special events

gallery conversations

Art Auction 55 Gallery Conversations

Join us for gallery conversations with Art Auction 55 artists!

February 9 Larry Bean  February 16 Jodi Lightner  February 23 Jon Lodge

The talks start at 5 PM. Museum admission is free on Thursdays from 5 – 8 PM

first fridays

Come to the YAM to enjoy a unique artistic experience every First Friday of the month!

Meet a local artist, listen to the sounds of a talented musician, participate in a stimulating lecture — every First Friday is different. Every First Friday museum admission is free from 4 – 8 PM. 

Friday, February 3 | 4 – 10 PM

ArtWalk at YAM
Art Auction 55 Opening Reception & Artist Celebration: A Night at the Speakeasy

Join the YAM as we celebrate the opening of Yellowstone Art Auction 55! Museum admission is free from 5 – 8 PM. Raven’s Cafe, located inside the YAM, now offers dinner service on First Fridays from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. If you’re looking for late-night fun, stay for A Night at the Speakeasy from 7–10 PM. Auction artists, guests, and patrons will enjoy craft cocktails from Blind Bison, live jazz band by The Jessica Fiveland Quartet featuring Parker Brown, Erik Olson, Jessica Fiveland, and Bill Honaker, dancing, and late-night snacks. Tickets to the Speakeasy are $20.

yam free days

In addition to First Fridays of each month, where Museum admission is free from 4–8 PM, YAM also has the following day when admission is free:

Valentine’s Day
Wednesday, February 14, Free Admission

International Museum Day
Thursday, May 18, Free Admission

Will James’s Birthday
Thursday, June 6, Free Admission

Educator Day
Saturday, October 7, Free Admission

Indigenous People Day Observed
Sunday, October 8, Free Admission

Veterans Day
Saturday, November 11, Free Admission

YAM members can visit the Museum free-of-charge year-round.

masquerade at the yam

When: Saturday, October 29, 2022

The most creative and awe-inspiring Halloween party in town, Masquerade at the YAM, is back Saturday, October 29, 2022 with another night of entertainment, live performances, dancing, mystics and so much more!

Guests will enjoy cocktails, local brews, and creative appetizers by Raven’s Café D’Art as they show off their costumes in the beautiful, historic (and maybe haunted…)

Connect with Masquerade on Facebook.


When: Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3, 2022
Friday, December 2 from 4 – 8 PM
Saturday, December 3 from 10 AM – 3 PM

The Yellowstone Art Museum is again hosting WinterFair on December 2 and 3, 2022! The Arts and Craft Market will showcase local artisan vendors throughout the museum featuring hand-made goods and more. The opening evening on Friday, December 2, will coincide with the annual Holiday Stroll and December ArtWalk in downtown Billings. Applications to participate are open until November 18. Start your holiday shopping locally by visiting the YAM’s WinterFair.

Connect with WinterFair on Facebook.