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On the culinary and entertainment spectrum, North Dakota leaves no point untouched! Microbreweries are getting more and more popular around the country, and North Dakota is no exception. At Drekker Brewing in Fargo, they believe in creating community, experiences and good times with brewery tours, live music, craft fairs, movie nights and more. Try a flight – with so many “Best of Craft Beer Awards,” you’re sure to find your new favorite brew.

At the Pitchfork Steak Fondue in Medora, chefs load up pitchforks with 12-ounce steaks and fondue them Western-style. These delicious steaks come with your favorite sides served buffet-style, and your favorite drinks await at the Tjaden Terrace Bar. Enjoy the unbelievable views of the Badlands and the can’t-miss Medora Musical performed just steps away in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.

Ebeneezer’s Eatery & Irish Pub in Minot has been serving authentic Irish cuisine for over 20 years with live music six times a week. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, drinks and more. A few of their signature dishes include Bangers & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Big Bob’s Breaded Fish & Chips, a local favorite.

Chefs load up pitchforks with steaks and cook them Western-style at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue in Medora. CREDIT North Dakota Tourism

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North Dakota hosts hundreds of events, fairs, festivals and family-friendly adventures throughout the year, including celebrations of the seasons, cultural heritage, local foods and more. These unique events are all about having fun and are a great way to get to know the state. Following are a few events to get your North Dakota travel plans started:

  • Bismarck: United Tribes International Powwow (September) and Papa’s Pumpkin Patch (September-October).
  • Mandan: Buggies-N-Blues (June) and Mandan Rodeo Days (July).
  • Fargo/West Fargo: Fargo Film Festival (March), Fargo Marathon (May) and Red River Valley Fair (July).
  • Grand Forks: Spirit of America Bike and Car Show (May) and Art on the Red (June).
  • Minot: North Dakota State Fair (July) and Norsk Høstfest (September).
  • Throughout the state: Devils Run Car Show in Devils Lake (June); ND Country Fest in New Salem (June); Medora Musical (June -September); Roughrider Days Fair and Expo in Dickinson (late June-early July); Buffalo Days in Jamestown (July); Maah Daah Hey 100 near Theodore Roosevelt National Park (August); North Dakota Chokecherry Festival in Williston (August); and powwows (summer).

Art lovers from around the region enjoy art, food, kids’ activities and art projects, live performers and more at the annual Arts on the Red in Grand Forks. Photo courtesy of North Dakota Tourism

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Frostival (January-February): Celebrate the cool of winter with outdoor events.

Unglued Craft Fest (March): Purchase wares from local makers.

St. Patrick’s Day parade & bar crawl (March): A joyful celebration of Irish heritage.

Fargo Marathon (May): Run fast, run friendly, run Fargo!

Live and Local in Downtown Fargo (throughout the summer): Local music enjoyed outdoors.

Happy Harry’s Ribfest (June): Lip-smacking ribs and awesome bands.

Volkswagens in the Valley (July): Vintage VW bugs from around the country.

Red River Valley Fair (July): The area’s largest fair.

Fargo Downtown Street Fair (July): Features artists, crafters and food vendors.

Island Park Craft Festival (August): Craft festival in Downtown Fargo’s historic park.

Canoe Parade (September): Dress up a vessel or watch the parade from the shores of the Red River.

NDSU Bison Football season (September through November): Awesome tailgating and a national champion football team on Saturdays.

Oktoberfest (October): Downtown Fargo is transported to Germany with amazing food and, of course, beer.

Fargo Force Hockey games (October through April): Excitement on ice!

Christkindlmarkt (November): German market in Downtown Fargo.

Downtown Holiday Lights Parade (December): Christmas spirit rolls through Downtown Fargo.

Happy Harry’s Ribfest each June is a four-day extravaganza of lip-smacking ribs and awesome bands. Photo courtesy of Visit Fargo-Moorhead

For more information on Fargo-Moorhead, visit www.VisitFargoMoorhead.org.

North Dakota’s top five destinations offer adventures, scenic trails, enchanting views, wildlife, nature, history, art, culture and more.

