It’s Fun and Sun in North Dakota This May!

Spring has sprung in North Dakota and you can get a jump on summer with an outdoor adventure, complete with live entertainment or just a unique learning experience. The white of winter has given way to greens and yellows and blues. Stroll through the woodlands of a state park and listen to the song of the meadowlark or scream of an eagle circling against a bright blue sky. Pound the pavement to the sound of several live bands during Fargo’s famed marathon. Check out live, local theater or join throngs of concert-goers for a Pink show. And take it as an invitation if someone tells you to “go fly a kite.” Grab your string and favorite kite and head to Kite Fest at Fort Stevenson State Park. These are just some of the many ways to enjoy the onset of North Dakota’s summer. To learn more information 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.


Noises Off – Dakota Stage
May 2-12

Enjoy an evening out in Bismarck with the Dakota Stage performers as they present Noises Off. This fun performance examines the follies of thespians and their susceptibility to egoism, memory loss and passionate affairs. Learn more at or by calling 701-258-4998.

Blue Hawk Stampede Rodeo
May 3-4

If you are looking for some fast-paced rodeo action for the entire family, head to the Stark County Fairgrounds. At Dickinson State University’s Blue Hawk Stampede, college students will compete in performances on Friday night and Saturday afternoon with short-go finals on Saturday evening. Visit; 701-483-4988.

Pink in Concert
May 4

Legendary pop artist Pink brings her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to the Fargodome. Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be a gritty, heartfelt and awe-inspiring performance by this energetic talent. For tickets and more information, head to

Band Night Parade
May 10

Grab a lawn chair, some companions and a spot along the Band Day Parade route for an evening of classic, hometown fun. Area middle and high school bands will march their musical talents through the streets of Bismarck starting at the North Dakota State Capitol. Call 701-223-5320 for more information.

Band Day Parade
May 11

This year, Williston will be hosting two professional guest bands: the Philadelphia Eagles Drumline and McNasty Brass Band, as well as a number of student marching bands from North Dakota and Montana. Other events include baseball doubleheader, 5K Glow Run and food vendors.  For more information, go to

Northern Plains Ballet: Rapunzel
May 17-19

Enjoy this classic tale of forbidden fruit, courage and true love set to music and dance. Northern Plains Dance brings this story to life with lyrical movements set against a gorgeous backdrop of imaginative sets. For tickets and to learn more, visit; 701-530-0986.

Fargo Marathon
May 13-18

Now in its 15th year, the Fargo Marathon brings runners from across the country to the city. 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. Visit for more information.

Chicago the Musical
May 22

Experience the show that has been honored with six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards® and a Grammy® when Broadway makes a stop in Bismarck. This tale of fame, fortune, love and loss is set to some of the most dazzling dancing and singing you’ll ever see. For tickets and more information, visit; 701-355-1370.

Sky Fest over Fort Stevenson
May 25-27

What better way to enjoy North Dakota’s windy weather than with a kite festival? Paint the sky with kites of all shapes, color and sizes at Fort Stevenson’s annual Sky Fest. Kiting enthusiasts of all ages and skills are welcome. Participants can build a kite to fly at the festival or bring their own. See more at

Badlands Gravel Battle 100+
May 26

Love mountain biking on singletrack? Then you won’t want to miss the Badlands Gravel Battle. This 120-mile bicycle competition showcases some of the state’s most rugged gravel and scoria backroads while pushing participants to their physical limits. The race route begins and ends in charming Medora and crosses the rugged Little Missouri River.; 701-570-9138.

North Dakota High School Rodeo
May 27

Watch kids compete in a variety of rodeo events during North Dakota high school rodeo competition at the Stark County Fairgrounds. Whether its barrel racing, steer wrestling, bronc or bull riding, this is a likely competition between the most skilled high school students in the state. 701-483-4988.

North Dakota Horse Expo
May 31-June 2

The North Dakota Horse Expo is an inaugural fundraising event created by the Minot Boys and Girls Ranch Equine Therapy Program. Join horse lovers and equestrians for this three-day event and attend ride-along clinics, demonstrations and lectures. Visit for more information or call 701-426-0174.