If you're looking to get some culture in your life, there are a few options in the capital city. The Bismarck - Mandan Symphony Orchestra will satisfy culture vultures' need for classical music. Performances are held in the Belle Mehus City Auditorium, which is a historic landmark having opened in 1914.

For all your theater needs, stop by Dakota Stage. Many different plays have been performed here, from "Death of a Salesman", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to "Romeo and Juliet". You can also bring the kids, as the group sponsors the Shade Tree Players, a summer theater program for children.

Dance lovers can also rejoice. Northern Plains Dance is a nonprofit organization that puts on three annual performances, including The Nutcracker in December, Choreographers' Showcase in February, and a full-length story ballet in the spring, all held at the historic Belle Mehus City Auditorium in downtown Bismarck.