  1. With its wide-open spaces, vistas that take your breath away, and views of wild horses and bison roaming free, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is truly one of the most beautiful places in North Dakota.
  2. The International Peace Garden is one of the continent’s most symbolic and scenic attractions, touting 2,300 acres of nature’s beauty, 155,000 flowers, pristine lakes, scenic hiking and driving trails, waterfalls and a large variety of birds.
  3. The MHA Interpretive Center is an expansive, stunning multipurpose facility that interprets the history and culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people. The center houses a museum, interactive kiosks, coffee and gift shops, and offers cultural classes.
  4. Travel through time in the oldest state park in North Dakota and explore its rich culture and history. Venture through reconstructed earthlodges and gaze upon breathtaking views of the river bottoms while traversing the scenic trails of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.
  5. Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota, boasting a dynamic arts and culture scene, a vibrant downtown, unique lodging, exceptional eating establishments, thrilling entertainment venues, and numerous attractions and activities for everyone.

Reconstructed earthlodges are just part of the rich culture and history at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, North Dakota’s oldest state park. Photo courtesy of North Dakota Tourism

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.


  1. Frostival: Fargo’s winter festival has fun for the whole family, including cardboard sled races, “Amazing Race”-style competitions, yoga in the snow, winter camping and more. Full schedule
  2. Tailgating: Each fall, North Dakota State University’s championship team not only has great football games fans love, it also hosts an awesome tailgate beforehand. From die-hard fans to first-time visitors, everyone is welcome to enjoy the classic food, drinks and fun you expect at a tailgate. Guide to tailgating
  3. Drekker: Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Fargo, Drekker’s Viking-themed brewery has a gorgeous interior with tall ceilings and bier hall-type tables. Drekker has tons of sour options as well as seltzers, pilsners and lagers. Learn more
  4. Woodchipper: From the infamous film “Fargo,”this iconic prop is located in the Visitor Center and makes for an awesome photo op. Check out the other movie memorabilia and even grab some one-of-a-kind movie-themed merchandise while you’re there. Learn more
  5. Bonanzaville: This pioneer village pays homage to the history of the region. Fargo’s first house, old bonanza farmhouses, a car museum and more await an up-close-and-personal tour. Learn more

Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Fargo, Drekker’s Viking-themed brewery has a gorgeous interior with tall ceilings and bier hall-type tables. Photo courtesy of Visit Fargo-Moorhead

For more information on Fargo-Moorhead, visit www.VisitFargoMoorhead.org.

Have you ever seen a 38-foot-tall cow? How about a 26-foot-tall-buffalo? Or even a highway adorned with metal sculptures so large they seem to diminish within the sunset? If not, you more than likely have never visited North Dakota.

Larger-than-life sculptures can be seen across the state in almost every corner you visit. Whether the sculpture depicts the unique culture of the local community or the state as a whole, each and every one illustrates what it means to Be Legendary in North Dakota. Ranging from animals of mythic proportions to everyday objects and scenic monuments, the massive attractions are guaranteed to leave an engrained memory for anyone whose eyes behold this uniquely North Dakota art.

Some of the sculptures across North Dakota include the world’s largest buffalo; Salem Sue, the world’s largest Holstein cow; Wee’l Turtle, a giant turtle made from more than 2,000 wheels painted green; Tommy Turtle, the largest snowmobile-riding turtle; The Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile drive that features the world’s largest metal sculptures; and much more.

This is only a glimpse of what North Dakota has to offer. Make plans to visit and give your eyes a new perspective on what it means to be larger-than-life!

North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway boasts 32 miles of the world’s largest metal sculptures. Credit North Dakota Tourism

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A truly Midwestern meal inspired by the Nordic traditions that flow through everything we do in Fargo-Moorhead has now made it into Fargo’s local restaurant scene. The smorgasbord consist of a large selection of hot and cold items served buffet-style, and are usually found at someone’s home for a special meal to celebrate something – or just to use up what’s around the house.

