Fall North Dakota Festivals

Find a North Dakota fall festival to attend in 2017. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2017 has things to do across North Dakota including activities in Fargo, Bismarck or elsewhere in the state. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

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Old Settlers Day - Alexander, ND - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2016
It has grown from a community picnic started over 50 years ago to a three day harvest celebration with beef barbecue.

Medina Fall Festival - Medina, ND - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
An annual community celebration with truck and tractor pull, parade, classic car show and more.

Bismarck Beerfest - Bismarck, ND - Sep 16, 2016

Wurst Bier Hall Oktoberfest - Fargo, ND - Sep 17 to Oct 1, 2016
The Wurst Bier Hall in Fargo celebrates Oktoberfest with German music, Hammerschlagen, Snuff girls, a stein holding contest, schnapps girls, and great German beers and German foods. Event starts at 4:00 pm on Fridays and 12:00 pm on Saturdays and lasts until 10:00 pm. The location is Wurst Bier Hall, 630 1st Avenue N, Fargo, ND.

Rural Renaissance Festival - Maddock, ND - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016

Muddy River Mashers Oktoberfest - Bismarck, ND - Oct 1, 2016
The Bismarck area homebrew club has an annual Oktoberfest event in early October where they share their brews with guests and compete for the best brew. 21+ to enter.

Kegs and Corks - Minot, ND - Aug 5, 2017

Downtown ArtSpark Festival - Jamestown, ND - Aug 25 to Aug 26, 2017
ArtSpark is a free two-day festival igniting downtown Jamestown and celebrating our Hansen Arts Park. on the corner of FirstAvenue and Second Street. It’s creative fun for all ages, live music, theater, food, living statues, dancers, light projections, giant puppet, storytelling, color run and more! Dance and live music from various artists will entertain throughout the festival from the Boulder Pavilion.

Living Statue Contest - Jamestown, ND - Aug 26, 2017
As part of Downtown ArtSpark, the living statue contest allows anyone to develop a theme and costume before keeping still, which requires great patience and physical control. Characters will be based on real and literary or historic characters, as well as other tropes like robots, actual statues, and mimes. Develop your own character or stop by to check out the living stautes all around!

Beer, Books and Roller Derby - Minot, ND - Aug 26, 2017
Part roller derby after party, part book signing (“North Dakota Beer: A Heady History”) and party party at the Souris River Brewing Company!

Sertoma Beerfest - Minot, ND - Sep 8, 2017
A beer tasting festival by the Minot Sertoma Club.

Oktoberfest Lisbon - Lisbon, ND - Oct 7, 2017
Fourth annual event.

Ransom County Fair - Lisbon, ND - Aug 23 to Aug 26, 2018
Promoting the unique agricultural heritage and culture, arts and history of Ransom County through agriculutal events, carnival, live entertainment and more

Brew at the Zoo – Dakota Zoo - Bismarck, ND - Aug 23, 2018
Local and craft brews plus local restaurants team up to provide a culinary experience among a fun zoo setting. 21+ event.

Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival - Medora, ND - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
View the stars in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Other activities such as rocket building also available. Park entrance fees apply.

Downtown Street Fair - Grand Forks, ND - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
More than 150 vendors fill the streets around Town Square and Greenway Park with art, jewelry, clothing, music, food and more.

Aw Shucks! Corn Fest - Garrison, ND - Sep 8, 2018
Cook-off, car and tractor show, vendors and games, contests, live entertainment and more.

Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival - Fargo, ND - Sep 12 to Sep 15, 2018
10th annual. This festival seeks the LGBT-lived experience through the visions of innovative film and video makers.

Downtowners Street Fair - Bismarck, ND - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
44th annual. An Arts, Craft, and Food show spread over 7 city blocks, plus kids’ activities, inflatables, local musicians.

Fargo Park Fall Festival - Fargo, ND - Sep 15 to Sep 23, 2018
Free admission to this event on the last two weekends of September each year at Rheault Farm. Choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, art & crafts, face painting, clowns, carnival games, snacks, straw bale maze and more!

Oktoberfest at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds - Jamestown, ND - Sep 15, 2018
A celebration of beer, brats and lederhosen at 5:30pm at Hansen Arts Park

Jamestown Arts Center Oktoberfest - Jamestown, ND - Sep 15, 2018
The Arts Center in Jamestown holds an annual Oktoberfest bash, this year at Hansen Arts Park. It’s a full traditional cultural experience featuring German style food, beers and music. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are available at local stores (see event website for more details).

