February 8th Downtown Bismarck News

Renaissance Zone Applications Open

Applications for the Renaissance Zone Program are now up on the City’s website!

The Renaissance Zone program provides tax exemptions and credits to both residents and businesses for revitalization and redevelopment activities within the Zone, as shown in the above map. The purpose of the Zone is to encourage reinvestment in downtown properties, which in turn strengthens the core of our community. The Renaissance Zone provides both property tax and income tax incentives to property and business owners who invest in qualified projects. There are five different types of Renaissance Zone projects: rehabilitation, new construction, purchase with major improvements, lease, and historical rehabilitation.

A Renaissance Zone project must be approved by both the City of Bismarck and the North Dakota Department of Commerce before the qualifying activity occurs (purchase, new construction, lease, or rehabilitation).

Applications for Renaissance Zone and Downtown Design Review projects are due at 5 p.m. on the Monday, twenty-four days prior to a Renaissance Zone Authority meeting (as shown on the Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines on the City’s website).


Downtown Bismarck Burger Slam

Registration is still open for restaurants who want to participate in Bismarck’s first Downtown Burger Slam. If you are a restaurant interested in participating, please fill out the form on our website once you have created your unique burger by February 26.

Questions? Email maria@downtownbismarck.com

Register Here

Street Fair Early Bird

Vendor applications are now open for the 51st Annual Downtowners Street Fair! Apply now to get the early bird fee.

Apply Here

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Artful Palate

Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and flavors at this one-of-a-kind event, Artful Palate, on Thursday, November 22!

During this dynamic challenge, three teams of the area’s most talented artists, chefs, and mixologists will compete in this unique showcase. Artworks by artists John Swanson, Jaci Trefz and Paul Noot will inspire delicious appetizers and specialty cocktails. Guests will vote and winners will be crowned!

Doors Are Open: 6 to 8:30 pm
Silent Auction: 6 to 8 pm
Tasting and Voting: 6 to 7:30 pm
Awards and Closing Remarks: 8 to 8:15 pm


Sixteen03 Live Comedy Show

Friday, February 16th head over to Sixteen03 for a night of professional stand up comedy! Your $25 ticket includes a free drink and what is sure to be a gut busting show! You can also purchase a table at $175 that can host up to 8 guests. Come hungry, there will be gourmet pizza for purchase by the infamous Gregorio DiDonna. Seating is first come first serve but the first person in your party to arrive is welcome to save seats for your group. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.


Jimmy V’s Trivia

Thursday, February 8th at 7 pm is The Vampire Diaries 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: We Love the Museum!

Valentine’s Day is a great way to celebrate the things we love. Share your favorite State Museum exhibits with the group, hear a story about Valentine’s Day, and make a valentine for someone you love.

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to the free interactive learning series “Little Kids, Big World” at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. 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.

The event will be Tuesday, February 13th at 10 am and Tuesday, February 17th at 10 am and 11 am.

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Wiggling Kids Music Program

Get ready to strike a chord of fun and learning with Matilda Studio’s Wiggling Kids, next session February 13th from 6:30-7! Led by the talented Boram Chern, Bachelor of Music Therapy, this series is your family’s ticket to a world where music meets play and education.

Infants through elementary-aged kids and their families can sing, sway, and explore music’s magic. Expect to move, groove, and even bust a move as you bond over beats and tunes in our weekly sessions!

Join in the harmonious fun! Let’s make music together!

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80’s and 90’s General Trivia

An absolute blast! Throwback to our trivia classic.. General 80’s and 90’s Trivia!

– NO cost to play!
– Teams up to 4 people.
– 3 Rounds with 10 questions each round!
– Prizes after each round!
– Grand Prize for winning team!

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Gastropub Night

Tuesday nights are Gastropub nights at Anima Cucina! Come in from 4:00 pm until close and enjoy half off all beer and order from a special Gastropub menu.

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Furry Friends BINGO

Tonight, Thursday, February 8th is Furry Friends BINGO at Gideon’s Brewing Co. The doors open at 4pm and the fun starts at 6pm.

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