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North Dakota Picnic in Arizona!

Every year, for over 50 years, thousands of North Dakotans have gathered in Mesa, AZ, for the North Dakota Picnic in early March.  It’s a fun event for friends and former neighbors who enjoy Arizona sunshine but still call North Dakota “home”. 

Between 2,500 and 3,000 people attended the 2020 ND Picnic, held on March 1st.  Hosted by the North Dakota Community Foundation, the event included entertainment (polka music by Vic Schwahn, a magic show by Bill Sorenson, and music by Bismarck native singer/songwriter Will Dakota), classic cars on display, and numerous vendor booths.  The real draw, however, is finding old friends and former neighbors in the crowd.

Check out the photos below from the 2020 Picnic.  And join us next year for another great gathering!

2021 ND Picnic in AZ
Sunday, March 7, 2021
10 am - 2:30 pm
Red Mountain Park in Mesa, AZ

Cost:  A $5 per person registration fee is requested, to help defray the costs of hosting the picnic.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are taking some extra precautions for next year’s event – spacing booths farther apart and having hand sanitizer and masks available for guests.  We’ve been in contact with the City of Mesa Parks and Rec Department and are following their guidelines for outdoor events.  NDCF does reserve the right to cancel the 2021 ND Picnic in AZ for the health and safety of our guests or if city or state restrictions prevent it from being held.

Follow the ND Picnic in AZ on Facebook for updates and to connect with friends before the event!

If you have any questions or would like more information about being a sponsor or vendor at this event, contact Christi at 701-222-8349 or at   Sponsor Online Registration and Payment Link.

Thank You to our 2020 Picnic Sponsors!

Prairie Rose Sponsors:


Roughrider Sponsors:


Pioneer Sponsors:

Legacy Financial Partners - Ameriprise
Bell Bank and Mortgage
Epic Companies
The Dakota Kids Realty
Pifer's Auction & Realty
Johnson Auction & Realty

Food Vendors:

Tom's BBQ
D&J Concessions (Chef Louie)
Traveling Cup Coffee
I Scream Sandwich Co.