Summer fun abounds this July in North Dakota
Summer in North Dakota is in full swing and the long, warm days bring abundant opportunities for summertime fun. The beloved North Dakota State Fair gets under way for its 51st year and promises two weeks of midsummer entertainment that includes an impressive lineup of musical guests. Don your red, white and blue and revel in our nation’s independence at one of numerous Fourth of July celebrations across the state. Soak up the summer vibe with music and good food at a local festival. There are many ways to find fun this summer in North Dakota. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Mandan Rodeo Days
For three days Mandan comes alive with exhilarating professional rodeo performances, Art in the Park, concerts, dancing, baseball, road race and a lively Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration. Check out www.mandanrodeo.com for more information; 701-751-2983.
Shakespeare in the Parks
Pack a picnic basket, grab a blanket and come on out as Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates its 44th season with a production of Richard III. The show is free. Learn more at www.shakespeareintheparks.org.
First on First Event
July 7, 14, 21, and 28
Dickinson residents celebrate the long days of summer with summer nights at First on First, held every Thursday summer night where First Avenue and First Street meet downtown. Starting at 5:00 PM, gift and food vendors, live performers and children’s activities will be available to attendees. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/firstonfirstdickinson/.
Ryan Keplin Summer Fest
This three-day festival promises to keep your feet tapping and your heart pumping with jigging, fiddling, square dancing, evening entertainment and other family-centered activities. The Ryan Keplin Summer Fest invites all comers to share in a commemoration of Metis culture in the scenic Turtle Mountains. http://www.ryankeplin.com; 701-477-9479.
White Cloud’s Birthday/Tatanka Festival
Jamestown was the home to White Cloud, an albino bison that recently returned to her birth ranch in Michigan. The city will continue to honor her and her off-spring at this celebration, which includes a kids’ carnival, Wild West Shoot-Out, car show, parade, street dance and pancake breakfast. Details can be found at www.jamestowncalendar.com, 701-252-8648.
Red River Valley Fair
This perennial festival favorite is back for another year of exhibits, livestock, live music, midway shows, food and entertainment. Don’t miss this Fargo summer staple, especially with performers that include Chris Janson, Tigerlily, Hairball, Big & Rich and Three Days Grace. http://redrivervalleyfair.com; 701-282-2200.
Downtowners German Days
Bismarck’s Downtowners German Days is back for its second year and revelers are ready to rejoice in all things German! Join locals in the heart of this historically German and Germans from Russia-settled area as they celebrate with food, music and (of course) beer. Visit www.bismarckgermandays.com for more information.
Downtown Fargo Street Fair
Gather with friends and stroll Fargo’s charming downtown city blocks lined with vendors’ booths during the city’s 41st Annual Downtown Street Fair. Check out handmade arts and crafts by local and regional artisans, sample the delicious food and enjoy a variety of great entertainment. Visit http://downtownfargo.com; 701-242-1570.
Real American Jam Music Festival
Spend the weekend camping and enjoying music and fun at the Real American Jam Music Festival at Buffalo Gap Ranch. Artists Ned Ledoux, Joe Diffie and Corb Lund will be in attendance, and all proceeds from the festival will go towards supporting local, injured veterans. To purchase tickets and learn more check out www.realamericanjam.com.
This 31st annual ethnic celebration highlights the heritage and culture of Ukrainians in North Dakota. The festivities include concerts, dancing, Ukrainian meals, educational seminars and more. http://www.ucitoday.org; 701-483-1486.
North Dakota State Fair
The North Dakota State Fair is in its 51st year with nine evenings of exciting entertainment, including performances by Kenny Chesney, KISS, Jake Owen, Billy Currington, Fall Out Boy, Old Dominon and more. Enjoy a vast array of unique food vendors, an exciting midway and displays and side shows throughout the grounds. http://ndstatefair.com; 701-857-7620.
Taylor Horse Fest
Saddle up for this fun annual event that is all about horse culture. Activities include a parade of horses and horse-drawn equipment, craft vendors, draft horse pulls, driving competitions, demonstrations, cowboy shooting, live music and more. http://taylorhorsefest.com; 701-974-4210.