North Dakota’s Great Outdoors Beckon in August

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Bismarck, N.D.- Whether you feel like a heaping helping of your favorite ethnic food, or getting down to some fine bluegrass music, or hot-footing it through the Badlands, North Dakota’s great outdoors has something for you in August. To find out more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

CANDISC Bicycle Tour
August 1-8

Take a leisurely 400-mile fully supported loop bicycle tour starting and ending in Garrison. Enjoy miles of hills and scenic highways and experience North Dakota hospitality first hand.; 701-463-2345

North Dakota Chokecherry Festival
August 7-8

This two-day celebration is all about our state fruit, the chokecherry. Grab your piece of the 1,000-burger feed and top it off with ice cream and chokecherry topping. Vendors and live entertainment available.; 701-774-9041

Village Fair
August 9

The Prairie Village Museum comes to life with music, pioneer demonstrations and costumed characters from days gone by. There will be fair food and art and photo exhibits and all 30 halls will be open.; 701-776-6414

Fargo Blues Festival
August 14-15

Get down – on the outfield grass at Newman Outdoor Field – for a two-day, 12-band blues explosion featuring world-class bands, great food, beverages and on-site camping. Headline acts include Tab Benoit on Friday and the Fabulous Thunderbirds on Saturday.; 218-287-7775

Wild West Grillfest
August 14-15

You be the judge in this grilling competition between restaurants. Enjoy live entertainment all day, inflatable games, hayrides, arts and crafts vendors, Pride of Dakota tent and dances.; 701-751-2983

Northern Plains Ethnic Festival
August 15-16

Feast on a variety of regional ethnic foods, including Czech, German, Scandinavian, Norwegian and Ukrainian. Entertainment at the Prairie Outpost Park. 701-225-2416 or 701-290-5379

Off the Charts Music Festival
August 15-16

A free music festival in city park feature music by Luminate, Flood the Stone, Moriah Peters and King and Country. Games, Octoball tournaments, mega-trampolines, rock-climbing walls and more.; 701-412-1501

Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville
West Fargo
August 15-16

Step back in time as the pioneer village in West Fargo comes to life with authentic costumes, demonstrations, parades and crafts.; 701-282-2822

Buskstop Junction Corn Feed and Old Settler’s Day
August 16

There’s something for everyone, beginning with music by the Hungry Five Ompah Band, Ragtime Piano and other local talent. Kids’ face painting, balloons and old fashioned games. Special displays will include the Pioneer Auto Club, antique tractors, woodworking and food, food, food.; 701-250-8575

Fort Stevenson Regatta and Beach Party
August 22

Watch colorful sail boats racing around Lake Sakakawea, then head to the end-of-summer bash with live carnival-style entertainment and music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.; 701-337-5576   

Rollin on the River
Grand Forks
August 22

Watch or take part in an in-line skating marathon along the streets of Grand Forks. Skaters with prior marathon experience, as well as those who are at the level of advanced novice, are urged to participate.; 701-746-0444

Badlands Trail Run
August 22

Get out on the trails through the Badlands near Medora. You never know what kind of wildlife you might encounter on portions of the Maah Daah Hey Trail.; 800-MEDORA-1

Railroad Days at the Railroad Museum
August 23

Choo-choo choose to spend a day at the museum, taking in the railroad photo contest, Railroad Hall of Fame induction, hobo banquet and telegraph exhibitions. Live steam train rides for children on the Sky Line Railway.; 701-663-9322

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

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