May is for running, walking and listening in North Dakota

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Don’t sit back and wait for May to come to you. Attack it with gusto by running a marathon, toe-tapping to bluegrass while gnawing on a plate of ribs, flying a kite or scoping out rare birds. May is a month to get reacquainted with the outdoors. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Friday Night Races
Grand Forks
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Cheer on your favorite drivers Friday nights where Outlaw Sprints, Late Models and Superstocks all compete for the checkered flag.; 701-780-0999

Mouse River Players – Over the River
May 5-8

This intimate, hilarious, and poignant look at generation gaps and the immigrant experience will ring a bell and touch the hearts of all audience members.; 701- 838-3939

Corks and Canvas Art and Wine Walk
May 8

Take an evening stroll through downtown Fargo while enjoying wine sampling, live artists and fantastic shopping.; 701-364-9867

Fargo Marathon
May 8-10

Run fast, run friendly, run Fargo at this exciting event celebrating ten years. It features many races and classes for runners of all skill levels.; 701-786-3274

82nd annual Band Day Festival
May 10

Join the fun of this community festival featuring over 100 entries, many marching bands and the Main Street Mile Race.  The fun continues at Harmon Park for live concerts, vendor booths, fair-style food and family fun.; 701-774-9041 or 800-615-9041

Hairball Rock Concert
May 10

It’s 1980s hair metal all over again. This concert features songs and the bands' outfits from Twisted Sister, Kiss, Def Leppard, and more.; 701-290-6190

Ribs and Bluegrass
May 10

Succulent tasting ribs will be the menu of the day. Throw in some bluegrass music and it is family fun in the Badlands.; 701-623-4830

A Trashy Affaire
May 10

More than 20 vendors will be on hand providing an opportunity for junk lovers to browse and buy upcycled and repurposed junk, along with homemade crafts, food and more. 701-880-0655

Mother’s Day Event
International Peace Garden, Dunseith
May 11

It’s mom’s day, so treat her to a buffet and entertainment at the International Peace Garden. The Mother’s Day Buffet will be followed by free entertainment.; 701-263-4390 or 888-432-6733

END-SPAR: Extreme North Dakota Spring Primer Adventure Race
May 17

Ready for a challenge? Sign up for the "second-hardest race in North Dakota” taking place in and around the scenic Pembina Gorge, based out of Walhalla.; 701-330-0709

Sky Fest Over Fort Stevenson
Fort Steven State Park, Garrison
May 24-26

Check out this kite flying festival for all ages. Fly your own kite, build a kite or simply see kites of all shapes, sizes and colors.; 701-337-5576 or 800-799-4242

60th Annual Birdwalk Weekend Celebration
May 30-June 1

Celebrate 60 years with the traditional birdwalk, chuckwagon breakfast, artists, speakers and hands-on activities.; 701-623-4884

22nd annual Devils Run Car Show and Rod Run
Devils Lake
May 30-June 1

North Dakota's largest rod run and car show is known for its Saturday morning parade. There are many other activities, tours and cruises to pick from, including Pugsley’s Muscle Car Show as the kickoff on Friday.; 701-662-4903

Turtle Mountain Birding Festival
May 30-June 1

Join top birders and biologists in search of Baird’s sparrow, Sprague’s pipit, Le Conte’s sparrow and many other species. Meals, lodging and transportation from MSU-Bottineau campus included. Guided treks daily.; 701-228-5470

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.

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