Trick or Treat

Downtown Trick-or-Treat, is hosted by the Downtown Billings Alliance, and has been a popular and safe Halloween alternative for the Billings’ community for 19 years.  This free community event brings thousands of children in costume downtown to trick or treat at over 60 participating businesses that offer candy, healthy treats, and unique Halloween themes or activities.

This fun event has grown over the years and has become a popular event for day cares, schools, and families.

The Downtown Billings Alliance office at 116 N 29th St., Suite A operates as headquarters for the event and provides maps of the route and trick or treat bags for the children.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

TRICK OR TREAT MAP COMING OCTOBER 29, 2020! 


Resources

Submit your participation details

  • The DBA will offer Trick or Treat bags to the children and families at their office along with a printed list of participating locations.
  • Participating business’s are responsible for providing candy for their business. 2000 pieces of candy is the suggested minimum.
  • If you would like 2 helium balloons to put outside your business to be used as a guide for the Trick or Treaters, please pick them up at the DBA office between 10am – 12pm on Friday, October 30th.

Important Note: To have your business location listed on printed list of participating locations you must have your application submitted before Oct 28th. All participating locations will be listed on the online accessible google map. 

*Printer friendly participation doc linked below. 

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
  • Always walk on sidewalks.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Join kids under age for trick-or-treating.
  • If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Posted on: October 30, 2020

29th Annual Strawberry Festival

Located in the streets of downtown Billings, the Strawberry Festival is a long-time cherished community event that opens the summer season. In the heart of our urban center, experience rich diversity in arts and crafts, the scents of food-truck fare from Asian to BBQ , live street entertainment, over 90 merchants, live street entertainment, and a 60 foot long strawberry shortcake create by the Chefs and Cooks Association of Montana. With an interactive children’s area including free crafts and activities for all ages, this even draws people throughout the northwest region to Downtown Billings under Skypoint at 2nd Ave N. and Broadway.


2020 online vendor Application

Volunteer for this event

Event Resources

Coming Soon

  • Strawberry Festival Map
  • Skypoint Entertainment Line-up
Do you have additional questions regarding the Strawberry Festival? Please contact our Event Director, Lindsay Richardson and she’ll be happy to assist.

  • Posted on: June 6, 2020

Alumni Powwow Breakfast & Fashion Show

Join the MSU Billings Alumni Association for breakfast and a fashion show during the annual powwow weekend in Billings, MT! Thanks to our sponsor, Kills Thunder, Inc., this event is free and open to the public. Check out student art on display and connect with our Native alumni as part of the powwow activities.

  • Posted on: April 4, 2020

The Biggest Little Farm w/ Pop-Up Farmers’ Market

Please join Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council for a special showing of The Biggest Little Farm, a film about a young couple building a 200-acre farm outside of Los Angeles and the lessons they learned along the way.
YVCC’s Community Food Campaign is hosting this special event on Sunday, March 29, at the Babcock Theatre in downtown Billings. In addition to the film, we will be sharing information about our work to establish Farm to School in Billings and how we can work together to help build a thriving local food system in the greater Yellowstone Valley.
Following the film, the Yellowstone Valley Food Hub will be hosting a pop-up farmer’s market in the lobby of the Babcock, giving you an opportunity to purchase locally grown meat and produce.
Just bring a friend and a reusable shopping bag and we’ll see you there!
  • Posted on: March 29, 2020

The Land Before Time | Art House Kids

Free Admission | March 21st • 1:00 at The Babcock Theatre
Art House is pleased to announce Art House Kids “Movie Buffs” – a hand-picked selection of family titles that will enrich a young person’s perception of cinema. To kick off, we’re pleased to present a free screening of the 1988 Don Bluth classic The Land Before Time, a film that for many taught us the value of friendship, how to cope with death, and having faith to carry on in dark times. Gorgeously animated with loving detail, this film was the backdrop for many cherished memories of our collective upbringing, and deserves to be shared with the next generation.
  • Posted on: March 21, 2020

First Friday

First Fridays in downtown Billings offer up a monthly glance of the best our downtown community has to offer after 5pm. Many downtown shops extend their hours, restaurants feature diverse menu options, local entertainment and artists are highlighted, & monthly themes offer a variety of unique, fun experiences for the whole community to enjoy.


Feb 7, 2020: First Friday Happenings

Join the First Fridays Facebook Event

Resources

2020 Dates and Themes

Please note that participating businesses are not required to stick to the theme of the month. The themes are provided to inspire and offer some dimension to the evening. 

JANUARY 3: FIRE & ICE
It may be chilly outside but warm up with a fun and cozy evening of roasting marshmallows while walking the streets, sipping hot cocoa and enjoy exclusive evening specials and activities at downtown businesses. Ice provided by mother 

FEBRUARY 7: SHARE THE LOVE
FEATURING ARTWALK
February’s First Friday features Art Walk which celebrates the fine art with local and regional artists, art galleries and more. Grab your galentines for a night out downtown. Sip wine, enjoy extended shopping hours, special promotions, culinary delights, and fun activities at many downtown locations.

