10 Ways to Love February in North Dakota

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February may be shorter on days than other months, but it is certainly not short on things to do in North Dakota. All across the state, North Dakotans are embracing the winter weather, both outdoors and in. So whether it’s a game of pond hockey, snowshoeing a state park, a night of theater or an afternoon crafting, there is no shortage of activities this February. For details on these or other events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Cabin Fever Days
February 5-14
Gear up and get outdoors this February. The Jamestown Parks and Rec Department is sponsoring Cabin Fever Days to inspire the community to embrace and enjoy the cold. Citywide activities include cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, a basketball tournament and more. www.jamestownparksandrec.com/events/?ID=35; 701-252-3982.

Grand Forks
February 4-13
Enjoy a night of live theater with Empire Theatre Company’s cast as it presents Falsettos, a lively musical comedy that celebrates – and laughs at – the complexities of family. The show does include adult themes and strong language. Learn more at www.empireartscenter.com/; 701-746-5500

February 6
Ice carving, a snowshoe seek-and-find and a snowman building contest anyone? Sign us up! Admission is free with a non-perishable food item at this community event that supports local food pantries. http://visitminot.org/calendar/winterfest_6150/#content

Feast of Nations
Grand Forks
February 6
Savor the varying flavors of the world without ever leaving North Dakota. Hailed as the largest multicultural event in the state, this 54th annual event celebrates tastes and customs from around the globe through performance, displays and food. www.feastofnations.und.edu; 701-777-6393

Flashdance The Musical
Bismarck, February 17
Grand Forks, February 28
Flashdance lovers take note: The pop culture film from the 1980s is coming to the stage in Bismarck and Grand Forks. Flashdance The Musical uses electrifying dance and that iconic soundtrack (“What a Feeling,” “Gloria,” “Maniac”) to tell a triumphant story about love and ambition. Bismarck: www.bismarckciviccenter.com/; 800-745-3000. Grand Forks: und.edu/chester-fritz-auditorium/; 701-777-4090

Devils Lake
February 19–21
Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean there aren’t lively activities to enjoy. As long as you’re dressed for the weather, there’s plenty of adventure for the entire family at the ShiverFest. Enjoy a mites hockey tournament, a youth ice fishing tournament, kite flying, a golf course on ice, ice rally cross event, motorcycle show, sleigh rides, a pond hockey tournament and more. Visit www.devilslakend.com; 701-662-4903.

Heritage Outbound
Fort Clark
February 20
Curious what life was like for explorers and Native Americans on the Northern Plains? Here’s your opportunity to learn more. Spend the day snowshoeing at Fort Clark Historic Site, then make your way to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site for food, stories and more. www.history.nd.gov/events/heritageoutbound.html; 701-328-2666

END Bikecicle Fatbike Race
Grand Forks
February 21
The advent of the fatbike, a wide-tired bicycle intended for snow riding, has inspired quite a following in this snowy state. Extreme North Dakota (END) is putting on its second annual fatbike only Bikecicle Fatbike Race. The 15-mile course traverses Grand Forks’ Greenway trails and the icy Red River of the North. Learn more at www.endracing.com/bikecicle.

Unglued Craft Fest
February 26–27                          
Are you suffering from cabin fever? Come out for the sixth annual Unglued Craft Fest at Plains Art Museum in Fargo. There will be about 70 handmade makers, artists and crafters showcasing their wares, along with free workshops for both kids and adults, live music and free gallery admission. Learn more about the fun at www.ungluedmarket.com/fest/.

Red River Valley Home and Garden Show
February 26–28
Check out the latest trends and selections of home and garden goods at the Fargodome. More than 300 vendors will exhibit and show consumers what’s new in the home and garden world. Visit http://hbafm.memberzone.com/events/details/red-river-valley-home-garden-show-3247 to learn more.