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August 2024: Summer Event Calendar

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Don't forget to check out our May-June and July 2024 calendars too.


Music and Art in the Park

August 1, Cavalier City Park, Cavalier

Watch the talent show, music from Whiskey Wheeler, food vendors and kids’ games.

FM Kicks Band Concert

August 1, Jamestown Art Park, Jamestown

Free event, live jazz in the open air

Deuce of August

August 1-4, Mountain

Celebrating Icelandic Midwestern culture with music and food, a tractor and pickup pulling contest and parade. This is the 125th annual gathering.

Ray Grain Palace Days

August 2-4, Ray

This community celebration is headlined by the Kentucky Headhunters and Confederate Railroad.


August 3, The Lights, West Fargo

Family-friendly music, face-painting, crafts, and activities for the coolest kiddos.

Joe Eagen Author Event

August 3, Ferguson Books, West Fargo

Meet the Minnesota writer behind the novel, “Run to Rio.”

Sheyenne Riverfest

August 3, Valley City

Paddle the river, enjoy the outdoors, shop and snack

Maah Daah Hey 100 Mountain Bike Race

August 3, south of Watford City

Ride the state’s most storied single-track trail through the Little Missouri National Grassland.

North Dakota Renaissance Fair

August 3-4, 10-11, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo

Feasting, jousting, juggling, music, and shopping. Period costumes make it even more fun.

Capital A’Fair

August 3-4, North Dakota State Capitol Grounds, Bismarck

Over 120 artists and craft vendors, food vendors, inflatables for the kiddos, art demos and two classic car shows. The event turns 50 this year.

FM Kicks Band Jazz Festival

August 4, Gooseberry Park, Moorhead

Enjoy live music in shady surroundings.

Willy Wonka Kids

August 6, Discovery Middle School, Fargo

Trollwood Children’s Theatre presents the tale of one very mysterious chocolate factory.


August 6, Viking Ship Park, Moorhead

Printmaking, dunk tank, tunes by Heather and Thistle Pipes and Drums and The Front Fenders.

Grand Cities Celebration

August 6, Town Square, Grand Forks

Grand Forks Police Department hosts demonstrations, food trucks, live music and more.

Stray Cats Summer Tour

August 8, Bluestem Amphitheatee, Moorhead

Rockabilly never sounded so good.

Summer Nights on Central

August 8, Central Avenue, Valley City

Hit the streets for shopping, prizes, live music, food vendors, and games.

Night Bazaar

August 8, Moorhead

Savor a magical evening of food, music, art, and magical vendors and entertainment on the waterfront by American Crystal Sugar.

FM Pride

August 8-11, Fargo-Moorhead

Connect with community at one of the largest Pride celebrations in the region.

Best of the West Ribfest

August 9, Main Street, Watford City

Get fired up for great ribs, a street fair and car show.

Lorrie Morgan

August 9, Fargo Theatre

This country superstar has been touring and making music for 47 years.

Deuces Wild

August 9, MDJ Saloon, Walker

This rollicking dueling pianos show is a fan favorite. Camping available.

North Dakota Chokecherry Festival

August 9-10, Williston

Celebrate the state fruit with games, craft shopping, entertainment and pancakes with chokecherry syrup.

Fargo Blues Festival

August 9-10, Newman Outdoor Field, Fargo

Open air blues festival featuring national acts. One-day and two-day passes available

Sheyenne Market

August 10, SheyWest, West Fargo

Bring your puppy loves to this pet-themed market featuring over 15 local vendors and live music in the garden center.

Dwight Yoakam with the Mavericks

August 11, Bluestem Amphitheater, Moorhead

Guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music, live from Bluestem.

Bismarck Area Field Day

August 12, Mandan and Menoken

Study soil health and conservation at Menoken Farm and learn about organic certification at Forager Farm.


August 15, Fargo Theatre, Fargo

Alicia Silverstone plays a teen matchmaker in this 90s classic.

Symphony Rocks

August 15, Bluestem Amphitheater, Moorhead

This is where a symphony concert meets a rock show, with the lights, sound and on-stage energy to back it up.

Hot Valley Nights

August 16-17, downtown East Grand Forks

Savor a weekend of live music featuring Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy and Phil Vassar.

Gear Grinder Mountain Bike Race

August 17, Pipestem Creek Trail, Jamestown

Races include beginners, recreational, sport and expert.

Concert in the Park

August 20, Detroit Lakes City Park, Detroit Lakes

Featuring Mark Fogelson. The event is free for all ages and occurs on summer Tuesdays through the end of August.

Cruz-In Forks: The Downtown Car Show

August 22, Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks

Classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars line up on both sides of the river.

Downtown Street Fair

August 23-24, Grand Forks

Find unique art, gifts, and home décor, street food and snacks in Grand Forks. Street performers too.

Barnesville Potato Days

August 23-24, Barnesville

Celebrate all things spud at this wild and wacky community bash.

Monster Truck Insanity Tour

August 23-24, McKenzie County Ag Expo, Watford City

Don't miss out on the monster truck madness!

Midwest Flavor Fest

August 23-25, Dykshoorn Park, Mandan

Artists, chefs and vendors join forces. Enjoy over 15 hours of live music performances by local and regional bands, too.

The Duel in the Dakotas

August 24, Red River Valley Speedway, West Fargo

World of Outlaws sprint car series

Island Park Show

August 24-25, Island Park, Fargo

Over 100 artists sell their wares in the shade. Look for live music, food, and kids’ activities, too.

Nate Bargatze: The Be Funny Tour

August 25, FARGODOME

Stand up comedy at the Dome.

Zach Bryan

August 25-26, Alerus Center, Grand Forks.

“Quittin’ Time Tour” with special guests Matt Maeson and Levi Turner

Biennial Statewide Arts Convening

August 27-29, Watford City

North Dakota Council on the Arts and the 2024 Main Street Summit present this free event that focuses on placemaking, strategic planning and creating vibrant communities.


August 30, Scheels Arena in Fargo

Step right up for the grand illusion and come sail away with these classic rock heroes.

Ice Cube

August 30, The Lights, West Fargo

Catch the legendary rapper live on MIDCO Stage at Essentia Health Plaza at The Lights.

Need more events? Read the HPR May-June and July 2024 calendars also.

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