With the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day coming up, it’s going to be a busy May in Billings. Wow. . .barely any time to work. Oh, darn.
Art Walk and Jam at the Yam
The Yellowstone Art Museum has three new exhibitions and they’d love for you to come view them during the ArtWalk. You can enjoy live music, a cash bar and light hors d’ oeuvres. Sign up for membership and your first drink is on the Yam. It happens from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. and you can get details online at artmuseum.org.
For its 15th year, the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts brings us Funky Bunch, the center’s high school improv group. Get details online, here.
May 5 and 6
Princess Days at ZOOMONTANA
Bring the kids (both princes and princesses) to ZooMontana for two days of fun. They can meet the princesses from Ever After Events, participate in a scavenger hunt and win prizes. Food will be available. Learn more online at zoomontana.org.
Rimrock Rover Rambler
Let’s help end pet overpopulation and the euthanasia every year of millions of unwanted dogs and cats. Join the 5K run/walk or 1.5-mile dog walk to raise money for the Rimrock Humane Society’s Community Spay/Neuter program. There will be door prizes, refreshments and the chance to mix and mingle with other pet lovers. Find out more about the event online at rimrockhumanesociety.org.
Run for Life
Another run happening the same day, the Run for Life (5K 10K and Mile Walk) raises money for the American Cancer Society of Yellowstone County. Sign up online, here.
Running for Roses and Mint Juleps
Watch the Kentucky Derby, live from Churchill Downs and do dress for it. Ladies wearing their finest hats receive their first mint julep free. The fun starts at 12:30 p.m. although the Derby doesn’t post until 4:34 p.m. It’s happening at the Squire Lounge and you can learn more online, here.
Canyon Creek Spring Ensemble Concert
Catch “From Folk to Baroque” at 3 p.m. today at American Lutheran Church (5 Lewis Ave. in Billings). It’s free and there will be a reception afterward.
Stetsons and Stilettos
Get out your fanciest duds and plan on attending Stetsons and Stilettos 2017, the annual fundraiser for the NILE Foundation. The evening includes a formal dinner, dance and live and silent auctions. Be at the Red Lion Hotel & Convention Center (1223 Mullowney Ln., Billings) by 5:30 p.m. Contact the NILE office to purchase tickets: NILE office (406) 256-2495.
May 12 through 21
Arsenic and Old Lace
What’s a guy to do when he discovers that his spinster aunts have been poisoning old men for years? Mortimer Brewster’s happy life turns upside down in this classic brought to you by Billings Studio Theatre. Get details online at billingsstudiotheatre.com.
Montana Classic Car Auction
MetraPark Expo Center is the scene for the Montana Classic Car Auction, one of the largest classic car events in the Northern Rockies. You’ll see collector cars, late model and antique cars and show winners. If you have ever dreamed of owning a classic car, don’t miss your chance to bid on one and drive it home. For more information, visit classiccarauction.us.
May 13 and 14
Mother’s Day Brunch
No plans for Mother’s Day yet? How about treating Mom to brunch at Raven’s Café d’Art? You can choose from both brunch and lunch selections and there will be limited seating outdoors, weather permitting. Make your reservation now by calling 406-256-6804 x247, and get more information online at artmuseum.org.
Chefs on Parade
We love this idea! Today you’ll have a chance to tour five homes and each one will be hosting one of Billings’ top chefs. Meet the builder as well as the chef and sample some amazing cuisine. You’ll even get to vote for the Best Chef on Parade. Plus, your ticket to the Chefs on Parade comes with a Fall Parade of Homes ticket, which will be mailed to you in September.
Participants must be 21 and older and you can learn more here.
Showcase of Homes
Pay only $5 and you can tour 15 new construction homes, courtesy of the Home Builders Association of Billings. If you’re in the market for a new home, especially if you’re a first-time buyer, don’t miss this tour. All of the homes are listed at less than $350,000. For more information, visit hbabillings.net.
Big Sky Reptile Expo
Come to look or come to buy, but don’t miss The Big Sky Reptile Expo. You’ll encounter not only the animals but related paraphernalia as well. Even reptile-related art and jewelry! Check them out on Facebook for details.
Run for Heaven’s Sake
Billings residents have their pick of several really good runs this month and one of them is RUN for Heaven’s Sake. This 5k, 10k & half marathon event takes place on the west end of Billings and all proceeds will benefit the Ramsey Keller Memorial (they pay for infant funerals in Montana). Want to know more? Get details here.
Warrior Wishes Fun Run
What better way to celebrate Armed Forces Day (although it happened last week) than by entering a fun run to benefit disable veterans across the state? You can participate in a 1 mile, 5K and 10K run in this Yellowstone Rimrunners-sponsored event. Learn more here.