Get Up and Go this May with Activities across North Dakota

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May begins with a kickoff event for North Dakota Parks and Recreation’s 50th anniversary celebration and ends with the 23rd annual Devils Run car show. In between, there are enough indoor and outdoor events to keep your schedule full of great activities. To find more information about these events, and for a complete list of things to see and do, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

ND Parks and Rec 50th Anniversary Kickoff
May 1

North Dakota Parks and Recreation kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration with a launching event at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The Anniversary Honor Guard will be making its debut followed by a tree planting ceremony and ice cream social.; 701-328-5357

Big Boy Toy Show
May 1-2

Stroll through vendors offering all kinds of big boy toys like boats, ATVs, motorcycles, guns, electronics and more. Everything a grown boy can enjoy. 701-483-7590

Fargo Marathon
May 7-9

Run fast, run friendly, run Fargo at this exciting event that hosted more than 24,000 runners from all around the world in 2014. This year’s course will hit all three college campuses. It features many races and classes for runners of all skill levels!

Luke Bryan Kick the Dust Up Tour
Grand Forks
May 8

CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan hits the stage at the Alerus Center with opening acts Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.; 701-792-1200

Band Day
May 8-9

Join the fun of this community festival featuring more than 100 entries, many marching bands and the Main Street Mile Race. The fun continues at Harmon Park for live concerts, vendor booths, fair-style food and family fun.; 701-774-9041

Ribs and Bluegrass
May 9

Succulent tasting ribs will be the menu of the day. Throw in some bluegrass music and it is family fun in the Badlands.; 701-623-4830

Mother’s Day Event
International Peace Garden, Dunseith
May 10

It’s mom’s day, so treat her to a buffet and entertainment at the beautiful International Peace Garden. The Mother’s Day Buffet will be followed by free entertainment.; 701-263-4390

39th Dakota Anglers Walleye/Northern Fishing Tournament
May 16-17

Drop a line at the Jamestown Reservoir with other anglers hoping to land the largest walleye and northern pike.; 701-252-8451

Sky Fest over Fort Stevenson
Fort Steven State Park, Garrison
May 23-25

Check out this kite flying festival for all ages. Fly your own kite, build a kite or simply see kites of all shapes, sizes and colors.; 701-337-5576

Badlands Gravel Battle 100+
May 24

This 120-mile bicycle race on the gravel and scoria back roads of the North Dakota Badlands is sure to provide a challenging ride. The route begins and ends at Medora and crosses the Little Missouri River.

23rd Devils Run Car Show and Rod Run
Devils Lake
May 29-31

North Dakota's largest rod run and car show is known for its Saturday morning parade. There are many other activities, tours and cruises to pick from, including a muscle car show.; 701-662-4903

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

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