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Best Bets | September 22nd, 2023

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Now-October 3

Wurst Bier Hall

Stein-holding competition, happy hour Mon-Fri from 4-6, wear your dirndl or lederhosen, German music.

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch

September 21-October 21

501 Fernwood dr, Bismarck

Bismarck family favorite, hay bale mazes, a pumpkin cannon, buy 40 varieties of pumpkins and holiday decor..

Acres of Terror

September 21- October 28

108 HWY 18 S, Leonard ND

Can you believe it’s been 20 years of terror? Open Every Friday and Saturday Sept 21-Oct. 28 from dusk to midnight, must be in line by midnight or else.

Haunted Farm

September 21- October 28 and October 31

1947 130th Avenue South, Moorhead

A haunted house, haunted woods, Madman Morgue, Killer Cave, Insane Clown Room, a Dungeon, Vortex, Dark Maze and more.

Lost in the Valley Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

September 22 to October 29

West Fargo’s Red River Valley Fairgrounds offers three corn mazes, scavenger hunts, trivia, and activities during the weekends. A pumpkin patch opens October 1. Purchase a $5 pumpkin and get free hayride.

Fargo Junk Market

September 22-23

Find upcycled furniture, antique, vintage items, gifts and more at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.

Roughrider Ink and Iron Expo

September 22-24

Over 90 tattoo artists work among 100+ custom-built motorcycles inside the Veterans Memorial Arena in West Fargo.

Below Zero Wrestling

September 23

Outdoors at Fargo Brewing Company


September 23

German-style food, beer, and fun at the The Lights in West Fargo

Cat Video Fest

September 23

Ticket proceeds for this hilarious and heartwarming festival featuring the latest and best cat videos support Homeward Animal Shelter and the Fargo Theatre. Two showings.

Jeff Dunham

September 23

Scheels Arena

FM Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series Concert 1: The Notorious RBP

September 23-24

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine cheated death, beat poverty and now performs soaring renditions of classic music worldwide. Come early for a pre-show chat at NDSU’s Beckwith Recital Hall.

Once Claimed Dominion

September 23-24, 30, October 1, 7-8

This unusual collaboration combines art (including time lapse photography) and musical compositions at MSUM Planetarium. A special artist-led event will be held October 8.

Fall in Fargo

September 23-24

Family-friendly activities like hayrides, straw bale maze, petting zoo, carnival games, and a pumpkin patch at Rheault Farm.

Amaze’n Clown Pumpkin Patch

September 23-October 15

Go to Jamestown to check out the petting zoo, corn maze, corn crib, $5 pumpkins, inflatables for the kids and a restored antique train.

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony: Resistance!

September 23

Experience the emotional power of Beethoven’s music, including the Eroica Symphony

and Egmont Overture, Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck.

Rock the Rails 2023

September 24

Outdoors at Fargo Brewing Company: Atreyu with Catch Your Breath

Echoes of Brass: A Journey Through Trumpet Repertoire

September 26

Erika Izaguirre offers an enchanting trumpet and piano recital at Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.

Norsk Hostfest

September 26-30

Minot welcomes America’s largest Scandinavian festival. Nordic food, shopping, concerts .

A Conversation with Ed Bok Lee

September 28

Poet Ed Bok Lee discusses memory, injury, and translation in visual art and writing with Dr. Kelvin Monroe at Plains Art Museum.


September 28

The first 320 attendees at this Alerus Center event score a commemorative beer stein! Wear your traditional attire, bid on the online silent auction, enjoy craft beer tasting and dance to polka

Organic Farm Field Day

September 28

Interested in transitioning to organic farming? Come to Acres USA at Menoken Farm near Bismarck. Field walks, organic agronomy, soil health and soil testing session. Register in advance for this free event.

Megadeth and Biohazard

September 29

Scheels Arena

Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome

September 29

Dempsey’s Public House

Friday Fun Night

September 29

Paint prefabricated and ceramic items at The Arts Center in Jamestown. Take them home the same day or pick up kiln-fired pieces in a week.

Walhalla’s Giant Pumpkinfest

September 30

It’s a pumpkin party in Walhalla. See massive pumpkins, food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and family-friendly activities.

Joanna Connor And The Wrecking Crew ‘23

September 30

Hear the blues stylings of Joanna Connor and The Wrecking Crew ’23, Jennifer Lyn and The Groove Revival and Arnold Jordan at Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck.

Flannel Fest 2023

September 30

Come to Lewis & Clark State Park near Williston for hayrides, ax throwing, free hot soup s'mores bar, pumpkin carving, food trucks, beer garden.

NDFU Empower U! Kickoff

September 30, 11am-5pm

North Dakota Farmers Union launches Empower You! Sept. 30, Nome School, Nome, ND. Women in Leadership Development (WILD) program will be led by entrepreneur and filmmaker Heather McDougall.


Spooky Space

October 1, 7

MSUM Planetarium re-imagines nebulae and black holes as Halloween characters. Ages 6 and up.

