Find Your Art, Shopping and Festive Fun this November in North Dakota

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As the last of the leaves drop and temperatures crisp, cities and towns all across North Dakota are celebrating the dwindling days of fall and looking forward to holiday festivities. Come celebrate the season, whether you’re sampling dishes at a hunters feed, holiday shopping at an art fair or getting some festive culture at a theater production. This November, North Dakota has something for everyone. For more events, visit or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Mike Evin Concert 
November 1

Canadian piano-pop songwriter Mike Evin will make a stop at the Jamestown Arts Center, where he will perform pieces from his recently released album, Life as a Lover. Evin draws influence from artists such as Ben Folds and Michael Jackson, and his work is described as “danceable pop gems” with “hopeful musings” about life and love. 701-251-2496;

Bismarck State College Symposium - The 60’s: Tumult and Transformation
November 3 – 5

For three days in early November, attendees of Bismarck State College’s fourth major symposium will hear about retrospectives on the space race, the Vietnam War, the Nixon presidency, the women’s movement, the American Indian movement and North Dakota in the 1960’s. Special guests include entertainers Bob Eubanks of “The Newlywed Game,” The New Christy Minstrels and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann of “Gilligan’s Island”). 701-224-5600;

Hunter’s Feed
November 6

Every November, on the opening day of deer season, the city of Medora hosts a Hunter’s Feed at the Medora Community Center. Come be a part of the tradition and meet hunters from across the state to share hunting stories and strategies. Numerous game dishes are served at the event, which also includes a raffle, silent auction and drawings for door prizes. 701-326-4910;

The Big One Art and Craft Fair
November 6 - 7

Looking for holiday gift ideas? Plan a trip to the 39th annual Minot Big One Art and Craft Fair for a sampling of handmade arts and crafts from all across the Midwest. Over 450 booths, with some 250 vendors, will showcase handcrafted wood furniture, photography, pottery, jewelry, foods, soaps and linens. 701-837-6059;

Badlands Art Show
November 6 - 8

Enjoy the array of artwork on display at this three day exhibit in Dickinson. The collection includes clay pottery, oil paintings, water colors and pencil sketching. 701-483-0178; 

Gifts of the Magi  
New Rockford
November 13 – December 13

Get in the holiday mood and take in the musical Gifts of the Magi, held at The Old Church Theater in New Rockford. The Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts (DPRCA) puts on this annual show, which is a heart-warming and captivating compilation of two witty short stories by the American short story writer O. Henry. 701-947-2174;

Holiday Home Walk
November 22

Looking for some holiday decorating inspiration? The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony League invites you to tour local homes adorned with festive holiday decorations from local merchants. Get fun, creative ideas on how to brighten your own home this season. A reception is included, which features delicious sweets and warm drinks made by league members and friends. 701-258-8345;

A Christmas Carol
Grand Forks
November 27 – December 5                     

Kickstart your holiday season and bring out the whole family to a local rendition of Charles Dickens’ timeless A Christmas Carol. Spend the evening with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and celebrate the significance of the holiday season. 701-746-5500;

Dickens Village
November 27 – December 12

Every year, starting Thanksgiving weekend, the small town of Garrison transforms into the “Christmas Capitol of North Dakota” for two weeks. Guests can walk the streets of downtown and eat delicacies like hot baked potatoes and sausage on a stick, or take a ride on an authentic double-decker “Queen Elizabus” English bus. Carriage rides are also available. End the day with a parade of lights and a local performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 701-463-2345;

Parades, Lights and Santa!

Take in a holiday parade, see the lights and catch up with Santa at these fun gatherings taking place around the state:

Nov. 24: Holiday Lights Parade through downtown Fargo.; 701-241-1570

Nov. 24: Holiday Dazzle Parade, Jamestown,; 701-251-9145

Nov. 27: Hettinger’s Wake Up Santa Fireworks and Parade,; 701-567-2531

Nov. 28: Santa Parade, Cavalier, 701-265-8188

Nov. 29: Dazzle Up Downtown, Grand Forks,; 701-757-4051

Nov. 28-Dec. 23: Coming Home for Christmas, Mandan,; 701-751-2983

Nov. 28-Dec. 23: Santa Village, Fargo; 701-499-7788

Nov. 28-Dec. 31: Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive,, 701-774-9041