Sept 25 Downtown News

Street Fair Fun!

Thank you to everyone for another successful Street Fair!  We especially want to thank our sponsors, volunteers, community partners, and patrons for packing Downtown Bismarck Sept 12-13.  It takes dozens of volunteers to make this show a success and we’re so appreciative for the community’s support.  See you next September for year 42.

ND Downtown Conference Speakers

Statewide ideas about our ND Downtowns and Main Streets will be the theme of the 4th Annual ND Downtown Conference from our panel of Downtown Development Practitioners. Keynote Speaker Doug Burgum will kick off the conference October 15, followed by three talented speakers October 16.  Thom Guzman, long time Iowa Main Street champion will keynote day two of the conference.  Katherine Correll from Downtown Colorado Inc., and Mike Zimney from Ulteig Engineers will round out the conference.  For more information or to sign up and learn from these amazing Downtown supporters, visit

Association News

Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation is looking for Downtown Bismarck businesses to participate in Pink-Out Saturday October 11 to benefit patients and families in our area.  Susan Schwieters (Lillians Shoppe) is recruiting downtown businesses to participate in this year’s event. Businesses are asked to donate a portion of Pink-Out Saturday’s sales or to make a donation to the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation, which provides financial support and assistance to ease the burden and stress of cancer patients and their families. Vivian, the pink fire truck will also be parked downtown, providing opportunities for shoppers to write their messages of hope on the fire truck. Businesses are asked to notify Susan by September 29 if they are interested in participating: Susan at 701-258-5303, 701-214-8370 or by email at

Good new for coffee fans Downtown.  Fireflour Pizza has new hours for their Coffee Bar on 5th Street: Monday 7 – 11am, Tuesday – Thursday 7am – 9pm, Friday – Saturday 7am – 10pm.

Downtown News

With increasing rail traffic in North Dakota, BNSF will no longer be halting trains for parades running the usually Capitol to Civic Center route through Downtown on 5th Street.  The Downtowners, along with City of Bismarck staff, Bismarck Police Department officials, and parade organizers were invited to discuss new parade routes.  Thanks to all those involved for thoughtful conversation, while it seems an easy task, the considerations for the route include: safety, traffic flow, police time, assembly and disassembly areas, emergency routes, and private access to homes/businesses.  These issues will be carefully discussed for safe alternatives for future parades.  We’ll be sending a survey to Downtowners members to get their thoughts in the near future.

Upcoming Events
Sept 26, 8-10pm
Dakota Stage Theater
Sept 27, 5-7pm & 8-10pm
High Prairie Arts Complex
Oct 9-19 @ Dakota Stage

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Downtowners Association of Bismarck