Aug 20 Downtown Bismarck News

Street Fair Coming Sept 18-19

42nd Annual Downtowners Street Fair
Friday Sept 18, 10am-8pm
Saturday Sept 19,  9am-6pm
Each fall the Downtowners host a favorite Bismarck event, the Annual Street Fair.  The show brings together over 180 art, craft, and food vendors to 7 blocks of Downtown Bismarck over two days. 2015 will be the 42nd year of Street Fair and the event continues to draw huge crowds.  Part of the success can be attributed to the local groups that have had perennial booths at the fair.  Service groups, churches, booster clubs, and other community organizations serve up favorites to masses and raise funds for their respective groups.  It’s the kind of event you run into people you haven’t seen all year and chit chat with old friends and neighbors.  We hope to see you there!
There is no longer a parade associated with the Street Fair, the UTTC Parade of Champions is the week prior.  Visit for their parade info.

Association News

The North Dakota Humanities Council will be hosting the 2015 GameChanger Series titled, iHuman: How is technology changing humanity? This event will be located the Legacy High School Auditorium on September 26, 2015 from 1-6 p.m. For more information about this event or where to purchase tickets visit

Member Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestraannounces its 40th Season, “Light a Fire”. For more information about the season visit
To purchase season tickets please call 701-258-8345, or at the BMSO office at 215 North 6th Street in Bismarck.

Member Todaymade, a tech company in Downtown Bismarck, is hosting their Todaymade Re-brand Launch Party Aug 27 at their Broadway location.  Please RSVP by Aug 25 to

Member Northern Plains Dance is seeking new board members to support their work and mission-based leadership. Professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to contact NPD to find out more about becoming involved in this thriving non-profit that brings arts and culture to our growing city. Knowledge of dance is not required to serve to serve as a Board member. NPD board member will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment. Board meetings will be held 6 times per year.

For more information contact Director, Hollis Mackintosh Heid at mackintosh@northernplainsdance.org701-530-0986, or stop at NPD on Main Ave.

Downtown News

At their August 11 meeting, Bismarck City Commissioners agreed to continue the conversation with developers of the Five South project.
The development is a mixed-used area with proposed commercial and residential buildings.  Representatives of the project presented the city with requests to be considered for changes in the public right-of-way and possible parking structures to accommodate the increase in density.
The motion approved was to direct city staff to bring a proposal back for the commission to weigh in on that included: amending the Urban Renewal Plan and a development agreement. There it would be put through a normal public hearing phase.
Look for that proposal to come back to the City in late September. For those who couldn’t make the meeting you may watch it on

Upcoming Events
August 26
Dakota Stage Theater
August 28
Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative
August 29
Belle Mehus Auditorium
August 31
Belle Mehus Auditorium
Sept. 26
Tom O’ Leary Golf Course