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.


6-8pm Yellowstone Art Museum North x Northwest Exhibition Reception and People’s Choice AwardThe 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.

6-9pm Billings Symphony Whiskey & Wine @ Henry’s GarageWhiskey, 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


4-9pm 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.

TBDArt 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.

5:30pmMontana Audubon CenterEvening Under the Big SkyThe 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 & 8pmAlberta Bair Theater The Other Mozart (matinee) @ MSU-Billings Petro TheaterThe 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.

10am-3pm 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.

6-9pm 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.

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


TBDArt House CinemaMontana 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.


6:30pmPub StationBlack Label SocietyThe Black Dahlia MurderAlien Weaponry




6:30-8pmMontana Audubon CenterNature 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.


12pm Western Heritage CenterMe & Martha

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


5-8pm Wise WondersFree Family Fun Night


7:30pmBillings 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).

5-8pmMint Film FestivalBabcock Theatre.Northern Plains Resource Council and MINT present Wild & Scene Films.

8-11:30pmMint Film FestivalPetroleum ClubWild & Scene Films After Party


12-3pmMoss MansionStories in Stained GlassVisit 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.

5-6pmMint Film FestivalClosing Ceremony & Film Awards.6-10pmMint Film FestivalClosing Night Party.