Get Festive this November in North Dakota

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Harvest is wrapping up, the hockey season is beginning and the air is cool and crisp. These are all cues that winter – and the holiday season - is just around the corner in North Dakota. Communities are decorating, shop owners are creating festive storefronts and holiday enthusiasts are happily making lists of things to do, see and eat this November. For more events, visit or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

John Mellencamp
Grand Forks
November 4

Grammy Award-winner John Mellencamp brings his Plainspoken Tour to the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks. He will perform iconic hits like “Jack and Diane,” “Pink Houses” and “Small Town,” which are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Learn more at  

Capital Quilt Fest
November 4–6

Enjoy an array of beautiful needlework art on display or learn a new technique while taking a quilting class at the Capital Quilters’ Quilt Fest. Quilts are for sale and a banquet is held for attendees. Visit

The Big One Art and Craft Fair
November 4–5
November 18-19

If you are looking for holiday gift ideas, you need look no further. The Big One Art and Craft Fair offers a vast sampling of handmade arts and crafts from across the Upper Midwest. In Minot, more than 450 booths, with some 250 vendors, will showcase handcrafted wood furniture, photography, pottery, jewelry, foods, soaps and linens. Visit Bismarck’s show to see around 170 vendors from several states. To learn more, visit

Christmas Boutique Craft and Gift Show
November 6

Browse the crafts and gifts featured at this event and you are sure to come away with unique items for your special ones this holiday season.

Badlands Art Show
November 11-13

For a chance to see a wide range of artwork created by local artists, visit this three-day exhibition in Dickinson. This open collection features clay pottery, oil paintings, water colors and pencil sketching. 701-483-0178.

Festival of the Arts
November 12

The Bismarck Art and Gallery Association’s Festival of the Arts promotes and supports the local arts community with a live and silent auction, dinner and dancing at the Radisson Inn. For more information call 701-220-3952 or visit

Duel in the Dirt Bull Riding
November 18–19

Need a change in pace from all the holiday shopping? Duel in the Dirt Bull Riding may be just the ticket. Cheer on the riders as they attempt to stay mounted during this rowdy and quintessentially American event. For tickets or more information, call 701-252-4835 or visit

Native American Juried Arts and Crafts Festival
November 19

Daughters of the Earth and Plains Art Museum partner again this year in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The festival will be held in the museum’s atrium and features unique and handmade gifts for sale by Native American artists from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. A jury will select 15 art and craft vendors to receive a stipend of $100 each. Learn more at 701-232-3821 or

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Grand Forks
November 22

Experience the magic of Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas music and a multimedia effects show. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas has been dazzling audiences for 30 years and still today occupies top spots on Billboard’s seasonal charts. See and hear for yourself what this holiday extravaganza is all about. 701-777-4090;

A Christmas Story, The Musical
Grand Forks
November 25–December 4                       

Get your holiday season off on the right foot with Empire Theater’s heartwarming and hilarious rendition of A Christmas Story, The Musical. Audiences of all ages will laugh along as they enjoy the escapades of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for a Red Ryder carbine action 200-range-shot model air rifle. For more information, call 701-746-5500 or visit

Dickens Village
November 25–December 10

Beginning on Thanksgiving weekend every year, the small and quaint town of Garrison transforms into the “Christmas Capitol of North Dakota.” Guests are welcome to stroll the streets of downtown Garrison and sample delicacies like hot baked potatoes and sausage on a stick. The “Queen Elizabus” is an authentic double-decker English bus that transports Dickens Village visitors; horse-drawn carriage rides are an option as well. Cap your visit with an evening parade of lights and local performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 701-463-2345;

Magical Medora Christmas
Statewide Tour
November 25–December 19

It’s a magical holiday tour and one you won’t want to miss! Five legendary Medora performers are traveling to 19 communities in North Dakota and western Minnesota to perform 24 family-friendly holiday shows. Go to to learn more.

Parades, Lights, Santa!
Enjoy a holiday parade, take in the sounds and the lights or just catch up with Santa at these fun gatherings taking place in North Dakota: