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Fall is Full of Colorful Festivals in the Black Hills

  • Fall is Full of Colorful Festivals in the Black Hills
    Fall is Full of Colorful Festivals in the Black Hills
Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2018
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Autumn looks good on the Black Hills and Badlands, where vibrant fall foliage frames granite outcroppings in winding canyons, art festivals fill the streets across the region, and farmer’s markets overflow with abundant seasonal produce and homemade goods. You can pedal along the Mickelson Trail under a canopy of changing leaves, sip locally crafted wine and beer, or celebrate Native American traditions with dancing and singing. With so many fall festivities, there’s no better time to discover the Black Hills than during this colorful season.

Deadwood Jam | Sept. 14-15
Rock, reggae, and blues fill the air in Deadwood during this two-day outdoor music festival.

Harvest Fest in Spearfish | Sept. 22
Food and craft vendors fill the streets in downtown Spearfish, while retail businesses take to the sidewalks for great end-of-the-summer deals. The festivities include apple pie and pumpkin carving contests, an antique tractor show, and local Black Hills entertainment.

National Public Lands Day | Fee-Free Day | Sept. 22
Join the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort that celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages the use of open space.

Take part by enjoying a day without entrance fees to Badlands National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park or Devils Tower National Monument. (Cave tour fees at Jewel and Wind caves still apply.)

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival | Sept. 27-29
Feel the thunder as you watch cowboys and cowgirls roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo into corrals. The Arts Festival is held in conjunction with the roundup and features nearly 150 vendors that offer fine arts and crafts for sale, including South Dakota made products.

Oktoberfest Express on the 1880 Train | Sept. 29
Celebrate Oktoberfest on board the 1880 Train. The German-inspired event brings together authentic German food, tasty seasonal beer, and live polka music on a scenic steam train ride through the Black Hills.

10th Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival in Rapid City | Sept. 29
Rake in a day full of fall family fun in downtown Rapid City. The 10th annual festival features pumpkin catapults, a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pub crawl, pony rides, vendors and more.

Fall Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial® | Sept. 30
Take this 10K woodland ramble up the world’s largest mountain carving in progress to Crazy Horse’s arm. This opportunity is only available twice per year.

32nd Annual Black Hills Powwow in Rapid City |Oct. 5-7
Experience the proud heritage and majestic pageantry of Great Plains indigenous song and dance at one of the premier American Indian cultural events in the United States.

Wild West Songwriter's Festival in Deadwood | Oct. 11-13
More than 20 hit songwriters and artists gather for three full days of panels, parties and free performances. Discover the moments that inspired your favorite hits and hear the songwriters themselves put their original spin on what came to be a radio smash.

For a full list of upcoming events, visit our events calendar.

About the Author

Morgan is the Communications Director at Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association. She grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where she developed a deep love for the outdoors and adventure. She followed her heart to the mountains and received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Her inquisitive nature led her to uncover the many treasures the Black Hills have to offer. She has called them home since 2014.

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