See What's Cool in North Dakota this January
There are many cool ways to embrace winter across North Dakota in January. Bundle up, find a trail and enjoy a brisk afternoon walk to the sounds of wildlife. Head to the local ice arena and enjoy the company of fellow skaters. Settle into a local establishment for a hot toddy and live entertainment. This frosty winter wonderland is loaded with beauty and fun for the taking, so get out and play. To find more information about events in North Dakota in January, or for a complete list of activities, go to NDTourism.com; 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
First Day Hike
Start the new year off in a healthy and happy way at Fort Stevenson. The state park hosts the First Day Hike, an event that brings together 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 afterwards. Learn more at http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/fssp/fssp.html; 701-337-5576.
December 29 -January 1
Come one, come all dinosaur enthusiasts: Jurassic Quest brings dinosaur adventures for the entire family. Visitors can interact with massive and realistic animatronic dinosaurs in the main exhibit. With more than 80 life-sized dinosaurs in all, adults and children will be delighted for hours as they explore the realistic scenes and engage in hands-on dino activities. Learn more at https://www.jurassicquest.com/; 701-857-7620.
University of North Dakota Men's Hockey
Grand Forks, Ralph Engelstad Arena
Join the crowds and cheer on the eight-time NCAA Division I champion as it welcomes rivals to its legendary venue, “The Ralph!” www.theralph.com; 701-777-4167
January 5, 6: University of North Dakota vs. University Nebraska Omaha
January 26, 27: University of North Dakota vs. Denver University
Junior Hockey in North Dakota
Bismarck, Minot and Fargo
Junior hockey teams continue to bring all the thrills and excitement of ice hockey to North Dakota. Head to the VFW Ice Arena in Bismarck, Scheels Arena in Fargo or the Maysa Arena in Minot and be a part of the action.
January 5,6: Chicago Steel vs. Fargo Force
January 6: Brookings Blizzard vs. Bismarck Bobcats
January 19, 20, 25: Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Fargo Force
January 19, 20: Brookings Blizzard vs. Brookings Blizzard
January 19, 20: Austin Bruins vs. Minot Minotauros
Steve Augeri (former Journey lead vocalist) at Prairie Knights Casino
Enjoy a night of legendary music with former Journey lead vocalist Steve Augeri. In 1998, Augeri debuted on the seven-times platinum Armageddon soundtrack, and for just under a decade, Augeri recorded three albums and performed on multiple tours. Don’t miss top hits like “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Faithfully” and “Anyway You Want It.” Learn more at http://prairieknights.com/events/journey-former-lead-vocalist-steve-augeri/#.Wjlrbd-nG00; 701-854-7777.
Happy Harry’s Beer and Bacon Festival
Celebrate “swine and suds” at the fifth annual Happy Harry’s Beer and Bacon Festival. The event - held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks – highlights bacon dishes from over eight local restaurants and offers samples of more than 100 varieties of local and national craft beers. Samples are included in the price of admission. Visit http://baconandbeerfestivals.com/grand-forks-nd/.
KMOT Ag Expo
Visit the largest indoor agricultural show in the Upper Midwest. With over 350 exhibitors at 1,000 booths, it’s the ideal way to while away a winter’s afternoon whilst learning about what’s new and improved in agriculture technology and equipment. For more information, log onto http://kmotagexpo.com/ or call 701-852-5254/.
Celebrate Mardi Gras in North Dakota this January with Dickinson’s Trinity High School. This fun event features delicious food, live entertainment, a midway and an auction. www.dickinsoncatholicschools.com/mardigras.cfm; 701-483-6092.
North of Normal Frostival
Did you know that you can snow golf in January in North Dakota? Chances are, you didn’t. Learn about other unique cold-weather games, arts and funky activities at Fargo’s Frostival. It’s a wacky event that celebrates one of the “coolest” places around. http://frostival.com/.
Devils Lake Volunteer Ice Fishing Tournament
It’s time to dig out your warmest duds in preparation for a day on the lake at the largest and longest-running ice fishing tournament in North Dakota. Over 4,000 anglers will compete for a wide range of prizes and take part in the fun to support the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department. 701-662-8022.