Get Ready for Fun in North Dakota’s Sun This May
Time to pull out your warm-weather gear as May gets summer started. If you are looking for entertainment, check out a local theater performance or live music. Head to a state park with a kite, bike your way through beautifully remote areas of Theodore Roosevelt National Park or run city streets during Fargo’s Marathon. There is adventure for everyone this month so mark your calendar and get out to enjoy May in North Dakota. To learn more information about these events, and for a complete list of things to see and do, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Four Weddings and an Elvis
May 4 - 6
This comedy will have audiences roaring with laughter as they follow Sandy, the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a Las Vegas wedding chapel, on her hilarious exploits. For tickets and more information, visit www.jamestownarts.com; 701-251-2496.
Dakota Stage Ltd.: Romance/Romance
May 4 – 6, May 11 – 13, May 14
This Tony-nominated musical is sure to amuse audiences with its two romantic stories in one. Two couples, mired in complicated relationships, learn important – albeit funny – lessons about love.For more information, visit www.dakotastageltd.com or call 701-258-4998.
Blue Hawk Stampede Rodeo
May 5, 6
Racing, roping and riding can only mean one thing. A rodeo. Come out for a day of fun and cheer on Dickinson State’s Blue Hawks Women’s Rodeo team as they compete on their home turf. http://www.dsubluehawks.com/sports/wrodeo/index;
May 6 – 7
Peruse the best of the upper Midwest’s ‘junk’ at Eco Chic’s Junk Market in Fargo’s Scheels Arena. Enjoy the huge selection of repurposed furniture, antiques, salvaged items, vintage and handmade pieces. Visit http://iloveecochic.com/junkmarket/ for more information.
Northern Plains Ballet: Snow White
May 12 – 14
Follow Snow White on her perilous flight from her wicked stepmother into the wilderness where she finds a delightfully eclectic group of seven whistling woodsmen, Northern Plains Ballet performs this classic fairytale at the historic Belle Mehus. Come marvel in the magic of this story and the beauty of dance. For tickets and to learn more, visit www.facebook.com/northernplainsdance or call 701-530-0986.
May 15 - 20
The Fargo Marathon turns 13 this year and the 26.2 mile race is just one event that brings runners together. Enjoy a week of fun leading up to the big event, including a cycoloton, a dog run and a kids race. Following the race there is a 27th Mile Downtown Pub Crawl and an outdoor live music concert. Visit www.fargomarathon.com for more information.
Ribs and Bluegrass Festival
Savor the mouth-watering flavors of ribs and joyful sounds of Bluegrass music at Medora’s Ribs and Bluegrass Festival. Rain or shine, Medora businesses offer a variety of ribs while bands foot-tapping Bluegrass grooves. www.medorand.com; 701-623-4830
Plainsmen Black Powder Club Rendezvous
May 20 – 21
Dust off your traditional muzzleloader and come out for some friendly, safe and fun competition. The Plainsmen Black Power Club is a reenactment/living history group putting on their 45th annual Club Shoot and Rendezvous. There are multiple event categories with overall titles for men, women and juniors. Primitive and modern camping are available nearby. http://plainsmennd.wixsite.com/pbpc;
44th Annual Art Olson Swap Meet and Car Show
Meet with fellow car lovers at the 44th Annual Art Olson Swap Meet and Car Show at West Fargo’s Bonanzaville. Crafts and collectibles will be on display and food and drink will be available. Learn more at http://www.fhcca.com/swap-meet--car-show.html; 701-238-4992.
Sky Fest over Fort Stevenson
May 27 – 29
Use North Dakota’s windy weather as an advantage and color the sky with kites of all shapes, shades and sizes at Fort Stevenson’s annual Sky Fest. This kite flying festival appeals to kiters of all ages. Attendees can build a kite to fly at the festival or bring their own. See more at http://www.skyfestnd.com/.
Badlands Gravel Battle 100+
For a grueling but majorly rewarding endurance experience, consider the Badlands Gravel Battle. This 120-mile bicycle race takes riders on the gravel and scoria back roads of North Dakota’s Badlands. The race route begins and ends in charming Medora and crosses the rugged Little Missouri River. www.experienceland.org; 701-570-9138.