August 11th Downtown Bismarck News

Thank You!

Shops and Hops was last Thursday, and despite the heat, we still had an impressive turn out! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets, all the businesses who participated, and to the CRA Group and Rolf Eggers for letting us use their space for check-in (hint, the space is available for lease). A huge thank you as well to McQuades Distributing for providing the drinks. We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Ride Downtown with BisParks BCycle

Looking for a fun transportation option in downtown Bismarck? Look no further than Bismarck’s bike share program operated by Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD). Rent a bike at the Peace Park station next to the BPRD office (400 E. Front Ave.) and explore downtown or ride our community’s extensive shared-use trail system.

Traditional pedal bikes are available for rent from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The fee is $5 for the first hour and $.07 for each additional minute. Additional stations are located at Sertoma Park, Pioneer Park and BSC Aquatic Wellness Center.

It’s simple to ride. Go to one of the four bike stations and then follow the steps to check out a bike using the BCycle app. You must be at a station and checking out a bike to set up an account on the app. Learn more at

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Kids Safety Day

Friday, August 11th from 1-6 pm, join Safe Kids Bismarck-Mandan for the 2nd Annual Kids Safety Day hosted by Safe Kids Bismarck-Mandan and Sanford! Come to the Capitol Grounds to learn all about safety from different community partners while having fun with games and activities. There will be a bounce house, face painting, fire truck tours, and more! There will also be food and cold treats available for purchase from the Udderly Amazing Treats and Eats food truck!

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Little Kids, Big World: Fuzzysaurs

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to this free interactive learning series where they will see the new fossil exhibit in the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time, and make a dinosaur to take home.

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, August 12th at 10 am and 11 am.

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Join the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library on Thursday August 17th from 6-8 PM for an evening of fun for all at their 2nd annual Librarypalooza! There’s so much to love, and the library is for everyone! Get to know your public library, explore, get connected, and discover how the library can help enrich your life. From park passes and video games, to live music and free classes, there is something for everybody at the library, and You Belong Here! This free community event is sponsored by the Friends of the Bismarck Public Library.

Event activities include: Richard Torrance & Jennifer Lyn live in concert – Live music with KittyKo – Bingo – Free hot dogs & Dippin’ Dots – Gateway to Science – Love on a Leash Therapy Pets – Balloon Ninjas – Face Painting – Passport to Your Library Contest (win great prizes!) – And so much more!

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New Exhibit at BDAC

New solo exhibitions open August 8th -August 26th. This beautiful exhibit features the work of full member Heather Thomas and supporting member Helen Campbell.   Heather’s work finds itself rooted in realism and surrealism styles that captures unique perspectives. ​ Helen is primarily an impressionist style painter who spends a great time creating plein-air paintings.

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New Exhibit at The Capital Gallery

The Capital Gallery’s new Beneath the Artist’s Hand exhibit, running August through September, features their ICON Artists who have been with The Capital Gallery since their founding. We are celebrating these five North Dakota artists who they named to their “ICON Hall of Fame” in October 2022 for their longevity as artists, the quality of their work, their contributions to the success of The Capital Gallery, and their far-reaching impact on the world of art. They are truly some of North Dakota’s most loved and storied artists. Come see the latest works that have been created at Beneath the Artist’s Hand by artists, Walter Piehl, Vern Erickson, Kaye Burian, Butch Thunder Hawk, and Todd Clausnitzer.

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