photo credit: Jessica Gavin
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.. https://papaspumpkinpatch.com/
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.
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. https://www.hauntedfarm.com
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
Find upcycled furniture, antique, vintage items, gifts and more at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. abeejunk.com
Roughrider Ink and Iron Expo
Over 90 tattoo artists work among 100+ custom-built motorcycles inside the Veterans Memorial Arena in West Fargo. Roughriderexpo.com
Below Zero Wrestling
Outdoors at Fargo Brewing Company
German-style food, beer, and fun at the The Lights in West Fargo
Cat Video Fest
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.
FM Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series Concert 1: The Notorious RBP
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
Family-friendly activities like hayrides, straw bale maze, petting zoo, carnival games, and a pumpkin patch at Rheault Farm. https://fargoparks.com/events-and-deadlines
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!
Experience the emotional power of Beethoven’s music, including the Eroica Symphony
and Egmont Overture, Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck.
Rock the Rails 2023
Outdoors at Fargo Brewing Company: Atreyu with Catch Your Breath
Echoes of Brass: A Journey Through Trumpet Repertoire
Erika Izaguirre offers an enchanting trumpet and piano recital at Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes. www.dlccc.org/holmes-theatre
Minot welcomes America’s largest Scandinavian festival. Nordic food, shopping, concerts . hostfest.com
A Conversation with Ed Bok Lee
Poet Ed Bok Lee discusses memory, injury, and translation in visual art and writing with Dr. Kelvin Monroe at Plains Art Museum. https://plainsart.org/
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
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. events.acresusa.com/e/intro-to-organic-agriculture-field-day-nd
Megadeth and Biohazard
Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome
Dempsey’s Public House
Friday Fun Night
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. https://jamestownarts.com/
Walhalla’s Giant Pumpkinfest
It’s a pumpkin party in Walhalla. See massive pumpkins, food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and family-friendly activities. walhalland.biz
Joanna Connor And The Wrecking Crew ‘23
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
Come to Lewis & Clark State Park near Williston for hayrides, ax throwing, free hot soup s'mores bar, pumpkin carving, food trucks, beer garden. parkrec.nd.gov/events/flannel-fest-0
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. WILDEmpowerYou.eventbrite.com
October 1, 7
MSUM Planetarium re-imagines nebulae and black holes as Halloween characters. Ages 6 and up. https://mnstatetickets.universitytickets.com/
Uff Da Day
Farmers market, eat Norwegian food like sandbakkels and lefse in Rutland. There’s also a parade, a car show, art demos and more. rutlandnd.com/uffda-day
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. www.fargolibrary.org
The Oslo Chamber Choir
Experience world class Norwegian folk music and classical stylings at Concordia College.
Dr. Naomi Oreskes
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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1529226754513786/
Champions for Children Conference
Learn how to prevent youth trafficking and exploitation at this free conference. Attend in person at Ramada Bismarck or virtually. https://www.dakotacac.org/humantraffickingconference/
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
Sanctuary Event Center
The Sweet Delilah Swim Club
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. dlccc.org/holmes-theatre
The SpongeBob Musical
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 duluthhauntedship.com/schedule/
Fargo Brewing Company
October Art Crawl
Come to downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota for food, drinks, fun and all kinds of art during this high energy art crawl. https://www.visitstcloud.com/event/october-art-crawl/
Manhattan Short Film Fest
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 online.jamestownarts.com/
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
LEDGEtober Flannel Fest
Ledge Amphitheater in Waite Park, MN for free local beer samples, craft vendors, yard games, contests, food, and live entertainment. 21 visitstcloud.com/event/ledgetober-flannel-fest/
Spooky And Scary Movies in the Garden
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
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
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.https://www.fmva.org/
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
