Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billing Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855. It has a trade area of over half a million people.
Billings is located in the south-central portion of the state and is the county seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. The city is experiencing rapid growth and a strong economy; it has had and is continuing to have the largest growth of any city in Montana. Parts of the metro area are seeing hyper growth.
Billings was nicknamed the „Magic City“ because of its rapid growth from its founding as a railroad town in March 1882. With one of the largest trade areas in the United States, Billings is the trade and distribution center for much of Montana east of the Continental Divide , Northern Wyoming, and western portions of North Dakota and South Dakota. Billings is also the retail destination for much of the same area. With more hotel accommodations than any area within a five-state region, the city hosts a variety of conventions, concerts, sporting events, and other rallies.
Billings Montana is full of really amazing summer activities for those who love to get outdoors and be active. Montana has some of the best fishing, hunting, hiking, and biking anywhere in the United States. But, Billings also offers an extensive list of urban activities for those who prefer it. Billings has a very cool, laid back culture that offers tons of local food, brew, and friendly residents. Whether you are a local or just traveling through, this list should give you an idea of the best ways to spend your time this summer if you are in Billings.
In summer Billings has a Alberta Bair Theatre. This venue consistently brings big name acts to the Intermountain West and provides entertainment for every type of audience. The Alberta Bair features classical and popular music, country music and jazz, opera, ballet, modern and ethnic dance, comedy, drama and musical theater. The Bair is also home to a Montana Renaissance festival in the summer for those of us who prefer whimsy and roasted turkey legs to the more conventional summer activities