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Festivals and family events in North Dakota

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Get festive in North Dakota

Is family fun to be found in North Dakota!? You better believe it. Check out these six festivals and family events in North Dakota.

Hot air balloons

Hot Air Balloon Rally and Badlands Appreciation Weekend

Visitors will watch in wonder during the hot air balloon rally. During this September festival, take advantage of some of the amazing hiking/biking trails and give yourself a little North Dakota history lesson at one of the town's museums. The mountain biking race is by invitation only.

Location: 315 2nd Avenue, Medora, ND 58645

Phone: 701-623-4444

Rates: Admission is free

Website: medora.com/events

Summer Fest

This event encompasses high school reunions, a kid and pet parade, scavenger hunt, 5K walk/run, craft festival parade through downtown Mayville, inflatable games, an antique tractor-pull and much more! Every member of your family will definitely find something at this event-packed four-day festival in June.

Location: Portland Park, N Dakota 18, ND, 58274 and various other places around the towns of Mayville and Portland

Phone: 701-430-3180

Rates: Rates vary per event

Website: ndtourism.com/whatdo/events/festival-details.asp?AID=4680

Fun in the Sun weekend

Enjoy some quintessential summertime fun at Lake Metigoshe with traditional water balloon wars, seasonal treats and more. This festival occurs in mid-July. The annual Beach Olympics takes place Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. and encourages friendly competition.

Location: #2 Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau, ND 58318

Phone: 701-263-4651

Rates: $5 per vehicle per day to enter state park

Website: ndtourism.com/whatdo

Giant Pumpkin Festival

The Giant Pumpkin Festival takes place in late September and early October each year. Observe weigh-ins for the giant pumpkin contest, stroll the farmers market, enjoy games and have your little pumpkin participate in the Pumpkin Princess contest! This festival will get you and your family in the mood for all things fall!

Location: Main Street, Walhalla, ND 58282

Phone: 701-549-3939

Rates: Free admission

Website: ndtourism.com/whatdo

North Dakota Grape Harvest Festival

The upcoming annual Grape Festival promises to be better than ever with bluegrass music, wine tasting, wagon trail rides, tours of the vineyards, additional food and craft vendors and the annual "Grape Stomp Contest." Dry camp spots are available onsite so you can make a stay out of your visit to this August festival.

Location: 3510 142nd Avenue SE, Buffalo, ND 58011

Phone: 701-633-5392

Rates: Ticket prices TBD

Website: redtrailvineyards.com

Midwest Kid Fest

If the name of the event has the word 'kid' in it, we're pretty sure it's the perfect family event! This fun family day includes 30 interactive booths that encourage learning, music, carnival games, entertainment and the Teddy Bear Parade. The festival, which takes place in mid-June, is all about kids -- and helping them learn and play in a safe and fun environment.

Location: Island Park, 302 7 Street South, Fargo, ND 58103

Phone: 701-499-7788

Rates: Admission is free

Website: fargoparks.com

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