14 Things to do in Billings in July


    July 1

    Beatlemania on Tour

    Relive the days when the Liverpool Lads took the U.S. by storm at Alberta Bair. It’s the live tribute show that has sold out globally. Get details online at albertabairtheater.org.


    July 1, 2 and 3

    Carnival at Rimrock Mall

    What’s summer without a carnival? Head out to Rimrock Mall and ride the Ring of Fire, the High Roller and more. Lots of carnival games and, of course, fair food will be on hand. Weekdays the carnival is open from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. and on weekends you can go from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m.


    July 4

    4th of July Celebration in Laurel

    This year’s theme is “Ignite the Spirit of America” and they’ll be doing their part in Laurel on Independence Day. Get there early for the pancake breakfast (6 a.m. until 11 a.m.) and the parade (the Kiddies Parade starts at 10 a.m. and the Grand Parade at 11) and then head to Thomson Park for a day full of fun. Fireworks take to the sky at dusk. You’ll find the entire event schedule online at laurelmontana.org.


    July 7

    Yellowstone County Relay for Life

    Come join the fight against cancer at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Thousands of your Billings neighbors will be turning out for this event and the fun activities and fireworks that follow. Get details online, here.


    July 8 and 9


    Last year’s Summerfair attracted some 10,000 attendees to enjoy the crafts and art on display and for sale. It’s hosted by the Yellowstone Art Museum, and it takes place at Veterans Park, 13th St. W. & Poly, next to Rocky Mountain College. This year the fair opens on Friday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Get more information at artmuseum.org.


    July 9

    CMRHA Horse Shows

    CMRHA, in case you’re wondering, stands for Central Montana Reining Horse Association and this event helps support affiliates and the National Reining Horse Association. Even if you don’t have an interest in reining but you love horses, get on out to MetrPark for this event. Get more information online, here.


    July 6, 13, 20 and 27

    St. John’s Concert Series

    Celebrating 20 years of free shows, the St. John Concert Series gets underway this month with Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band. Openers hit the stage at 6 p.m. with headliners starting at 7. Here’s the rest of this month’s lineup:

    July 13 — Diamonds in the Rough, the music of Neil Diamond

    July 20 – Parker Brown and the Bleedin’ Hearts

    July 27 – The Midlife Chryslers

    Shows take place at the Fred and Marie Miller Pavillion at the corner of Rimrock and Shiloh, on the St. John’s campus. Get details online here.


    July 14, 15 and 16

    Big Sky State Games

    For the 32nd year, Billings is host to the Big Sky State Games, an Olympic-style sports festival for all ages and abilities.

    The gates open at 5:30 on Friday evening for opening ceremonies at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium (Third & Grand). This begins an entire weekend of fun for participants and spectators alike. Get the full schedule online at

    Opening ceremonies happen on Friday evening at bigskygames.org.


    July 15

    Billings All Original Car Show

    Dad’s love cars and, since this is Father’s Day month, treat him to a day at the car show. Admission is free so you won’t break the bank and he’ll be able to view some amazing classic cars – some restored, some in the rough. View the classics between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at North Park in Billings.


    Montana Brews & BBQs

    Can you believe the number of free events this month? Get to the 7th annual Montana Brews & BBQ’s today at MetraPark. Here you can taste keg beers from all of the local breweries, some that are only available seasonally. Then, chow down on barbecue to make it the perfect Billings weekend! The hours are 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. and it’s free to get in.


    July 15 and 28

    Firefly Outdoor Movies

    Grab the fam and get to Pioneer Park for a free screening of “Finding Dory” on the 15th and then Rose Park for “LEGO Batman” on the 28th. Both movies start at dusk and admission is free. You may want to make an evening of it by getting there early to have dinner and let the kids loose on the playground. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair to sit on, but leave the pooch at home, please.


    July 22

    Elk River Reunion – Legends of Country Rock

    If you love classic country rock, you need to get to this show. The lineup includes Orleans (“Dance with Me” Still the One”), Poco (“Crazy Love”), Firefall (“Just Remember I Love You”) and others. Doors open at 4 p.m. at Cove Creek Outdoor Pavilion (56th St W & Central Ave. in Billings). Purchase tickets online at ticketfly.com.


    July 28

    Billings Kiwanis Movies Under the Stars

    It’s Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book,” under the stars at Medicine Crow Middle School. This year brings you a bigger screen and much better sound system. The movie starts at 9 p.m. but do arrive early to buy your concessions because 100 percent of the proceeds from these sales benefit local youth organizations.


    July 28, 29 and 30

    Big Sky International Balloon Rendezvous

    It’s free! Watch the big balloons take to the sky at 6 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The dusk balloon glow is the one not to be missed, though, in our opinion. That happes on Saturday night around 7 p.m. across from ZooMontana. The event will be cancelled if the weather sucks so keep an eye out or check the event’s Facebook page for updates.

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