7 Legendary ways to experience 'March Madness' in North Dakota

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North Dakota’s legendary activities in March inspire your artistic side, encourage you to get back outside, or shape up for things to come. Spring is just around the corner and our various sport and bike shows, plus a wide array of athletic events, means winter is fast coming to an end. Contact North Dakota Tourism for additional ideas at www.NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

1.    Art madness
March is youth art month and North Dakota has a number of locations where you can join the celebration.  Start the fun with “Mardi Gras” at Theo Art School in Bismarck or head to the Plains Art Museum in Fargo for Kid Quest. Work on art projects with family at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks then cap off the week at the Taube Museum in Minot. 

2.    Sports madness
March Madness in North Dakota? You bet! The round ball draws attention at State Basketball tournaments, while NCAA and NAIA basketball playoffs heat up. The puck drops at The Ralph, where the UND men’s hockey team begins pursuit of a National Collegiate Hockey Conference championship and a possible NCAA national title, and in arenas across the state where the Fargo Force, Bismarck Bobcats and Minot Minotauros will be on home ice in March. Let’s not forget that it’s also rodeo season with the PRCA Rodeo taking place in Fargo.

3.    For Outdoor enthusiasts
Those looking to get a jump on spring can get the latest tips on where to go and what’s popular, or upgrade to a bigger camper to accommodate a growing family at the Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show in Fargo, Williston Sport & Recreation Show or the KXMC Sports Show in Minot. These shows are sure to get you excited about the 2014 outdoor recreation season.

4.    Fitness Madness
Ready to get out and walk, run or hike? Join the fun of the St. Patrick’s 5-K in Fargo or head to New Rockford for its Spring run in April. Looking for the extreme? Try the Extreme North Dakota Sandhills Ultra Run Experience, or maybe you’re training for something bigger like the upcoming Fargo Marathon. But if a leisurely stroll is more your style, check out some of these great hiking locations around the state.

5.    Movie madness
The 2014 Fargo Film Festival is March 4-8. See a wide variety of feature-length and short films in the nostalgic Fargo Theatre. Also, with this being Oscars month, you might enjoy viewing the nominees in a venue that provides some sentiment like small-town theaters in North Dakota.

6.    Mad about St. Patty’s Day
Where can one go for some Shepherd’s pie and a bit o’ the fun Irish traditions in North Dakota? Grab the kids and head to Fargo for its St. Patrick’s Day parade and visit the downtown businesses that also join in the celebration. Try the Blarney Stone in Bismarck to hear authentic bagpipes or enjoy the 36th annual Running O’ the Green city-wide pub crawl in Jamestown.

7.    Motor madness
After a long winter, you swear the Harley in the garage is whispering your name. Don’t jump the gun, but get tuned up for the riding season at one of the many motorcycle shows in North Dakota. Shows are planned for Minot March 8-9, Fargo March 15-16, Williston March 15, Bismarck April 11-13 and Grand Forks April 12-13.

These are just a few ways to enjoy March Madness in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

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