Summer activities abound in early July in North Dakota

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Fairs, outdoor theaters and extreme sports take center stage in early July. From county fairs to the Red River Valley Fair, you’ll find a midway near you. Kids can see Winnie the Pooh and the Little Mermaid under the stars. And extreme athletes can swim 27 miles from Grand Forks to Oslo, Minn. Are you up to the challenge? 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.

Old Fashioned Band Concert and Ice Cream Social
International Peace Garden
July 5
Features a 45-piece concert band of International Music Camp artists performing a variety program of music for people of all ages.; 701-838-8472
Town Square Farmers Market
Grand Forks
July 6-September 28
Every Saturday through September, the Town Square will be filled with a variety of vendors selling fresh produce, homemade baked goods and handmade crafts. There will also be live entertainment and food concessions.; 701-779-1382


Wild West Shootout
Frontier Village, Jamestown
July 6
Experience the Old West in a Wild West shootout at the Frontier Village. Show starts at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 701-320-2725
The Little Mermaid
Sleepy Hollow Arts Park, Bismarck
July 8-12
Enjoy Disney's "The Little Mermaid" under the stars performed by  a full cast. This Broadway-style musical will be featured at 8:30 nightly.; 701-319-0894
Red River Valley Fair
West Fargo
July 9-14
Bring the whole family for exhibits, livestock, and entertainment featuring Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Hinder, Randy Hauser, Hairball, Sevendust and more.; 701-282-2200
Stutsman County Fair
July 10-13
The Stutsman County fair will feature carnival rides, a rodeo, Don Wilhelm Stock Car Classic, and concerts including The Johnny Holm Band, Tripwire, Boomtown, and Third Gear.
Teddy Bear Picnic
South Unit Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora
July 10
Learn how the Teddy Bear got its name and some fun park facts. All children will receive a goodie bag full of Teddy Bear treats and have an opportunity to meet Smokey Bear.; 701-623-4884


88th annual Tri-County Fair
July 11-14
The 88th annual fair includes great food, WISSOTA races, livestock show, vendors, craft fair, rodeo, carnival rides, live music and much more.; 701-452-2339
James River Rodeo
July 12-13
Roughrider Rodeo includes bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, breakaway and goat tying in both junior and adult classes, as well as team roping, novice barrel racing, mixed team roping.
Fun in the Sun Weekend
July 12-14
Put on your swimsuit, grab your beach towel, slather yourself up with sunscreen, and slip on your flip-flops. Come to Lake Metigoshe for a run through the sprinkler, water balloon battles, minnow races, cool treats and more. The annual Beach Olympics are Saturday night.; 701-263-4651
Winnie the Pooh, Kids!
July 12-14
Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the Backson. Production presented by FMCT’s Discovering Theater Program. 701-235-6778


46th annual Buffalo Trails Day
July 13-14
Community celebration includes dancing to Balderdash, egg and sausage feed, parade, kids’ inflatable games, a classic car show and an ice cream social.; 701-859-4361
28th annual DRN G.O.L.F. Classic
July 13-14
The 28th Annual G.O.L.F. Classic is a weekend of exciting golf on a four-course tour: G - Grand Rapids Memorial Park, O - Oakes Golf Club, L - Lisbon Bissell Golf Course, F - Forman Golf Course. Golfers of all levels welcome.
END-WET: Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test
Grand Forks
July 13
END-WET is a downriver swimming or paddling race on the Red River of the North from Grand Forks to Oslo, Minn. At 27 miles in length, it is one of the longest and arguably the hardest open-water swim race in the United States.; 701-330-0709
Les Miserables
July 13-19
Les Miserables presented with a full orchestra and large cast "under the stars" at Sleepy Hollow Arts Park in Bismarck. Amphitheatre seating, concessions.; 701-319-0894
Rudolph Burkhardt Country Western Concert
July 14
Tap your toes to top talent from the region as they perform 90 minutes of classic country music in the Medora Community Center.; 701-623-4444 or 800-633-6721
Pioneer Days
July 14
Scavenger hunt (all ages), kids’ games, hymn singing, log cutting contest, pig roast feed (free-will donation), pioneer play, raffle drawing. Also featuring "Old Time" music, vendors, village tour, antique tractor display. 701-240-4505


Streets Alive
July 14
Join the fun of this physical activity festival where walkers, bikers and any form of human-powered movement bring downtown Fargo-Moorhead alive.; 701-241-8160


Watermelon Days at the Railroad Museum
July 14
All museum visitors get to enjoy free watermelon. There will also be live steam train rides for children and new exhibits that include 1890 Steele Depot and SW diesel switcher engine. 701-663-9322
These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in early July. For more information, go to or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

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