To celebrate downtown Billings, the Downtown Billings Alliance has relaunched First Fridays, featuring local shops, restaurants, cultural venues, and nightlife hot spots on the first Friday of every month.
Participating shops and businesses host special events, offer refreshments and promotions, and sponsor live entertainment. All events are open to the public, and designated hours are 5 - 8 p.m., though many participating locations are open later.
Each month, Enjoy! Billings will publish a list of events taking place as part of First Friday.
The following events take place Friday, July 5:
Arts and culture
Wise Wonders Children's Museum at 110 N. 29th St. will be offering free admission and extended hours during First Friday.
Yellowstone Art Museum at 401 N. 27th St. presents a meet-and-greet with artist Steve Wellman, who is debuting his "Useless Objects" as part of the exhibition “The Thing Itself,” which will feature works from the museum's collection based on found objects. The museum is also offering free admission and a cash bar.
Aspinwall at 103 N. 28th St. Come play some cornhole (aka bean-bag toss) out front at Aspinwall on Friday. Participants receive discounts for participating.
Gypsy Wind at 202 N. 29th St. is offering discounts on jewelry and handbags and participates in discounts through the DBA card.
Montague's Jewlers at 2810 Second Ave. N. will have wine and appetizers for shoppers, as well as select discounts on merchandise.
Sandstone Gallery at 2913 Second Ave N. is featuring live art demos on Friday evening. The gallery is a unique artist co-op gallery that features upwards of 16 member artists offering local watercolor, leather, ceramic, and oil paint art.
Art House Cinema, 109 N. 30th St., and the Babcock Theater, 2810 Second Ave. N., celebrates First Friday by offering free popcorn with each ticket purchase.
Kirks' Grocery, 2920 Minnesota Ave., hosts Stepplate Live DJ Performance and Agnar / Stepplate, bringing the electronic vibes of a computer meeting drum sticks. Performances run 7 - 9 p.m.
The Pub Station at 2502 First Ave. N. hosts an all ages performance by Granger Smith starting at 8 p.m. Tickets to see the Texas-born Nashville musician are $25 in advance, available at www.1111presents.com. DBA cardholders can get $4 pints (except on specialty brews).
Food and drinks
Big Dipper Ice Cream at 100 N. Broadway features Fourth of July flavors including Red, White, and Blueberry; American Pie; Firecracker; Raspberry, Strawberry, & Pomegranate Sorbet. DBA card holders receive one free topping.
Hooligans Sports Bar at 109 N. Broadway hosts Happy Hour from 5 - 6 p.m. featuring all beer, house wine, & well drinks for $2.50. DBA card holders get a $5 match play in the casino.
Jake's Downtown at 2701 First Ave. N. offers a 'Merica-tini for $9 from 5 - 8 p.m., made with Vodka, blue curacao, coconut mix and raspberry.
Last Chance Cider Mill and Pub at 2203 Montana Ave. offers house-made pasta of fresh pepper pappardelle with wild mushroom ragout and herbed Brie for $18. DBA card holders recieve 10% off ticket orders.
Montana Brewing Company at 113 N. Broadway hosts Happy Hour from 5 - 6 p.m. All beer, house wine & wells will be $2.50. The patio is open for the season.
The Monte at 2824 First Ave. N. serves summer drink specials, including Moscow Mules and margaritas, plus pinball games all night long.
Stacked, a Montana Grill at 106 N. Broadway offers two-for-one draft beer after 4 p.m. to DBA card holders or 10% off an individual ticket any time of the day.
The Sassy Biscuit Co. at 115 N. 29th St. isn't just a breakfast spot. Hop over after work on Friday from 4 - 6p.m. to take part in Sassy Hour & pop-up dessert bar.