MARCH 6: READING RAINBOW
March starts off with the late Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and downtown would love to honor the late childhood literary favorite with a variety of reading and literary activities and promotions throughout the evening.  

APRIL 3: EARTH-WISE
FEATURING ARTWALK
April’s First Friday features Art Walk which celebrates the fine art with local and regional artists, art galleries and more. It’s also the 50th anniversary of Earth Month. Come downtown and connect with businesses, growers, restaurants, and brands within our community practicing sustainable earth friendly habits.

MAY 1: LADIES NIGHT
In honor of Mother’s Day downtown will host their ladies night First Friday on May day. Downtown locations will feature exclusive specials and promotions geared toward making moms of all kinda feel extra special.   

JUNE 5: 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 3: AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Come celebrate America and the long weekend downtown, Play some of your favorite ‘lawn games’ on the sidewalks of downtown and enjoy extended shopping hours, treats, special promotions, and other fun events.

AUGUST 7: END OF SUMMER BLOCK PARTY
FEATURING ARTWALK
August’s First Friday features Art Walk which celebrates the fine art with local and regional artists, art galleries and more. Soak up the final days of summer with extra downtown activities, exclusive shopping specials, promotions, and summer flavors. 

SEPTEMBER 4: FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Bring the whole family downtown and enjoy additional kid friendly activities like face painting and balloon twisting, along with the evenings events & special offers extended from local businesses. 

OCTOBER 2: SCHOOL SPIRIT
FEATURING ARTWALK
October’s 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 and don’t be surprised if you spot a mascot or two high-fiving people on the streets.

NOVEMBER 6: GIVE A LITTLE. CHANGE A LOT
Along with extended shopping hours, and First Friday special promotions, Downtown businesses will extend exclusive offers in collaboration with local non-profits organizations.

DECEMBER 4: 30th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS STROLL
FEATURING ARTWALK
December’s First Friday features the Holiday Art Walk which celebrates the fine art with local and regional artists, at nearly 40 art galleries and downtown locations. The night also consists of the 30th annual Downtown Billings Christmas Stroll, with events beginning at 5pm and throughout the evening until 9pm. The stroll includes various downtown businesses, retail shops, and other activated downtown spaces with extended hours, holiday-centric events, specials, holiday beverages and snacks, and loads of holiday cheer.


DBA Member Resources


What do you have going on at your business after 5pm on the next First Friday? Click the button below 👇 to submit your First Friday participation details.

Submit Your First Friday Participation Details

1) The DBA will promote and market First Friday and the submitted events/promotions/activities with social media posts and email marketing.  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, 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.

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.

  • Posted on: February 7, 2020

Trick or Treat

The Downtown Billings Alliance hosts a safe Halloween alternative for children accompanied by a parent or guardian from 12pm-5pm on October 31st. This free community event brings thousands of children in costume downtown to trick or treat at participating businesses that offer candy, healthy treats, and unique Halloween themes or activities. The Downtown Billings Alliance office at 116 N 29th St., Suite A operates as headquarters for the event and provides maps of the route and trick or treat bags for the children. In collaboration with organizations such as YMCA or the Alberta Bair Theater, the DBA facilitates a shuttle, making the route more accessible to the public. In addition to supplying over 5,000 pieces of candy, the DBA also provides balloons and posters to each participating business.

Resources

  • Posted on: October 31, 2019

Strawberry Festival

Located in the streets of downtown Billings, the Strawberry Festival is a long-time cherished community event that opens the summer season on the second Saturday in June. In the heart of our urban center, experience rich diversity in arts and crafts, fresh produce and strawberries, the scents of food-truck fare from Asian to BBQ , live street entertainment, and a 60′ strawberry shortcake created by the Chefs and Cooks of Montana. With an interactive children’s area including free crafts and activities for all ages, this draws people throughout the northwest region to Downtown Billings under Skypoint at 2nd Ave N. and Broadway.


2019 Vendor Applications are now closed. Please check back next year to apply for 2020!


Resources


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We’re always looking for good volunteers!

We need help with Vendor Check-In in the morning from 5-7am and DBA Info Booth attendants throughout the day, in two hour shifts from 8am-4pm.

We are also looking for dynamic children’s organizations who would like to sponsor the Kids Area of the Strawberry Festival by bringing out a team of representatives to help host kids’ crafts and fun activities.

If you’re interested in getting involved, contact our Event Director.

The Vendor Applications for 2019 are now closed. Please check back next year to apply for the 2020 Strawberry Festival!

Vendor Packet


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Coming Soon!

  • Posted on: June 8, 2019