May 2nd Downtown Bismarck News

Small Business Week

It’s Small Business Week!

Did you know small businesses employ nearly half all private sector workers? Not only do they keep our local economies running, they create a vibrant, walkable downtown community with lots of fun activities.

To celebrate, all week long small local Downtown Bismarck businesses are hosting various specials and sales. You can also pick up a Small Business Week points card and earn points as you shop at participating businesses. The person who turns in the card with the most points will win a grand prize from all the participating stores.

There are so many ways to support a small business, whether it be making a purchase, sharing & liking a social media post, leaving positive reviews on Google & Facebook, or telling your family & friends about the small businesses you love. And don’t forget, even after this week is over, to shop small and support local, because every week is small business week.

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Art & Wine Walk

We are getting close to filling up spots for artists and businesses participating in this year’s Art & Wine Walk which is Thursday, June 13th. If you were hoping to be a part of this great community event, submit your applications now! Available on our website. Early-bird tickets will go on sale soon, starting May 6th.


Custom Trucker Hat Bar at the Elbow Room/Roundhouse:

-Variety of Hat Colors, Patches, Chains, Pins
*Hats Starting at $15

-2-4-1s from 7-11
-Appetizer Specials
-$3 Busch Light Pounders

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Square Foot Show at BAGA

New Square Foot exhibition at BAGA this month. Stop by to view all the amazing works of art on 12″ X 12″ canvases.

Open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday – Friday and 10 am to 1 pm Saturday.

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Jimmy V’s Trivia

Trivia tonight, May 2nd at Jimmy V’s. Trivia starts at 7, but spots fill up fast, so get there early! Free and open to the public.

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Little Kids, Big World: Cinco de Mayo

Hear a story about Cinco de Mayo and make your own piñata.

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 west entrance information desk.

The event will be Saturday, May 4th at 2:30 and 3 pm.

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Mother’s Day Tea Party

This Mother’s Day, May 12 from 11am-2pm join The Jousting Lemur to celebrate moms over some delicious scones, sandwiches, desserts, and of course… fabulous tea!

Make this Mother’s Day unforgettable as you bond with Mom over the delightful unique experience of an English tea party. Bring your mother, grandmother, or any special mother figure in your life and dive into a shared experience of relaxation. All ages welcome. Special pricing for those under 18. Reservation Only.

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CraftCade General Trivia

Thursday, May 2nd at 7 pm

May the Force be with you! One of the BIGGEST movie franchises that changed film & pop culture! Episode I and ending with Episode XI and all things in between including Mandalorian and Clone Wars!

Meet you at The CraftCade for Trivia, I will. -Yoda

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

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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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Keep Bismarck Beautiful

Spring has finally sprung. Just in time for the upcoming 11th Annual Keep Bismarck Beautiful clean-up day! This city-wide event relies heavily on volunteers of all ages. They are in need of hundreds of helping hands to clean up our community, so please help us spread the word and recruit volunteers!


  • Date – May 4
  • Time – 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (noon)
  • Registration – register to volunteer and be entered for door prizes!
  • Meeting Place – Peace Park, Bis. Parks & Rec Office, 400 E Front Ave.
  • What you need – Bring gloves, wear long pants and comfortable shoes.
  • We will provide – t-shirts, garbage bags, safety vests and Bearscat Donuts for the first 100 volunteers.

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Mom’s Mai Tai Mixer

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Big Dog Tiki Bar at their Mom’s Mai Tai Mixer! On May 11th, moms can enjoy buy one, get one free drinks all night long. Treat your mom to a tropical night out with their delicious Mai Tai cocktails.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Please join MSA United Way and USPS Letter Carriers on May 11th 2024 as they collect, sort, and distribute thousands of pounds of nonperishable food items to local agencies, food pantries, and the United Way Backpack Program. This is a great volunteer opportunity for your whole family. Volunteers are needed from 11am – 6pm.

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New Exhibit Capital Gallery

New exhibit at The Capital Gallery from April 30th to June 29th that combines artwork with poetry! Come check out Whispers, featuring Britta Anderson Studio, Kent Burkhardsmeier, Shelly Larson, Alicia Leingang Art Studio, Jon Offutt, and Jessica Wachter.

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