North x Northwest

North x Northwest is a 10-day introduction to Billings’ arts, entertainment, and cultural scene. Organized by Billings Cultural Partners, the September collective includes many season openers and daily features include film, music, art, literature and entertainment events, giving patrons a glimpse of the cultural diversity Billings has to offer.


Yellowstone Art Museum North x Northwest Exhibition Reception and People’s Choice Award
The Yellowstone Art Museum’s first annual North by Northwest art exhibition is on view from July 18–October 10, 2019. Juror Julia Andrews, director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, selected 60 works from 543 entries. The finalists represent 18 states and a range of media including painting, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, and photography. Exhibition visitors are invited to vote for their favorite work of art from July 18th through September 11th. People’s Choice, Juror’s Choice and Purchase Awards will be announced at the reception at 6:30.

Billings Symphony Whiskey & Wine @ Henry’s Garage
Whiskey, Bourbon, Malbec or Riesling, what is your preference? We have something for every taste at the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale’s premier event, Whiskey & Wine. Enjoy samples from the top Whiskey and Wine distributors in Montana. Join us Thursday evening, September 12, 2019 at the nostalgic Henry’s Garage from 6-9 p.m. Discover a new favorite! Tickets are $40 – All proceeds benefit the BSO&C. Tickets are available starting August 15th by calling 406-252-3610 or online at


ArtWalk Downtown Billings
ArtWalk Downtown Billings is hosting a Special Event to showcase the thriving, vibrant arts community in downtown Billings.  Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, ArtWalk normally hosts six events each uear, on the first Friday of every other month.  ArtWalk locations include galleries, studios, museums, a downtown church and other “art-friendly” places.  ArtWalk Season Members value the role of visual arts in the local economy and acknowledge its importance in our sense of community. “Like” us on Facebook @billingsartwalk.  Gallery notes, more information and a map can be found at our mobile-friendly website, Free. 

Art House Cinema
Montana Connected Film SeriesThe highly-acclaimed A River Runs Through It (1992), based on Montana author Norman Maclean’s 1976 novel and filmed primarily in Livingston by film legend Robert Redford.

Montana Audubon Center
Evening Under the Big Sky
The 2019 Montana Audubon Center Evening Under the Big Sky is Friday, September 13th. This event, held on site at the Center, provides critical support for our outdoor education programming and land stewardship efforts. Our goal for 2019 is $40,000 in funds raised, which represents approximately 10% of our annual operating budget.Tickets available at this link. Individual tickets $75, table of 8 for $550.


2pm & 8pm
Alberta Bair Theater
The Other Mozart (matinee) @ MSU-Billings Petro Theater
The Other Mozart is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart—a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother, Amadeus, to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. Directed by Isaac Byrne, this one woman performance is set in and on a sweeping 18-foot dress. Based on facts, stories, and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters, Nannerl’s story resonates today. Along with music composed by her famous brother and Marianna Martines (a Viennese female composer who inspired Nannerl), original music was written by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the International Contemporary Ensemble) using clavichords, music boxes, bells, teacups, and fans.

SCRaP in Billings
Billings Art Show & SellMontana Arts Council MAP cohorts are featured Artists in SCRaP’s annual Show and Sell along with Billings Art Walk in Downtown Billings and the Billings Arts Association Show at Gainan’s in the Heights.

SCRaP in Billings
Art For a Cause Reception @ First Congregational ChurchThe Billings Downtown Exchange Club will be Hosting their Inaugural Art For a Cause reception and auction on September 14th proceeds from this auction will benefit youth at risk organizations in the community.

Art House Cinema
Montana Connected Film SeriesJared Moshe’s indie take on the American western filmed in Southwest Montana with The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017).


Art House Cinema
Montana Connected Film SeriesThe gripping documentary Dark Money (2018), Montana director Kimberly Reed’s deep dive into political corruption and Montana’s role in the fight to preserve fair politics.


Pub Station
Black Label SocietyThe Black Dahlia MurderAlien Weaponry

Billings Public Library
Bookmobile at Laurel Senior Center, Morning Star, and Boulder Park 
11:30-1:00 Laurel Senior Center, 720 South 4th St 1:45-3:00 Morning Star at Central & Shiloh 3:30-4:30 Boulder Park.


Billings Public Library
Tuesday Story Time Tales


Montana Audubon Center
Nature JournalingJoin Audubon Center staff to learn the basic techniques and personal benefits of sketching and writing about nature. Pencils and paper provided, bring additional supplies if desired. No experience necessary, all ages welcome. $10/person.

Billings Symphony
Symphony Sneak Peek: Join Maestra Anne Harrigan and members of the BSO&C in the Taproom at the Pub Station for a sneak peek of the BSO&C’s 2019-2020 Symphony Season Live at the Lincoln Center. Maestra Harrigan will focus on the jazz-inspired opening night, including stories and histories of Gershwin and Ravel. She will also provide insights into the whole season. This is an opportunity to learn about what the symphony has to offer beyond the concert hall this upcoming season. This is a Free event with a no-host bar and light snacks provided.


Western Heritage Center
Me & Martha

4 -11pm
Mint Film Festival
Opening Night Film and Block Party @  the Babcock Theatre.

Billings Public Library
Civil Conversation: Owning Our History – Japanese Internment
In 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the incarceration of thousands of residents of the western states with Japanese ancestry, both immigrants and citizens alike. The legacies of that decision are still echoing within the American consciousness. Dakota Russell, Executive Director of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, will talk about the ramifications of the Japanese internment to those who went through it and for the country. A discussion will follow.


Wise Wonders
Free Family Fun Night


Billings Symphony
A 1920’s Evening @ Lincoln CenterOpening night for the 2019-2020 Symphony season, Live at the Lincoln Center celebrates jazz influences on classical music with George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and world-renowned pianist Conrad Tao playing Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. Join us as we recognize the founding members of the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale and honor the memory of our founder Robert Staffanson (1921-2019).

Mint Film Festival
Babcock Theatre.Northern Plains Resource Council and MINT present Wild & Scene Films.

Mint Film Festival
Petroleum ClubWild & Scene Films After Party


Moss Mansion
Stories in Stained Glass
Visit the Moss and dive into the beauty, history and mystery of stained glass. Learn how it is made, the science of glass color, the restoration process and the stories told by the stained glass that glows in the first churches of Billings.

Mint Film Festival
Closing Ceremony & Film Awards.

Mint Film Festival
Closing Night Party.