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May June 2024: Summer Events Calendar

Culture | May 16th, 2024

Need more events? Check out our July 2024 and August 2024 calendars. (They're cleverly split up to save you some scrolling.)


Spring Crows

Now - June 28, Spirit Room, Fargo

Forty artists display works centered around a crow theme. Opening reception on May 17.

Women of the West Art Show

Now - June 29, Long X Arts Foundation Gallery, Watford City

Amanda Heimbuch's mixed media art is inspired by western women.

Forever Music Concerts

May 17-18, Belle Mehus Auditorium, Bismarck

Hear the young voices of the Central Dakota Children’s Choir.

This Random World

May 18-19, Theatre B, Moorhead

Theatre B explores serendipity and missed connections in this funny, bittersweet play.


May 18, Main Street, Mandan.

Heavy equipment and work trucks line Main Street for up-close viewing.

Scheels Backyard BBQ

May 18, Scheels, Bismarck

Live music, giveaways, samples, Stan’s Supermarket sausage, food truck eats and ice cream.

Dead Threads: A Brewhalla Vintage Market

May 18, Brewhalla, Fargo

30+ vendors sell clothing, accessories, decor and furniture. Tailoring and dry cleaning too.

West Fargo Market

May 18, POW/MIA Plaza, West Fargo

The Red River Market arrives on Sheyenne for an immersive one-day event.

City Slicker Showdown

May 18, McKenzie County Ag Expo, Watford City

Shoot, rope, and ride your way to the top and claim your spot as McKenzie County's Champion City Slicker!

Cody Johnson: The Leather Tour


The Nashville platinum recording artist is joined by Justin Moore & Drake Milligan.

S’mores World Record Attempt

May 18, Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison

Be a part of a world record attempt and score some s’mores too.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party

May 18-19, Bismarck Event Center.

Lasers, lights, freestyle motocross and a fire-breathing robot.

Antique Sampler Presentation

May 19, Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead

Kathy Andrews discusses antique embroidery samplers at this free event.

Sesame Street Live

May 19, Scheels Arena, Fargo

Your favorite characters come to life, live on stage.

Plant And Seed Exchange

May 19, Heritage Garden & Amphitheater, Moorhead

Enjoy refreshments and bring seeds and plants to trade.

Portugal. The Man with Reyna Tropical

May 20, Fargo Theatre, Fargo

The Portland-based, Grammy-winning rock band plays an intimate Fargo show.

Wednesday Bites

May 22, Town Square, Grand Forks

Food trucks serve lunch 11-2 every Wednesday, now through October.

CoreCon 2024: Echoes of the Past

May 23-26, Holiday Inn, Fargo

Science fiction, fantasy, horror and anime convention

Asian Night Market

May 24, Plains Art Museum, Fargo

A celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artistry and community.

Season Kick-off at Cottonwood Cider House

May 24, Cottonwood Cider House, Ayr

Celebrate opening weekend in the taproom and try a range of ciders made with North Dakota apples.

Fairy Fest

May 25, Yunker Farm and Dog Park

Enjoy a fairy parade, kite flying, sidewalk chalk art, scavenger hunt, or create a fairy garden. Costumes are encouraged.

Embroidery Presentation

May 25, Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead

Sandra Gordon describes embroidery at this free event.

Skyfest Over Fort Stevenson

May 25-27, Fort Stevenson, Garrison

Spot stunt kites, see professional kite flyers and even fly your own kite along Lake Sakakawea.

Shady Hollow Flea Market Opening Weekend

May 25-27, Detroit Lakes

Also held weekends through Labor Day.

Badlands Gravel Battle

May 26, Medora

Cycle 40, 80, or 120 miles of dusty red scoria roads through Medora and beyond.

Memorial Day Hike

May 27, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan

Celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who have given everything for our country. The hike starts at the Commissary Store.

Dickinson High School Rodeo and Cutting

May 27, Stark County Fairgrounds, Dickinson

Roping and riding from some of the toughest young cowgirls and cowboys.

Fargo Marathon

May 28-June 1, Fargo

The 20th annual event honors late founder Mark Knutson.

Paddling Excursion

May 29, Hjemkomst Landing, Moorhead

Canoe or kayak on this guided excursion. Also held June 12 and 24, July 10 and 24, August 7 and 21 and September 4. Rentals available.

Take Me Out to the FM RedHawks Game

May 29, Newman Outdoor Field, Fargo

The FM Libraries are hosting Library Day at the FM RedHawks game, where the first 600 kids will receive a free book.

Summer Kickoff Party

May 30, West Fargo Public Library

Snacks, crafts, yard games, model trains and fun for all ages.

Lost in Fargo Artist’s Flea Market

May 30, Wild Terra, Fargo

Over 30 artists and makers sell materials, art supplies and actual art.

Street Faire at the Lakes

Friday, May 31-June 1

Celebrate summer in downtown Detroit Lakes for two days of arts, crafts, music, food, and kids’ activities.

