Fun things to do in Billings in October, 2017
Montana Repertory Theatre: Raised in the Saddle
Made in and for Montana, Raised in the Saddle is a comedy featuring teenage cowgirl Alice Greenough. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, this Montana Repertory Theatre production is part of the Education Outreach. Catch it at 7 p.m. at Billings Public Library (510 N Broadway).
Alberta Bair Theater is playing host to Home Free, playing Nashville country and “country-dipped pop.” The show starts at 8 p.m. and you can learn more and buy tickets online at albertabairtheater.org.
October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
Brundibar: A Youth Opera
Bring the family to enjoy a children’s opera. Brundibar is an evil organ grinder, thwarting the efforts of a group of children who are trying to buy milk for their sick mother. It happens at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts and you can get details online at novabillings.org.
Fall Fest 2017
Great food, drinks and fun at this year’s Fall Fest at MetraPark. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Billings, learn more online, here.
Jam at the YAM
A cash bar, light hors d’oeuvres, live music and exhibitions to view – oh, what a night! And, it all starts at 4 p.m. at the Yellowstone Art Museum. Get more information online at artmuseum.org.
ArtWalk Downtown Billings
It’s Billings’ 23rd annual ArtWalk, when our local studios, galleries and museums throw open their doors to the public. Get a map of this year’s participants online at arwalkbillings.com.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Founded nearly 49 years ago, if you haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing the Dance Theatre of Harlem, you really must catch them while they’re in Billings. The Alberta Bair Theater curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets online at albertabairtheater.org.
October 7, 2017
Josephine Crossing Fall Bazaar
The Josephine Crossing Fall Bazaar promises to be a fun event for the entire family. Decorate your pumpkin, get an airbrush tattoo and the kids can visit with the balloon artist. There’ll be food and refreshments available as well. It all starts at 10 a.m. at the Josephine Crossing Outdoor Amphitheater (on South Front Street).
Gala to Celebrate Second Chances for Companion Animals
Don’t know what they taste like, but we love the names of the cocktails that will be served up at the Second Chances for Companion Animals gala. “Cat on a Hot Toddy” and “The Lint Roller” are but two of them for you to try as you munch on what they’re calling “heavy hors d’oeuvres.” Enjoy the silent auction and listen to live music. It all happens from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Northern Hotel Ballroom. Get additional details online at the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter website.
Food and Fun for a Cause: Blankets & Bears
Food and Fun for a cause is part of the SCRaP Gives program and this month, the benefactor is Blankets & Bears (they distribute blanket bundles to children). Enjoy food, music, auctions, raffles and door prizes. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and wraps up at 11 p.m. at Beyond the Box, Inc. (724 1st Ave. N in Billings). Learn more online at scrapinbillings.com.
Come and dance to the music of Cimarron at this family-friendly event at the Billings Community & Senior Center (360 N 23ed St.). It’s a fundraiser for Billings Senior Citizens Inc. Be there by 7 p.m. so you don’t miss a minute of the fun.
Yellowstone Valley Small Plates, Big Tastes Chef’s Dinner
Enjoy a 5-course dinner (vegetarian options available) with wine and beer pairings at DanWalt Gardens (720 Washington St. in Billings). It’s a fundraiser for the Yellowstone Valley Food Hub and you can learn more online at northernplains.org.
October 9, 2017
From working with the Steve Miller Band in the 1960s to his spectacular solo career that kicked off in the 1970s, Boz Scaggs has left an indelible mark on the music industry. You can see him live in concert at the Alberta Bair Theater tonight at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets online at albertabair.org.
After 5 – Unplugged
It’s a busy month for the Yellowstone Art Museum and After 5- Unplugged is one of the can’t-miss events. Music by Song Dog Serenade, art, food and drinks – all in one place. Bet to the YAM by 5 p.m.
Haunted Ghost Tour at The YAM
It’s Friday the 13th and what better way to experience it than by participating in an hour-long ghost tour of the YAM’s haunted basement, which used to be the county jail? Dinner and drinks after from Raven’s Cafe d’Art. Learn more online, here.
Grave Side Stories: A Stroll through Mountview Cemetery
Another spooky way to spend Friday the 13th — a walk among the departed at Billings’ Mountview Cemetery. It starts at 10 a.m. at 1704 Central Ave.
When the Night Comes
The annual fundraising event for Tumbleweed, the evenings events include dinner, cocktails, auctions (silent and live) and more. Please attend and help Tumbleweed provide assistance to Billings’ homeless youth. Call Tumbleweed for details at 406 -259-2558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a Big Brothers/Big Sisters fundraiser and you’re invited to help the community. You don’t have to know how to bowl either. It happens at 1:30 p.m. at Sunset Bowl (1625 Central Ave. in Billings). Learn more online, here.
October 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22
Festival of One-Act Operas
NOVA Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents an entire festival of one-act operas, including The Lantern Marriage, The Telephone and Bon Appetit. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets now at novabillings.org.
Billings Symphony presents Tango Nuevo
Ah, the dance of passion! Tango Nuevo features dancers Argentinian tango dancers Roxana and Fabian Belmonte and bandoneon player Hector Del Curto. Get tickets online at albertabairtheater.org.
October 20, 21, 27, 28, 31
Halloween Antics at the Moss
A Billings Halloween tradition, the Moss Mansion Haunted Maze is a must-attend event in October. Then, there’s the Horror Theater as well. Get details online at mossmansion.com.
Tired of the same old triangle eyes on your Halloween pumpkin? Learn how to carve that bad boy in a whole new way from a local artist and the special events coordinator at the YAM. BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) and get to the Yellowstone Art Museum by 10 a.m. Questions? Call 406-256-6804.
Boo at the Zoo
“Merry, not scary,” Boo at the Zoo is for the little ones. They’ll enjoy games, food, entertainment and candy galore. Learn more online at zoomontana.org.
The YAM knows how to host great events, and the Masquerade Party is one of our favorites. Beginning at 7 p.m., you can witness the Billings AlternaCirque perform, aerial wine pouring, and music from DJ Benefit. Come in costume, because there will be a costume contest with prizes awarded. Get your tickets before they sell out. Learn more at artmuseum.org.
Downtown Billings Trick or Treat
The Downtown Billings Alliance is once again hosting a safe and sane Halloween alternative for Billings kids (must be accompanied by an adult), from noon to 5 p.m. Learn more online at downtownbillings.org.