Sept 5 Downtown News

40th Annual Street Fair

Schedule and Information

Important Info for Sept 13-14

Street Fair is just around the corner!  The 40th Annual Downtowners event will take place Friday Sept 13 from 10am-8pm and Saturday Sept 14 from 9am-6pm.  Over 180 artists, crafters, and food vendors will line the streets of 7 city blocks in Downtown Bismarck.  Parking for the event is available at all three Downtown parking ramps (3rd & Main, The Parkade, and The Galleria), for $1/hr or a maximum of $6/day.  Kids activities for the Street Fair will also be set up for the duration of the show.  The Monster Mural will be set up on 4th & Broadway near the Info Booth.  Sam’s Club of Bismarck is sponsoring the 6 feet high 20 feet long community art project, kids of all ages are welcome to help us paint the mural for display in Downtown Bismarck after the show.  Inflatable kids games by JT’s Inflatable games will be bouncing in the Kokkler’s Jewelry parking lot on 6th & Broadway.   Friday night starting at approximately 8pm the Downtowners in partnership with Starion Financial will be showing the outdoor retro classic movie Back to the Future on the Burleigh County Courthouse lawn.  The event is free, however seating is limited so get there early and bring chairs or blankets.  A popcorn sample is also included, pop will be available for purchase.  TOMS Vagabond Tour, hosted by the popular shoe company TOMS, will be set up on the corner of 5th & Main Ave in front of Ameriprise Financial.  This is part of TOMS One for One program that donates shoes to those in need in over 60 countries.
The Downtowners Street Fair brings thousands of patrons into Downtown Bismarck over the two day show.  Please make sure we put our best foot forward and show everyone what Downtown Bismarck has to offer!
Street Closure: Roads within the Street Fair event will be closed at 5pm Thursday Sept 12.  All vehicles left in that area will be towed.  No parking signs will be hung in the affected areas on Monday.  Please let your employees and customers know of this change.  All streets will open back up Saturday at 11pm.  Closed streets during the show are: Broadway from 3rd St to 6th St, 4th Street from Main Ave to Thayer Ave, 5th Street from Main Ave to Thayer Ave. 
See you at the Street Fair!


Dakota Stage Theater

Screen and Project Installation

Upgrades Make Venue Usable for Many Groups

Dakota Stage Theater on Main Ave in Downtown Bismarck has long been a meeting place for the community.  Prior to its community theater programming, the building housed the Capitol Theater showing the latest movies of the day. Through out the years, many changes have been made to the interior and the projection capabilities were minimized.  The stage is proud to announce they’ve installed a new screen and projector.  This upgrade will make the venue easy to use for conferences, speakers, films, and be used as a digital playbill for theater programming.  If you’re interested in renting this Downtown space for your next event, visit for more information.


Downtown Bismarck

News & Updates

-Luft Bar, the rooftop area of the new Gulch Block Building, will be opening at 3pm on Friday September 6.  The restaurant portion, Humpback Sally’s, is still under construction.  Visit Luft Bar on Facebook for the latest details.
– Progress on rehabilitation to the former Cowan Building continue to take shape this week.  The main floor street windows have been added, while the upper 4 story windows are being installed.  There are over 200 windows in the building needing replacement.  The street loading zone has been poured as well as the sidewalk.   Some space has already been leased in the project, for more information on leasing opportunities, visit
-Crabapple Floral & Gifts, a new florist in Bismarck, will be opening up shop September 5 at 303 E Main Ave.  Kelsey Ruhland, owner and head designer of Crabapple, will be doing events, weddings, and day to day arrangements.  Their location will be inside ACO (A Creative Outlet) on Main Ave which opened earlier this year and supports local creatives in the area.  You can find more on Facebook or their website:
-Langan Engineering and Lucky Ducks Deli were both approved for Renaissance Zone projects at the Authority’s August meeting. Langan would be located in the newly rehabilitated Cowan Building on 4th & Broadway.  Lucky Ducks Deli applied as a building addition looking to add to their existing location. Both projects go to the city and state for approval.

-Construction continues on the Sixth and Thayer Parking Ramp.  Portions of off-street parking adjacent to the project along 6th Street and Thayer Ave have been closed.  Please consider using the parking ramps if off street parking is full.
–If you are considering a downtown development or renovation of a Downtown building, the CORE Incentive Programs are once again available through the City of Bismarck.  The CORE Programs currently active are Façade Improvements, Housing Incentive Grant, Technical Assistance Bank, and Sidewalk Subsurface Infill.  The programs are designed to encourage reinvestment, rehabilitation, and new development in the Downtown area.  For more information contact the Downtowners or Jason Tomanek at the City of Bismarck at 701-355-1849.
– The Bismarck Parking Authority is offering free evening parking in the 3rd and Main Ramp from 4pm to 2am daily.  With continued activity and nightlife in Downtown Bismarck, the ramps allow the public to enjoy the city center and not have to search for street parking. *How the After Hour Complementary Parking Works: Use the entrance to the 3rd & Main Ramp on 3rd Street.  Pull into the ramp and pull a time stamped ticket.  The arm will raise and allow the car through to park.  When exiting the ramp, simply use the hourly lane and deposit your ticket in the slot, the arm will already be raised to allow the cars to exit. There is no leeway on timing.  If you enter at 3:59pm or exit at 2:01am, the customer will be charged the normal hourly rate.

Downtowners’ Association

Member News

Welcome to our newest member:

Insurance Plus
207 E Front Ave
Bismarck ND

You can find all our members information at 

The Scarecrow Mural by Member BDAC (Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op) is underway at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, check out the awesome mural when the Pumpkin Patch opens Sept 9 north of Bismarck.  Also stop by BDAC’s new exhibit “Discover Bismarck-Mandan” September 6-October 5.

Join Member Bismarck Art & Galleries Association for the monthly exhibit reception featuring artists Michael Dunn, Brad Bachmeier & Nate Weil on September 6.

-Send all member news and events to

What’s Shakin’ Downtown?

Events Downtown

Sept 5
1st Thursdays Alive After 5
Downtown Bismarck 

Sept 5-8
UTTC International Powwow
Parade Sept 7 

Sept 6-7
Live Stand Up Comedy
@ Dakota Stage

Sept 13-14
40th Downtowners Street Fair
Downtown Bismarck

Sept 13-14
ND Sportsman’s Expo
Bismarck Civic Center

Sept 20-21
Kroll’s Bismarck Marathon

Sept 21-22
Presented by the Bismarck Cancer Center

Sept 28
Living Masterpieces
Presented by Dakota Stage

Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchesta announces their their 37th Season: Visit for all the details and show dates.