Play Like a Local this January in North Dakota

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The new year is a lively time in North Dakota, with locals out and about enjoying the delights of winter. Bundle up for a day outdoors, whether at an outdoor ice-skating rink, ski area or sledding hill. Peruse the exhibits at one of the state’s fantastic museums or visit an art gallery such as 62 Doors in Minot, Gallery 4 in Fargo or The Capital Gallery in Bismarck, to take in the work of local artists. Check listings for live entertainment and plan a night out in one of North Dakota’s energetic cities. There are many ways to enjoy January, so get busy planning your fun. To find more information about events in North Dakota, go to; 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

First Day Hike
January 1
Kick 2019 off in a healthy, fun way with the First Day Hike at Fort Stevenson State Park. This event unites outdoor enthusiasts as they hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski a one-mile trail lit by festive candle luminaries. Warm up with snacks and refreshments in the visitor center afterward. Learn more at or call 701-337-5576.

PAW Patrol LIVE! Race to the Rescue
January 8-9
Grand Forks
Don’t miss the heroic puppies from Nickelodeon’s top-rated PAW Patrol when they visit Grand Forks for PAW Patrol Live “Race to the Rescue.” This action and music-filled production will delight audiences of all ages. For tickets and more information, visit or call 701-792-1420.

Fight the Frost
Fargo – January 11-13
Minot – January 18-20
Looking for some indoor adventure this winter reminiscent of playing outside in the summer? Fight the Frost is your answer. More than 30 inflatables, including eight obstacle courses and a designated kiddieland will fill the floors of the Fargodome in Fargo and the Magic Place Room at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot. Archery Tag® and Backlight, dodgeball, nine square and mini-golf are just some of the other activities. Learn more at or call 701-373-0104.

University of North Dakota Men's Hockey
Grand Forks, Ralph Engelstad Arena
See for yourself the legend that is North Dakota hockey. Join the crowds to cheer on the eight-time NCAA Division I champion as it welcomes rivals to its legendary venue, “The Ralph!”; 701-777-4167

January 11-12: University of North Dakota vs. Colorado College
January 25-26: University of North Dakota vs. St. Cloud State

Bismarck Bobcats NAHL Junior Hockey
For 22 years, the Bismarck Bobcats have brought the thrills and excitement of ice hockey to the Bismarck/Mandan area. Head to the VFW Sports Center to take in the action. For tickets and information, visit; 701-222-3300.

January 5: Bismarck Bobcats vs. Aberdeen Wings
January 11-12: Bismarck Bobcats vs. Brookings Blizzard
January 18-19: Bismarck Bobcats vs. Aberdeen Wings

Hockey Day North Dakota
January 18-20
Come out for the first-ever Hockey Day North Dakota and enjoy a weekend of indoor-outdoor hockey at the University of Jamestown campus. Teams ranging from the fifth grade through the collegiate level will compete against one another, with a featured game between the University of Jamestown and the University of Mary on Saturday night. To find out more, call 701-251-9145.

Happy Harry’s Beer and Bacon Festival
January 19
Grand Forks
Enjoy “swine and suds” at the sixth annual Happy Harry’s Beer and Bacon Festival. This fun event highlights bacon dishes from eight local restaurants and offers samples of more than 100 local and national craft beers. Samples are included in the price of admission. Visit

Winter Daze
January 20-27
Now in its 37th year, Mandan’s Winter Daze is a way to join with fellow community members through fun, recreational activities. Get to know someone new at a volleyball tournament, a bingo game or at the ice-skating rink. Visit for more information.

January 25-26
Chances are you didn’t’ realize that you could golf in North Dakota in January. Well, now you can, thanks to Frostival. Learn about other “North of Normal” cold-weather games, snow-ga (that’s snow yoga) arts and funky activities at this wacky event in Fargo that celebrates one of the “coolest” places around.

Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive Tour
January 26
Global comedy superstar and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings his Passively Aggressive Tour to Bismarck. Come out for a night of laughs with Dunham and his cohorts Peanut, Walter, Jose Jalapeno, Bubba J and Achmed. For more information, visit; 701-355-1370.

KMOT Ag Expo
January 30-February 1
Check out the largest indoor agricultural show in the Upper Midwest. With more than 350 exhibitors at 1,000 booths, it’s the ideal way to spend a winter’s day while learning about what’s new and improved in agriculture technology and equipment. For more information, log onto or call 701-852-5254.