February is the shortest month of the year, so we have to pack in as much as we can to make the most of it. From east to west and towns in between, there is no shortage of indoor and outdoor entertainment this February. For details on these or other events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Cabin Fever Days
Few events combine skating, hockey, swimming and … dodgeball. Cabin Fever Days is a community celebration that gets people moving outside and inside with an emphasis on family fun. http://jamestownparksandrec.com/programs/winter-activities/cabin-fever-days/; 701-252-3982
9th annual Bite the Ice on ‘The Hook’ Ice Fishing Tournament
Annual ice fishing tournament on Lake Sakakawea’s Van Hook Arm. Get out on the big lake, make memories and earn prizes. www.parshallnd.com/bite_the_ice_11.html; 701-862-3459
Feast of Nations
Go around the world without leaving North Dakota. The 53rd annual celebration will feature demonstrations by Salsa Explosion, the Manitoba Korean Association, Ca Claque, and Brazilian musician Marco Costillo, And don’t forget the cuisine which will include dishes from Russian, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lebanon, and Senegal. www.feastofnations.und.edu; 701-777-6393
Squirt International Hockey Tournament
February 13-15, 20-22, 27-March 1
Help the kids lace up the skates and get out of the way for three weekends of youth hockey throughout Fargo-Moorhead. More than 180 regional teams are expected to compete in the series of tournaments. www.fargohockey.org/page/show/107138-2015-squirt-international; 701-235-4300
Spend a day learning what life was like for explorers and Native Americans on the North Plains. Snowshoe at Fort Clark Historical site and make your way to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site for food, stories and more. www.history.nd.gov/events/heritageoutbound.html; 701-328-2666
Bismarck, February 17
Grand Forks, February 18
Admit it. You tapped your toes to ABBA back in the day. Step back in time as a daughter tries to find her real father in time for her wedding. And enjoy the music of Swedish super-group ABBA as a backdrop. Bismarck: www.bismarckciviccenter.com/; 800-745-3000. Grand Forks: und.edu/chester-fritz-auditorium/; 701-777-4090
You can totally golf in February in North Dakota, as long as you’re prepared to play on a frozen lake. ShiverFest makes it possible along with mite hockey, a quilt show, ice fishing, pond hockey, sleigh rides and a motorcycle show. www.devilslakend.com; 701-662-4903
Virgil Hill Boxing
Boxing Hall-of-Famer and Olympic medalist Virgil Hill launched his great career before packed houses at the Bismarck Event Center so it’s only fitting that Hill’s “One Last Stand” will be back on his home turf. The bout ticket will include several other up-in-coming North Dakota fighters.
These are just a few events and activities in North Dakota during February. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663
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