Chutes and Boots Pro Bull Riding

May 31-June 1, The Lights, West Fargo

Hard-hitting rodeo action in the city.

Comedy in the Cellar

May 31-June 1, Front Street Taproom, Fargo

Trevor Anderson and Eli Ruffer. 21+

Kite Fest

May 31-June 2, Meidinger Park, Jamestown

Come for candy drops, kite making, contests, and demos. Free and open to all.

Missouri River Festival

May 31 - June 9, Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck

Carnival with food, games, rides and fun for the whole family.


Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

June 1, Scheels Arena, Fargo

Rock icon, guitarist and record producer — can we say triple threat?

Happy Hour - A Stand-Up Comedy Fundraiser

June 1, Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks

Laugh into your giggle water for a good cause.

Willison Marathon

June 1, XWA Airport, Williston

This family-friendly Boston Qualifier includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K.

Old Red Old Ten Rummage Sale

June 1, New Salem, Hebron, surrounding communities

This 108-mile rummage sale along a scenic route in western North Dakota.

Summer Reading Challenge Kick-off: Adventure Party

June 3, Rheault Farm, Fargo

Bring a picnic lunch and join the Fargo Public Library for adventure-themed activities and games.

Concert in the Park

June 4, Detroit Lakes City Park, Detroit Lakes

Free event featuring Lakes Area Community Concert Band. Also held every Tuesday June-August.

Bark In The Park

June 4, River’s Bend Park, West Fargo

Contests, doggie door prizes, make your own dog door or accessory.


June 4-8, MSUM, Moorhead

A charming song and dance show featuring jive and swing tunes.

Happy Harry’s Ribfest


Great food and live music from Eve 6, Chase Beckham, Blackhawk and more.

Out of the Box Open Mic Comedy Night

June 6, Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks

All skill levels are welcome. Walk-ins available.

Winnie The Pooh

June 6-8, Concordia College Lab Theatre, Moorhead

Theatre B, HOPE, Inc. and Concordia Theatre to present an adaptive theater program for performers with disabilities.

Donut Day

June 7, Sandy’s Donuts, Downtown Fargo

Celebrate National Donut Day with free cake style donuts and historical reenactors, hosted by the Salvation Army. Downtown only.

Hawley Rodeo

June 7-8

Hillside rodeo action along the Buffalo River.

Food Truck Rodeo

June 7-9, Rough Rider Center, Watford City

Mobile food vendors, inflatables, cornhole, cash bar, great food and good vibes.

Lewis and Clark State Park 50th Birthday

June 8, rural Epping

Activities include a dog jog, dinosaur dig for fossils, inflatables, hot dogs, a kids fishing derby and live music.

Mary Seifert Author Event

June 8, Ferguson Books, West Fargo

This Minnesota author’s mysteries feature dogs, puzzles and murder (not necessarily in that order).

10th Annual Otter Creek MTB Race

June 8, Harmon Lake, Mandan

Race the single-track trail along the contours of Harmon Lake and compete for over $4200 in cash prizes.

Stories With Dad

June 8, West Acres, Fargo

Storytime and donut decorating in Aquarium Court.

Under Brew Skies

June 8, The Lights, West Fargo

Sample craft beers made right here in North Dakota and from around the region.

Silent Reading Party

June 8, Bear Creek Winery, Fargo

Enjoy wine and a book from Fargo Public Library or your stash. This is a 21+ event.


June 8-9, University Park, Grand Forks

Shop for art from nearly 100 artists and food vendors. Live music too.

Buggies and Blues

June 8-9, Main Street, Mandan.

Hot rods, classic rides and cool tunes rock the streets of Mandan each June.

NDSU Bookstore Summer Sidewalk Sale

June 10-June 28

Save big on NDSU apparel, gifts in person (Monday-Friday) and online.


June 11, Viking Ship Park, Moorhead

Hear Norwegian fiddlers and Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, learn about the Scandinavian Festival and make your own vinyl stickers. Drinks and food too.

Scavenger Hunt

June 11, Veterans Memorial Arena, West Fargo

Scour the city for a shot at the Grand Prize. Everyone scores a free hotdog, chips and beverage.

Fiddler on the Roof

June 11-15, MSUM, Moorhead

A musical favorite performed in partnership with The Straw Hat Players

REO Speedwagon

June 12, Scheels Arena, Fargo

We can’t fight this feeling anymore. Classic rock legends, live and onstage.

Connecting the Caregiver Conference

June 12, Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead

Free event for people caring for folk with memory loss. Register by calling 218-299-5514.

Perham Turtle Fest

June 12-16, Perham

Celebrate 40 years with a parade, street fair, and parking lot party in Minnesota lakes country.

Sustainable Agriculture Talk

June 13, The Eagles Club, Valley City

Dr. John Ikerd will discuss our food system, recent history of American agriculture and rural communities at this free event. Zoom is available.


