North Dakota Ideal for Sun Fun this June
Summers in North Dakota mean long days and desirable temperatures – the perfect combination for adventure. Fun is accessible around every corner, whether it’s hiking in a state park, scouting for birds in the woods or enjoying live music at a food festival. Get ready to discover the delights of North Dakota this June. 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
June 2–September 9
Don’t miss the Medora Musical, which is aptly nicknamed the "Greatest Show in the West." This western-style show is professionally produced and performed nightly all summer in the majestic Burning Hills Amphitheatre. You’ll be stomping, clapping and laughing along to the singing, dancing and comedy. Before the show starts, check out the unique dining experience of the Pitchfork Fondue. Savor ribeye steaks fondued “western-style” and served with a full buffet on the bluffs overlooking Medora. Learn more at www.medora.com/; 701-623-4444.
North Dakota Soap Box Derby
Have soapbox car designs changed since you were a kid? Come find out at the North Dakota Soap Box Derby in Valley City. This event is a qualifying race for the National Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. It’s fun for the whole family. Learn more at https://valleycitynd.org/tourism.php; 701-845-1891.
Blue Goose Days
Pack up the family and head to the Chahinkapa Zoo for Wahpeton’s Blue Goose Days. This event features a parade, a wildlife walk, a fishing tournament and a street dance. Learn more at http://www.visitwahpeton.com/attractions-events-wahpeton-north-dakota.html.
For a weekend loaded with entertainment and events for classic car lovers, head to the 25th annual Devils Run in Devils Lake. A car show, rod run and other activities are scheduled, so learn more at http://www.greaterdakotaclassics.com/events/devils_run.html; 701-662-4903.
National Trails Day Hikes
North Dakota State Parks
Celebrate National Trails Day at beautiful State Parks across North Dakota. Various programs and activities involving the park’s trail system will occur throughout the day on June 3. Visit https://www.facebook.com/ndprd/.
Old Red Trail Rummage Sale
Mandan to Dickinson
Follow the red balloons along a 108-mile stretch of the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway (parallel to Interstate 94) and enjoy the sixth annual Old Red Trail Rummage Sale. Communities anticipating roving shoppers are setting up events, food and entertainment all the way from Mandan to Dickinson. Talking Trails signs along this corridor provide historical information about the area. Find more information at https://www.facebook.com/OldRedOldTen/; 701-483-4988.
63rd Annual Birdwalk
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Put your walking shoes on, grab some binoculars and join in as the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association hosts its 63rd Annual Birdwalk. The group gathers bright and early (6:30 a.m. Mountain Time) in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park at the Cottonwood Campground. Spend the morning learning about different bird species inhabiting this glorious national treasure and make some friends while doing it. Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm; 701-623-4884.
The food scene in the Fargo-Moorhead area is thriving and the cities’ local restaurants are showcasing their menus during Restaurant Week. Happy Harry’s RibFest is being held in conjunction with this event. Make sure you start out on an empty stomach! For more information about participating eateries, visit https://www.fmrestaurantweek.com/; http://www.happy-harrys.com/event/happy-harrys-ribfest-2017/.
Buggies-N-Blues is one of the area’s most anticipated annual events. The two-day tribute to classic cars gets 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.
Junking in June
Spend an afternoon (or weekend) finding treasures while exploring junk markets across the state. There are several to choose from so gather your friends and head out to hunt!
- June 10: Funky Fun Junkfest, Oakes, https://oakesnd.com/index.php; 701-710-1675.
- June 17: Junkarama, Sibley; 701-240-3626.
- June 17: Junk’n at the Junction, Buckstop Junction, Bismarck, http://www.buckstopjunction.org/; 701-250-8575.
Birding Drives Dakota Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival
Calling all birdwatchers! Birding Drives Dakota hosts its annual birding festival, offering opportunities to observe the American white pelicans at Chase Lake National Refuge, dancing sharp-tailed grouse at Arrowwood and grassland birds near Lake Juanita. Educational seminars provide new insights on bird identification among other topics. www.birdingdrives.com/; 701-652-2524
Pekin Art Days
Love art? Then don’t miss Pekin Art Days, one of North Dakota’s finest week-long art shows. The Nelson County Arts Council hosts a conglomeration of artists making the show a hotspot for art enthusiasts and collectors alike. In addition to art vendors, there will be live bands, art demonstrations, food and a range of activities for all ages. http://www.ndtourism.com/events/pekin-days-art-show-2017; 701-296-4410
Fort Stevenson Frontier Military Days
Experience firsthand what living in a frontier military encampment was like at Fort Stevenson’s Frontier Military Days. Visit the reconstructed Fort Stevenson Guardhouse Interpretive Center and learn about the skills and crafts around during the Indian Wars period. http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/; 701-337-5576.