North Dakota September 08, 2016
7 Unique Fall Festivals In North Dakota You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
As the summer draws to a close and the harvest is in full swing, North Dakota is buzzing with activity in every corner of the state. Here, fall is full of creative and fun festivals that everyone can attend and enjoy. We’ve made a list of some of the large and notable events coming up in the following months across the state.
1. Potato Bowl USA - Grand Forks
When: September 13-17
A week full of festivities in Grand Forks, all leading up to an exciting football game! The biggest event, however, is definitely the Simplot French Fry Feed. On the 15th, the Simplot company serves literal tons - over two tons last year - of french fries and over a hundred gallons of ketchup to dip them in for FREE! Get as many french fries as you want as they try to break their previous World Record from last year in most french fries served. Who could say no to free french fries?
2. West Fest - West Fargo
When: September 15-17
West Fest is packed with stuff to see and do, including a huge parade down Sheyenne Street, vendors, and on the Thursday just before it, a Cruise Night full of classic cars strutting their stuff. Everything is great for family fun!
3. Norsk Høstfest - Minot
When: September 28 - October 1
"Pure Scandamonium!" is the slogon used for Norsk Høstfest, one of the biggest festivals held in North Dakota each year. It's everything Scandinavian to celebrate the history of North Dakota's widely Scandinavian history. Food, crafts, live demonstrations, vikings, and huge music venues all encompass these 4 days in a crazy fun atmosphere.
4. Geographical Center Day - Rugby
When: September 10
Celebrate 85 years of Rugby's claim to fame as the geographical center of the entire continent of North America! There's tons for kids as well as live performances and plenty of vendors to visit. Plus, it's a great reason to go see the monument and say you've been there yourself.
5. Fall Harvest Craft Show - Williston
When: October 8
Explore the crafts and products of local artists, farms, and companies that showcase their wares at this great show in Williston. There's plenty of food to enjoy and beautifully handcrafted trinkets for you to discover, all made right in North Dakota!
6. Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival - Theodore Roosevelt National Park
When: September 23-25
During the day, surround yourself in the beauty of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park while being given the opportunity to build your own rocket, listen to nationally recognized astronomers and speakers, and just enjoying the day until the real show starts at night. As soon as the sun sets, set out on some of the solar system hikes to the best vantage points to see a stunning display of stars in the night sky. You will learn a ton about them with the help of the members there pointing out constellations and interesting facts. It's gorgeous and a view of the stars that's hard to find anywhere else.
7. Bismarck Harvest Showcase - Bismarck
When: September 15
Take a look at the capitol building up close and personal while exploring the local-made crafts and food that North Dakota can be proud of. With a great location like this and so many awesome made-in-ND products to take home, this one is well worth the visit!
Which of these are you going to attend?