North Dakota Ideal for Sun Fun this June
North Dakota summers are defined by long days, ideal temperatures and tons of activities. Embrace June with festivals and events full of fun for all ages. Whether its joining a bird-watching hike, gathering family for Shakespeare in the Park or relishing the flavors of barbecue, 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
June 1–September 8
Stomp, clap and laugh along to the beloved, western-style "Greatest Show in the West," set in the majestic Burning Hills Amphitheatre nestled in North Dakota’s Badlands. Fill up before the show on ribeye steaks that are fondued “western-style” and served with a full buffet. www.medora.com; 701-623-4444.
Blue Goose Days
Gather friends and family and head out for Wahpeton’s Blue Goose Days. Enjoy a parade, wildlife walk, fishing tournament and street dance. www.visitwahpeton.com/attractions-events-wahpeton-north-dakota.html
Visit the 26th annual Devils Run Car Show in Devils Lake for a weekend loaded with entertainment and events for classic car lovers. A car show, rod run and other activities are scheduled. www.greaterdakotaclassics.com/events/devils_run.html; 701-662-4903.
National Trails Day Hike
Take a ranger-guided hike to celebrate National Trails Day at beautiful Fort Stevenson State Park. The hike begins at Guardhouse Interpretive Center with activities throughout the day. www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/fssp/fssp.html
Old Red Trail Rummage Sale
The seventh annual Old Red Trail Rummage Sale includes communities along a 108-mile stretch of the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway (parallel to Interstate 94). Communities set up events, food and entertainment all the way from Mandan to Dickinson. Talking Trails signs along this corridor provide historical information about the area. http://oldredoldten.com/events/?event_id=196; 701-878-4060.
64th Annual Birdwalk
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Grab your walking stick and a pair of binoculars and join a long-standing tradition. Rain or shine, meet bright and early (6:30 a.m. Mountain Time) at Cottonwood Campground in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Spend the morning learning about different bird species inhabiting this glorious national treasure and make some friends along the way. www.ndtourism.com/events/64th-annual-birdwalk; 701-623-4884.
Steve Earl & The Dukes 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road
One of the most prolific singers and songwriters of his generation, Steve Earl performs with The Dukes at the legendary Belle Mehus Auditorium. www.bismarckeventcenter.com/events/2018/steve-earle
Happy Harry’s Ribfest
Nothing says summer like a barbecue. Join the fun and sample award-winning barbecue ribs and chicken. A petting zoo, carnival rides and live music accompany this fun, food-focused event. www.happyharrysribfest.com
A two-day car show with hundreds of classic rides on display along Main Street. Show-and-shine at Bismarck’s Scotty’s Drive-In, a parade of classic cars on Mandan’s Main Street and a block party with live music, food and beer garden at Dykshoorn Park. www.buggies-n-blues.org; 701-751-2983.
North Dakota Shakespeare
Venture into the world of Shakespeare from the comfort of your own blanket or chair. This free event features professional actors from all over the country, and this summer they will be performing the comedy “Twelfth Night.” www.northdakotashakespeare.com/
Rally in the Valley
Start the day with a downtown parade and car show. Enjoy inflatables for kids, a craft show and flea market. Also included in the festivities are a 5K race, the Dakota Riders Hill Climb and a street dance. https://valleycitynd.org/chamber.php
Pekin Art Days
This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of North Dakota’s finest week-long art shows. The conglomeration of artists includes art vendors, live bands, art demonstrations, food and a range of activities for all ages. www.nelsoncountyarts.com/pekin-days-art-show
McQuade Softball Tournament
More than 400 men’s and women’s teams from all levels of play will compete over this action-packed weekend billed as the world’s largest charity softball tournament. Back by popular demand, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will showcase their amazing talent. www.mcquades.com.