Here are the five events you don’t want to miss scheduled for this summer in the greater Billings area.
1. MontanaFair Friday, August 11 through Saturday, August 19
What used to be a sleepy Montana State Fair has grown into the mighty MontanaFair, and only MetraPark is big enough to hold the whole shebang. It’s the region’s largest event, with attendance of nearly a quarter of a million each year.
MontanaFair begins the second weekend in August and continues for nine jam-packed days and nights. Nearly 10,000 people will earn cash and ribbons for their entries, which range from beer, wine, bunnies, crocheting, horticulture, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, petit-point and pickles, to hobbies, arts and crafts.
The Thomas Carnival operates the midway featuring rides and games. A shaded park for kid’s rides accommodates families, and the free Kid’s World exhibit nearby offers free games and activities.
Food? You bet! Choose from traditional corn dog, BBQ, corn on the cob, ‘Vikings On a Stick’, fresh lemonade, and more at the trucks, stands and beer gardens.
Stages around the grounds provide free entertainment that can include music, comedy, hypnosis, kid’s entertainment, variety acts, draft horses, and more. Visit our Free Acts page to see this year’s free entertainment lineup. You can catch them all with your gate admission to MontanaFair.
2. The Magic City Blues Festival Friday & Saturday, August 4 & 5
Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! headlines the 2017 edition of this hugely popular blues festival. The music starts at 5PM Friday on multiple stages around Billings. And there’s plenty of music, shopping, eating and other stuff to do during the daytime.
3. Supercross at Montana Fair Metra Park Grandstands Tuesday, August 8
Join thousands of Supercross fans in MetraPark’s outdoor grandstands for one of Montana Fair’s most spectacular events. Supercross athletes come from across the country to compete for the top podium spot, and these riders take their championships to the edge. Enjoy delicious food, ice cold beverages more. And keep your eyes and ears out for crowd giveaways, special offers, raffles and play-by-play commentary from Billings Motorcycle Club’s Event Announcer Pat Whitmer.
4. Mustangs Baseball at Dehler Park Various Dates
Not a one-time event, but still a must-see when the Billings Mustangs take to the field in this classic ballpark. Compared to the razzle-dazzle stadiums where the play gets lost amid the distractions, a Mustangs game at Dehler Park is baseball as it was meant to be. Here’s your free downloadable Mustangs schedule and seating info: http://www.milb.com/documents/4/5/8/209861458/2017_MUSTANGS_Schedule_fiz26yk3.pdf
5. ArtWalk and Jam at the YAM Friday, August 4, 5-9PM
ArtWalk is a regular event at the Yellowstone Art Museum that’s smaller and more intimate than the others, but still rewarding for those who appreciate the Montana art scene. Your scenic stroll through ArtWalk will be accompanied by live music, and the current exhibition, “Modernist Intersections” is included in the ArtWalk. Cash bar, with the first drink free for new member sign-ups.