28th Annual Strawberry Festival @ Downtown Billings | June 8 @ 8am-4pm
Dive headfirst into summer with this beloved annual event. The Strawberry Festival, in its 28th year, gets things going with a pancake breakfast at 7:30pm, hosted by the Billings Heights Lions Club at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and North 29th Street.
Billings' largest street festival, the Strawberry Festival includes Arts & Craft vendor booths, food trucks, free kids crafts, a bungee jump, balloon twisters, and live entertainment all stretching under downtown's Skypoint sculpture at North Broadway and 2nd Avenue North.
The centerpiece to the event, the 60 foot Strawberry Shortcake, will once again be assembled onsite by the Chefs and Cooks of Montana (with help and donations from Albertsons, Passages, Sysco Montana, and Morningstar Senior Living). This year the shortcake will be set-up on 2nd Avenue North, just east of Skypoint between North 27th and Broadway. The community can enjoy a slice of the shortcake by purchasing a $2 ticket from the shortcake ticket booth as early as 10am. The shortcake will be served beginning at 12pm. Proceeds are split between the Chefs and Cooks of Montana’s scholarship program and the Business Improvement District's street beautification projects.
The Kid’s Area is sponsored by Wise Wonders Children's Museum, located on North 29th Street, just north of 1st Avenue North, and will include a pinwheel craft station, coloring opportunities, and a corn-hole bean bag toss. Montana Premier Entertainment will have a four-person bungee trampoline up and ready for anyone from 30lb to 220lbs to enjoy five fun minutes of gravity defying jumps for $5. Wise Wonders Children’s Museum will be open with free admission during the festival.
Skypoint Entertainment Line-up includes:
10am Montana Fiddle Club - A summertime musical enrichment program sponsored by the Billings Youth Orchestra and Choirs. billingsyouthorchestra.org
11am The Always Be Creative (The ABC) - A Billings based band that performs original music and cover songs of the rockin-est, family friendly tunes around.
12pm Tesseract Dance Collective - A local collaborative belly dance troupe, performing traditional art of belly dance fused with contemporary movements and music. tesseractdancecollective.com
1pm Goes Well drum group - Originating from the Arrow Creek District, Pryor MT, brothers Josiah, Joshua, and Oly Hugs use their voices and drums to sing traditional Native American round dance, push dance, pow wow, honor, and prayer.
2pm Broadway Dance Studio - A nonprofit organization that offers tap, jazz, and tumbling classes for children of all ages and skill levels. The dancers will be performing group and solo/duo dance routines. broadwaydance.studio
3pm Billings Symphony Orchestra - Members of the Billings Symphony Orchestra perform as a string quartet for the community to enjoy. billingssymphony.org