Find fall in full glory in North Dakota; mark your calendars

Summer is winding down, and the sounds, tastes and smells of fall are right around the corner. Celebrate the changing seasons at one of several Oktoberfest events across the state. Discover more about diverse cultures, whether sampling international flavors at the world’s largest Scandinavian festival or attending one of the world’s largest Native American powwows. Root for the home team at both the college and high school levels. These are just a few ideas for finding fun in North Dakota this September. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Harvestfest 2018 – Hazen

September 5-9

Get autumn off to the right start with Harvestfest 2018. Enjoy live music, wiener dog races, a parade, a street dance and much more. For additional information, visit; 701-748-6848.

GameChanger Ideas Festival – Grand Forks – September -7

Looking for engagement with fellow citizens and opportunities to hear multiple perspectives on a variety of current issues? Head to the GameChanger Ideas Festival, an event put on by Humanities North Dakota at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks. Focusing on the “Pursuit of Health & Happiness,” this event will feature a conversation with theologian and Duke Divinity School professor Kate Bowler as well as a theatrical performance of “A Beautiful Hell” based on a book of poems written by North Dakota poet and grief counselor Carol Kapaun Ratchenski. Visit for more information.

Downtown Street Fair – Grand Forks

September 8

Head downtown Grand Forks to check out the more than 100 vendors lining the city’s streets, Town Square and Greenway park space. Enjoy a wide array of art, crafts, clothing, jewelry, music and food available for purchase and consumption.; 701-746-4636.

United Tribes International Powwow – Bismarck

September 7-9

Don’t miss out on one of the most highly-acclaimed cultural events in North Dakota. The United Tribes 49th Annual International Powwow features more than 1,500 dancers and drummers from more than 70 tribes and regularly attracts around 20,000 spectators.; 701-255-3285

Metallica – Grand Forks

September 8

Relive the glory of the 1980s heavy metal days with Metallica! The legendary heavy metal band brings its 2018 WorldWired Tour to the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Every show starts with a Light It Up pre-show party hosted by comedian Jim Breuer. For tickets and more information, visit; 701-792-1200.

Sodbuster Days – Fort Ransom

September 8-9

Learn more about North Dakota’s homesteading life and traditions at Sodbuster Days at Fort Ransom State Park. Demonstrations will include horse-powered threshing and blacksmithing. Don’t miss out on kids’ activities, pie auctions, music and more. Visit for more information; 701-973-4331.

Big Iron – West Fargo

September 11-13

Immerse yourself in all things “ag” for two full days at West Fargo’s Big Iron Farm Show. More than 900 vendor exhibits and a variety of demonstrations and seminars are available, making this event one of the biggest in agribusiness.; 701-282-2200

45th Annual Downtowners Street Fair – Bismarck

September 14-15

Every fall since 1973, arts, crafts and food vendors have lined the streets of Bismarck’s quaint downtown. It’s 2018, and the Downtowners Street Fair is back for another year of food and fun. Be sure to visit the more than 180 vendors offering handmade favorites and delectable eats in the heart of downtown Bismarck.; 701-223-1958.

Bismarck Marathon – Bismarck

September 15

Cheer on runners from across the United States and Canada as they pound out 26.2 miles of pavement along Kroll’s Bismarck Marathon (a qualifying race for the Boston and New York City marathons) course. Racers weave their way through neighborhoods and parks of North Dakota’s capital city, Bismarck, and her neighbor, Mandan. Coinciding events include a kid’s mini marathon, a 5K, 10K, marathon relay and a half marathon.; 701-220-9162

Oktoberfest – Jamestown

September 15

Back for its seventh year, Jamestown Arts Centre’s Oktoberfest brings lederhosen, brats and beers to this charming North Dakotan community. Gather family, friends and neighbors and head to the Stutsman County Fairgrounds to join in the celebration. Attendees must be 21 years old.; 701-251-2496.

Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase – Dickinson – September 15-16

Find an array of unique products, ranging from gourmet foods to pet items at the Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase. Artisans and craftspeople from around the state are eager to share their goods with you Bring a reusable cloth bag and save $1. Learn more at; 701-328-2231.

NDSU Homecoming – Fargo

September 17-22

Don your green and yellow garb, gather friends and family and join the multi-day North Dakota State University celebration! NDSU’s homecoming event includes a parade, tailgating, a coronation and – of course – football! The Bison meet Delaware’s Fightin’ Blue Hens on Saturday afternoon following a full morning of tailgating.; 701-231-8011.

53rd Annual Potato Bowl USA & UND Homecoming – Grand Forks – September 18-22

Back for its 53rd year, the annual Potato Bowl is a celebration of all things potato and football! Festivities include a golf scramble, a baked potato bar (at Hugo’s locations) and a fun run. Cheer on the University of North Dakota as it plays Idaho State on Saturday, September 22.; 218-773-3633



September 22-23

Come out for to celebrate the onset of autumn while supporting a good cause. Now in its 12th year, Applefest is put on by the Bismarck Cancer Center and is held at Bismarck’s beloved pioneer town of Buckstop Junction. The celebration features live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities and a fall festival favorite – an apple pie eating contest.; 701-222-6119.

Norsk Høstfest – Minot

September 26-29

Find your inner Viking – or just a new Dala horse – at North America’s largest Scandinavian festival. Hostfest is held annually at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot and attracts tens of thousands of people from around the globe. Come get your fill of lefse, lutefisk, Swedish clogs and Viking helmets at this multi-day event featuring all things Nordic.; 701-852-2368

These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in September. For more information, go to or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.