Things to Do: Big Sky Native Comedy Show, Beers and BBQs, Amp Camp Concert and More | Entertainment

As Billings heats up, cool off with big events across the Magic City this week.

Sabotage with a Historian: Swords Rimrock Park

On Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m., take a break from your routine and celebrate the beautiful Billings Rimrocks with a stroll along the east end of Swords Rimrock Park. Enjoy Billings’ most visible park, just east of the airport, see historic Crow Indian sites and Yellowstone Kelly’s Grave. This tour begins at Sword’s Rimrock Park picnic area, east of the airport. Call 256-6809 if you need directions. Children under 6 are free, all others $10.

‘Still Life’ exhibition streamed live on Facebook at Kirks Grocery

If you couldn’t make it to Kirks Grocery to see their “Still Life” exhibit, featuring works by Louis Habeck and Courtney Blazon, join Kirks Facebook at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15 for a live tour.

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John Kennedy uses a pencil to measure the lines of the Skinner/Benoit PR building. Kennedy will teach an urban drawing class at Crooked Line Studios.

MIKE CLARK, Billings Gazette

Basics of Urban Sketching at Crooked Line Studios

If you were inspired by our recent post about the Billings Urban Sketchers, try your hand at crafting with this class on Friday, July 15 from 6-9 p.m. Taught by local artist (and urban designer) John Kennedy. Tickets are $55, with an optional excursion at a later date with John for an additional $20. Sign up at

Bad movie night with Lord Video

Head to Kirks Grocery on Friday, July 15 at 9 p.m. for Bad Movie Night, featuring VHS screenings of B-movie horror films from Lord Video’s movie dungeon. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, with snacks and drinks available with a donation.

Midland at ZooMontana

Fresh off a date at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic, country band Midland are bringing their The Last Resort tour to Billings for one night only on Friday, July 15 at 6 p.m. Stephen Wilson Jr. will open. Tickets are $44 and are available at

Night Bat Hike

Join the Montana Audubon Center at 7026 S. Billings Blvd. Friday, July 15 from 8:30-10 p.m. for a fun evening learning interesting bat facts from Fish Wildlife and Parks experts, followed by an adventure around the Center with special acoustic equipment to find them . Bring a flashlight and good walking shoes. Suggested donation of $5, must pre-register at

Beers and barbecues

Customers enjoy craft beers at the 2017 MT Brews and BBQs brewing festival.

CASEY PAGE, Billings Gazette

MT Brews and BBQs at MetraPark

The 12th Annual Billings Brewers Party will be held Saturday, July 16 by the lake at MetraPark from 1-10 p.m. There will be 80 MT craft beers and 20 MT food trucks, with live music from D’tective. Free admission, event benefits Breakfast Exchange Club Community Partners.

Amp Camp Concert at Craft Local

Join Craft Local on Saturday, July 16 at 6 p.m. for live performances with Camp Amp 2022 students and their educators (Parker Brown, Matthew Devitt, Alex Nauman, Erik Olson, and Anthony Hammond) Founded in 2014 by local musicians/educators , Amp Camp is a rhythm section workshop that gives musicians the tools to be well-rounded and better prepared for a career in music.

Big Sky Native Comedy Show

Get your tickets for the Big Sky Indigifest Indigenous comedy night on Saturday, July 16, featuring some of the best Indigenous comedians and artists in the country, with DJ Element! The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Double Tree Hilton Ballroom. $25 tickets are at

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Cody Jinks, right, performs at the inaugural Under the Big Sky Music and Arts Festival July 13-14, 2019 in Whitefish, Montana.

Cody Jinks at the pub station

Country star Outlaw Cody Jinks performs at the Pub Station Ballroom on Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m. And “star” is the right word, because this show is officially sold out. Good luck in the secondary market.

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls at the Station Pub

English icon Frank Turner will bring his backing band Sleeping Souls to Montana for a date at the Pub Station Ballroom on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. An accomplished touring musician, Turner is in the midst of his Never Ending Tour of Everywhere tour, where he’s playing all 50 states in 50 days. $25 tickets are available at

Noon Lecture: “A History of Montana Agriculture”

Meet at the Western Heritage Center for the High Noon Lecture at noon on Thursday, July 21. Melody Dobson, co-author (with Jody Lamp) of “A History of Montana Agriculture,” will discuss the latest book from their American Doorstop Project, which focuses on the legacy of Big Sky Farms. Free entry.

Living after 5 years with his favorite sons

Alive After 5 is at Walkers Grill this week, Thursday, July 21. Favorite Sons is a Nashville, TN based collection of performing artists curated by Walkers owner Bill Honaker. The show is free, but anyone 21 and older who wishes to drink alcohol will need to purchase a $2 wristband.

Everly Brothers Experience at St John’s Summer Concert Series

On Thursday, July 21, head to St. John’s Campus at the corner of Rimrock and Shiloh from 6-8 p.m. to listen to music from the Everly Brothers Experience. Brothers Zachary and Dylan Zmed, backed by the Bird Dogs Band, bring the music of Phil and Don Everly to life. Daniel Kosal will open. The event is free, food trucks will be available.

And more live music

Friday, July 15 at Craft Local, Kimmi Bitter will play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by HE TRIO from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Listen to classic folk-rock and country tunes from Ariana at Yellowstone Cellars and Winery on July 15 at 8 p.m.

Cimarron Band are at Rock the Block at Laurel Town Square on July 15 from 6-10 p.m.

To catch Hello Illy and Substitutes at Kirks Grocery on Saturday, July 16 from 7-9 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Local singer-songwriter George Geoff is at Yellowstone Cellars and Winery on July 16 from 8-10 p.m.

John Adams plays its regular Sunday show at Yellowstone Cellars and Winery on Sunday, July 17 from 2-4 p.m.

Check out the Moose Lodge from 5-9 p.m. on July 17 to listen to music from Cimarron Band.

Great Erik Olson Quartet will bring jazz music to Walkers Grill from 7-10 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.

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