North Dakota’s early June is a time of celebration and activities
June is the perfect time to get out and stay moving. It’s the beginning of summer barbecues, car shows, citywide festivals, road races and hikes. Get active and stay active at North Dakota events. To find more information about the activities below, and for a complete list of events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525
Ribbin’ It Up
Nothing says summer celebration like a big ol’ slab of ribs. National ribbers spice up local events in June all across North Dakota. Chow down, listen to your favorite music and enjoy friends and family at these ribfests:
Fargo Ribfest: June 4-7, Fargodome. Musical acts include Hot Chelle Rae, Colt Ford, Quiet Riot and more. www.fargoribfest.com; 701-241-9100.
Rendezvous Ribfest: June 7, Walhalla. Tropical-themed music featured. www.walhalland.org. 701-549-3939.
Downtowners’ Rip-Roarin’ Ribfest: June 12-14, Bismarck. Highlight includes musical performance by Gwen Sebastion. www.bismarckribfest.com. 701-223-1958.
On the Right Trail for National Trails Day
Several North Dakota state parks have activities planned for National Trails Day on June 7. For a fun family outing, attend any of these events. Activities will range from guided hikes (some at night), geocaching and canoeing:
Icelandic State Park, Cavalier: www.parkrec.nd.gov; 701-265-4561.
Chrome and Cruisin’
Classic car lovers are like any other collector in that they like to show off their handiwork. There are several chances to see some custom and classic autos on the streets in June:
Cruisin’ Broadway: June 5, Downtown Fargo. www.fmdowntown.com. 701-364-9867. Classtiques Rod and Custom Rod Run: June 6 – 7, Mandan. www.classtiques.com. Buggies-n-Blues: June 7 – 8, Mandan. www.buggies-n-blues.org. 701-751-2983.
Museum Comes Alive
Take a walk through history as costumed interpreters at the Prairie Village Museum bring the past to life. Burgers and hotdogs available until gone. www.prairievillagemuseum.com/; 701-776-6414
Kinship Amazing Race
Participate in team challenges, bicycling, racing and obstacle courses. 701-591-2117
Medora Badlands NDRA Rodeo
Riders, wrestlers and ropers take center stage in their natural habitat, the beautiful Badlands of North Dakota. 701-590-3532
Hankinson Polka Fest
Held at the historic Hankinson Community Center, indoor and outdoor venues host five polka bands each day. Concessions, drinks and meals will be available. 701-242-7840
Activities throughout the weekend, including musical entertainment, arts and crafts, home-cooked meals, golfing, sporting competition, parades, children’s games and two-day rodeo. 701-584-2525
June 6-September 6
Enjoy this professional musical variety show performed outdoors in the beautiful North Dakota Badlands. This fast-paced, western show includes singing, dancing, comedy, national variety acts and a star-spangled patriotic finale. www.medora.com; 701-623-4444 or 800-633-6721
This colorful event features kids’ contests, kite making, demonstrations, door prizes, music and the sight of dozens of kites floating in the sky. www.jamestownparksandrec.com; 701-252-3982
All-school reunion, kids’ corral inflatables, face painting, parade, ranch rodeo, car show, quilt show, vendors, street dance, music, tea and crumpets, school tours and more. 701-846-7330
Run through the Badlands beginning and ending at Rough Riders Hotel includes 10K and 5K runs and a 5K walk. www.medora.com; 701-623-4444
Blue Goose Days
Community event for the whole family. Parade, craft/vendor booths, nature walk, fishing tournament and hands-on educational activities at the zoo. www.visitwahpeton.com; 701-642-8709
Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival
Four days on a prairie, wild with wetlands and wavy, open meadows. Here is your chance to visit some of the world's most remote birding hotspots. Join your peers, bring your lists and be ready for four full days of guided tours, hands-on workshops, wonderful people, distinctive culture and wild country. www.birdingdrives.com; 888-921-2473
Fathers’ Day at the Railroad Museum
A fun family outing for Father’s Day features live steam train rides for children. New exhibits include 1890 Steele Depot and SW diesel switcher engine. 701-663-9322
Tri-County Mudders Mud Drags
Side-by-side mud drags in seven classes: stock, street stock, mod stock, modified, open and two powder puffs. The event also includes power wheels racing for the little kids. 701-745-3362
These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in early June. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.
North Dakota’s accommodations are plentiful and varied. With more than 25,000 hotel rooms available in North Dakota, you’ll find a comfortable place to rest your head. So, plan your North Dakota vacation now. Go to NDtourism.com.