The newly opened Prairie Kitchen, one of 701 Eateries’ restaurant concepts, has put the smorgasbord on the menu, and we couldn’t be more excited about trying it. Prairie Kitchen’s smorgasbord is basically a Nordic-inspired charcuterie board with assorted meats, cheeses, bread, lefse, trout dip and pickled herring.

Newly opened Prairie Kitchen in Fargo-Moorhead has put the smorgasbord on its menu, a nod to the specialty locals love. Photo courtesy of Prairie Kitchen

For more information on Fargo-Moorhead, visit www.VisitFargoMoorhead.org.

A visit to North Dakota would not be complete without hitting some of our unique events and activities. As we emerge from the worldwide pandemic, events that have come to symbolize North Dakota are coming back to our great outdoors.

The Fargo AirSho (July 24-25) attracts 30,000 people to marvel at the precision flying of the Navy’s Blue Angels and other aerial shows and static aircraft displays.

Back on the ground, Jamestown’s Fort Seward Wagon Train allows guests to experience a week on the trail like early European settlers crossing the prairie. There, they encountered Native Americans who had lived for generation on the Northern Plains.

Find out more about the colorful history and culture of the tribes that inhabited North Dakota at the MHA Nation Interpretive Center in New Town, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Heritage Center in Belcourt and the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck.

Powwows and rodeos were fixtures in the Old West, and they remain important to North Dakota today. Can’t-miss events include the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck, July Fourth’s Mandan Rodeo Days, the Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo and Roughrider Days Rodeo in Dickinson.

Experience a week on the trail like early European settlers crossing the prairie with The Fort Seward Wagon Train. Photo courtesy Lisa Lang

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.

Fargo has always been a happening place, and 2021 is going to be no different. Kicking the summer off is Ribfest (June 6-11),  an event full of delicious ribs, live music and ice-cold beer at the FARGODOME.

July is bustling with the Red River Valley Fair (July 9-18) and the Downtown Fargo Street Fair (July 15-17), and Red River Market also happens throughout the summer on Saturdays starting in July. And the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron takes to the skies to show off their skills during the Fargo AirSho (July 24-25).

The inaugural Craft Beer & Cider Festival (August 21-22) at Broadway Square will let you taste a variety of craft beverages from local favorites. The next weekend, Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead hosts the Sister Cities Smoke Out, where you can enjoy hot BBQ, beer and live music on the banks of the Red River (August 28-29).

This year, the Fargo Marathon (September 25) takes place in the fall with the same flat roads and 50-plus bands along the course that make it one of the best small-town races. Later into the fall,  German-style market Christkindlmarkt (November 18-21) will take place in downtown Fargo at Broadway Square.

German-style market Christkindlmarkt will take place November 18-21 in downtown Fargo at Broadway Square. Photo courtesy Visit Fargo-Moorhead

For more information on Fargo-Moorhead, visit www.VisitFargoMoorhead.org.

Farm-to-table doesn’t always mean field-to-plate – it can also mean field-to-mug, as Laughing Sun Brewery owner and brewmaster Mike Frohlich can attest. He says the beer he serves in his Biamarck taproom tastes like North Dakota because it’s “grown” there.

Frohlich says it’s important to maintain synergy between the community and state for everyone’s benefit. That’s why the barley and wheat used to create “Sinister on Oak,” “Cosmic Monk,” “Shallow Mud” and more unique brews are grown near the towns of Goodrich, Belfield and Dickinson and processed by Two Track Malting Company in Lincoln. Spent grains to the tune of about 10 tons per month are then used as feed by a local farmer. You can learn more about this unique company here.

Meanwhile, the owners of FARMtastic Heritage Foods in Anamoose call upon their Russian and Czech Republic heritage to plate up ethnic cuisine with ingredients grown locally by area producers, including the owners at their Slavic Heritage Farm. Guests come from all around central North Dakota to sample the rotating specialties. FARMtastic also conducts farm-to-table cooking classes.

The barley and wheat used to create the brews at Mike Frohlich’s Laughing Sun Brewery comes from nearby Goodrich, Belfield and Dickinson and is processed by Two Track Malting Company in Lincoln. Courtesy North Dakota Tourism

For more information on North Dakota, visit NDTourism.com.