North Dakota events continue throughout August

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Take a leisurely stroll through a festival with a grilled ear of corn in your hand, listen to the blues or stay active by running, rolling, and riding at a North Dakota event this month. You will find these and everything in between as August comes to a close. 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.

North Dakota’s 125th Anniversary
August 16

Help celebrate North Dakota’s quasquicentennial on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck! Enjoy live entertainment from some of North Dakota’s best talent, including the Medora Musical’s Burning Hills Singers, Tigirlilly, Dakota Air, Keith Bear, Jesse Veeder, Robbie Vee, Greg Hager, Kevin Locke, Chuck Suchy, Mitch Malloy, and The Blenders. There also will be an art show, Pride of Dakota booths, National Champion trophies and kids’ activities to round out this event for the whole family.; 701-328-2666 701-328-1430

Fargo Blues Festival
August 15-16

The Fargo Blues Festival is a two-day, 12-band blues explosion featuring world-class acts, great food, beverages and on-site camping. Held on the grass of Newman Outdoor Field.; 218-287-7775 or 866-552-5837

Wild West Grillfest
August 15-16

Bring your appetite to this event as local restaurants compete to see who has the best ribs. Enjoy beer gardens, live entertainment all day, inflatable games, hayrides, and art and craft vendor booths. The band Dirty Word plays Saturday night.; 701-751-2983

Pipestem Creek Trail Run
August 16

Head to Jamestown for the three-mile and eight-mile runs held in conjunction with Gear Grinder Mountain Bike Races.; 701-252-3982

North Dakota Grape Harvest Festival and Stomp
August 16

Join the fun with food and crafts, vineyard tours, wine tasting, and bluegrass music with Monroe Crossing.; 701-633-5392

Burli-Mot Half Marathon
August 16

Run this scenic 13.1-mile course through the Souris Valley from Old Settlers Park in Burlington to Oak Park in Minot.; 701-837-6453

Bonanzaville Pioneer Days
West Fargo
August 16-17

Bonanzaville provides an opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of our region! There will be food, games for the kids, demonstrations and entertainment by Mylo Hatzenbuhler.; 701-282-2822

Buckstop Junction Corn Feed and Old Settlers’ Day
August 17

Celebrate the 100th birthday of the Lewis Hotel from Tappen, now at Buckstop Junction. Fresh food, a vintage tractor and auto parade, contests, music and much more.; 701-250-8575

Rollin’ on the River
Grand Forks
August 16

A weekend filled with activities with the spotlight on the inline skating marathon through the streets of Grand Forks.; 701-746-0444

Badlands Trail Run
August 23

Eighth annual 5K and 10K road race and 5K walk winds its way through the breathtaking North Dakota Badlands on portions of the Maah Daah Hey Trail.; 701-623-4444

Beach Party
August 23

Bring the family to this end-of-summer bash with live entertainment and games for kids. Enjoy concessions, the Beach Party Store and much more. Dance in the sand to 50s, 60s and 70s music.; 701-463-2345 or 800-799-4242

Railroad Days at Railroad Museum
August 24

Celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary with a photo contest, hobo banquet, telegraph exhibitions, live steam train rides for children, and a staged train and depot robbery.; 701-663-9322

Motor Magic
August 29-31

The largest motorsports event in the Upper Midwest includes Nodak Speedway races and drag racing on the Magic City International Dragway.; 701-857-7620

These are just a few 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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