Summer is in full swing throughout late July in North Dakota

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With summer in full swing, there are so many great things to see and do in North Dakota. Fishing, festivals, fairs, fun-runs and more will keep the calendar full through the end of July. 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 Ukrainian Festival

This three-day festival features Ukrainian buffets, arts, exhibits, talk stories, tours, dance and concert.; 701-483-1486

Fargo Downtown Street Fair
July 17-19

Stroll through blocks of outdoor booths featuring hand-made arts and crafts, awesome food and great entertainment in historic downtown Fargo.; 701-241-1570

Drayton Riverfest
July 17-20

Enjoy this annual summer celebration with activities to include a rib cook-off, parade and fun for all ages.; 701-454-3474

Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby
July 18-19

This Lake Sakakawea spectacular draws 252 teams to the annual walleye fishing tournament. Flights go out between 7-8:30 a.m. with weigh-ins beginning at 3 p.m.; 701-337-5576

Prairie Cruisers Rod Run
July 18-20

Classic car show features all types of unique cars and show ’n’ shine.; 800-526-5507

Hoople 125th Celebration
July 18-20

Food, song, fun and games to celebrate of the town’s founding 125 years ago.; 701-894-6170

Vinnie’s Mud Bog
July 18-20

Take in three days of mud-slinging action, including mud drags and live music by 24Seven and Rock Godz.; 701-640-0441

North Dakota Ladies Run
July 18-20

The 27th annual North Dakota Ladies Run is claimed as the longest-running women’s-only motorcycle run in North America. The weekend is packed with fun, the main feature being the ladies-only motorcycle ride.; 701-251-9145

North Dakota State Fair
July 18-26

Get ready for nine nights of exciting entertainment, including concerts featuring Lady Antebellum, John Mellencamp, The Charlie Daniels Band, Randy Hauser, Florida Georgia Line, Three Days Grace, Brad Paisley and more.  There will also be rodeo events, bull riding and auto races and tons of choices for a mouth-watering fair food fix along the midway and more than 600 shopping booths.; 701-857-7620

Racing at North Dakota Horse Park
July 19-August 3

Grab your derby hat and head to Fargo for live racing at one of the best tracks in the Upper Midwest. Race days are packed with 10 thoroughbred and quarter horse races. http://HRND.ORG; 701-232-3832

Icelandic State Park 50th Anniversary
July 20

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the park with free entertainment, cake and refreshments, plus free admission to the park.;701-265-4561

Capitol Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”
July 23-27

Delight in live performances on the capitol grounds where there will also be a Children’s Renaissance Faire with games and activities on July 27.

Paddle Tolna Coulee
July 25-27

Hit the water for this family-fun event where active paddlers can enjoy the Tolna Dam and Tolna Coulee.; 701-381-9109

Halloween in July
Lake Metigoshe
July 25-27

Everyone is invited for trick-or-treating, scariest campsite decoration contest and many other Halloween themed activities. ; 701-263-4651

Governor’s Cup Stock Car Race
July 25-26

Two days of racing includes the Blaine Brothers WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series, IMCA Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, and more.; 701-240-2976

Blues on the Red
Grand Forks
July 26

Enjoy an evening of blues music in downtown Grand Forks. Top musicians from around the country provide free entertainment while vendors sell delicious fare.; 218-779-1382

Music for the Villages
July 26

Enjoy Native American music performed by traditional artists at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.; 701-745-3300

Dakota Territory Car Show
July 26

Take a drive to Bowman then stroll through unique and antique automobiles featured at the show.; 701-523-5880

Taylor Horse Fest
July 26-27

This125th anniversary sanctioned event is all about the horses featuring a parade, craft vendors, draft horse pull and driving competitions, pony rides, jumping castle, slides, pie social, cowboy shooting, music and cowboy poetry, entertainment and food booths.; 701-974-4210

Bloch Party
July 28

A global art project that includes blacksmiths, arrow makers, visual artists, writers and musicians engaging in activities related to the log or bloch brought here by Swiss artists Marcus Gossolt and Johannes Hedinger. This is a sanctioned event for the 125th anniversary.; 701-776-6414

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

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