Uff Da Day

October 1

Farmers market, eat Norwegian food like sandbakkels and lefse in Rutland. There’s also a parade, a car show, art demos and more.

Jazz Into Fall Concert Series

October. 1, 8, 15, and 22

The downtown Main Library hosts free, all ages concerts featuring area jazz musicians every Sunday in October at 2 p.m.

The Oslo Chamber Choir

October 2

Experience world class Norwegian folk music and classical stylings at Concordia College.

Dr. Naomi Oreskes

October 4

Harvard professor discusses the differences between credible scientific information and conspiracy theories and how to tell the difference. Fine Arts Auditorium at Valley City State University.

Champions for Children Conference

October 4-5

Learn how to prevent youth trafficking and exploitation at this free conference. Attend in person at Ramada Bismarck or virtually.

Nooks and Crannies Flashlight Tour

October 5, 12, 19, 26

Tour Moorhead’s Comstock House after dark during this spooky tour for history lovers. It happens every Thursday in October. Advance tickets are required.

Midwest Murder Podcast

October 5

Sanctuary Event Center


October 5


The Sweet Delilah Swim Club

October 5-7

This production follows five women bound together by friendship, humor and their shared love of swimming. Catch it at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.

The SpongeBob Musical

October 5-15

Empire Arts Center

Presented by ETC and The Bob & Sally Clayburgh Family Foundation

Duluth Haunted Ship

October 5- 28, and October 31

301 Harbor Drive, Duluth

Talk about a ship of ghouls! The S.S. William A. Irvin is a 700 ft vintage ore boat and floating haunted attraction. Open every Thurs-Sat in October

Martin Zeller

October 6

Fargo Brewing Company

October Art Crawl

October 6

Come to downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota for food, drinks, fun and all kinds of art during this high energy art crawl.

Manhattan Short Film Fest

October 6-7

Watch 10 short film finalists from eight countries at The Arts Center in Jamestown, one of over 400 screening venues worldwide. Find trailers and all the details

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

October 6-22

Theatre B

LEDGEtober Flannel Fest

October 7

Ledge Amphitheater in Waite Park, MN for free local beer samples, craft vendors, yard games, contests, food, and live entertainment. 21

Spooky And Scary Movies in the Garden

October 7

Double feature at Heritage Garden & Amphitheater, adjacent to Woodlawn Park, Moorhead at sundown. Popcorn, drinks, hand sanitizer, art activities and bug spray will be provided. Bring snacks, blankets, and Halloween costumes.

Fun Size Concert

Oct 7

FM Symphony Orchestra presents “Bugs in Space: 60 Years of Cartoon Themes” at an all-ages show at MSUM Gaede Theatre Stage and a 21+ happy hour performance at Proof Distillery.

FMVA Studio Crawl

October 7-8

Artists and group studios all over the F-M metro (and beyond) welcome guests with art demos, sales, and refreshments. The event is free and open to all.

Haunted Fort Abraham Lincoln

October 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

4480 Fort Lincoln Road, Mandan

See ghost stories brought to life. Add local history, inspiration from Poe and Hollywood horror. Proceeds are used to maintain the interpretive program, and other foundation operations within Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

Brewhalla Fall Makers Market

October 8

Score handmade goods from 40+ local makers during this buzzy event at Brewhalla co-hosted by

Autumn Pumpkin Party

October 8

Come to SheyWest Garden Center for an afternoon of pumpkin painting, fall photos, prizes, a candy pit and a scarecrow scavenger hunt.

Wandering Ghost Art Gallery Pop-Up

October 10

This pop-up art show features a wide range of mediums from local underground artists. (And yep, there will be a few ghosties in the mix.)

98th Annual Sauerkraut Day

October 11

Wishek Civic Center, Wishek ND

Sausages, sauerkraut and “speck” from 11 am to 1 pm– but don’t leave just yet… There’s bingo, a vendor show at the National Guard Armory, and pie social at the Baptist Church.

Cole Swindell Concert

October 12

At Scheels Arena with special guests Nate Smith and Greylan James

Dwight Yoakam

October 13

Multiple GRAMMY Award winner Dwight Yoakam takes the stage at Bismarck Event Center. The show features special guests The Mavericks.

Heart & Soul

October 13

Dempsey’s Public House

Community Chat: Autism in Adults

October 13

Psychologists explain how autism spectrum disorder in adults impacts daily functioning in this free, online Community Chat presented by Dakota Family Services. Register at

Paranormal Bonanzaville

October 13, 20-21, 27-28

Search the historic buildings for ghosts using infrared temp thermometers and spirit boxes. Admission includes two drink tickets and snacks.

Sioux Falls Jaycees FEARgrounds

October 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 30 & 31

W.H Lyon Fairgrounds, 100 N Lyon Blvd, Sioux Falls

A spooky local tradition since 1974, Proceeds benefit Sioux Falls Jaycees.

The Big One Fargo Fall Show

October 13-14

More than 300 vendors selling handcrafted items arrive at the Fargodome so you can get a head start on your holiday shopping.

