September 21st Downtown Bismarck News


50th Street Fair

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Downtowners Staff would like to thank everyone that volunteered, came down, and celebrated the 50th Annual Downtowners Street Fair.

This year was bigger than ever, and we could not have put this show on without our volunteers, sponsors, vendors, musicians, and the community’s support.

Special thanks to Bobcat, Coca-Cola, Dakota Fence, AARP, First Western, Your Home Improvement Co, KFYR-TV, Townsquare Media, Herc Rentals, BNC Bank, Starion Bank, Dakota Community Bank and Trust, the Bismarck Larks, Bravera Bank, MDU, the U.S. Army, Basin Electric, and the Bismarck Police. And a huge thank you to Mother Nature for some of the best Street Fair weather ever.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Dawn Kopp will be joining the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program! Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services. Over the next three months, she will gain more tools and training needed to help continue to expand the Downtown Business Association of Bismarck and the Downtown Bismarck Community Foundation and make an impact on our community here in Bismarck and North Dakota. #MakeSmallBig

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Jimmy V’s Trivia: The Witcher

Thursday, September 21st at 7 pm is The Witcher Trivia at Jimmy V’s. It is free to play, but spots fill up quickly so get there early to reserve your spot!

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Little Kids, Big World: Fall Leaves

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to this free interactive learning series where they will learn about why leaves change colors and discover the different leaves we have on the State Museum grounds.


These interactive 30-minute programs introduce children to North Dakota’s fascinating history. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and are asked to meet at the east entrance information desk.

“Little Kids, Big World” classes, led by educator Sarah Fox, are offered in a large public space with social distancing considerations. Each child is provided with their own supplies.

The event will be this Saturday, September 23rd at 2 pm and 3 pm.

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Library Game Night

Monday, September 25th at 1:30 pm enjoy a free family movie, The Little Mermaid (PG), in the story room at the Bismarck Public Library. Children’s Library Movie Days coincide with days off at Bismarck Public Schools. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by a caregiver age 12+. Drinks are welcome, but no food please.

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LEGO Club For Kids

The State Historical Society of North Dakota is hosting “Explorer Day” Monday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. This program is free and open to the public.


The event features hands-on activities for the entire family. Learn about animal tracks and nature journaling. Participate in a Red River Rendezvous to experience what it was like to be a fur trader. Try your hand at basic orienteering skills including reading maps and using a compass. Other activities include identifying furs of North Dakota animals, making sun prints, building paper boats, and trivia.

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CraftCade Trivia

CraftCade Trivia: Star Wars, Thursday, September 21. One of the BIGGEST movie franchises that changed film & pop culture! Only looking at Episode I through Episode IX. The Skywalker Saga from beginning to end in the films!

• Starts at 7pm!
• 3 Rounds!
• Teams up to 4!
• Prizes after each round!
• Grand Prize stash to winners!

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BMSO Presents: Resistance

Saturday, September 23 at Belle Mehus Auditorium

Experience the emotional power of Beethoven’s music, including the Eroica Symphony and Egmont Overture, with pianist Jay Hershberger joining the BMSO for Piano Concerto No. 4.

You can purchase tickets online or in person at the Bismarck Event Center box office to avoid convenience fees.

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Grab your friends and family and head out to Buckstop Junction for the 17th Annual Applefest! Join the Bismarck Cancer Center for music, food, kids games, and more. The event will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Buckstop Junction, 3805 E Bismarck Expy, Bismarck, ND. Applefest is one of the biggest sources of income for patient services at the Bismarck Cancer Center.

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The Capital Gallery: Annual Art Gala

The Capital Gallery’s 6th Annual Art Gala is Thursday, October 5, at North Dakota’s Gateway to Science. The event is an evening of art, fine dining, and fun. The event will include both a silent and live auction of works created by more than 20 North Dakota artists. Many activities and other auction items are planned.

This year’s Art Gala theme of “Create Light” is also to help raise awareness of mental health issues.


The event begins at 5:00 pm with socializing and a silent auction, dinner, a live auction, and a great deal of fun! Our auctionister is Katie (Cashman) Fitzsimmons, a local favorite.

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