32nd Annual Strawberry Festival
July 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Presented by the Downtown Billings Alliance and TDS Fiber, the annual Strawberry Festival takes place in the the streets of downtown Billings. This long-time cherished community event is Billings largest street festival and kicks off the summer event season. In the heart of our urban center, experience rich diversity in arts and crafts, the scents of food-truck fare from French Crepes, noodle bowls, to BBQ, over 90 merchants, live street entertainment. The Strawberry festival offers up fun activities for all ages. This large event draws a crowd from all over the northwest region to Downtown Billings under Skypoint at 2nd Ave N. and Broadway. This event is supported by additional event sponsors: Valley Credit Union, Visit Billings, B-Town Vapes & Glass, Wise Wonders Science & Discovery Museum, and Desert Mountain Broadcasting stations Planet 106.7, The Zone 96.3, Classic Hits My 105.9, 94.1 KSKY, 98.1 KBEAR.
Festival Map & Vendor List
- Coming July 2023
Despite its name, the Strawberry Festival is and has always been a vendor street fair with arts and craft and food vendors alike. The Strawberry Festival happened in early June for the festival’s first 28 years. Eventually, our hard working Downtown Billings team grew tired of the inconsistent June weather literally raining or even snowing on the day’s fun and moved the festival to early July. The new early July date offered more consistent weather, larger crowds, and allowed the Strawberry Festival and HarvestFest to bookend the farmer’s market season in downtown Billings.
Strawberries are not a common Montana crop and while some growers do produce them, our organization struggles to find consistent product year to year. In turn, the DBA has tried various ways over the last 32 years to incorporate the festival’s namesake into the event. The late Ziggy Ziegler, a founder of the Downtown Billings Association, wandered the festival in a large rubber strawberry costume for decades. For over ten years there was a group of chefs and cooks who grouped up to craft a sixty-foot strawberry shortcake on-site to be sold by the slice in the afternoon as a fundraiser. However, in a post COVID era the giant shortcake is a thing of the past. Each year over fifty percent of the festival’s vendors have incorporated some sort of strawberry theme into their menu or products offered that day while many of the downtown brick and mortar restaurants, sweet shops, bakeries, bars, and breweries have strawberry themed menus for the downtown visitors to enjoy.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Strawberry Festival or any other downtown Billings event, please email our Community Engagement & Events Director, Lindsay at LRichardson@downtownbillings.com and she can share current sponsorship opportunities.
2023 Event Sponsorship Opportunities Packet
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May 17, 2022 – Get ready for the Billings Strawberry Festival! (KSVI – Local ABC/FOX station)
March 30, 2021 – the return of downtown events starts with the 30th strawberry festival
Aug 5, 2020 – Downtown Billings Strawberry Festival Cancelled (KTVQ)
May 7, 2020 – The 29th Annual Strawberry Festival Postponed (KGHL)
June 8, 2019 – Strawberry Festival celebrates with rain in downtown Billings (KTVQ)
Jun 5, 2019 – Strawberry Festival returns to downtown with live entertainment and a 60-foot long dessert (Billings Gazette)
Our 2022 Strawberry Festival Sponsors
Signature Sponsors ($1,500)
Event Sponsors ($500)
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