Festivals

Billings boasts a variety of tricks and treats throughout October, from the MSUB Halloween Hall-Wide with a free carnival, trick or treating, cupcake walk and mini golf to the Trick or Treat at Rocky Mountain College for safe, fun trick or treating at the Anderson and Widenhouse Halls. Check out these options if you’ll be spending the witching season in Montana:

  • Downtown trick or treat: Downtown Billings offers a free community trick or treat Halloween night with a variety of businesses handing out goodies. Activities, contests and giveaways take place throughout the district.
  • Monster Mash at HRDC: The hosts of the downtown trick or treat have their own special Halloween party in the morning with fun games, goodies and more.
  • Spooktacular at Beartooth Harley Davidson: The whole family is welcome, including pets, for costume contests (there’s one for pets, of course!), plenty of food and prizes.
  • Boo at the Zoo: Check out ZooMontana’s annual Halloween festivities at this “Merry, not Scary” day. Kids can come in costume for the noon parade, trick or treating, mad scientist show featuring some local four-legged residents, and games. It’s a fun, safe Halloween alternative for all.
  • Candy Jam at Elevation Church: The popular free annual event is known for generous candy giveaways, gift card prizes, bounce houses, carnival food, live music and special surprises.
  • Scheel’s Trick or Treating: Prizes, trick or treating, games and thrills are a staple at Scheel’s this time of year.
  • Shiloh Methodist Church Trunk or Treating: Safe trick or treating is available as you go trunk to trunk. With coffee for parents, it’s a popular Halloween night option.

Try one or all of these favorite Billings Halloween picks!

 

 

 

September is Motocross season in Billings with the BMC Fall Classic Motocross kicking off on September 9 at 9 a.m. Head to the Billings Motorcycle Club at 3630 Old Blue Creek Road and check out the world-famous 2-mile Yellowstone River Forest Track nearby. Whip-fast and featuring options to snag plenty of air time for double and triple jumps, you’ll be treated to woops, table tops and sand/deep loam berm corners.

From the hairpin turns to the rhythm sections and sand sections all the way through the downhill and uphill jumps, it’s guaranteed to be an adrenaline-pumping good time. There are plenty of spectator viewing areas that let you catch all the action as the contenders take on a prepped track featuring the latest sprinkler systems and designed for heavy equipment.

The Race is On

Drag Races take place throughout the month at the Yellowstone Drag Strip, including the Menholt Classic. Catch a race September 2, 3, 16, 17 and don’t miss the Flat Track #5 Under the Lights on September 23. This high-speed motorcycle event boasts a 3/8 mile course with packed bleachers and plenty of concessions.

You’ll see some of the fastest bikes in the world on this flat track, which draws athletes from around the country. New and vintage bikes alike take on each other to finish first. All events are family-friendly.

The Billings night sky is always ablaze with some of the best stargazing in the country, but the Fourth of July really brightens things up! The annual Harvest Church fireworks display takes place at dusk at the Castle Rock Park in Billings Heights. Live entertainment, food vendors, and plenty of space to spread out with a blanket or lawn chairs to watch the show is a local tradition. A family-friendly event, it’s the kind of quaint festival that pairs perfectly with patriotism.

As always, the Laurel’s annual Fourth of July event takes place on the third, a day early, so you can squeeze in as much partying and as many parades as you can! The street dance on First Street is hosted by Jaycees and is open to all ages. Make 2016 a full weekend of experiencing Independence Day the Billings way.

Light Up the Night

The Chief Joseph Run begins at 6am on July Fourth to make sure the weather is cool enough for everyone to enjoy. It’s followed by a pancake breakfast which ends at 9am, and all are welcome to swing by the downtown event for an old fashioned breakfast.

Check out the food and craft fair downtown also on July Fourth, followed by the parade at noon. The Thomson Park fireworks display starts at dusk and is the ideal conclusion to a day of dressing up, indulging and spending time with family.

Montana's FairThere is no better place to enjoy fried food, farm animals and live music than the county fair! Montana’s Fair is here and is better than ever. Enjoy the fun, entertainment, great food and excitement August 7-15 at MetraPark right here in Billings. Take a spin on the ferris wheel, enjoy the latest and greatest fried invention, go mining for fossils, check out  the scary croccodile or jam out to some great live music. There is fun and entertainment for the whole family.

For the adults, enjoy learning about the brewing process during the Budwiser Brewmaster Tour. Kids, take part in the stick horse rodeo and families, enjoy some of your favorite carnival rides. For a schedule of entertainment and events, tickets, list of exhibits and so much more, head over to www.montanafair.com.

