October 11 Downtown Bismarck News

Save the Date! SOTD Nov. 7th

Downtown Business Association members and our local partners are invited to the State of the Downtown 2018.  We’ll look at Downtown 2018 ‘By The Numbers’, upcoming initiatives with the Downtown Bismarck Community Partnership, tease the new Bismarck Beacon campaign, and recognize achievements from the past year. The June & Jim Thompson Downtown Leadership and Volunteer of the Year awards will also be presented at the 2018 State of the Downtown.

Friends of the Rail Bridge
Downtowners staff attended Tuesday’s City Commission meeting for an update on the fate of the BNSF Rail Bridge between Bismarck-Mandan.  The preferred option for BNSF would be to use the existing bridge location for a new rail bridge and demolish the existing bridge.  However, there are other options particularly those being explored by a group call FORB or Friends of the Rail Bridge.  The group led by Mark Zimmerman, former State Parks Director and current Bismarck Park Board member, speaking as a citizen of the group, would like to explore the option of the historic bridge remaining as a pedestrian pathway.  BNSF would then have to move the current placement of a new rail bridge approximately 80 feet north of the existing bridge.  While groups are still deep in discussions and meetings, FORB wants to explore all options thoroughly.  Meetings are ongoing and we encourage all to check out FORB for more info and how to be involved.  The fate of the bridge has some bearing on the Downtown Sub-Are Plan as connections from Downtown to the Missouri River (and beyond) were mentioned as a key connection.


Downtown Events

October 11

Live Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece


October 11

Fall Trunk Show

Blink Eyewear

October 11


Sixteen03 Main Events

October 13

Paint the Town Pink

(Former) Amish Furniture Building

October 13

Pillow Fundraiser for Paint the Town Pink


October 13

Gamechanger: The Pursuit of Health & Happiness

Belle Mehus Auditorium

October 14

Mini Sessions with Your Pets

Exposure Boutique & Studio


October 14

Women’s Business Summit

Bismarck Event Center

October 14

Wine, Women & Chocolate

Sixteen03 Main Events

October 17

1 Million Cups

Dakota Stag Ltd.

October 17

Sushi Buffet


October 19

Grand Opening Celebration

Desirae’s Makeup & Beauty Lounge

October 20

Count on Beethoven

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony

October 22

Annual Fall Frame Show

Dakota Eye Institute

October 26

Haunted Halloween Party

Missouri Valley Family YMCA


Dakota Horror Film Dash

Registration for the Dakota Horror Film Dash is now open! Teams can have up to six members. Sign up by midnight October 17 to participate!The film dash kicks off on October 18, 2018 at 7 pm. We will assign you a line of dialogue, a character, and a prop to be included in your film. Following the kickoff you’ll have 9 days to write, cast shoot, and edit your film. Films must be submitted by midnight on October 26th, 2018. Come to the screening on October 27th, 2018 to see everyone’s work and celebrate the winners. The Dakota Dash Films will be shown from 7:30 – 10:00 pm at Dakota Stage. $20 Registration Fee must be turned in during or before this event.

For more information visit dash.dakotafilmfestival.org

Marauders on Main Homecoming Celebration

Join UMary alumni and friends plus Jerome Distributing Inc. for a pub crawl through five downtown bars, after the UMary Homecoming football game!  First 300 people get a free shirt, and everyone gets a free mug! Complete the crawl for a chance to win some great prizes (including a brand new kayak!) Drink specials at each stop along with food available at Edwinton Brewing and The Starving Rooster. Registration starts at 4:30pm in the Depot parking lot, and prize drawings at 9 p.m. at Borrowed Bucks (must be present to win).


8th Annual Bucks for Bras
Member Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse, the American Cancer Society and the Bismarck Cancer Foundation are hosting the eighth annual “Bucks for Bras” Benefit Event on Wednesday, October 24 at Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse. The “Bucks for Bras” Benefit Auction highlights the talents of area artists through the glamorization of the brassiere. The bras are donated, while attendees have the opportunity to bid on these on-of-kind wearable pieces, as well as other non-wearable works of art at the event. Get your tickets at Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse, the Bismarck Cancer Center or the American Cancer Society.