Plan for Fun and Sun in North Dakota This May

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May starts summer off right in North Dakota, where you can have your say of outdoor adventure, live entertainment or quiet retreats. Theodore Roosevelt National Park turns 40 this year, so carve out some time to experience this spectacular national treasure. A range of musical talent travels through the area this month, so don’t miss out on fun, lively performances. Hit the hiking and biking trails around the state or run Fargo’s streets in one of several race events at the Fargo Marathon. To learn more about these events, and for a complete list of things to see and do, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Thomas Rhett Life Changes Tour
Grand Forks
May 3
May 4

Thomas Rhett brings his Life Changes Tour to North Dakota. Don’t miss out on this country crooner known for mixing country with pop, R & B and soul. Rhett scored his first No. 1 hit – “It Goes Like This” - in 2013 and he’s been on a roll ever since with eight chart-topping singles. Brett Young and Russell Dickerson also will be featured at the show.;

Hugo’s Third Street Dance 2018
Grand Forks    
May 5

Come out for an evening of free entertainment in downtown Grand Forks. The popular cover band Hairball will headline the musical entertainment at the street dance on Third Street, which is open to all ages. Enjoy food and beverages at this event.; 701-775-3333.

Bismarck Bucks

The Bismarck Bucks are a Champions Indoor Football (CIF) team playing home games in the Bismarck Event Center. The Bucks are playoff contenders in the North Conference.

  • Bismarck Bucks vs. Quad Cities Steamwheelers – May 5, Bismarck
  • Bismarck Bucks vs. Omaha Beef – May 12, Bismarck

Northern Plains Ballet: Peter Pan
May 11–13

Follow Wendy, John and Michael on their adventure to Neverland, where they discover Peter Pan’s world of mermaids, pirates, lost boys and fairies. This whimsical production is sure to delight audiences as this crew of characters flies, twirls and dances against a backdrop of incredible sets.; 701-530-0986.

Fargo Marathon
May 14-19

Back for its 14th year, the Fargo Marathon unites runners from all over the upper Midwest. Enjoy a week of fun leading up to the big event, including a Furgo dog run and a youth run. This year’s race visits all three university campuses in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

City Rock Fest Tour
May 12

Connect with fellow music lovers at the Jamestown Civic Center for a concert featuring five Christian rock bands in one show: Disciple, Seventh Day Slumber, Random Hero, Spoken and As We Ascend. 701-252-4835.

Wynonna and the Big Noise
Fort Yates
May 19

Join Wynonna Judd and her band The Big Noise for a night of “root-sy” work that encompasses music genres from country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. The band will perform at the Prairie Knights Casino.; 701-854-7777.

Extreme North Dakota Spring Primer Adventure Race (END-SPAR)
May 20

Looking for some grueling – but rewarding - adventure this May? Check out END-SPAR. The event is designed for newbies to adventure racing and is intended to allow them to get their feet wet (and surely muddy) without the full commitment to a longer race. And for the veteran adventure racers, it’s a great way to start getting back into ‘race shape’ after the long winter.; 701-645-3630.

Art Olson Car Show and Swap Meet
West Fargo
May 20

View the nearly 100 cars on display at the Art Olson Car Show and Swap Meet at West Fargo’s Bonanzaville. Visit with like-minded car lovers and enjoy the crafts and collectibles on display. Food and drink will be available.; 701-238-4992.

Sky Fest over Fort Stevenson
May 26–28

Take full advantage of North Dakota’s gusty weather and paint the sky with kites of all shapes, colors and sizes at Fort Stevenson’s annual Sky Fest. Kiters of all ages and skills are welcome. Participants can build a kite to fly at the festival or bring their own.

Badlands Gravel Battle 100+
May 27

If you love mountain biking on single track, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to race across it in North Dakota’s incredible Badlands. The Badlands Gravel Battle is a 120-mile bicycle competition through the state’s gravel and scoria backroads that pushes participants to their physical limits. The race route begins and ends in charming Medora and crosses the Little Missouri River.; 701-570-9138.