of food to donate to the local food pantry; 701-739-5429.
Happy Harry’s Ribfest
June 5 – 8
What says summer more than a barbecue? Fargo’s Happy Harrys takes barbecuing to the next level with Ribfest. Join the excitement and sample award-winning barbecue ribs and chicken. A petting zoo, carnival rides and live music accompany this fun, food-focused event. Visit www.happyharrysribfest.com/ for more information.
June 6 – 9
Kick off summer with a fun-filled weekend in the community of Oakes. This citywide celebration includes a grand parade, rodeo, street dances, games and more. There’s something for everybody to enjoy. Visit www.OakesChamber.com to learn more.
New Town Chamber 2019 Car and Motorcycle Show
If you love classic cars, custom builds, muscle cars and motorcycles, this event is for you. Call 701-421-7028 for more information.
June 7 – 9
Kite Fest has become a premier kiting event, attracting kite enthusiasts from across the country and Canada. Events include fun contests for kids, kite making, demonstrations, door prizes, music and – of course – dozens of kites of all shapes and sizes floating in the sky. Bring a kite, make a kite, fly a kite and buy a kite! Air Games will be included on Saturday. Visit http://jamestownparksandrec.com/; 701-252-3982.
June 8 – 9
Two-day of fun for classic car fanatics. This highly anticipated event gets kick-started with a car show-and-shine at Bismarck’s Scotty’s Drive-In, a parade of classic cars on Mandan’s Main Street and a block party at Dykshoorn Park. Live music, food booths and a beer garden are part of the entertainment. Visit www.buggies-n-blues.org; 701-751-2983.
Cavalier Motorcycle Ride In
June 14 – 15
Head to Cavalier for one of the hottest motorcycle events in the state. Enjoy fun runs through the beautiful Rendezvous Region, biker games, live music, food and retail vendors. Visit www.cavaliermotorcycleridein.com/ to find out more.
Otter Creek 55 Mountain Bike Race
One of North Dakota’s favorite cycling shops – 701 Cycle and Sport – hosts the 2019 Otter Creek 55 Mountain Bike Race at Mandan’s beautiful Harmon Lake. This year is no exception, so get ready for a race that offers every rider level a fun experience. Visit www.bikesignup.com/Race/ND/Mandan/OtterCreek55 to learn more.
Ashley’s Sizzling Summer Days and Hot Rods Heritage Car Show
June 21 – 23
Fun-filled weekend with live entertainment and activities for the entire family, everything from old-time kids' races to a scavenger hunt, bubble ball, kids' carnival, ice cream social, poker walk, golf tournament, bingo and much more. For more information, call 701-288-3310.
Bike the Border
June 21 – 23
Looking for a fun and active adventure? Bike the Border is a fully supported, three-day, family friendly bicycle tour along North Dakota’s northern border. Westhope plays host for the event and will feature a car show and ribfest on Saturday. For more information, visit http://biketheborder.com/.
Roughrider Days Fair and Expo 2019
June 26 – July 6
Roughrider Days Fair and Expo is not your average PRCA rodeo. The two-week midsummer event also incorporates a carnival, motorsports, parade and a 5K walk. The Fair and Expo even features a demolition derby, 4H activities, a family fun day and live concert featuring Sawyer Brown and Emerson Drive. Learn more at www.roughriderdaysfair.com/.
McQuade Softball Tournament
June 28 – 30
The world’s largest charity softball tournament includes 400 men’s and women’s teams from all levels of play competing over this action-packed weekend. Learn more at www.mcquades.com.
These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in June. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.