Things to do in Billings


In 1996, a rock musical changed Broadway. Rent features original music from what was once an unknown composer, Jonathan Larson. It became a Broadway staple and connects with audiences of all ages around the world. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award and now in its 22nd year, Rent comes to Billings for just one night. Instilled with a message of hope and joy, it’s a story of friendship and love.

Get your tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show at the Alberta Bair Theater. Located in downtown Billings at 2801 3rd Avenue N, it’s a chance to experience the beauty of this historical theater. It’s been part of the thriving Billings cultural scene for over 80 years. Originally The Fox Theater in 1931, it opened to a short parade and live dance complementing a motion picture. However, the theater has evolved over the decades.

A Night at the Theater

The theater is decked out in art deco styling with golden chandeliers. Originally financed by 20th Century Fox Corporation, it holds the title of the last art deco theater in the country. Designed by Robert C. Reamer, it’s hosted the Billings Symphony and Chorale. Performers including Dizzy Gillespie, George Winston and Ray Charles have graced the stage.

The theater is available to rent for special occasions, and you can always keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events. Also in January is Bela Fleck and Brooklyn Rider on January 21st at 7 p.m. Get a taste of history and enjoy one of the biggest, most renowned Broadway plays in history during your Billings stay.



Your Billings hotel is close to some pretty sweet snow play and sledding spots, but how can a visitor know where to go? Depend on the locals for the best kept secrets, like Sacajawea Park for some gentle hills and rollers great for kids of all ages (and adults, too!). Also check out the Rimrock Elementary School at Rimrock and 13th. Their backyard and play area is open to the public when school isn’t in session, and you’ll find some amazing hills here.

Pioneer Park is a favorite for some families, complete with benches so you have somewhere to set down your hot cocoa and coffee between sleds. You can also pump up inner tubes at the nearby gas stations. There are flat areas that are perfect for building snowmen and making snow angels.

Play Time

The hills at Castle Rock Park are famous among the locals. They’re located in the Heights, not far from downtown Billings. Others head to Oak Street, where you’ll find a massive hill. There are usually no more than ten people there even on the best snow days, so you can get in plenty of runs. It’s a spot only residents know about.

There’s also Rimrock’s Cameron Park, although there are bike trails buried in the snow so you’ll want to be careful. The hill is steep and there might be some courageous winter cyclists out there, so tread carefully.

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The biggest mall in Billings offers safe trick or treating on Halloween, and scary good deals, meals and more every other day of the year. Eight on-site dining options ranging from Starbucks (of course) to Flaming Wok and Asian Fusion make for delectable bites and treats. Whether you’re craving a Cinnabon, pick me up at Mountain Mudd Espresso or a Neon Pretzel special, Rimrock has you covered.

Big Sky Rides features coin-operated rides for kids, and at Blooming Balloons you can pick up a balloon bouquet for special events. Entertainment options also include Wynnsong 10, a ten-screen theater showing the latest releases.

Your Shopping Destination

Your favorite stores including The Children’s Place, Francesca’s, and PacSun can be found alongside more boutique options such as Sagebrush Trading and Vine Versa. With a casino on site and special deals always available and featured online, Rimrock is every visitor’s favorite stop for staples, souvenirs and non-stop fun.

Enjoy convenient access to your hotel in Billings, MT, ample parking, and spooky decorations throughout the month of October. However, any time of year is the perfect time to check out Rimrock, get some great bargains and experience premium shopping in Montana.



Visit one of the most popular venues for live events in downtown Billings, the beautiful Alberta Bair Theater. Located in the heart of the city for over 80 years, it was originally dubbed The Fox Theater in 1931, complete with a parade for the opening and the debut of “Merely Mary Ann” featuring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. Now, named after Alberta M. Bair, the historic theater still boasts art deco designs, graceful chandeliers and luxe dressing rooms behind the grand stage.

20th Century Fox bought the property from Charles Bair, and happily showcased the traditional art deco style designed by Robert C. Reamer. For more than 50 years, the theater has been home to the Billings Community Concerts Organization, and also hosts the Billings Symphony and Chorale.

A Family Affair

The Bair family home was located adjacent to the theater, on what’s now Broadway and Third Avenue North. Charles and his daughter, Alberta, were community leaders and theater lovers. Today, the theater remains a premium performing arts center for everyone in the Northern Rockies.

Check the calendar to see what’s on the agenda for your trip to Billings. From Beatlemania to the Michael Jackson HIStory show and symphony performances, there’s something for everyone at this family-friendly venue.


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.


A vacation in Billings is music to many tourist’s ears, and with the help of the Billings Symphony, Orchestra & Chorale that’s a literal definition! Created in 1951 with a mission to enrich lives via music, the BSO&C is currently directed by Anne Harrigan and features over 135 members. Ranging from the classic Nutcracker during the holidays to free Symphony in the Park series each summer, the troupe performs for thousands of fans throughout the state.

A music education and community engagement program helps everyone get in touch with their musical leanings. Currently, BSO&C is undertaking a four-year plan, re-committing to performing only the best music in the region while tapping broader audiences via the Explore Music outreach program. As a community resource, a commitment to engage and maintain supporters while increasing visibility is a top priority.