Fort Union Rendezvous

June 13-16, Fort Union near Williston

Over 100 historical reenactors bring the Fur Trade era to life with art, music, crafts, and talks

Jon Pardi

June 14, The Lights, West Fargo

Opening act Carter Faith

Peggy Lee Day

June 14, VCSU Center for the Arts, Valley City

A concert features the Myron Sommerfeld Band and Miss Bonnie Lynn, with coffee and an ice cream social to follow. Free, but food pantry donations are suggested.


Midwest Kid Fest and Teddy Bear Parade

June 14, Island Park, Fargo

Now in its 25th year, this event boasts crafts, games, sensory toys, food, live entertainment, a petting zoo and educational booths.

Comedy in the Cellar

June 14-15, Front Street Taproom, Fargo

Casey Flesch and Lahiru Samarasinghe headline a 21+ show.

Dakota Community Bank and Trust PBR Bull Riding Challenge

June 14-15, Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck

The 24th Annual event features some of the PBR’s top bull riders and Chad Berger Bucking Bulls.

Ashley Sizzling Summer Days

June 14-16, Ashley

Come for the kuchen, stay for good company.

5th Annual Fargo Juneteenth

June 15, NDSU Renaissance Hall, Fargo

Entertainment, virtual reality, art, and volunteerism combine to celebrate Black culture and community.

West Fargo Street Fair

June 15, POW/MIA Plaza, West Fargo

Vendors, live music, street food

Empire Alive 2024

June 15, Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks

A musical fundraiser featuring The Dank, Cheron and more.

Purple Rain

June 15, Fargo Theatre, Fargo

See the classic Prince film on its 40th anniversary.

Roll into Summer with Bike, Board, and Skate Skills

June 15, Moorhead Public Library, Moorhead

Come learn safety, etiquette, and basic maintenance from the experts from Great Northern Bicycle Company, the Moorhead Police, and THIS Skateshop.

Soul Asylum and Gear Daddies

June 15, The Lights, West Fargo

VIP and general admission tickets available, standing room only.

Roughrider Days

June 15-July 7, Dickinson

Days of fun, including a youth and PRCA Rodeo, demo derby, live music and a parade.

2nd Annual Moorhead Juneteenth Celebration

June 17, Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead

Drumming, storytelling, live music, local art

Race The Red Canoe and Kayak Races

June 17, Dike East, Fargo

Paddle the storied waters of the Red River or watch from the shore.

Trout Fest

June 19, Woodhaven Pond, Fargo

Come catch fish right within the city limits.

Greater Grand Forks Fair

June 19-23

Enjoy fair food, the midway, entertainment, a beer garden and more.

Night Bazaar

June 20, Broadway Square, Fargo

Food, music, art and music, this time with a Renaissance theme. (Monthly events held July-October too.)

West Fargo Cruise Night Opening Event

June 20, Downtown Yards on Sheyenne, West Fargo

Hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles line the streets. The monthly event is held July-September as well.

Rapid River Days

June 20-22, Sauk Rapids

Check out a parade, live music, a food festival and community-wide sales and promos.

Scandinavian Festival

June 21-22, Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead

Art, culture, music and food from the five Nordic nations


June 23-30, FMCT, Moorhead

Struggling artists find love and connection in this gritty musical.


June 25, Viking Ship Park, Moorhead

Check out the petting zoo, make a dreamcatcher and hear live music from Gina Powers Band and Fargo-Moorhead Opera.

Silent Reading Party

June 25, Twenty Below Coffee Co., Fargo

This is an all-ages event. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Jersey Boys

July 25-August 3, Sleepy Hollow Theatre Arts Park, Bismarck

Hear crowd pleasing tunes by the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at this outdoor, Broadway-style theater. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

Upper Missouri Valley Fair

June 26-30, Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds, Williston

Carnival rides, street food, bucking bulls and broncos

Cruz-In Forks: The Downtown Car Show

June 27, Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks

Check out classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and more. Also held the 4th Thursday of the month, July-September

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

June 28

Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen

The country rockers bring their farewell tour to the upper Midwest.

Blues on the Red

June 29, Town Square, Grand Forks

Soulful regional and national blue artists presented by The Olive Ann Hotel in a gorgeous outdoor setting.

Tigirlily Gold

June 29, Dale Pahlke Arena, Mandan

The popular duo plays a hometown show after landing a weekly residence in Nashville and winning an ACM award.

Jo Dee Messina

June 29, UP District Field, Fargo

Outdoor show from a classic country crooner

Max Fleet Illusionist

June 29, Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks

Inject a little magic into an ordinary summer.

Brewhalla Summer Makers Market

June 30, Brewhalla, Fargo

40+ craft vendors. Free for all ages (minor with an adult)

Cats The Musical

June 30-July 2, July 7-8, The Lights, West Fargo

Stage West brings the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to the open air stage.

Don't forget to read our July 2024 and August 2024 Sumer Event Calendars. There's a lot going on this summer and we don't want you to miss a thing.

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