March Culture and Sport Madness in North Dakota
March is a great time to visit North Dakota for sports enthusiasts and art lovers alike. High school basketball tournaments kick-start the month and the NCAA DI West Regional Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament rounds it out. Outdoor enthusiasts can gear up for spring at the Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Show and makers will find inspiration at art-centered happy hours or craft fairs. Options for culture lovers range from Fargo’s famed Film Festival to a food and wine retreat, and from opera to the circus. To find more information about events in North Dakota in March, or for a complete list of activities, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
State Class B Girls Basketball
The top eight teams in Class B girls high school basketball will face off at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, where some serious bragging rights are on the line. www.ndhsaanow.com/tournaments/basketball-girls
Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Show
It’s a nature lover’s delight: five outdoor shows in one. Visit the Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Show at the Fargodome to learn more about what’s new in camping, boating, hunting, fishing and travel. Be sure to check out the seminars as well as the exhibits. Visit http://fargosportshow.com/; 701-241-9100.
Bernie’s Wine and Liquors Bacon and Beer Festival
If you love bacon and beer – and who doesn’t? – then you don’t want to miss the Bacon and Beer Festival. This unique event brings together the region’s top eateries, pork purveyors and specialty craft brewers for one day at the Scheels Arena. Cheer on local restaurateurs as they compete to take home the Squealer Award. http://baconandbeerfargo.com/.
North Dakota Winter Show
It’s that time of year again. Visit the oldest and longest-running ag show in the state to learn what’s new. Each year, the show features PRCA rodeo performances, a concert, livestock shows, a tractor pull and more. Visit https://northdakotawintershow.com/wintershow-about.php; 701-845-1401.
State Class A Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament
North Dakota’s top eight teams in Class A high school girls and boys basketball face off at the Civic Center in Bismarck. It’s sure to be three days of edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting fun. Visit http://www.ndhsaanow.com/tournaments/basketball-boys.
Artful Happy Hour
Enjoy a creative evening in a relaxed environment at Jamestown’s Arts Center. The event, held the third Wednesday of every month, offers participants the opportunity to create an imaginative project while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow creators. Beer and wine are served and the $10 fee covers all materials. Learn more at http://jamestownarts.com/; call 701-251-2496.
State Class B Boys Basketball
The top eight teams in Class B boys high school basketball will go toe to toe at the Minot State Dome. Learn more at www.ndhsaanow.com/tournaments/basketball-boys#StateBBoys.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Come out to see the pride of the Irish on full display at Fargo’s 20th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Bring family, friends and neighbors to enjoy this festive event complete with floats, bagpipes, candy and - of course - leprechauns. Learn more at http://fmstpats.com/; 701-364-9867.
Spring Craft Show
If spring fever has you in the market for gardening goods, Easter treats or graduation gifts, make sure to visit the Holiday Mall Spring Craft Show in Devils Lake. Local artisans will showcase their wares and you are sure to find some treasures to inspire.
Bikecicle Fat 15
Fatbiking is perfectly suited for North Dakota’s weather and terrain, so get in on the fun! Cyclists participate on 15-20 miles of groomed and ungroomed Greenway trails and the icy surface of the Red River. Multiple warming stations are staged along the course, so all fatbike skill levels are welcome. For more information, check out https://endracing.com/index.php; 701- 645-3630.
Dakota Stage – Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
Dakota Stage presents a touching story about a retired woman who hires a dance instructor to give her six dance lessons in six weeks. What starts as an antagonistic relationship evolves into a deep friendship as these individuals learn there is give and take in life, just as there is in dance. http://www.dakotastageltd.com/dsl/season-shows/sixdancelessonsinsixweeks; 701-258-4998.
For some authentic cowboy and cowgirl culture, visit the PRCA Championship Rodeo in Fargo. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association brings more than 200 top professional contestants from across the United States and Canada to compete in seven rodeo events. The goal? To qualify for the Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spend the evening on the edge of your seat as you bear witness to some intense rodeo competition. Learn more at http://fargodome.com/event-page-new?e_id=158; 701-663-6098.
Runnin’ O’ the Green
Looking for a unique way to see Jamestown? Dress up in your best St. Patrick-themed costume and take a ‘running’ tour of Jamestown’s bars. It’s a St. Patty’s pub crawl unlike any other and all proceeds go to Camp Grassick and local cancer patients. Must be at least 21 to participate. http://www.runninothegreen.com/; 701-252-7492.
Amy Thielen’s Food and Wine Retreat
Join Midwestern chef Amy Thielen for a food and wine-filled, three-day retreat at Coteau des Prairies Lodge. Thielen is a native Minnesotan and a two-time James Beard Award-winning writer and the host of the Food Network’s Heartland Table. Over the course of several days, Thielen will advise attendees on recipe development, ingredient selection, kitchen schools and a range of other cooking topics. Visit http://cdplodge.com/amy-thielens-food-wine-retreat-march-20-23rd-2017/; 701-680-1175.
Fargo Film Festival
Don’t miss North Dakota’s annual moving picture event. The Fargo Film Festival is homebased out of the beloved and historic Fargo Theatre. Major screenings are featured at the downtown theater while other showings are showcased at venues in the Fargo/Moorhead area. Celebrate the 90th birthday of the Historic Fargo Theatre on the opening night of this year’s festival. For more information, visit http://www.fargofilmfestival.org/; 701-235-4152.
One of America’s all-time favorite rock bands is making a stop in Fargo. Journey will perform its favorite cult classic hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Lights,” “Wheel in the Sky,” and “Faithfully.” For tickets, visit http://www.fargodome.com/event-page-new?e_id=205.
Think and Drink: Dragon Ladies and Iron Thrones
Join a guided philosophical discussion while enjoying a pint of locally crafted beer. North Dakota’s Humanities Council presents Think & Drink, a happy hour intended to spark conversations about big ideas and “foster open interplay of viewpoints and perspectives.” In March, the theme centers around women in leadership. Laughing Sun Brewery is host to the event and attendees must be 21 years of age. To learn more visit http://www.ndhumanities.org/thinkdrink.html; 701-255-3360.
NCAA DI West Regional Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament
March 24 – 25
Scheels Arena in Fargo serves as the stage for four Division I teams to battle it out on the ice for a spot in the NCAA DI Frozen Four. http://www.ncaa.com/; 701-777-4689.
Dakota Digital Film Festival
Love film? Be sure to head to the Dakota Digital Film Festival at the Belle Mehus Theater in Bismarck. The event – in its sixth year – supports and encourages local filmmakers and video artists to practice their craft and offers a venue to showcase their talents to the public. For more information, please visit http://dakotadigitalfilmfestival.org/; 701-258-8767.
El Zagal Shrine Circus
Don’t miss a fun night at the circus. Children and adults have been entertained by high-wire and trapeze artists, elephants and clowns for ages and the El Zagal Shrine Circus brings the tradition to the Fargodome. Visit http://www.fargoshrinecircus.com/; 701-241-9100.
Fargo-Moorhead Opera – “The Pirates of Penzance”
March 31, April 2
Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” is making a “modified” appearance at Fargo’s Reineke Festival Concert Hall and this boisterous rendition is not to be missed. The setting has moved from the high seas to the world of high finance. With dashing pirates, bumbling policemen, ridiculous young lovers and characters inspired by the smash TV series “Mad Men,” this operetta is for the entire family.