FIRST FRIDAY – Downtown Billings Alliance

FIRST FRIDAY

The First Friday of Every Month

5 – 8pm

Invite your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and more to spend each and every First Friday in the heart of our community. Billings First Fridays celebrate and highlight what our local shops, restaurants, cultural venues, and nightlife hotspots have to offer from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm the first Friday of every month. Participating shops and businesses will host special events, offer refreshments & promotions, and sponsor live entertainment. Everyone is welcome to attend!

First Friday is coordinated and promoted by the Downtown Billings Alliance. Monthly themes offer a variety of experiences for our whole community to enjoy will be updated annually. A full list of participating businesses is listed monthly in the Gazette’s ‘Enjoy’ publication.

2019 First Friday Themes

MAY: GIVE A LITTLE. CHANGE A LOT

Downtown businesses will extend special promotions in collaboration with local non-profits organizations.

JUNE: CULTIVATING CULTURE

FEATURING ARTWALK

June’s First Friday features Art Walk which celebrates the fine art with local and regional artists, art galleries and more. A diverse collection of performance artists will be highlighted at various locations downtown.

JULY: AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY  

Celebrate America and the long weekend with some cake and ice cream. Play some of your favorite ‘lawn games’ on the sidewalks of downtown.

AUGUST: SAVOR THE FLAVOR

FEATURING ARTWALK

This First Friday features Art Walk which celebrates the fine art with local and regional artists, art galleries and more. This First Friday will highlight the culinary arts in our community. Get to know the different local chefs, mixologists, bakers etc.    

SEPTEMBER: FAMILY FUN NIGHT

Enjoy additional kid friendly activities like facepainting and balloon twisting, along with the evenings events & special offers extended from local businesses.

OCTOBER: SCHOOL SPIRIT

FEATURING ARTWALK

This First Friday features Art Walk which celebrates the fine art with local and regional artists, art galleries and more. Show your school (Elementary, High School, or College) spirit. Say ‘hello’ to different mascots from schools around the area, learn about their booster clubs and alumni groups.

NOVEMBER: WHO’S YOUR HERO?  

This night we’ll honor all of our heroes, whether they are first responders, those serving our country, movie or comic characters, or those who inspire us the most!

DECEMBER: HOLIDAY STROLL

FEATURING ARTWALK

This First Friday features Art Walk which celebrates the fine art with local and regional artists, art galleries and more. Shops will be offering holiday discounts and promotions, raffles etc. Restaurants will offer warm food and drink specials to keep you toasty throughout the night. Santa will be around for photos and FREE transportation will be available to get your to your downtown destinations.

Resources

MAP OF PARTICIPANTS

Coming Soon!

SIGN YOUR BUSINESS UP TO PARTICIPATE

For the 2019 launch of First Friday, participation will be free. The DBA intends to use 2019 to get an idea of what the actual administrative & marketing expenses look like in order to appropriately assign a bi-annual participation cost. We intend to keep the future participation cost low for our members.

SUBMIT YOUR FIRST FRIDAY PROMOTION

HOW DOES BEING PART OF FIRST FRIDAY HELP MY BUSINESS?

1) The DBA will promote and market First Friday and the submitted events/promotions/activities with social media posts and email marketing. We have partnered with the gazette to have a First Friday section in ‘Enjoy’ that will list the participating businesses and special events happening. The real success of the event will be up to the commitment of participating businesses to be consistent and offer events, promotions specials.

2) We believe in the value of working with your other downtown neighbors to enhance the downtown experience. The DBA stands behind the concept of ‘abundance breeds abundance’. Meaning when First Friday falls in conjunction with an ArtWalk, Burn the Point, Magic City Blues, or any other event hosted downtown it will only enhance and increase the downtown activity as a whole because it offers a variety of options to draw more of the community to downtown.

CAN I PARTICIPATE IN BOTH ARTWALK & FIRST FRIDAY?

You bet ya! ArtWalk is an amazing member driven event that falls on the first Friday of every other month (6 times a year). The community looks forward to the opportunity to mingle and explore local and regional artists at various locations downtown promoted by the ArtWalk organization. The ArtWalk has been around for many years and has a wonderful momentum and following that participants really benefit from. For more information about ArtWalk email .

First Friday happens 12 months a year. and is not your typical traditional event format, as it’s not located in a specific footprint. First Friday happens at ALL participating locations and the DBA will market and promote each location while also add little fun enhancements to draw more people downtown for the night. So being a part of both can only increase the amount of people your business is marketed to and interact with in a variety of ways.