Culture and Sport Abound this March in North Dakota

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March is an exciting time of year for sports enthusiasts all across the United States. North Dakota is no exception, with sporting events and tournaments taking place all across the state. But if an art museum or theater are more up your alley than the basketball court, there are plenty of cultural options as well. So whether you’re painting your face to cheer on the home team, striving to beat a personal record time in a race or selecting a seat at the concert hall, check out what’s happening in North Dakota this March. To find more information about events in North Dakota in March, or for a complete list of activities, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

North Dakota Winter Show
Valley City
March 4–5
See what’s new in agriculture in the oldest and longest-running ag show in the state. The show features PRCA rodeo performances, livestock shows, tractor pull and a concert lineup featuring Old Dominion, 32 Below and Blind Joe. 701-845-1401;

State High School Basketball Tournaments:
The top eight teams in girls and boys high school basketball square off in the following cities, where serious bragging rights are on the line. 701-845-3953;
State Class B Girls Basketball, Grand Forks - March 3–5
State Class A Boys and Girls Basketball, Bismarck - March 10–12
State Class B Boys Basketball, Minot - March 17-19

Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Show
March 3-6
Get out and enjoy five shows in one: camping, boating, hunting, fishing and travel with seminars and exhibits at the Fargodome. 701-241-9100; 

Altru Family YMCA Fourth Annual Winter Indoor Triathlon
Grand Forks
March 5
An indoor triathlon? Why not! Swim, bike and walk or run inside at the Altru Family YMCA’s Indoor Triathlon. Competitors of all ages are welcome to compete. 701-775-2586;

Beer and Bacon Festival
March 5
This festival brings together the region's top eateries, pork purveyors and specialty craft brews in a one-day salute to the ultimate culinary match made in hog heaven. Expect 100-plus craft beers, 20-plus bacon dishes, free samples and bacon-eating contest. 402-677-0930;

Fargo-Moorhead Opera – The Face on the Barroom Floor
March 13-15
The Face on the Barroom Floor is a throw back to the Wild West and gold rush days of Colorado featuring Gate City Bank Young Artists. Enjoy food and drink from the HoDo bar menu during the show. 701-239-4558;

Fargo Film Festival
March 15–19
The historic Fargo Theater hosts the majority of screenings at this year’s Fargo Film Festival, including the award-winning documentary “Welcome to Leith,” shot on location in North Dakota. 701-239-8385;

Shamrockin’ the Bakken Taste of Williston
March 17
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of the most delicious food and drinks from local Williston eateries, caterers and retail stores. Bag pipers and local band Whiskey Rebellion will be on hand to create a festive Irish mood. 701-577-6000;

Runnin’ O the Green
March 19
Dress up in your best St. Patrick themed costume and then take a ‘running’ tour of Jamestown’s bars. It’s a St. Patty’s pub crawl unlike any other. Must be at least 21 to participate. 701-252-7492;

March 19
This cross-country trail run – North Dakota’s longest foot race and first ultramarathon – takes place on the Sheyenne National Grasslands and a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail with 100K, 50K and 25K options. Route includes forests, prairies and sandhills.

Winter Art Auction
March 20
The Nelson County Art Council hosts its annual Winter Art Auction to raise money for the Stump Lake Fine Arts Youth Camp. Join collectors and community members in supporting a cause at the live-auction bidding, which also features hors d’oeuvres and wine. 701-296-4410;

Celebrate Easter!
Easter Egg Hunt at the Zoo
, Bismarck – March 19,
Easter Eggstravaganza, Fargo – March 25-26,
Easter Egg Hunt, Medora – March 26,

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