Stay active in late September in North Dakota

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It’s late September and time to let ’er buck in North Dakota. Rodeo fans have several chances to see some of the top hands in the region and even the world at three different events. Other festivals, including the Norsk Hostfest, allow visitors to connect with their heritage. To find out more about these or other events, or for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival
September 19-21

Theodore Roosevelt National Park and historic Medora welcome you to enjoy star viewing, presentations by nationally recognized speakers, rocket building and launching, solar system hikes and much more.; 701-872-4830

Central North Dakota Steam Thresher’s Reunion
New Rockford
September 19-21

Admire the unique collection of rare antique operational steam engines from a bygone agricultural era, as well as many antique tractors and implements. Daily events include a thresherman’s breakfast, parade of engines and live entertainment.;701-947-5631

Kroll’s Diner Bismarck Marathon 
September 20

Something for every running and walking enthusiast. The Bismarck Marathon includes full and half marathons, a marathon relay, 10k, 5K run and walk, and a kids mini marathon. The course includes a trek along the Missouri River.; 701-220-9162

Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase
September 20-21

Shop local at this Pride of Dakota event where members will be selling foods and condiments, decorative items, jewelry, art, apparel and much more.; 701-328-2662

PRCA Rodeo
September 20-21

Cheer on top competitors from right here in the Badlands Circuit, former National Finals Rodeo qualifiers and even some that have been crowned world champion as they compete.; 701-523-5880

Wild Hog Grand Forks Half Marathon
Grand Forks
September 26-27

Go hog-wild in Grand Forks! The events include a family fun run, half marathon, half marathon relay, 10K and 5K. Stick around for the celebration at Wild Hog featuring food, beverages and live entertainment after the Saturday races.; 800-545-4129

NDRA Rodeo
Devils Lake
September 26-28

North Dakota Rodeo Association event features bull riding, barrel racing, steer roping and more! Sunday is the Dakota Shootout.; 701-662-4957 or 800-233-8048

Roughrider Rodeo Association Finals Rodeo
September 26-28

This one has it all, with bareback riding, saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, junior events and more.; 701-252-8088

Maddock Rural Renaissance Festival 
September 26-28

This family fun event includes a climbing wall, inflatables for the kids, a 5K run/walk, pumpkin patch, flea market and concert by The Johnny Holm Band.; 701-438-2436

Giant Pumpkin Festival
September 27

Events begins with farmers market, Giant Pumpkin weigh-in follows, with vendors, crafts, fall activities, recipe contest and pumpkin princess contest. There is also a Tetrault State Forest scavenger hunt and scenic backway trolley ride and a ride along the Pembina Gorge trail system.; 701-549-3939

Mandan Oktoberfest
Fort Ransom
September 27

Kick off fall with this festival that includes craft vendors, beerfest, beer gardens, kids’ games, hay maze, adult games, hay rides, large farmers market and much more.; 701-751-2983.

47th annual Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Fall Festival
Fort Ransom
September 27-28

Stroll through more than 150 vendor booths, enjoy the works of local and regional artists featured in the art show and in Bear Creek Art Gallery, listen to live entertainment, watch unique demonstrations and grab a bite to eat in the food court.; 701-973-4461.

Norsk Hostfest
September 30-October 4

North America's largest Scandinavian Festival draws tens of thousands of people annually. More than 200 internationally-recognized artisans, craftsmen and chefs participate every year. The cuisine, as well as the clothes, art and jewelry, are authentic, fine quality and exquisitely Nordic. Featured headliners include Josh Turner, Danielle Bradberry, Jennifer Nettles and Diamond Rio.; 701-852-2368.

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

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