October 5th Downtown Bismarck News


Multicultural Welcome Event

Join us on the rooftop of First Western Bank on Saturday, October 21st, from 3-6 pm for food, activities, and music. We invite anyone who may have recently moved to America and to Bismarck who is looking to connect with their neighbors or anyone interested in welcoming their new neighbors. All languages welcome. Registration for the event is optional, but appreciated.


Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is coming up in less than two months (Nov 25), and we are starting to gear up and get ready for this awesome event!

Small Business Saturday is an effort to get customers to spend part of their holiday budget at local independent small businesses, support friends’ and neighbors’ businesses, and make a greater impact on the local economy. Every year Small Business Saturday gets bigger and bigger, and we are excited to be a Neighborhood Champion for the Bismarck community!

If you would like to participate with the Downtowners Small Business Saturday, click the Small Business Saturday signup form below to get started. We will advertise your business and specials for FREE (website, social media, shopping guide app).

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Downtown Clean Up Day

Our downtown clean up day is coming up– Friday, October 13th at 9:30 am! We are looking for help pulling weeds, cleaning the chancellor square area, staining some benches- just generally tidying up the downtown.

If you are interested, or know someone who is, they can sign up at the link below, so we can get an estimate on the amount of help we will have.

Make sure to wear comfortable clothes you can get dirty in and bring garden gloves. We will meet at 4th and Broadway.

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Jimmy V’s Trivia: Horror Films

Thursday, October 4th at 7 pm is Horror Films 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: Northern Lights Wonder

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to this free interactive learning series where they will look at the northern lights in our ‘On the Edge of the Wind: Native Storytellers & the Land’ exhibit and create their own northern lights!


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, October 7th at 2 pm and 3 pm.

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Library Game Night

The used book sale is back! The Friends of the Bismarck Public Library will be holding their Fall Used Book Sale October 7-9 in the Library’s meeting rooms. 50,000+ used books will be for sale at $1.00 per pound. CDs, DVDs, and other items are priced separately. Proceeds fund special purchases/projects at the Library.

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Dakota Stage Presents: Sweeney Todd

“Sweeney Todd” is a dark and thrilling musical that tells the chilling tale of Benjamin Barker, a skilled barber known as Sweeney Todd. Set in 19th-century London, the story revolves around Todd’s quest for revenge against the corrupt Judge Turpin, who wrongfully imprisoned him and stole his wife and daughter.


The show runs from October 12-22.

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CraftCade Trivia

CraftCade Trivia: Big Bang Theory, Thursday, October 5th. BAZINGA! Penny, Leonard, Sheldon and the BBT crew will be the focus of this night!

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

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BMSO Presents: The Music of Terezin- a free concert

Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 pm at Belle Mehus Auditorium

Please join the BMSO for “The Music of Terezin,” an evening of celebration and reflection. The program consists primarily of music composed by some of the prisoners who were held at the Terezin concentration camp in the Czech Republic during WWII. It is sure to entertain and to make you think.

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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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Live Comedy

Looking for a different way to spend a weekend night? Grab your honey or some friends and get over to Sixteen03 Main Events 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 for some gourmet pizza available for purchase by the infamous Gregorio DiDonna.

Sixteen03 is working with the top national talent booking agency to bring the best performers America has to offer. Tickets sell out fast so don’t wait! Tickets are available online or you can buy them in person at Sixteen03 Main Events from 11 am-2 pm weekdays. Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. Comedians for the evening will be Maggie Faris, Julie Bane and Pascha Dunbar.

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Lost Mansions of Bismarck

The Bismarck Historical Society will be hosting a free historical program on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 6:30 PM at Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library.

The topic of this presentation is “Lost Mansions of Bismarck.” Local architectural historian Emily Sakariassen will provide a then-and-now look at the Bismarck Commercial Club’s 1923 photo book. For decades, the precursor to today’s Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC produced promotional booklets highlighting Bismarck’s most attractive assets to entice visitors and potential new residents. One hundred years later, many of these places continue to be recognizable, while others have been lost to the annals of time.

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