North Dakota Rodeos and Powwows

Experience two key North Dakota cultural traditions

Rodeos and powwows are important parts of North Dakota culture. The dates surrounding the Fourth of July are known as Cowboy Christmas for all the money that can be earned at the rodeos held around the holiday. Eight seconds seems so long when you're watching a cowboy hang on for dear life. From national professional events to local high school competitions, rodeo isn't just a sport in North Dakota, it's a feel-the-dirt-in-your-teeth way of life.

The Algonquin word "pau wau" was the Native American word some of the first Europeans associated with dancing. Although pau wau meant "he dreams" to the Algonquins, the term was eventually accepted by Europeans to refer to dancing, later being spelled "powwow."

Powwows were originally held in the spring to celebrate the beginning of new life, but are now held throughout the year. The celebrations often have religious significance, but are also a time for people to gather, sing, dance, feast, pray, renew old friendships and make new ones. These celebrations are still an important part of life for many American Indians.

Here is a list of rodeos and powwow in North Dakota in 2019. Check back ocassionally as events are added and dates may change throughout the year.



8-9: Pofessional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo, Bismarck


27 -28: West Fargo High School (HS) Rodeo, West Fargo


3-4: Dickinson State Blue Hawk Stampede, Dickinson

4: Williston HS Rodeo

5: Killdeer HS Rodeo

27: Dickinson HS Rodeo


1: Bismarck HS Rodeo

2: New Salem HS Rodeo

12-16: North Dakota HS State Finals Rodeo, Bowman

22: McKenzie County Fair, North Dakota Rodeo Association (NDRA) Rodeo, Watford City

27-29: Roughrider Days Fair PRCA Rodeo, Dickinson

29-30: James River Rodeo, Jamestown


2-4: Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration, Mandan

3-4: Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo, Killdeer


3: Champions Ride, Home on the Range, Sentinel Butte


7: Watford City HS Rodeo

27-28: NDRA Finals Rodeo, Watford City


4-6: PRCA Badlands Circuit Rodeo (Y’s Men’s Rodeo) Minot



30: 30th Annual Woodlands & High Plains Pow Wow, Fargo


13: UNDIA Time-out Week and Wacipi 2019, Grand Forks


24-26: Four Bears Powwow, New Town


14-16: Twin Buttes Powwow, Twin Buttes


12-14: Arikara Celebration, White Shield
18-22: Mandaree Celebration, Mandaree; Fort Totten Days, Fort Totten


9-11: Little Shell Powwow, New Town


6-8: United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck

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