Find a North Dakota fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 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.
At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We'll keep looking for new events to add, and we'll be working on updating Halloween and Thanksgiving events as well. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, enjoy!
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Brew at the Zoo – Dakota Zoo - Bismarck, ND - Aug 19, 2021
Brew at the Zoo features a variety of beers to sample from local distributors. Craft brewers will be in the house as well.. Great bites will also be available from local restaurants. All guests for this event must be 21 years of age or older
Downtown Street Fair - Grand Forks, ND - Aug 20 to Aug 21, 2021
More than 150 vendors fill the streets around Town Square and Greenway Park with art, jewelry, clothing, music, food and more.
Ransom County Fair - Lisbon, ND - Aug 24 to Aug 29, 2021
Promoting the unique agricultural heritage and culture, arts and history of Ransom County through agriculutal events, carnival, live entertainment and more
Cruise into Downtown Car and Vendor Festival - Dickinson, ND - Aug 28, 2021
Car show, vendors, local breweries, farmer’s market, food trucks and more.
Greenway Takeover Festival - Grand Forks, ND - Sep 9 to Sep 12, 2021
This family friendly, multi-day event takes place Downtown, on our scenic Greenway, lining the banks of the Red River. It features talented artists from around the world performing a variety of genres including pop, rock, jazz, soul, gospel and country. Concert-goers can also partake in games, rides, tasty food truck fare and adult beverages.
Dickinson Harvest Showcase - Dickinson, ND - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
You’ll find unique products, including gourmet food, wine, art, books, jewelry, sporting goods, home décor, apparel, children and pet items, and more!
Anime Fargo - Fargo, ND - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Anime Fargo is North Dakota’s premier anime convention, held at the Ramada Fargo.
Harvestfest - Hazen, ND - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
Music in the park, fleischkeukla feed, wiener dog races, inflatables, parade, quilt show, classic cars, Vender Blender, cornhole tournament, dill pickle canning contest, touch a truck, duck poop bingo, beer garden and free street dance
Aw Shucks! Corn Fest - Garrison, ND - Sep 11, 2021
Cook-off, car and tractor show, vendors and games, contests, live entertainment and more.
Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival - Fargo, ND - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2021
Virtual for 2021. This festival seeks the LGBT-lived experience through the visions of innovative film and video makers.
Downtowners Street Fair - Bismarck, ND - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
An Arts, craft, and food show spread over 7 city blocks, plus kids’ activities, inflatables, local musicians.
Fall Harvest Festival - Dickinson, ND - Sep 18, 2021
Free outdoor movie night, local crafters in the craft marketplace, food village, live entertainment, hands-on activities, pumpkin patch and more!
Fall in Fargo - Fargo, ND - Sep 18 to Sep 26, 2021
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! Formerly the Fargo Park Fall Festival.
Potato Bowl - Grand Forks, ND - Sep 18, 2021
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 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Four divisions of stock car races, plus concessions, candy toss for the kids, and more.
WurstFest - West Fargo, ND - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Stein hoisting contests, live music, keg wagon, Das Boot races, Hammerschlagen, and more.
New Leipzig Oktoberfest - New Leipzig, ND - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Napoleon Oktoberfest - Napoleon, ND - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Polka party at the American Legion
Ashley Chamber Oktoberfest - Ashley, ND - Sep 25, 2021
8:00 – 10:00 Free Will Donation Pancake Feed Ashley Legion 10:30 Opening Ceremony Ashley Legion Followed by Kids 3/4 Mile Root Beer Run Starts at Legion ends at Heritage Park $10 Registration – Provides cup, 5 tokens, and root beer chug at halfway mark Pre-Register @ Pop A Top or HCU 11:00 – 2:00 Food Vendors @ Legion Musical entertainment inside Legion -Hunter Heinrich -Damien Bender 11:00 – 4:00 Craft Vendors Ashley Public School Gym Kids Activities…. Ashley School Gym Face Painting, German Learning Station, Root Beer Garden, Pumpkin Painting, Pretzel Necklaces, word searches, Coloring Contest 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Biergarten Opens Outside the Ashley Legion $20 pre-order (Cup and 10 tokens) $25 day of $1 each additional token Pre-Register @ Pop A Top or HCU 1:00-3:00 Adult Games and Activities Location TBD Team – $5/member (4-6 members/team) Individual – $15 Pre-Register @ Pop A Top or HCU Oktoberfest 2021 Games – Wurst Toss, Stein Hoist, Horse Race, Beer Stein Race, Beer Chugging Contest, Kuchen Eating Contest Corn hole Tournament – Location TBD 3:00 – 4:00 Kids Games – $5 Entry Scavenger Hunt, Horse Races, Musical Chairs Competition, Bean Bag Toss Competition Pre-Register @ Pop A Top or HCU 4:30 – 6:00 Ashley Sizzling Summer Days Bingo Ashley Legion 6:00 – 7:30 German Meal Ashley Legion – $15 Pre-Register @ Pop A Top or HCU 7:30 – 11:00 Dakota Rangers Ashley Legion
Applefest - Bismarck, ND - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
Fall Festival with live music, food and craft vendors, children’s games, food, a tractor show and more!
