Explore North Dakota's 'Winter-Scape'
February may be short on days, but it certainly is not short on things to do in North Dakota. Across this northern state people are embracing winter’s temperatures, whether they are inside or out. Blaze a trail on cross-country skis, go for an invigorating snowmobile ride or drop a line through a hole in a frozen lake. If you prefer the heated indoors, check out a live performance or visit a craft show. Whatever you are into, there is no shortage of fun this February in North Dakota. For details on these or other events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Sport and Rec Show
Find new and unique ways to get ready for spring and summer at the Jamestown Sport and Rec Show. It’s fun for the entire family and provides everyone opportunities to learn more about their favorite outdoor activities from fishing to camping. Visit http://jamestowncalendar.com/; 701-252-4835.
Cabin Fever Days
Join the fun of Jamestown’s Parks and Rec Department’s Cabin Fever Days, as the community heads outside to embrace winter … together. Citywide activities include cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, a basketball tournament and more. www.jamestownparksandrec.com/events/?ID=35; 701-252-3982.
Full Moon Candlelight Hike
February’s full moon is known as the Snow Moon and Fort Stevenson State Park is eager to honor it. Snowshoe, hike or ski the 1.5-mile trails lit with luminaries and then stop at the visitor center to enjoy warm drinks and snacks. http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/; 701-337-5576.
Wild About Wheels Car and Trade Show
Back for its 27th year, the annual Wild About Wheels Car and Trade Show convenes at the North Dakota State Fair Event Center. Check out race cars, muscle cars, classic cars, Northern Mini-Racers and vendors. http://racenodak.com/wildaboutwheels/; 701-857-7620.
Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Bismarck-Mandan’s Civic Chorus will present “Sweets for the Sweet: Love Songs and Romance.” The performance will be held at the North Dakota Heritage Center. http://www.bismanchorus.com/; 701-400-7774.
Now in its 18th year, ShiverFest is a fun “hodgepodge” of festivities, including youth ice fishing tournaments, kite flying, ice golfing, pond hockey and sleigh rides. Dress warmly to check out these events – and many more – this February. Visit http://tourism.devilslakend.com/shiverfest-2018/; 701-662-4903.
Don’t miss out on an incredible evening showcasing the elegance of athleticism. Dance+ is an all-inclusive performance that merges art, dance and music. Open your mind – and your heart – to the power of movement and imagination. http://www.northernplainsdance.org/npdperformance.aspx?Id=3; 701-530-0986.
Unglued Craft Fest
Delight in a joyful weekend of all things handmade., Head over to the Plains Art Museum for the Unglued Craft Fest, where more than 70 vendor booths will showcase handmade goods, art and crafts. Don’t miss the free workshops for both kids and adults, as well as this year’s Craft Preview Party on Friday night. Also enjoy live music, a craft beer garden and free gallery admission. Learn more about the fun at http://www.ungluedmarket.com/fest/.
Red River Valley Home and Garden Show
Looking for inspiration and motivation for home renovation projects? Head to the Fargodome and explore 300 vendors to learn about the latest trends and selections of home and garden goods. After all, February is a great time to get a jump-start on those home tasks. http://www.hbafm.com/events/home-garden; 701-232-5846.
Bikecicle Fatbike Race
Bundle up and head out for the Bikecicle Fat Fifteen bicycle race which covers 15 to 20 miles of Greenway trails through Grand Forks. You also get the chance to ride the surface of the icy Red River! There are warming stations along the route,m which is ideal for fat-biking rookies and experts alike. https://endracing.com/bikecicle; 701-645-3630.