March to the [Fun] Madness in North Dakota this Spring
March is a flurry of activity in North Dakota and whether you are a sports enthusiast, a connoisseur of art or a film buff, there is fun for you. Gear up for the upcoming outdoor season at a sports show or discover the latest and greatest in tools at a home show. State high school basketball tournaments are in full swing, offering hours of entertaining competition on the court. Culture lovers can choose from a range of live-music genres - including opera and country – and will not want to miss Fargo’s famed Film Festival. 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 Minot State Dome, where some serious bragging rights are on the line. www.ndhsaanow.com/tournaments/basketball-girls
Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Show
Head to the Red River Valley Sportsman’s Show at the Fargodome to enjoy five outdoor shows in one. Discover the newest trends in boating, camping, fishing, hunting and travel. There are seminars in addition to a wide range of exhibits. Visit https://www.fargosportshow.com/; 701-241-9100.
Minot Association of Builders Home and Garden Show
Ready to tackle those long put-off indoor and outdoor home projects? Visit Minot’s Association of Builders Home and Garden Show at the North Dakota State Fair Center and gear up. This year’s activities include a Ready Builders Lego Competition, Pub in the Park, Belt Sander Races and a Chalk and Smocks Competition. http://www.minotab.com/
USA National Curling Championships
Watch the top 10 men’s and women’s curling teams in the United States, including Olympic gold medalist John Shuster, compete for a spot to represent the United States at the World Curling Championships. https://www.usacurlingnationals2018.com/.
North Dakota Winter Show
Don’t miss out on the oldest and longest-running ag show in North Dakota. Each year, the Winter 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 meet at Scheels Center in the Sanford Health Athletic Complex and the Fargodome. Check listings for game times and locations. The tournament is guaranteed to be three days of edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting fun. Visit http://www.ndhsaanow.com/tournaments/basketball-boys for more information.
State Class B Boys Basketball
The crown jewel of high school basketball brings together the top eight teams in Class B – and small-school from fans across the state – to the Bismarck’s Event Center for three days to claim the coveted title “state champ.” Learn more at www.ndhsaanow.com/tournaments/basketball-boys#StateBBoys.
Out Loud at the James
Who doesn’t love open-mic night? Join local talent – and bring your own – and celebrate the skills of acoustic musicians, poets, comedians and storytellers in a coffeehouse like atmosphere. The event is held at the James Memorial Art Center in Williston and is free to enter. http://www.thejamesmemorial.org/events/; 701-774-3601.
The Breakers Tour: Little Big Town, Kasey Musgraves and Midland
Enjoy a night of live country music and performances at Little Big Town’s “The Breakers Tour.” In addition to the headliner, Kasey Musgraves and Midland play in Ralph Englestad Arena. Learn more at http://www.theralph.com/.
Runnin’ O the Green
Don your best St. Patrick’s themed attire and head out on a St. Patrick’s Day pub ‘”running’’ crawl through Jamestown’s watering holes. Participants make several stops along the way, so things could get interesting. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate. http://jamestowncalendar.com/; 701-252-7492.
Fargo Film Festival
Join film buffs for North Dakota’s annual motion picture event. Major screenings are held at the beloved and historic downtown Fargo Theatre, while other showings are showcased at venues across the Fargo/Moorhead area. This year’s schedule includes a workshop led by actress Alison Becker of “Parks and Recreation” designed for aspiring actors who are looking to find their way into the industry. For more information, visit http://www.fargofilmfestival.org/; 701-235-4152.
Fargo-Moorhead Opera – “Speed Dating Tonight”
March 18, 20
Love live performance? Be sure to see Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s “Speed Dating Tonight,” a hilarious one-act opera that introduces audiences to stereotypical speed-daters: the liar, the cheat, the drama queen, the nerd and so on and so forth. Regardless of the outcome for the daters during the evening, you and YOUR date will have a glorious time eavesdropping on the whole shebang. https://www.fmopera.org/
END-SURE: Extreme North Dakota Sandhills Ultra Run Experience
Test your endurance at North Dakota’s longest footrace and first ultramarathon this March in McLeod. The terrain is quintessential North Dakota, with 25K, 50K, 100K and 100-mile races traversing trails across wide-open prairie, pockets of wooded forests and rolling sandhills. https://endracing.com/end-sure.