ValleyCon 2023

October 13-15

comics, anime/manga, cosplay, gaming, collectibles, and pop culture at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

PRCA Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo

October 13-15

The badlands’ best ropers and riders arrive in Minot for three powerful performances. Look for a larger Wrangler Tradeshow too.

Halloween at the Fargo Theatre

October 13 -31

Celebrate the spooky season with Hocus Pocus, The Descent, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Blair Witch Project on the big screen. Tickets are just $7.

Harvest Moon Fling

October 14

Free wine tasting, live and silent auction, and hearty hors d'oeuvres at the Moorhead Armory. The event benefts Rape & Abuse Crisis Center.

Kid Quest: Printober Tee Party

October 14

Learn about printmaking at Plains Art Museum and then screenprint your own t-shirt. Kids shirts are provided, adults can bring their own. The event is free.

Dropkick Murphys Concert

October 14

Scheels Arena

Napoleon Haunted House

October 14, 21, 28

Napoleon Community Center, Napoleon ND

8pm- 12am all nights, PG version from 5:30-7pm on Oct. 21.

Boo at the Zoo

October 14, 21, 28

Bring little ghouls and goblins to the Red River Zoo for trick-or-treating, animal encounters, and Halloween fun.

Memory Café

October 18

Try a pottery project and enjoy music by Touchmark Choir at Hope Lutheran Church, South Campus, 3636 25th St S, Fargo. Free for participants dealing with memory loss or dementia and caregivers.

Museum Uncrated

October 18

See spooky pieces in the Plains Art Museum collection during this season discussion about materials and objects.


October 18

Take in a Japanese rock band at TAK Music Venue in Dilworth

Author Natalie Warren

October 19

The Hudson Bay Bound author discusses her history-making 2,000-mile canoe journey at this free event at Concordia College.

Wine Knot

October 19

Bring your friends for wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres at the Alerus Center.

Goosebumps: The Musical

October 19-31

FMCT: A fun musical based on the spooky kids’ series by R.L. Stine.

Pat Lenertz Band

October 20

Dempsey’s Public House

Tune Into Magic - Max Fleet

October 21

Illusionist, Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks

Bridgerton Tea Party

October 21

Don your best Regency era gown or waistcoat (if you have one) and enjoy tea, treats, trivia and a craft at the Main Library. Register in advance. Space is limited.

Fort Buford State Historic Site Ghost Walk

October 21

Meet in the cemetery to hear wandering ghosts share how they met their untimely ends at Fort Buford State Historic Site near Williston.

Spooky Ballets

October 21-22

FM Ballet performs three shows at the Fargo Theatre or call 701-234-9440

Dirty Dancing in Concert

October 26

Fargo Theatre

EPIC Group Art Show

October 26

See local art from many many mediums at The Lights Event Center. The event is free and family-friendly.

A History of UFO Sightings in Fargo-Moorhead

Thursday, October 26

In 1897 and 1947, locals spotted unidentified flying objects. Were they alien invaders? A military operation? Mass hysteria? Find out at the Moorhead Public Library

The Waddington Brothers with Seth Mulder & Midnight Run

October 26

Part of the Rydell and Empire Arts Center Valley Roots Concert Series

A Night at The Fillmore East: A Tribute to The Allman Brothers Band

October 27

TAK Music Venue, Dilworth

Minot Pride of Dakota

October 27-28

Shop for locally made gifts, food, books, art and so much more.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Live

October 27-29 & 31

Empire Arts Center

Aberdeen Haunted Forest

October 28

Wylie Park: 1906 24th Av, Aberdeen SD

6:30- 10:30 for adults. From what we hear it gets pretty scary. Want something not so scary and self paced for the kiddos? Come on down 1-3 pm.

Halloween Town

October 28-29

Buckstop Junction, the Capitol City pioneer village, is turning into a Halloween Village. Halloween Parade, kid’s games, face painting, Hayrides, Food trucks,tricks and treats, photo booths, costume contests, Tarot card readings, palm readings. Free admission.

Halloween Party with Shake Hands with Danger

October 28

Dempsey’s Public House

David Sedaris

October 28

Fargo Theatre

FM Opera 55th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Oct 28

Reineke Concert Hall, NDSU

Art Ghoulery Masquerade

October 28

Rourke Art Museum

Art Ghoulery on view from Oct 6- Nov 5. Masquerade Reception at the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum on October 28, juror’s choice and audience choice awards will be presented.

Halloween Treat Street

October 28

Kids can trick or treat on Sheyenne during this afternoon of Hallowen fun at POW/MIA Plaza and nearby businesses.


October 28

See a sweetly spooky classic at Empire Arts Center just in time for Halloween.

Trunk or Treat

October 29

Bring costumed kids to Bonanzaville USA for games, a donut walk with prizes, and plenty of candy.

Central Dakota Children’s Choir

October 29

Hear all five choirs perform a free concert at Bismarck’s Kirkwood Mall.

Monster Mash Trunk or Treat

October 31

Bring the kids to the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp for a whole lot of candy from local businesses.


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