North Dakota Arts Scene a Standout in March Madness

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Bismarck, ND – March is known for inducing sports fever across the United States and North Dakota gets in on the mania. High school basketball tournaments commence this month and the NCAA basketball promise to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Sports isn’t the only craze this month: The state is also abuzz with cultural events. Whether you’re in the mood for the theater, the arena or getting artsy with the locals, come find your fun this March in North Dakota.

An Abundance of Art

Art is prevalent in this prairie state, so visitors don’t have to travel far to experience it. Bismarck utility boxes are wrapped with the work of local artisans and their workmanship is also showcased on murals painted in the city’s downtown Art Alley. Spot the vibrantly painted buffalo around Fargo or works by the Minot Street Art Movement around the Magic City. For a rural art experience, drive the Enchanted Highway to see a collection of the world’s largest scrap metal sculptures or follow the quilt trail in the northeast to view exquisite quilt designs hung on North Dakotan barns. Communities across the state offer unique outlets for people to join together in their appreciation for the cultural arts such as Jamestown and you may also find additional art options at the North Dakota Humanities Council.    

The Fargo Film Festival runs March 21-25 with most screenings at the historic Fargo Theatre. A wide genre of films will compete for various awards, including Best in Show, Competitive Category and Special Awards Category. Bismarck’s Dakota Digital Film Festival is held at the historic Belle Mehus Auditorium where the public can view screenings from local filmmakers and video artists.

Performance arts options are plentiful in North Dakota. Enjoy a production by the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Company or catch a live movie theater transmission of the Metropolitan Opera . Check local listings for live theater performances. In the mood for a concert? Legendary rock band Journey makes an appearance in Fargo this month and choirs and musicians provide live music to audiences across the state.

Want to make your own art? The Makers Movement is moving full steam ahead in this historically do-it-yourself-minded state. North Dakota communities are working to cultivate this movement with events like Artful Happy Hour, food and wine events and craft shows. Local retailers such as the Unglued Market and online sites like Etsy are supporting these efforts by offering North Dakota artisans’ wares for sale.

The Sport Season

Sports enthusiasts love March and a glance at this month’s tournament schedule explains why. Get your fill of hoops with state high school basketball tournaments for girls and boys Class A and Class B, which play out in Minot, Grand Forks and Bismarck. West Regional Men’s NCAA DI Ice Hockey tournament convenes in Fargo or get in touch with your inner cowboy or girl at a rodeo. There’s always the option to participate in the sporting event yourself, like a running or fatbike race.

Whether you’re looking for a rich cultural experience or just an opportunity to holler for your team this March, North Dakota has something for everyone.