Frosty Fun Abounds in North Dakota this January

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It may be chilly out, but that doesn’t stop hearty North Dakotans from celebrating this wintry time of year. From cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, to live music and snow kickball, there is something for everyone to do, see or hear this January in North Dakota. So get in the spirit and join in the frosty fun. To find more information about events in North Dakota in January, or for a complete list of activities, go to; 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525. 

First Day Hike
January 1
Start 2016 off on the right foot, shoe or ski at Fort Stevenson’s First Day Hike, just outside Garrison. Park staff will light the one-mile trail with candle luminaries so you can cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike. Cap the event with snacks and refreshments at the visitor center.; 701-337-5576

North Dakota Men's Hockey
University of Alabama – Huntsville
January 1, 2
Nebraska – Omaha
January 15, 16
Colorado College
January 22, 23
Grand Forks
Ralph Engelstad Arena
Come out to cheer on the seven-time NCAA Division I champion and its rookie coach as it welcomes rivals to one of the top venues in the country, “The Ralph!”; 701-777-4167

Fargo Marathon Kick Off Run
January 9
Run your first 5K or 10K of the year in the warmth of the Fargodome! Fargo Marathon and Essentia Health have partnered for the second year to offer runners an opportunity to get competitive in the heart of North Dakota’s winter. Charities participating in the Fargo Marathon will be there to present their cause and recruit runners to their teams.

Denim and Diamonds Gala
January 16
Don your diamonds or your denim and come out to support a good cause. Dinner, entertainment and both a live and silent auction will benefit the North Dakota Make a Wish Foundation as well as statewide ATV safety programs. 701-269-1815

An Evening on Broadway
January 22, 23
Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, Bismarck State College
Spend an evening enjoying a Bismarck rendition of Broadway. The Bismarck Mandan Civic Choir will perform pieces from complimentary Broadway shows and operas. For more information and tickets, visit

Full Moon Candlelight Hike
January 23
Experience the serenity of Fort Stevenson State Park and cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike a 1.5-mile candle lit trail then enjoy snacks and refreshments at the visitor center.; 701-337-5576

Jason Aldean We Were Here 2016 Tour
January 28 – Grand Forks 
January 29 – Bismarck 
Country and folk crooner Jason Aldean will make two stops in North Dakota on his We Were Here 2016 Tour. Look for him in Grand Forks at the Alerus Center and in Bismarck at the Event Center. 

Mardi Gras
January 29-31
Mardi Gras is coming to North Dakota this January and Dickinson’s Trinity High School is bringing it. For more than 45 years, this event has offered great food, entertainment and an auction. It is family entertainment at its best.; 701-483-6092

North of Normal Frostival
January 29-31
Looking for ways to get outside and have fun in the depths of winter? Up for snow golf or snow kickball? The North of Normal Frostival offers a weekend of winter fun with games, art, treats and activities to get even the most stubborn of hibernators out and about. Check out

Boat and Marine Show
January 29 – 31 
It is possible to add to your outdoor toy collection in winter! Get an early look at some of the newest and most exciting watercraft for the coming year. After all, summer is just around the corner.; 701-241-9100

Devils Lake Volunteer Ice Fishing Tournament
January 30
Devils Lake
Bundle up, set your hook and get in on the fun at the longest-running and largest ice fishing tournament in the state. With over $275,000 in prizes and a raffle, this is a great way to support the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department.; 701-662-8022

Minot Symphony Concert
January 30
Enjoy the sounds of the Minot Symphony Orchestra in its 90th season. Consider purchasing tickets in advance, as performances sell out. 701-858-4228

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


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