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    October Features Fishing, Poe, and Poker

    October 01

    Calling all anglers – join us at Lewis & Clark State Park on October 6 for the Lewis & Clark Big 10 Showdown. This competitive fishing tournament is two-person per boat, and is open for all persons 18-years-of-age and over. First prize is $10,000, with additional prizes to be paid at the end of the tournament.

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    Celebrate Williston Area Life, Past and Present

    September 01

    Last Bell tours, a charity ball, Art Fest, and more: this September features a ton of family-friendly fun. First, don’t miss the Fort Union Trading Post Living History Labor Day Weekend.

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    Ultimate Air Dogs Return for Chokecherry Festival

    August 06

    From the tiniest Yorkie to the greatest Great Dane, any size or breed can join the Ultimate Air Dogs, as long as they can swim. This fun and entertaining event was begun in 2005 by former Detroit Tigers Pitcher Milt Wilcox and his son Brian and has become one of the most popular traveling events.

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    Bark in the Park, Paint like Bob, and Relay for Life

    July 02

    This month, Williston offers three fabulous and family-friendly events for all. First, animal lovers will want to join MonDak Animal Rescue at Spring Lake Park on July 11 for their annual Bark in the Park. Kids of all ages can play laser tag and the entire family can enjoy a delicious barbecue while selecting an adorable, adoptable pet.

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    June Features a Fair, Fort Union, and More

    June 04

    This month, the city of Williston offers four fabulous and fun events for its visitors and guests. First, the Miss North Dakota's Scholarship Competition will take place June 6-9, with the Miss North Dakota Outstanding Teen Competition on June 10.

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    Celebrate May with Band Day

    May 08

    Join us on May 12 at Harmon Park for Band Day 2018! One of Williston’s favorite annual community-wide festivals, Band Day is also the oldest and longest-running, having been established in 1927. Held every year on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, Band Day is eagerly anticipated throughout the region for the performances of amateur student marching bands from Williston and the surrounding areas.

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    April Features the Home & Garden Show, Art, and a Very Special Spelling Bee

    April 02

    This month, Williston is chock-full of events for every age and taste. First, the 2018 Williston Home and Garden Show will bring a breath of spring to the Raymond Family Community Center on April 13-14. For featured vendors and additional information contact the Williston Area Builders Association at (701) 572-5744. 

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    The Williston Market, the Sport & Rec Show, and the Little Sprouts Egg Hunt

    March 05

    This spring, start off with a visit to the Williston Market on March 8. March’s market will feature a variety of crafters and vendors, including those selling beauty and fashion products, health supplements, hand-crafted items, and delicious baked goods.

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    February Features Family-Friendly Fun

    February 01

    Each February, Williston offers some terrific activities beyond the usual Valentine’s Day affairs. First, check out the 65th Annual National Hard Spring Wheat Show Photography Contest from February 6-8. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded in five categories: people, landscape, animals, equipment, and miscellaneous.

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    January Features a Bridal Expo and a Student Art Exhibit

    January 08

    Creativity and inspiration have become art in a variety of media that will be on display beginning January 18. The North Dakota Student Art Show will be exhibited in galleries one and two at the James Memorial Art Center. An opening reception will be held in honor of the state’s talented young artists, also on January 18. For details, call (701) 774-3601 or click here.

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    Featured This Month: “Miracle on 34th Street,” Breakfast with Santa, and the James Snowman Competition

    December 04

    Williston offers a myriad of fun, family-friendly holiday activities this month, and a few of our favorites are listed here. First, start the morning of December 9th off right with “Breakfast with Santa” at the New Armory.

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    Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos will Return to Perform at Charity Ball

    November 01

    Join us on November 10th for the CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation’s Charity Ball. The ball will feature Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos for a return engagement, along with a fabulous dinner, dancing, entertainment, and the auction, so don’t miss out on one of the major events of the season.

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    The Last Farmers Market, a Spooktacular Crafts Show, and the Trail of Treats

    October 02

    Williston offers its residents and visitors three fabulously fun and family-friendly events in October. First, don’t miss the final day of the downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, October 14. The market was started by the Williston Downtowners three years ago with the vision of providing a pleasant downtown atmosphere for morning shoppers. During this period, it has grown to include live music, crafts, and additional activities. For more information, call (701) 580 9343.

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    September Features Art in Bloom – From Garden to Table

    September 05

    Join us at Recreation Park on Saturday, September 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., for Williston’s annual Art Fest. Hosted by the James Memorial Art Center, Art Fest 2017 will feature the always popular and exciting fund-raising auction of donated artwork from regional artists. The monies generated by this auction go toward defraying the Center’s operating expenses, funding special programs, and paying for needed renovations. This year’s theme is “Art in Bloom – From Garden to Table,” and the artists have been encouraged to explore and interpret the theme as they wish; using their chosen medium. The auction will begin at 11:00 a.m.