Dickinson Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase - Dickinson, ND - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Find unique products from food, wine, art, books, children and pet, apparel and jewelry, and more. Bring a reusable cloth bag and save $1 on the $2 admission fee. Kids 12 and under are free, discounts for military members/families with ID.

Potato Bowl - Grand Forks, ND - Sep 18 to Sep 22, 2018
Parade, golf tournament, fireworks, french fry eating contest, sack races, kid’s “Get Wet and Run Wild” race and other children’s activities.Plus don’t forget the reason for the activities – the North Dakota vs Idaho State game!

Stock Car Stampede - Jamestown, ND - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
Four divisions of stock car races, plus concessions, candy toss for the kids, and more.

Applefest - Bismarck, ND - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2018
Fall Festival with live music, food and craft vendors, children’s games, food, a tractor show and more!

Norsk Hostfest - Minot, ND - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2018
40th annual. Scandinavian cuisine, entertainment and handcrafted products at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.

New Leipzig Oktoberfest - New Leipzig, ND - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018

Oktober Fest Un Mandan - Mandan, ND - Sep 29, 2018
German food, beer tasting, live music, fall crafts, games/contests and scarecrow auction.

Hankinson Oktoberfest - Hankinson, ND - Sep 29, 2018
Hankinson breaks out the German food, beer and live music in late September for the annual North Dakota Oktoberfest. Events kick off with a walk/run and archery tournament. Oktoberfest starts at 10:45 AM with ceremony, beer tent and gaming. German food and live music. Little Miss Oktoberfest Pageant at 1 PM. Yodeling contest at 4:30 PM and fireworks at 8:30 PM. There’s also a kid’s playground area, marching band and tractor rides if the photos from the 2012 event are to be believed.

Napoleon Oktoberfest - Napoleon, ND - Oct 5, 2018

Black Hills PowWow - Rapid City, ND - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
One of the premier American Indian cultural events, this event brings together hundreds of singers, dancers, artisans, and several thousand spectators from across the US and Canada. In addition to the powwow (music and dancing), you can take in a fire arts show, He Sapa Win pageant, youth wellness event, and tournaments.

Oktoberfest Fargo - Fargo, ND - Oct 6, 2018
Downtown Fargo’s annual Oktoberfest includes a pub crawl, Running of the Wieners, costume contest, hot dog eating contest, bean bag tournament, beer sampling and live music. Location: Broadway between Main and NP Ave, Fargo ND

Ashley Chamber Oktoberfest - Ashley, ND - Oct 6, 2018
A celebration of German and Russion Heritage, with a run walk, tour of homes, free German meal, free bear, beer tasting, tasting of German-Russian food and beverages, games for the kids, bingo, live entertainment and more!

Fargo Christmas Art & Craft Fair - Fargo, ND - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
Arts, crafts and baked goods at the Fargodome. Admission is $3.

Applefest - Bismarck, ND - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
35th annual. Enjoy this fall festival with over 100 craft vendors, a farmers’ market, kids activities, a view of amazing fall foliate on SkyRide, live music, a Giant Pumpkin contest, apple pie baking and eating contests and more!

Pioneer Square Oktoberfest - Brocket, ND - Oct 26, 2018
Come for a meal and dance to Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen.

The Minot Christmas Show - Minot, ND - Nov 2 to Nov 3, 2018
Annual event at the ND State Fair Center for 40+ years. Admission is $3.

The Bismarck Christmas Show - Bismarck, ND - Nov 16 to Nov 17, 2018
Annual event at the Bismarck Civic Center for nearly 10 years. Admission is $3.00.

Dickens Village Festival - Garrison, ND - Nov 23 to Dec 8, 2018
25th annual. Visit the Christmas Capitol of North Dakota on Thanksgiving weekend (and the two following weekends) for delicious meals, bus and carriage rides, home tour, parade of lights and a nightly performance of A Christmas Carol.

September 2015:

Maddock Rural Renaissance Festival – Maddock, ND – September 26, 2015

Sheyenne Valley Arts & Crafts Association Fall Festival – Fort Ransom, ND – September 26-27, 2015

Find other fun things to do in North Dakota in October:

Oktoberfest in North Dakota
North Dakota Corn Mazes
Haunted Houses in North Dakota
North Dakota Pumpkin Patches

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