July Celebration – Events all Month

Date: July 1st to July 31st || Events, News

Come out and play with Bismarck Parks and Recreation during July Celebration, a whole lot of fun to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month. There’s so much to do, see and experience. Make a commitment to be outside to be inspired and enjoy all that summer has to offer. Let’s Play!

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Sunday, July 1 – 31  •  Photo Contest

  • Send us your pictures of summer fun and you could win a prize package from Bismarck Parks and Recreation. Plus – your photo may just show up in one of our publications or online.
  • bisparks.org/july-celebration-photo-contest

Tuesday, July 3 & 10 •  Tuesday Night Food Fest

  • 4 – 9pm
  • Gateway Mall parking lot, 2700 State St.
  • There will be food trucks, other food vendors, family activities, kids games, music, and more! No admission, just come and enjoy the event. Hosted by URL Radio. facebook.com/urlradio

Free Junior Golf

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:30 – 11am (thru August 31)
  • Friday – Sundays after 5pm (thru Labor Day)
  • 7:30 – 11am
  • Juniors ages 17 & under must tee off from the forward tees on free junior golf mornings. Call courses for tee time. Tuesday mornings and Friday evenings at Riverwood, 222-6462. Tuesday mornings and Sunday evenings at Pebble Creek, 223-3600. Thursdays mornings and Saturday evenings at Tom O’Leary, 222-6531.

Friday, July 6 •  Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater

  • 8pm
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: July 6 – 15
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: July 19-28
  • Sleepy Hollow Park, 2899 E. Divide Ave.
  • It’s a summer tradition! Mark your calendars and enjoy not one, not two, but three choices for your musical pleasure. An evening under the stars, watching the stars. www.shst.org

Saturdays, 10am – 1pm  •  BisMarket

  • Kiwanis Park, 318 S. Washington St.
  • BisMarket is your neighborhood farmer’s market.
  • High quality, locally produced or made products, along with activities for children, entertainment and educational topics presented throughout the season. www.bismarket.com

Sunday, July 8  •  BPRD Geocache Challenge

  • It’s like searching for treasure by using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates that are posted at www.geocaching.com. It’s free. It’s fun. Find all 12 and turn your passport in at the park district for a prize. Passports available online or at the BPRD Administration office, 400 E. Front Ave.

Monday, July 9  •  Free Fitness Facilities Admission


Tuesday, July 10   •  FREE swimming at the outdoor pools

  • Noon – 1:45pm and 2:15 – 4pm
  • 4:30 – 5:45pm and 6:15 – 8pm

Wednesday, July 11  •  Pickleball Social

  • 9 – 11am
  • North Central Tennis Courts, 830 Central Ave.
  • There will be on site guidance from our local players and you will get a chance to play as well! Snacks will be provided as well as more information on drop in play. For more information contact Capital Racquet & Fitness Center, 221-6855.

Wednesday, July 11  •  Free Park Bootcamp

  • 6 – 6:45am
  • Horizon Park, 4800 Durango Drive
  • This bootcamp will give you a total body workout using various pieces of fitness equipment such as medicine balls, TRX, resistance bands, etc. Build strength and increase your cardiovascular fitness with this free class offered from BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center.

Thursday, July 12  •  Disc in the Dark

  • 9:30pm
  • General Sibley Park and Campground, 5001 S. Washington St.
  • Enjoy a 9-hole glow course filled with colored lights and glowing baskets. Bring a glow-in-the-dark disc or add free LED lights to your disc (while supplies last). No registration needed.

Thursday, July 12 through August 16  •  Urban Harvest

  • 11am – 8pm
  • Urban Harvest is open in Downtown Bismarck on the corner of 4th and Broadway every Thursday from July 12 through August 17. The market includes vendors selling fresh produce, arts and crafts and ready-to-eat foods. Urban Harvest also includes entertainment.

Friday, July 13  •  Summer Twilight Golf Special


Saturday, July 14  •  Y93 Pool Party

  • 7:15 – 9:15pm
  • Hillside Aquatic Complex, 1719 E. Boulevard Ave.
  • Kick off July with a splash and this 93 Degree Summer Kickoff Pool Party, sponsored by Y93, Bismarck-Mandan’s #1 Hit Music Station. It’s a Saturday night pool party! Regular pool admission rates apply, and you’ll have music, prizes, and fun on the deck and in the water.

