Things to do: OXXBIRD Music Festival, Little Bighorn Days, SummerFair and concerts galore | Entertainment

Billings Gazette

Next week in Billings is almost too packed with events. Here are some of the highlights.

‘The Goodfellas’ at the Babcock

Honor the late and great Ray Liotta by returning home to pick up your jewelry box and bringing it to the Babcock Theater to see “Goodfellas” on Friday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. arthousebillings.com/goodfellas.






The Western Heritage Center at 2822 Montana Ave.


CASEY PAGE, Billings Gazette


Hoof-It with a Historian: Moss Mansion Neighborhood.

Join the Western Heritage Center to learn about the history of Billings on Friday, June 24 at 10 a.m. Always among the finest residences in the city, Clark and Yellowstone Avenues were home to Billings’ most influential business and civic leaders. The tour will explore the stunning architecture and share the stories of the legendary residents who called them home. This tour begins at the corner of Division Street and Clark Avenue. Tours last approximately 1 hour 20 minutes and require comfortable walking shoes. Adults are $10, students (ages 13-18) are $5, children under 6 are free.

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Wes Urbaniak performs during July 24, 2021, 10th Annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival in White Sulfur Springs, Montana.


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OXXBIRD Music Festival

This festival is a two-day event celebrating the transformation of the Billings Industrial Revitalization District. Starting Friday, June 24 at 406 Events Lawn (formerly Red Oxx Events Lawn), find Wes Urbaniak & The Mountain Folk with Salt and Shadow. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday June 25, Moontricks will headline, with support from Satsang, Jacob Rountree & The Somethings, Brambles & Briar and Quiet Coyote. After the show, join Power for a street dance on 14th Street. Doors open at 11 p.m. Tickets are at 406eventslawn.com/shows.

Summer Fair 2022

Now in its 44th year, SummerFair is the region’s largest arts and crafts festival, bringing artisan creations from here and abroad to Billings for a weekend of arts, food trucks and entertainment. This year’s event will take place on the MSUB campus on Friday, June 24 from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artist booths include painting, pottery, nature art, glass, wood, metal, textile art, photography, body products and artisan food. Complete calendar and list of suppliers on artmuseum.org/engage/summerfair/.

Little Bighorn Days

Little Bighorn Days is a fun weekend in Hardin in honor of the anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. This is a family event with parades, street dancing, an arm wrestling tournament, children’s activities, and craft and food vendors. Events are throughout the region throughout the weekend. There are living history handouts and a car display at the Big Horn County Museum, a PRCA rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds, and a re-enactment of a real bird in Medicine. Trail Coulee on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. each. daytime. Check bighorncountymuseum.org/little-bighorn-days for a more complete program.

Yellowstone Rep Theater presents ‘Mud Blue Sky’

The Yellowstone Repertory Theater continues its fourth season of presenting professional theater in Billings with Mud Blue Sky by Marisa Wegrzyn. The play is at the Roebling Theater at the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts and performances June 24, 25 and 26. Performances start at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $25 and are available at yellowstonerep.org. YRT Artistic Director Craig Huisenga will lead a cast that includes Anjanett Hawk, Barbara Stube-Mercado, Jalani Lee and Jorden Dupuis Gilfeather. Nicoletta Flores will be the stage manager.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at NOVA

Shakespeare’s classic comedy about miscommunication, fairy antics and royal ruminations will premiere at NOVA on June 24, 25 and 26. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $16 for senior/military and $21 for all others, and available at novabillings.org.

2022 Downtown Summer Sounds with Koe Wetzel

Country singer Koe Wetzel will headline Downtown Summer Sounds, presented by Downtown Billings and Pub Station Presents on Saturday, June 25 at Downtown Billings Skatepark. Tickets for all ages are $79 for the pit and $44 for general admission, and are available at thepubstation.com.

Symphony in the Park

The Billings Symphony’s biggest annual event returns for the 50th year on Sunday, June 26 at Pioneer Park. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and relax to an evening of music under the big Montana sky. Featuring special guests Paige and The People’s Band, plus the long-standing tradition of our Children’s Conducting Competition, the Petting Zoo, and more. Complete your experience with a picnic provided by participating food trucks and vendors. Events begin at 4 p.m., the Billings Symphony Orchestra continues at 7 p.m.

National Parks Conservation Associated Flood Relief at the Rialto Theater

In Bozeman on Tuesday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m. there will be a fundraiser in support of the Southwest Montana Relief Fund and the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation. The evening will include discussions on the effects of the flooding and how the relief funds will benefit Yellowstone and surrounding communities. All proceeds raised will benefit flood relief funds for immediate needs like emergency shelter, clean water, food and clothing as well as cleanup and reconstruction efforts. Guests will also be able to catch a performance by musician Ryan Acker and have the chance to bid on silent auction items, while enjoying complimentary drinks and appetizers. Attendance is free, RSVP in advance to npca.org/yellfloodrelief.

Opening of the Michael Haykin exhibition and artist conference

On Thursday, June 30, celebrate the opening of the “Painting a Pandemic” exhibition with an artist talk by Michael Haykin in the gallery. Haykin will discuss this new body of work and how his painting has been shaped by the experience of the COVID lockdown. The reception is at 5 p.m., the artist talk is at 6 p.m.

Alive After 5 with Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk

Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk play Alive After 5 on Thursday, June 30 in front of Uberbrew from 5-8 p.m. The event is free, but anyone who wants to drink will need to purchase a $2 wristband.

Celebration honoring the life and contributions of Ian Elliot to the arts

All are welcome to Ian Elliot’s ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ celebration of life on July 2 at the Babcock Theater in Billings.

The event, held on Elliot’s birthday, runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is free and open to everyone. A hootenanny follows the official schedule, which begins at 5 p.m. There will be music, dance, poetry and a slideshow celebrating Elliot’s life and his contributions to the arts, theater and music scene in Montana, particularly the Yellowstone Valley. Christi the Wordsmith hosts the celebration.

The Babcock Theater held a special place in Elliot’s heart, as he performed many shows there and ran the theater in the 1990s. Elliot died in December 2021 at the age of 70. Friends, colleagues and family came together to organize the day-long celebration, showcasing everything Elliot loved: poetry, dance, music and drama. There will be opportunities to share stories and adult food and drink will be available. Like Elliot used to say, “Let’s put on a show!”







Jessica Eve and Wes Urbaniak

Jessica Eve performs with Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk Friday night during Magic City Blues 2021 in downtown Billings.


Anna Paige



And more live music

At Craft Local on Friday June 24, Ryan Supola plays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with Dammit Lauren! from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Listen to traditional country music from Hannah Jo Lally from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday at the R Club Lounge.

Cimarron Band are at the High Horse Saloon on Fridays from 9 p.m. to closing.

The 7th Avenue Group will be on the occasion of a party in the parking lot of Pepper’s Bar on Saturday, June 25th. The group starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Craft Local lineup is Jessica Eve from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Not James Taylor from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Lee Calvin will play a solo set of original Calvin and coal cars songs at Craft Local’s Songwriters Night on Wednesday, June 29. Music starts at 6 p.m.

Gerald R. Schneider