Get Going this May in North Dakota

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Summer is nearly upon us and all across North Dakota people are welcoming warmer days by getting out and getting busy. If a physical challenge is on your bucket list, Extreme North Dakota hosting several events. Get social at a festival, concert or theater performance or go fly a kite! Fill your calendar with a wide range of fun indoor and outdoor activities this May in North Dakota. To learn 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

Garth Brooks World Tour
May 5-8
Garth Brooks is back and making his way across the country on a comeback tour you won’t want to miss! Head to Fargo to see this country star with his wife Trisha Yearwood as a special guest. For more information, visit or call 701-241-9100.

Extreme North Dakota Spring Primer Adventure Race
May 7
Interested in adventure racing? Get your feet wet (and achy, muddy and maybe blistery) at Extreme North Dakota’s Spring Primer Adventure Race (END-SPAR). It’s an annual sprint distance (8–10 hours) that’s intended for those new to adventure racing … although the veterans readily admit that it’s “no picnic!” The race takes place in and around Turtle River State Park, Larimore Dam and Grand Forks. Learn more at

Carrie Underwood: The Storyteller Tour
Grand Forks
May 7
Seven-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will be in Grand Forks on her “Storyteller” tour with special guests Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers. To learn more, visit or; 701-792-1200.

Dakota Stage Ltd.: Hay Fever
May 7-21
A couple’s quiet country weekend getaway gets away from them when their children arrive with guests – and plans – of their own. Playwright Noel Coward’s comedy Hay Fever showcases the eccentric and selfish behavior of the Bliss family. For more information, visit or call 701-258-4998.

Northern Plains Ballet: Alice in Wonderland

May 14-15
Follow Alice on her wonderland adventure as she stumbles upon a tea party with a Mad Hatter, croquet with the Queen of Hearts and square-dancing with lobsters. Northern Plains Ballet performs Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s story Alice in Wonderland at the Belle Mehus. For tickets and to learn more, visit or call 701-530-0986.

Fargo Marathon
May 19-21
For the 12th year running, the Fargo Marathon unites runners looking for a fun and challenging experience. A weekend packed with events is planned with a youth fun run, a 27th Mile Downtown Pub Crawl and an outdoor live music concert. Check out for more information.

Band Day
May 6-7
Don’t miss out on this 80-plus-year Williston tradition and join in the fun at Band Day! For two days this western North Dakota city is alive with the sounds of school marching bands, stock car races, a rodeo and live band concerts in Harmon Park. Visit; 701-774-9041

Ribs and Bluegrass Festival
May 14
Enjoy the succulent flavors of ribs and melodies of Bluegrass music at Medora’s Ribs and Bluegrass Festival. Rain or shine, Medora businesses will offer their own variety of ribs while musicians, like local favorite Cotton Wood, provide foot-stomping Bluegrass tunes.; 701-623-4830

Junk Market

May 20–21
Spend the day perusing the best of the Upper Midwest’s junk at Eco Chic’s Junk Market in Scheels Arena in Fargo. Delight in the huge selection of repurposed furniture, antiques, salvaged items, vintage finds and handmade pieces. Visit for more information.

40th Annual Dakota Anglers Walleye/Northern Fishing Tournament
May 21-22
Enjoy a weekend on the water with other anglers hoping to land the largest walleye and northern pike in the Jamestown Reservoir during this 40th annual tournament. Learn more at; 701-252-8451

Badlands Gravel Battle 100+
May 29
It’s a 120-mile bicycle race on the gravel and scoria back roads of North Dakota’s Badlands so it’s sure to be a grueling but rewarding ride. The race route begins and ends in charming Medora and crosses the rugged Little Missouri River.

Sky Fest over Fort Stevenson
May 28–30
Take advantage of North Dakota’s breezy weather and paint the sky with kites of all shapes, shades and sizes at Fort Stevenson’s annual Sky Fest. It’s a kite flying festival for kiters. Build a kite to fly at the festival or bring your own. See more at

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.