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 event draws people throughout the northwest region to Downtown Billings under Skypoint at 2nd Ave N. and Broadway.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 8/5/2020

The 29th Annual Strawberry Festival, currently scheduled for Sunday, September 13, has officially been cancelled. Unfortunately, the Global COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a public health and safety issue.

The annual festival is coordinated by the Downtown Billings Alliance (DBA), an organization made up of multiple nonprofits that promote and advocate for a vital city center through programmatic and place-making elements like event management, public art, green space development, business development, and downtown beautification projects.

Our mission as a non-profit is to act in the best interest of our downtown business community. We do not want to do anything to make a hard situation harder on the currently open downtown businesses or jeopardize their ability to remain open and operational. Additionally, Montana remains in stage 2 of the Governor’s economic re-opening stages, and stage 2 limits the size of gatherings where physical distancing cannot be maintained throughout. We believe monitoring attendance numbers and physical distancing would be extremely challenging for an event like this. This choice did not come easily however we feel this is the best decision for our downtown community and for the continued efforts to do our part to slow the spread of the virus.

We thank you for your support and understanding.


2020 vendor Application – CLOSED

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: September 13, 2020

Babcock Nostalgia Night: Space Jam

IT’S BACK FROM MARCH’S CANCELLATION! This cult favorite of many a 90s kid is so nostalgic, we decided it deserved to be seen at the Babcock! Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Tune Squad recruit basketball great Michael Jordan to duke it out against the Monstars in a game to save their freedom! Get out your jersey, put on some jock jams, and get ready for the ultimate sports showdown!
Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
  • Posted on: June 25, 2020

Babcock Nostalgia Night: Space Jam

IT’S BACK FROM MARCH’S CANCELLATION! This cult favorite of many a 90s kid is so nostalgic, we decided it deserved to be seen at the Babcock! Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Tune Squad recruit basketball great Michael Jordan to duke it out against the Monstars in a game to save their freedom! Get out your jersey, put on some jock jams, and get ready for the ultimate sports showdown!
Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
  • Posted on: June 24, 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