February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's not short on activities. From ice fishing and skiing to various sporting events and the arts, North Dakota is chalk full of activities. RULegendary? To find more information about these activities and for a complete list of events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Monster Jam 2011 February 4-5, Fargodome Be part of this high-powered, action-packed battle where these monsters are on a mission, aiming for perfection while wowing the crowd with their driving precision and wheelie tricks. The stacked lineup of trucks will compete in side-by-side racing and freestyle. http://www.fargodome.com/; 701-241-9100
PRCA Rodeo February 11-12, Bismarck Civic Center Two-day indoor rodeo performance by some of the top rodeo hands in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. www.bismarckciviccenter.com; 701-355-1377
Winter Adventure February 12, Knife River Indian Villages, Stanton Activities for the day include crafting, hiking and dinner in the earthlodge, with special presentations. Reservations are required. http://www.nps.gov/knri; 701-745-3300
Winter Festival February 12, Cross Ranch State Park, Center Warm up with a bowl of soup before cross-country skiing (equipment available) and stay until dusk to ski a candlelit trail. Other activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, and educational programming inside and outside the visitor center. www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/crsp.htm; 701-794-3731
The Church Basement Ladies February 12, Chester Fritz Auditorium, Grand Forks It's 1969 and the world is changing. As folks protest the Vietnam War and women are demanding equal pay for equal work, in their small rural Minnesota community the ladies of the Lutheran church basement kitchen are dealing with changes of their own. www.cfa.und.edu; 701-777-4090
Sport and Recreation Show February 18-19, Jamestown Civic Center, Jamestown Sport show with vendors from the outdoor recreation and sports fields. 701-252-1400
API Gumbo Cookoff February 19, Quality Inn, Dickinson Teams tests their skills with the most unique ingredients they can find; including shrimp, sausage and even alligator! Come sample some of the "Dark Secrets of the Bayou." www.visitdickinson.com; 701-483-4988 or 800-279-7391
Sheyenne Fine Arts presents "Just Friends" February 22, Lisbon Opera House Two dear friends, Jimmy and Dee, give a concert of great cabaret music. www.lisbonoperahouse.org; 701-678-3334
Prairie Isle Dogtrekking Women's Challenge 2 February 24-26, Binford Back by popular demand! During the course of three days, get hands-on experience with sled dogs and how to deal with the challenges of dog sledding. You'll be surprised about what you can learn from dogs and how it applies to everyday life challenges. Participants will also experience cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, orienteering, and the joy of a North Dakota winter adventure. www.prairieisledogtrekking.com; 701-345-8554
Choreographer' Showcase: Piano to Forte February 25-26, Belle Mehus Auditorium, Bismarck Expect an eclectic mix of innovative dance set to a compelling variety of music that will leave your mind open and your soul breathless. www.northernplainsdance.org; 701-530-0986
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman February 25-27, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau Although they are open to anyone 18 or older, the workshops are tailored primarily to ladies who have never tried dog sledding, ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and tracking. http://gf.nd.gov/education/instruction/outdoorswoman.html; 701-263-4513
Jazz Arts Big Band featuring Grant Stewart February 26, The Venue, Fargo Saxophonist Grant has played clubs in New York like Birdland, Smoke, The Ketano, The Jazz Standard and Fat Cat and can be heard every Tuesday night at Smalls Jazz Club. www.jazzartsfm.com; 218-359-4529
2011 Men's Show February 26-27, Alerus Center, Grand Forks Do some summertime daydreaming as you check out the latest and greatest in boats, jet skis, ATVs, RVs and other boys' toys. There will also be informational seminars, live entertainment, food vendors and more. www.aleruscenter.com; 701-792-1200
North Dakota Museum of Art Concert Series February 27, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks Sarah Cahill's most recent long-term project involves commissioning 18 composers to write new works envisioning peace. This project is titled A Sweeter Music. www.ndmoa.com; 701-777-4195
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These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in February. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.
Make your North Dakota vacation more enjoyable by planning ahead and making hotel reservations in advance. For a listing of local convention and visitors bureaus offering travel assistance, go to: www.ndtourism.com/industry/chamber-links/.