Laugh, run, walk or dig your way through August fun in Medora

Whether you prefer to get your hands dirty during a dinosaur dig, run a 5K through the Badlands or relax while listening to some acoustic music, a variety of events and activities await you in Medora. For more information about these August events or others, contact the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation at 1-800-MEDORA-1 or visit

Daily through August 15

Joey O

An acrobat with masterful motor skills and an entertainer with motivating words of encouragement, Joey O. will amaze and inspire audiences young and old. For more than two decades, this motor-skill genius has made people smile and laugh worldwide, he’s performed with Bob Hope at the Bob Hope Classic, played at the Hawaiian Open and as far away as the Hiroshima Open in Japan, and he’s appeared with Tiger Woods on the Tonight Show. Joey performs daily at the entrance to the Medora Campground, across from the Chateau Interpretive Center. For performance times, visit

July 30 – August 19

Rudi Macaggi “The Acromedia”
Nightly at the Medora Musical

Rudi Macaggi is a third-generation circus acrobat from Italy. He grew up performing with his family and traveling the world, becoming fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and English. He first came to the United States in 1982 while performing with a circus and eventually ran away from the circus to pursue a solo career that has taken a unique path, combining acrobatics with comedy, and earning him the nickname “The Acromedian.” Macaggi has appeared on the hit TV show America’s Got Talent and strives to bring happiness to people in each performance, inspiring laughter and smiles with his friendly catchphrase, “I like you.”

August 4

Medora to Deadwood Iron Horse Rally

The Medora to Deadwood Iron Horse Rally, held as a precursor to the famous Sturgis Rally,will feature live outdoor music on the Chuckwagon patio on Main Street. The free musical entertainment starts at noon and is open to the public. In addition, motorcycle ride maps for Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s scenic 36-mile paved driving loop and the immediate area will be available. In case of inclement weather, the music will be moved inside to the Chuckwagon.

August 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28

Greg Hager performs live on the Chuckwagon Patio

North Dakota’s own Greg Hager performs original music with Old Western cowboy flavor.

August 13-14

Sperry Horse Sale

A production and performance/invitational consignment horse sale held at Rachorama Rodeo Grounds. For more information contact Robert Sperry at 701-565-2013 or visit

August 15-21

Medora Fossil Dig

The public is invited to dig for fossils at a 60-million-year-old site in the Badlands near Medora, containing crocodile, champsosur (crocodile-like animal), turtle and fish fossils. The North Dakota Geological Survey and Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation co-sponsor this scientific, professionally conducted fossil excavation at the site. Advance registration is required. Open to anyone 12 years or older. Participants age 12-18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Register by contacting Becky at 1-800-MEDORA1.

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August 20

Day of the People

A day of celebrating the people and traditions of North Dakota’s native people. For more information contact the NDCHF at 701-623-2000.

August 20 – September 10


Nightly at the Medora Musical

Aloft is an internationally-renowned collective of aerial and circus artists dedicated to providing awe-inspiring and memorable performances. Founded by Shayna Swanson in 2005, with the acclaimed full length show “Rolling Backouts,” Aloft put an innovative spin on traditional circus acts, creating art that spilled over with beauty, wonder and solid storytelling. Since then Aloft has created three more full length productions, Dinner of Our Discontent, The Silentest Movie and Science of Heart. In 2008 Aloft began producing a monthly cabaret show, El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, which has sold out each performance over the last three years and gone on a highly successful nationwide tour. Aloft’s performers are highly trained, visionary professionals who leave spectators breathless, even as they inject a level of humanity into their performance that audiences can’t forget. 

August 21

Medora’s Birthday Celebration

Join the festivities with birthday cake and refreshments at the Chateau to celebrate the 155th birthday of Medora von Hoffman De Mores. For more information, contact the Chateau de Mores at 701-623-4355.

August 25

National Park Service Founder’s Day Celebration

National Park Service Day celebrates the day the National Park was formed. For more information call Theodore Roosevelt National Park 701-623-4466.

August 27

6th Annual Badlands Trail Run

Grab your running or walking shoes, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the North Dakota Badlands by foot. Participants can choose from a 10K or 5K run, or a 5K walk. A portion of the run/walk will be on the nationally acclaimed Maah Daah Hey Trail. For more details about race categories, registration and more, visit

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