Make it an epic summer of North Dakota fun

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Nothing says summer quite like an outdoor festival or event and there is no shortage of fun festivities in North Dakota this July. Whether you are a music lover, a foodie, a sports enthusiast or just a proud American, there is fun for you this summer in North Dakota.

For the music lover

Summer nights in North Dakota are ideal for music festivals so gather the family and friends and enjoy a range of musical genres. The Ryan Keplin Summer Fest near Rolette and Keplin Fest near Belcourt are filled with fiddling, square dancing and other activities that showcase the Metis culture and traditions. Popular performers Chris Janson, Big & Rich, Three Days Grace and North Dakota’s own Tigirlily are just some of the acts to take the stage at Fargo’s Red River Valley Fair. The Real American Jam Festival in Medora features artists Ned LeDoux, Joe Diffie and Corb Lund with all event proceeds going to local veterans. Grand Forks’ Blues on the Red Concert Series  features regional and national blues acts. The legendary North Dakota State Fair returns for its 51st summer with a legendary line-up. Don’t miss performances by Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Billy Currington and KISS.

For the foodie

If delicious, mouthwatering outdoor fare mean summer to you then check out a food event this July. Fargo’s Downtown Street Fair offers visitors several city blocks worth of choices. Downtowners German Days in Bismarck is back for its second year to celebrate all things German. Sample authentic fare and beer while enjoying live music and German-inspired activities. The Ukrainian Festival in Dickinson is another celebration of culture and heritage with festivities centered on Ukrainian food, dance and music. The North Dakota State Fair offers up traditional American fair food so come out and enjoy waffle fries, funnel cake and cheese curds.

For the sports enthusiast

Mandan Rodeo Days is North Dakota’s largest rodeo and the three-day event is a roping, riding and racing extravaganza. The James River Rodeo  in Jamestown is both a full performance rodeo and a full day of fun at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds. If horses intrigue you check out the Taylor Horse Fest , an annual event that is all about horse culture, complete with demonstrations. Bait your hook and drop a line for one of the many fishing tournaments this July. Anglers can enjoy the beautiful Lake Sakakawea in either the North Dakota Governor’s Walleye Cup Fishing Derby or the ND Petroleum Council’s Oil Can Fishing Tournament while competing for that giant fish.

For the patriot

Fourth of July celebrations kick-start summer’s middle month and North Dakotans relish the opportunity to show their patriotism. Don your red, white and blue and bring friends and family out to join the festivities and take part in commemorating our country’s independence.

These are just a few 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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