Summer Rodeos, Powwows & Haunted Forts in the Fall in Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota


Mandan Rodeo Days Celebration

July 2-4, 2020

Three nights of nationally ranked PRCA rodeo performances, specialty acts, and western entertainment – bucking broncs, swinging ropes and big, bad bulls. Also enjoy Art in the Park, concerts, street dances, pitchfork fondues, golf tourney, 5K walk & run, baseball, and the biggest Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration in the Northern Plains.

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Annual United Tribes Technical College International Powwow

September 11-13, 2020

This celebration showcases champion dancers and drums from across the US and Canada, competing for top honors. Judges selected by the powwow committee evaluate each of the dancers’ performances based on knowledge and skill of their category; keeping time with the drum; and regalia. It is one of the last large outdoor events on the northern Great Plains powwow circuit. For that reason, this annual event is known as the Home of the Champions. Grand Entries: Friday 1 & 7 pm, Saturday 1 & 7 pm, Sunday 1 pm. $20 weekend pass/$10-day pass. Seniors (65 and over) and children (5 and under) enter free.

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Papa’s Pumpkin Patch

September 12-October 24 , 2020

When fall rolls around, this is where you want to be! Your one-stop shop for pumpkins, gourds, squash, and corn. They offer tons of free activities including bale mazes, a corn maze, log jam, nature trail, Papa’sville wooden play structures, swings galore, and photo opportunities for you, your family, and friends. Additional activities, including their pumpkin cannons and trebuchets, are available for a minimal fee Thursdays-Sundays. They include: zip lines, horse-drawn hayrides, pony rides, train rides, sling shots, pedal carts, a side-by-side Obstacle Course, concessions and a gift store. New activities from 2019: Papa’s Splash Zone and ping pong rapids, more ziplines, human foosball, a new bale maze, and more. 12-7 pm daily, weather permitting. $5/person, under 3 free.

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Haunted Fort

October Weekends (2020)

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. North Dakota’s Scariest Haunt! Fort Abraham Lincoln, home of General George Custer and the 7th Cavalry, has long insinuated itself among the ranks of haunted places in North Dakota. Interpreters and tourists have both reported paranormal experiences and hauntings of the strange and unexplained, so in 2002 they created the Haunted Fort. Each October the buildings are transformed into a terrifying experience, attracting over 8,000 annually. Four haunts: The Custer Manor, The Old Circus Freakshow, Post Asylum, and the Guard House 2 Extreme Haunt – the only haunt that you have to enter all alone! It’s up to you whether you escape. Also introducing the all new Haunted Fort Midway with the famous Monster Shop, Zombie Battlefield Paintball, where you can shoot live zombies with paintballs, and The Cellar, the haunted craft beer lounge! Pricing varies. New, frightening experiences are added each year.

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