Greetings, everyone! We would like to invite you all to come and join us for the Ryan Keplin Summer Fest. It is three days of fun-filled, family-oriented country and fiddle music celebration that takes place every year. This event will get your heart pumping with jigging, fiddling, square dancing, evening entertainment, workshops, children’s activities, and horseshoe and other contests. Primitive camping sites will also be available at the festival grounds.
The Ryan Keplin Summer Fest welcomes everyone to come, enjoy the music, and share in the celebration of Metis culture, traditions, and heritage. Our mission in making this festival happen is to promote Metis customs by sharing events, fiddling, music, song, dance, and workshops designed to inspire attendees to learn about, value, and preserve the rich traditions of the Metis people.
- Ryan and Jennifer Keplin
Purchase tickets in advance online! After the early bird period, tickets will only be available at the gate. Kids aged 12 and below can get in for free! UPDATE: The 2020 RYAN KEPLIN SUMMER FEST has bee CANCELLED due to COVID 19. We hope to see you back in 2021, stay safe and take care!
Maple Sugar Ranch
Maple Sugar Ranch
Low-risk and preapproved travelers who need to cross the border between Canada and the U.S. can apply for the NEXUS program to expedite the border clearance process. There is a fee of $50, and the application process takes about four to six weeks, so plan ahead!
Click here for more information on obtaining a NEXUS card for crossing the Canadian and U.S. border.
Have a genuine festival experience! Dance with us during the day and camp out under the stars at night. Whether you have a tent or an RV, you will have a place at the campsite we have prepared for you.
This covers camping on all three nights of the festival. The fee includes one camper or tent per site or one vehicle per site and two camping wristbands.
Campers can check in on Thursday after 12:00 p.m. and must check out on Sunday by 1:00 p.m. Event attendees aged 13 and above must have a camping wristband to access the campgrounds.
Sites are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We have plenty of room so we don't require reservations. All campsites are primitive. Porta-Potties will be available at the festival and camp areas.
Generators are permitted. However, out of respect for other patrons, those with no inverters will be asked to park in a remote area, away from the stage and other campers. We ask that loud generators be shut down by midnight.
We also prohibit glass bottles on the ground. Always keep in mind to help us in maintaining the grounds clean!
Sky Dancer Casino & Resort – (6 mi. away)
5 mi. West of Belcourt, ND
1-866-BIG-WINS or (701) 244-2400
Ask for Ryan Keplin SUMMER FEST Block to receive a $ 15 discount on your room. Shuttle services between the festival and casino will be provided.
Dales Truck Stop & Motel, Dunseith, ND – (14 mi. away)
612 Main Street, Dunseith, ND
Bilmar Hotel – (18 mi. away)
110 11th Street S.W., Rolla, ND
1 (800) 556-0907
Rolette Motel – (3 mi. away)
502 3rd Avenue, Rolette, ND
Dusk Til Dawn Hotel – (3 mi. away)
304 St. John Street, Rollete, ND
Average room rate: $ 65 + Tax (single) $ 75 + Tax (double)
Cobblestone Inn & Suites - Rugby – (25 mi. away)
402 U.S. Highway 2, East Rugby, ND
Average room rate: $ 109 + Tax (queen) $ 114.99 (king)
Northern Lights Inn – (25 mi. away)
306 U.S. Highway 2, Rugby, ND
Average rate: $ 74 + Tax per night, single or double
Super 8 by Wyndham Bottineau – (30 mi. away)
1007 11th Street E., Bottineau, ND
Average rate: $ 105 + Tax
There is even more fun to be had beyond music and dancing! Everyone is welcome to join any of the contests we hold:
OPEN MIC NIGHT
The Ryan Keplin Summer Fest is open to third-party vendors or organizations providing historical or educational displays. We will begin accepting applications months before the event, and the applications must be postmarked within a month ahead of the event. Space is limited, so get your applications in early!
For more information on vending guidelines, rules, regulations, or fees, please complete the form. We will email you a vending application and information packet.