September fun in Medora

Summer may be winding down, but the activities in Medora are still underway. Admire hot air balloons flying over the Badlands, enjoy live music, take in the Medora Musical or cheer on rodeo participants. For more information about these September events or others, contact the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation at 1-800-MEDORA-1 or visit

Through 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. 

 September 2

Greg Hager performs live on the Chuckwagon Patio

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

 September 3-4

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Barrel Race

Ranchorama Rodeo Grounds

For more information about this event, contact Kenda Berger at 701-226-3024 or Marcella Johnson at 701-226-3145.

 September 3-4

Greg Hager performs live on the patio at the Chateau de Mores Interpretive Center

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

 September 3-4

Fireworks display after the Medora Musical

A special fireworks display will take place after the nightly performances of the Medora Musical on September 3 and 4.

 September 4

3rd annual Wade Westin Music Fest

Enjoy performances by various artists and musical styles in a tribute and celebration of the life of Wade Westin. The concert features cast and band members of the Medora Musical and other North Dakota musicians and bands, including the University of Mary Steel Drum Band and Shepherds of Harmony from Bismarck’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Admission is free for the concert. Proceeds will benefit the North Dakota 2011 Flood Relief Fund. The event starts at 2 p.m. MDT at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.

 September 10

Final performance of the Medora Musical

Burning Hills Amphitheater

See the final performance of the Medora Musical as we bid a heartfelt farewell to the 2011 season. For tickets call 1-800-633-6721.

 September 10-11

Badlands Appreciation Weekend & Hot Air Balloon Rally

Visit Medora and appreciate all that the beautiful Badlands have to offer. Aside from hot air balloons, this year’s rally will feature cluster balloonist John Ninomiya from California. His cluster balloon consists of anywhere from 50 to 150 helium filled weather balloons that take up to 2 hours to fill. Launch times are September 10 at 5:30 a.m. MT and 4:40 p.m. MT, and September 11 at 5:30 a.m. Ninomiya will launch his cluster balloon during the September 10 morning launch. For more information about Ninomiya, go to:

 September 17

Dakota Air: The Radio Show, featuring Paulette Carlson

Burning Hills Amphitheater

2:30 p.m. MDT

Catch the 10th and final presentation of the show’s wildly successful inaugural season.  Dakota Air is an old-fashioned live radio variety show, featuring comedy skits and music along with local history, culture and talent.

 This show will feature the traditional and contemporary western sound of the Radio Starts Band, as well as comedy and historical storytelling of Creative Director Steve Stark and the Airheads Radio Acting Company. Stark is well known for his knowledge of and portrayal of President Theodore Roosevelt, who is so closely tied to the Badlands of North Dakota. 

 Guest stars include singer/songwriter Jesse Veeder-Scofield, columnist and cowboy poet Rodney Nelson, and The Burning Hills Singers.  Special guest star for the Dakota Air Medora show is Paulette Carlson, founder and lead singer for the chart-topping, ACM/CMA award-winning band, Highway 101.  In addition to performing in Dakota Air, (which will be broadcast live over the statewide Prairie Public network), Paulette and the Radio Stars will be performing a 45 minute concert of Paulette’s hits  immediately following the radio show

 September 17-18

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Cutting Horse Invitational

Ranchorama Rodeo Grounds

Watch as cowboys showcase their skills at this invitational. For more information contact the NDCHF at 701-623-2000.

 September 24

National Public Lands Day

Free entrance to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. For more information contact the Theodore Roosevelt National Park at 701-623-4466.