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    August is Chokecherry Time in North Dakota

    August 07

    Join us at Harmon Park for the 11th Annual North Dakota Chokecherry Festival. This wild cherry was proclaimed the state fruit in 2007 and has since been celebrated every August. Closely related to the black cherry, the chokecherry was often seen as food fit for bears, raccoons, chipmunks, and birds. However, many tribes of Native Americans relied on the chokecherry as a staple food, and for many, it was the most vital fruit in their diet. The state’s European settlers also made good use of chokecherries for jams, syrups, jellies, and wine.

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    Summer Nights on Main and a Rockin' Ribfest

    July 01

    The Williston Downtowner’s Association is proud to present “Summer Nights on Main.” A weekly evening of food, fun, beer gardens, kids activities, and live music will be scheduled every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. through August 24th. The musical lineup includes The Incandescent on July 6th, October Road on July 13th, the Kid & Nic Show on July 20th, and Even 5 on July 27.

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    Father's Day at Fort Union

    June 05

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll remember for years to come – a North Dakota getaway and a trip to historic Fort Union. Father’s Day is the ideal time to visit, as the Fort Union Rendezvous begins at the Fort’s Trading Post on Thursday, June 15, and runs through Sunday, June 18. This is the 35th annual Rendezvous, known throughout the region as upper Missouri’s finest fur trade fair. Thursday will also include Kids Day activities, and the annual Rendezvous Run will feature a 5K, 10K, and 5K Men’s Heavy Weight Run, along with a 5K walk and a one-mile Fur Traders Run/Walk.

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    Celebrate National Golf Month with a Golfing Getaway

    May 01

    May is National Golf Month, and it’s an ideal time to get back into the “swing” of things and get your game on! Many folks aren’t aware that Williston is a terrific place for a golfing getaway, but we are proud of our terrific Eagle Ridge Golf Club located near the Williston Area Recreation Center. Located in North East Williston, the Eagle Ridge Golf Club sits near the banks of the Little Muddy River. This 18-hole public golf course offers challenging and entertaining play with numerous reward and risk holes on wide open fairways.

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    The WABA Home & Garden Show

    April 01

    Calling all DIYers and HGTV devotees – the Williston Area Builders Association will host their annual Home and Garden Show on Friday, April 7th, and Saturday, April 8th. This exciting event will be held at Williston’s Raymond Family Community Center and is the largest public event hosted by the WABA each year.

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    March Means Food, Beer, and Bras for a Cause

    March 06

    Williston is celebrating three fabulous events this month, so show up for a good time at one, or all of the happenings below.

    Friday, March 17, 6:00 - 10:30 p.m.

    Join us at the Grand Williston Hotel for “Shamrockin' the Bakken Taste of Williston.” This event features specialty hors-d'oeuvres from area restaurants and caterers, and Whiskey Rebellion will be rockin’ the house all night! For details, call Bekka Bishop at (701) 577-6000, or email bekka@willistonchamber.com.

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    Just in Time for Valentine's Day: Last of the Red Hot Lovers

    February 01

    Entertainment Inc! is proud to bring “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” to the Williston audience. After its premiere in 1969 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway, Neil Simon’s popular comedy ran for 706 performances and several cast members were nominated for Tony Awards.

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    Fit Tips for 2017

    January 09

    January is often a more difficult time to stay fit and healthy. Many of us suffer from post-holiday sugar blues, and wintry weather can put a damper on outdoor fitness activities. Also, the odds are stacked against us and our good intentions – it’s estimated that only about eight percent of those who make fitness resolutions actually keep them.

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    Make Your Holidays Brighter with Our Holiday Lights Drive!

    December 05

    Through December 31st, the Williston Parks and Recreation District is presenting their annual “Holiday Lights Drive” at Spring Lake Park every evening from 5:30-9:30 PM. Over 60 displays with thousands of holiday lights are arranged around a one-mile loop. There is an entry fee of only $5 per vehicle, with all proceeds halved between the Parks District and various non-profit groups working the gate.

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    Make Magical Holiday Memories at the Williston Royal Snowflake Ball

    November 06

    Kick off the holiday season royally for your young princes and princesses at the Williston Royal Snowflake Ball. The little ones will be enchanted by the Snow Queen and her attendants and will be even more thrilled when these royal personages dance, sing, and play games with the children.

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