Score handmade goods from 40+ local makers during this buzzy event at Brewhalla co-hosted by Unglued.www.brewhalla.co
Autumn Pumpkin Party
Come to SheyWest Garden Center for an afternoon of pumpkin painting, fall photos, prizes, a candy pit and a scarecrow scavenger hunt. wfparks.org/community-special-events-2/
Wandering Ghost Art Gallery Pop-Up
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.) www.drekkerbrewing.com
98th Annual Sauerkraut Day
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
At Scheels Arena with special guests Nate Smith and Greylan James
Multiple GRAMMY Award winner Dwight Yoakam takes the stage at Bismarck Event Center. The show features special guests The Mavericks. bismarckeventcenter.com/
Heart & Soul
Dempsey’s Public House
Community Chat: Autism in Adults
Psychologists explain how autism spectrum disorder in adults impacts daily functioning in this free, online Community Chat presented by Dakota Family Services. Register at www.dakotafamilyservices.org/communitychat/
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
More than 300 vendors selling handcrafted items arrive at the Fargodome so you can get a head start on your holiday shopping. Thebigone.biz
comics, anime/manga, cosplay, gaming, collectibles, and pop culture at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. valleycon.com
PRCA Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo
The badlands’ best ropers and riders arrive in Minot for three powerful performances. Look for a larger Wrangler Tradeshow too. rodeominot.com
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. www.fargotheatre.org
Harvest Moon Fling
Free wine tasting, live and silent auction, and hearty hors d'oeuvres at the Moorhead Armory. The event benefts Rape & Abuse Crisis Center. raccfm.ejoinme.org/HarvestMoonFling2023
Kid Quest: Printober Tee Party
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.https://plainsart.org/
Dropkick Murphys Concert
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. https://www.redriverzoo.org/
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.
See spooky pieces in the Plains Art Museum collection during this season discussion about materials and objects. https://plainsart.org/
Take in a Japanese rock band at TAK Music Venue in Dilworth
Author Natalie Warren
The Hudson Bay Bound author discusses her history-making 2,000-mile canoe journey at this free event at Concordia College. https://www.facebook.com/1book1communityfmwf/
Bring your friends for wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres at the Alerus Center.
Goosebumps: The Musical
FMCT: A fun musical based on the spooky kids’ series by R.L. Stine.
Pat Lenertz Band
Dempsey’s Public House
Tune Into Magic - Max Fleet
Illusionist, Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks
Bridgerton Tea Party
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. www.fargolibrary.org
Fort Buford State Historic Site Ghost Walk
Meet in the cemetery to hear wandering ghosts share how they met their untimely ends at Fort Buford State Historic Site near Williston. history.nd.gov/historicsites/mycic/
FM Ballet performs three shows at the Fargo Theatre
FMBallet.org/tickets or call 701-234-9440
Dirty Dancing in Concert
EPIC Group Art Show
See local art from many many mediums at The Lights Event Center. The event is free and family-friendly.https://www.westfargoevents.com/
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 larl.org/locations/moorhead/
The Waddington Brothers with Seth Mulder & Midnight Run
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
TAK Music Venue, Dilworth Takmusicvenue.com
Minot Pride of Dakota
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
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. aberdeen.sd.us/347/Haunted-Forest
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
Dempsey’s Public House
FM Opera 55th Anniversary Celebration Concert
Reineke Concert Hall, NDSU
Art Ghoulery Masquerade
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
Kids can trick or treat on Sheyenne during this afternoon of Hallowen fun at POW/MIA Plaza and nearby businesses. https://www.wfparks.org/community-special-events-2/
See a sweetly spooky classic at Empire Arts Center just in time for Halloween.
Trunk or Treat
Bring costumed kids to Bonanzaville USA for games, a donut walk with prizes, and plenty of candy. https://www.bonanzaville.org/trunk-or-treat
Central Dakota Children’s Choir
Hear all five choirs perform a free concert at Bismarck’s Kirkwood Mall. aboutcdcc.org/
Monster Mash Trunk or Treat
Bring the kids to the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp for a whole lot of candy from local businesses. cityofmoorhead.com/departments/parks-recreation/special-events#ad-image-0
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