Arts and Culture Scene Shines Bright amid March Madness in North Dakota

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Bismarck, ND – March Madness gets underway this month with millions of Americans filling out NCAA basketball tournament brackets. Hours of sports coverage lends itself to hours of time with family and friends cheering on a favorite team. And yet, for all the athletics hype occurring this month, March is also a great month to experience a cultural event in North Dakota. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed sporting event or a cultural endeavor, come get your fill in North Dakota.

Arts Anyone?

The Fargo Film Festival runs March 15-19 and a majority of the screenings will be at the historic Fargo Theatre in its namesakes downtown. The festival will showcase a wide genre of films ranging from animated to narrative shorts competing for various awards. One of special interest is “Welcome to Leith,” an award-winning documentary shot on location in North Dakota that will be shown at the Fargo Theater Friday, March 18. Judges will also reveal the winning entries of a two-minute movie contest that evening.

Live theater is definitely not in short supply this March in North Dakota. In Bismarck, Dakota Stage presents Next to Normal, a story of love and sympathy in a family struggling to deal with a mental illness. The HoDo Lounge in Fargo features The Face on the Barroom Floor, a throwback to the Coloradoan Wild West of the gold rush days. Audience members can enjoy food and drink from the famed HoDo bar menu during the show. The Greater Grand Forks Community Theater honors Women’s History Month with 12 engrossing dialogues performed by seven local women.

If live music gets you going, you’ve got options this month in North Dakota. Slayer performs at the Fargo Civic Center on March 12. If that band isn’t quite your speed, check out the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony’s “Fun with Fire” concert at the Belle Mehus Auditorium. Artist Philip Aaberg showcases his artistry with the BMSO as it performs Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as told through the voices of sportscasters. The Central Dakota Children’s Choir presents a sampling of its musical repertoire over two nights at Legacy High School in Bismarck and Dickinson State University’s Spring Choir Concert is at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Around the state, a variety of venues feature live music, so check out local listings.

For the Sports Lovers

March Madness takes center stage for sports enthusiasts. State high school basketball tournaments only add to the fervor. Championships are all set with Class B girls in Grand Forks, Class B boys in Minot and Class A boys and girls in Bismarck. The state high school boys swimming meet convenes in Bismarck.

Whether you’re looking for a rich cultural experience or the chance to cheer and holler for your team this March, North Dakota has something for everyone and you’re invited to get in on the action.


These are just a few North Dakota activities and events taking place in March. For more information, go to or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663. 

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