North Dakota June 27, 2017
10 Ethnic Festivals In North Dakota That Will Wow You In The Best Way Possible
North Dakota has a lot of cultural roots in various ethnicities from around the world. All year long is packed with festivals to celebrate these roots. These events are the perfect way to celebrate your own heritage, the state’s heritage, and learn about other cultures – and to simply have fun! If you’re looking for these events in your area, then this is the list for you. Check it out:
1. Norsk Høstfest - Minot
How could we not top the list with the biggest ethnic festival in North Dakota? The Norsk Høstfest is all about Scandinavia. Many families here came from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, or Finland, and this event celebrates that. Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of these countries during this three day "Scandamonium!"
Norsk Høstfest will be from September 27-30, 2017.
2. United Tribes International Powwow - Bismarck
This huge gathering has become one of the largest of its kind in the entire country. Hundreds of dancers, drummers, singers, and other performers come here each year to compete and share their talents. It is an amazing spectacle to witness, plus there will be free BBQ and buffalo feeds along with other vendors throughout.
The United Tribes International Powwow will be from September 8-10, 2017.
3. Celtic Festival - Fargo
Experience the culture of the Celtic through performances, seminars, and activities during this awesome festival. It is held annually each March and draws in many people to see everything it has to offer.
The Celtic Festival is held annually each March.
4. Northern Plains Ethnic Festival - Dickinson
This festival celebrates not only Scandinavian culture, but also that of Russia, Germany, and Ukraine, which many North Dakotans are descendants from. You will experience the foods, crafts, music, and more of these cultures at this fantastic event.
The Northern Plains Ethnic Festival will be on August 19, 2017.
5. Downtowners German Days - Bismarck
A huge part of North Dakota's population is German or German-from-Russia, so this festival is perfect. It's coming up soon, so mark it on your calendars!
Downtowners German Days will be on July 13-15, 2017.
6. North Dakota Ukrainian Festival - Dickinson
Witness the dazzling spectacle of Ukrainian dance and enjoy food, fun, and more at this festival. There's so much packed into this two day festival that you won't want to miss.
The North Dakota Ukrainian Festival will be on July 21-22, 2017.
7. Sodbuster Days - Fort Ransom
This event celebrates the early homesteaders of North Dakota that came from all over the world. Set on a beautiful historic farm in the hills and forests of Fort Ransom State Park, you'll be able to see the beauty of the area they settled and exactly how they did it back then.
Sodbuster Days will be on July 8-9, 2017.
8. German Folk Festival - Fargo
Enjoy a day full of dance and delicious German treats at the Rheault Farm in Fargo, North Dakota. This is where you want to stop for all the German food you can eat - kuchen, knoephla, fleischkuekle, and more. Yum!
The German Folk Festival will be on July 29, 2017.
9. Pioneer Days - West Fargo
See authentic demonstrations, costumes, and more that celebrates North Dakota's pioneers at the always-fun Bonanzaville. It'll be a weekend packed with activities, so don't miss it!
Pioneer Days will be on August 19-20, 2017.
10. Oktoberfest - Various
Oktoberfest celebrates all things German - including dachshunds - each year all over the world. North Dakota has multiple Oktoberfests happening across the state. That includes in Fargo, Mandan, Lisbon, Hankinson, and more. See if there is one in your area and be sure to attend!
Which festival are you looking forward to most? Have any we didn’t include? Let us know!
Here are more North Dakota festivals to attend in 2017. This’ll be a busy year!