Hankinson Oktoberfest - Hankinson, ND - Sep 25, 2021
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. Thereâ€™s also a kidâ€™s playground area, marching band and tractor rides if the photos from the 2012 event are to be believed.
Oktobrewfest Fargo - Fargo, ND - Oct 2, 2021
This family-friendly event features Oktoberfest beer and fun activities. For adults, enjoy stein hoisting, keg races, and brat eating contests. For children, take a ride on the barrel train, visit the petting zoo, and enjoy crafts.
Muddy River Mashers Oktoberfest - Bismarck, ND - Oct 2, 2021
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.
Apple Harvest Festival - Fargo, ND - Oct 3, 2021
12th street will be shut down and filled with all the fall vibes you can handle – harvest games, petting zoo, two bars, vendors, cider pressing demonstrations, live music and food.
Oktoberfest Bar Crawl – Fargo - Fargo, ND - Oct 9, 2021
Each ticket holder will receive a liter Das Boot, plus a lanyard for entry and drink and food discounts.
Fargo Fall Art and Craft Fair - Fargo, ND - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
Arts, crafts and baked goods at the Fargodome. Admission is $3.
Pioneer Square Oktoberfest - Brocket, ND - Oct 29, 2021
Come for a meal and dance to Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen.
The Minot Christmas Show - Minot, ND - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2021
Annual event at the ND State Fair Center for 40+ years. Admission is $3. Over 430 booths showcasing handmade products form across the country.
The Bismarck Christmas Show - Bismarck, ND - Nov 19 to Nov 20, 2021
Annual event at the Bismarck Civic Center for nearly 10 years. Admission is $3.00.
Hollydazzle Festival of Lights - Grand Forks, ND - Nov 21, 2021
In addition to dozens of lighted holiday themed floats making their way through downtown, this holiday festival also features live music, sleigh rides, ornament making, cookie decorating and an awesome fireworks show to go out with a bang.
Dickens Village Festival - Garrison, ND - Nov 26 to Dec 11, 2021
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.
Holy Cross “Holiday Collections” Craft/Vendor Show - West Fargo, ND - Dec 4, 2021
Annual holiday craft/vendor show. More than 80 crafters/vendors in recent years have drawn in annual crowds of more than 1,000 attendees. Lunch for purchase. Show runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Complimentary doughnuts/coffee morning of show. Door prizes drawn each half hour. Largest church-held craft show in region. A portion of admission proceed goes to the Daily Bread Program.
We know that you want current events. But we don’t always have dates for every event for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Donut and Beer Fest - Bismarck, ND - Aug 24, 2019
The festival Homer Simpson always wanted! Attendees can expect one-of-a-kind doughnuts, craft beers, ciders, live music and fun including yard games, contests, on-field activities and much more.
Old Settlers Day - Alexander, ND - Aug 29 to Aug 31, 2019
It has grown from a community picnic started over 50 years ago to a three day harvest celebration with beef barbecue. Since 1946.
Sertoma Beerfest - Minot, ND - Sep 6, 2019
A beer tasting festival by the Minot Sertoma Club at the North Dakota State Fair Center
Medina Fall Festival - Medina, ND - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
An annual community celebration with truck and tractor pull, parade, classic car show and more.
Bismarck Beerfest - Bismarck, ND - Sep 13, 2019
Jamestown Arts Center Oktoberfest - Jamestown, ND - Sep 14, 2019
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).
Norsk Hostfest - Minot, ND - Sep 25 to Sep 28, 2019
Canceled for 2021 due to COVID-19. Will be back in 2022! Normally – Scandinavian cuisine, entertainment and handcrafted products at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.
Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival - Medora, ND - Aug 14 to Aug 16, 2020
View the stars in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Other activities such as rocket building also available. Park entrance fees apply.
Oktoberfest Un Mandan - Mandan, ND - Sep 26, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: German food, beer tasting, live music, fall crafts, games/contests and scarecrow auction.
Black Hills PowWow - N Rapid City, ND - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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.
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