If you haven’t booked your Billings hotel yet, don’t wait any longer. Our rooms are clean, comfortable and the perfect spot to recharge your battery after a day full of family fun. Reservations can be made on our website of by calling our friendly office staff who are happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting you while you enjoy Montana’s Fair and treating you to a relaxing and comfortable stay while you visit Billings.

 

SummerfairYellowstone Art Museum is getting ready for their annual Summerfair. One of the largest annual fundraising events for the Yellowstone Art Museum, Summerfair is packed with fun arts and crafts for all ages. Each year, this fun festival attracts over ten thousand visitors promoting art, fun and the museum. The proceeds go to maintaining the museum as well as operating cost. Come out to support a good cause and have fun while you’re at it!

This year the fair will take place at Veterans Park, next to Rocky Mountain College, on July 11th (9am – 5pm) and 12th (9am – 4pm). More than 100 local artists, community groups and even food vendors are participating. After 36 years, the Yellowstone Art Museum Summerfair is packing just as much excitement and fun as ever before.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a fun weekend in Billings. Parents, there will even be fun interactive art for you! If that doesn’t do it for you, grab a brew from Montana Brewing Company and kick back to the live music.

Tickets are available at the door. Kids are FREE and adults only $3. More information is available online at the Yellowstone Art Museum’s website.

Book your Summerfair Billings hotel on our website. Reservations are fast and easy. We look forward to hosting you while you see what Billings is all about.

 

 

festival of treesIt is the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is just around the corner and as we get into the holiday spirit, we look forward to the annal Festival of Trees. This weekend long event is sure to get you into the spirit with plenty of holiday cheer to go around.

The fun kicks off Thursday night at the Shrine Auditorium with the tree auction and gala. Bid on a tree or one of the many silent auction items while enjoying dinner, entertainment and the beautiful display of holiday decor.

The fun continues with Tea in the Trees Friday, Dec. 5th from 1-3 pm. Stroll though the trees, enjoy the live music and fashion show. Bring the family for a night of family fun. Kids can get their picture taken with Santa, enjoy games and activities as well as the illusion show by Kent Messmer.

Saturday and Sunday, brows the craft and gift show looking for that perfect gift for that special someone. With a wide variety of gifts all from local vendors, shop until your heart is content.

There is so much more fun to be had at the Annual Festival of Trees right here in Billings. For tickets to the special events or more information contact The Family Tree Center at 406-252-9799.

 

food truck festivalEach year there are various new trends and fads. Some are worth the hype while others leave a lot to be desired by many other than the teeny boppers and Hollywood goers. The most recent trend that is becoming more and more popular with good reason are food trucks. Who would have thought?! Food trucks have been around in some of the larger cities in the US for years but recently they have gained popularity as have branched out and started to up their game.

This weekend get a front row seat to the newest and greatest trend. Billings is hosting its very own food truck festival. The Food Truck and Brew Festival will be this weekend, Saturday, September 13th from 5pm to 8pm at Canyon Creek Brewing. Trucks that will be at the festival include:

Jimmy’s Greece Pit – Serving Greek food such as gyros, baklava, Greek salad and honey donuts.

Cajun Phatty’s – An authentic Cajun favorite with catfish, fried alligator, poboys and jambalaya.

Revere – Gourmet food featuring risotto balls, avocado fries and maple bourbon chicken and waffles.

Stacked In Montana – Burgers, bean dip, Asada steak tacos and more.

Bring your whole group and try a little of everything from each truck. Live music by Ryan Riley adds to the fun and relaxing atmosphere. Find your favorite and keep up with them on the Billings Food Truck Tracker on Facebook. Come out and support the local food trucks so that they continue to multiply so that we can continue to enjoy their great food.

The 13th Annual Magic City Blues FestivalThe 13th Annual Magic City Blues festival is upon us. This Urban Music Festival is one of Montana’s signature annual events hosted right here in Billings each year. Fans from all over the country flock to our great city year after year to enjoy this amazing time.

This year we are going big with new additions, Micro Breweries, FREE parking and so much more! The festival is even moving to a new location, South Park, which allows more space for bigger stages, bigger bands and bigger crowds. The extra room and soft grass means there are plenty of places to sit so bring your own chair, kick back and enjoy the great time.

Festivities kick of August 7 with a FREE all-ages show starting at 7pm at St. John’s (3940 Rimrock Rd).  The fun continues throughout the weekend featuring headliners such as Ben Harper, Jonny Lang, The London Souls, Nikki Hill and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  Free shuttles will be available for those wishing to skip the traffic and chaos of parking. For tickets, schedules and much more information, go to the Magic City Blues Festival website.

Be sure to book your hotel reservations early. Reservations can be made on our website or by phone (406-529-9454)