Music Magic

You can Explore Music at the annual family concerts, featuring a guest artist at every event. Free at the Alberta Bair Theater, family-friendly ticket prices make this series a smash hit. Pioneer Park is where the free outdoor summer concerts are held with pop-style music blended with classical. An “instrument petting zoo” makes this a favorite for little ones.

Working with local schools, the BSO&C offers Conductor in Schools programs and internships for area bands. The Conductor in the Community program is for local bands, and Master Classes along with the Musicians in the Schools program ensure children have all they need to follow their musical dreams.



Who wants to hang out in a garage during their vacation? Everyone in Billings, because it’s where the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. throws the best parties, events, and acoustic jam sessions. Located in downtown, this sprawling brewery-turned-hotspot has tennis courts as part of the play, tour, sip, dine approach. Whether you want to play a game, take a tour of the brewery, or just sip on a cold handcrafted pint at the state’s official Tennis Racquet Garage of Fame inside the brewery, you can design your perfect day.

Why tennis? The city has a number of gorgeous courts, and many were in disrepair. Some were so lacking in maintenance that they had all but disappeared. Yellowstone took on the challenge of renovating the courts in 2015, turning them into club and community courts.

More on Yellowstone Valley Brewing

At First Ferkin Friday, tapping starts at 6 p.m. Guests can try the special cask-conditioned ale that’s only tapped once a month. However, it’s a bit of a secret treasure. You might need to specifically ask brewers Jeff Grissom or Andre Brown for the First Ferkin—otherwise, word might get out and there won’t be enough ferkins to go around!

Located on 1st Avenue, the brewery is a major landmark in Billings and a must for any beer (or tennis!) lover. Special events happen most weekend nights, so stop by for a cold one and get to know this truly fusion-rich brewery that could.


It takes a serious fireworks show to rival the incredible skies of Montana, but Billings and nearby Laurel make a mighty try of it! It’s a full day of fun-filled family activities, with many Billings visitors heading 15 miles west to Lauren for a gathering of 30,000 patriotic revelers. The Thomson Park Parade kicks off the day’s celebrations, and it’s non-stop action until the dusk fireworks show.

Arrive early for a pancake breakfast from 6 – 11 a.m. at Fireman’s Park. It’s just $6 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under (those under six eat for free). The Chief Joseph Run at 7 a.m. is a great option to take to the streets and trails for a fun run. The Kiddie Parade at 10 a.m. is a sweet gathering at Western Security Bank with no registration required—bring your little ones and join the action.

Grand Traditions

With a new Grand Parade Route, thousands head to the streets to check out the impressive floats, marching bands and classic cars. After the parade, the Food and Craft Fair keeps going until 9 p.m. where you can check out food, craft and beverage vendors.

There’s plenty of entertainment and countless activities throughout the fair, all leading up to the fireworks show at dusk. It’s the biggest extravaganza in Montana. Will you be there?



After winding down the country road with sagebrush, junipers and mountain mahogany flanking you, you’ll reach Lockhart Ranch—a sheer oasis that makes you feel miles from Billings. When Caroline Lockhart bought the ranch in 1926, she envisioned 160 acres of an escape for leasing and homesteading. Soon, she owned 6,034 acres and saw her vision come true.

There’s a two-room cabin, old sheds and 20 acres of well-kept grounds. Otherwise, this is purely wild territory. Lockhart modestly added to the landscaping over the years, planting irises, cottonwood trees and hollyhocks. Fences, stone walkways, corrals and an irrigation system give the region some semblance of a homesteading lifestyle.

Go Wild

Today, there’s a blacksmith shop, coops, storage sheds and a garage in the northern part of Cottonwood Creek. The main house, cellar, springhouse, guest cabin and bunkhouses are tucked onto the south side. Known as the Cattle Queen, Lockhart planted ample gardens and cared for a variety of livestock.

Though she relocated to Wyoming in her 80s, the Lockhart Ranch remains with the buildings largely intact. Visitors get a glimpse into the past and Lockhart’s unique lifestyle. Experience the Dryhead Frontier architecture, and start your own hiking, biking or horseback-riding adventure at this National Park destination.



Give the dad in your life a Father’s Day he’ll never forget at the Montana Brewing Company. Award-winning beer includes the Fat Belly Amber, Sandbagger Gold, Whitetail Wheat and Sharptail Pale Ale. Don’t forget the classic Custer’s Last Stout. You’ll find the perfect pint to pair with some of the best and biggest gourmet fare in Billings.

Established in 1994, the company quickly became one of the most popular restaurants in Billings for locals and visitors alike. Their Wood Fired Nachos have been voted as the best in Billings, covered with a blend of cheeses, black beans, olives, green onions, salsa and sour cream. Add chicken for extra juiciness, and get the roasted garlic and brie if you’re still craving more cheesiness.

What to Order

The Brew Chip is a must for a starter; which is Montana-style poutine with fries smothered in bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions and sour cream. Local favorites include the Chicken Strip Basket and cod Fish ‘n’ Chips. A separate mac ‘n’ cheese menu is sure to satisfy, from the Bayou Mac to the Rocky Crab Mac.

A big burger, pasta and sandwich menu offers all the comfort food you can manage. Check out the Pub Burger with green chili jalapeño pesto and pepper jack or the Hickory Burger with BBQ sauce, cheddar and bacon. Montana Brewing Company is the ultimate destination for every dad. Which brew will you try first?