Sunday, July 15  •  24th Annual Theo Art School Garden Walk

  • 10am – 3pm
  • See some beautiful gardens in Bismarck during the Garden Walk, a fundraising and eye popping annual event for Theo Art School. Details at www.theoartschool.org

Monday, July 16 – 22  •  Tennis in the Parks Week


Monday, July 16 – 21  •  Free Group Fitness Classes

  • At BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center, 1601 Canary Ave or the Capital Racquet & Fitness Center, 3200 N. 10th St.. Try a class on land or in the water. Stretch, lift or move. You choose any class at either facility, and bring a friend, for FREE. www.bisparks.org/group-fitness-classes

Tuesday, July 17  •  Community Pool Party

  • 4:30 – 8pm
  • Elks Aquatic Center, 321 W. Broadway Ave.
  • We invite families and friends to join the pool party. This evening swim will include music, prizes, and a departing treat. Regular admission rates apply.

Wednesday, July 18  •  Family Day Riverwalk

  • 10am – 8pm
  • Sertoma Park, 300 Riverside Park Road
  • A free outdoor event along Bismarck’s beautiful Missouri River. Entertainment, food vendors, kids activities. Join in the festivities for families. More details at facebook.com/FamilyDayRiverwalk1

Wednesday, July 18 – August 15  •  Kid’s Summer Stage

  • Noon – 1pm
  • Custer Park, 320 E. Custer Park St.
  • Kids of all ages love this free interactive hour of music and song. Bring a blanket or your own chair. Pack a lunch. A Dakota West Arts Council event showcasing local talent and kids!

Thursday, July 19  •  Movie in the Park: Kicking & Screaming

  • Starts at sunset, approx. 9pm
  • Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, 303 W. Front Ave.
  • Hollywood stars will show up in Bismarck’s skies this summer, as Bismarck Parks and Recreation District plans for a movie a month, through September.
  • Seating available in the stands. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Friday, July 19 – 23  •  Babe Ruth 16-18 Year Old Midwest Plains Regional Tournament

  • Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, 303 W. Front Ave.
  • Baseball: America’s favorite summer pastime. Check online for the game schedule for this state baseball tournament. Play ball!

Friday, July 20  •  Free Indoor Ice Skating

  • 12 – 1:30pm
  • Capital Ice Complex/Wachter Arena, 221 E. Reno Ave
  • Slip on those ice skates during the summer and enjoy indoor skating. Ice skate rental is available, $3/per pair.

Tuesday, July 24 •  Rock the Deck

  • 4:30 – 8pm
  • Hillside Aquatic Complex, 1719 E. Boulevard Ave.
  • Rock the Deck is a pool party for middle school students. Come enjoy the pool on the night set aside just for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Bring a pal to enjoy open swim, music from Y93 prizes, and a departing treat. Regular admission rates apply.

Wednesday, July 25  •  Roller Skating Rink Night


Saturday, July 28  •  Free Tent Camping

  • General Sibley Park and Campground, 5001 S. Washington St.
  • You’ll enjoy camping, trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, a disc golf course and river access. Please reserve your camping space by calling 222-1844 and give the code “campfire fury” to reserve your free tent site.

Saturday, July 28 • Gateway to Science STEM Spectacular

  • 1 – 4pm
  • Frances Leach High Prairie Arts & Science Complex, 1810 Schafer St.
  • Free event, featuring hands-on activities for all ages. Some bubbles, some rockets, some science, some fun! www.gatewaytoscience.org

Saturday, July 28  •  Family Fest at BisMarket

  • 10am – 1pm
  • Kiwanis Park, 318 S. Washington St.
  • Family Fest is held in conjunction with BisMarket. Kids can enjoy free carnival games while parents enjoy the BisMarket vendors. Come play, eat and shop at this FREE event.

Tuesday, July 31  •  McDowell Dam Recreation Area Fun Day

  • 1 – 9pm
  • McDowell Dam Recreation Area, 1951 93rd St. NE
  • Grab a sack lunch or supper and head to McDowell Dam Recreation Area, just four miles east and one mile north on Highway 10. There will be free use of paddleboats, paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and rowboat. Y93 will provide music from 4 – 7pm. Theo Art School will be on site from 5:30 – 7 pm to join in the fun with some face painting.