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Summer Fun is Still in Your Reach for the Best August in the Black Hills and Badlands

  • Summer Fun is Still in Your Reach for the Best August in the Black Hills and Badlands
  • Summer Fun is Still in Your Reach for the Best August in the Black Hills and Badlands
Updated: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
By : 
Alyssa

The Black Hills and Badlands are chock full of summer events for the entire month of August. The world-famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is returning for its 79th year, there will be several rodeos and fairs, including the Central States Fair, the biggest car shows and more. 

Whether you're ready to ride your hog through the Hills, attend big-name concerts, or fly high with the Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Black Hills and Badlands is the place to be.

79th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Since 1938, Sturgis, South Dakota has been home to one of the largest, most well known, and best motorcycle rallies in the world. During the first twelve days of August, South Dakota will be flooded with over 500,000 bikers from all across the globe, and we know where to find the most thrilling rides and the loudest concerts with the biggest names.

If you're someone who likes the roar of engines and the smell of gasoline, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the party for you! For a full list of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally events, check out the link below. 

80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Friday, August 7, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, August 16, 2020 (All day)

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota usually during the first full week of August.

Fairs and Rodeos

There's something about fairs and rodeos that undeniably says summer. Maybe it's the lemonade and funnel cakes of the fairs or the smell of dust in the air when a bronc rider goes flying through the gates that speak to you, but whatever it is, you'll find it in the Black Hills and Badlands this August!

Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi Rodeo - POSTPONED
Thursday, July 30, 2020 to Sunday, August 2, 2020

On the first weekend of August each year, the Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi Rodeo Fair includes a carnival, pow wow with five grand entries, vendors and a daily flag raising. Lunch and Supper will be served daily. Camping will be available.

Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch is home to Mount Rushmore Lodge and Mount Rushmore KOA. And now it’s home to the Mount Rushmore Rodeo.

Custer County Fair
Thursday, August 6, 2020 to Sunday, August 9, 2020

Our hometown fair has a long history in the community. We have events for people of all ages from 4-H’ers to those who are just kids at heart.

Central State's Fair & Rodeo
Friday, August 21, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, August 30, 2020 (All day)

The 75th annual Central States Fair IS ON! 

The Fun Continues

Other must-attend events include the Badlands Heritage Celebration, the captivating Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival and a chance to enter your favorite National Parks for free.

Kool Deadwood Nites
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020

Kool Deadwood Nites | Great Cars, Great Fun and Great Music!
August 26-30, 2020

(Car registration information is available at the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce or by calling 1-800-999-1876.)

Hill City Wine Brew & BBQ
Friday, August 21, 2020

 If you love great BBQ, a flavorful glass of wine or an excellent craft brew, music, and fun–all wrapped up into one event–then Hill City is the place to be for this year’s 7th Annual Wine Brew & BBQ!

Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival
Saturday, August 29, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020

2020 schedule is subject to change at any time and without notice. Additional events to be added & updated as they are scheduled. Please make sure to follow Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival on Facebook for the latest updates on the weekend of the event.

Sturgis Mustang Rally
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to Sunday, September 6, 2020
A WEEK LONG MUSTANG RALLY PACKED WITH RACING, CRUISES, CAR SHOW AND FUN EVENTS

IT'S NOT JUST A RALLY, IT'S A DESTINATION SPOT. TAKE YOUR MUSTANG TO STURGIS, SOUTH DAKOTA FOR YOUR ADVENTURE:

  • Racing Events: Autocross, Drag Racing, Barrel Racing, Rodeo.

With the biggest parties, the best concerts and events you'll be talking about for years, we have everything to make the best of August!

For a full line up of festival and events in the Black Hills and Badlands, visit our Events Calendar.

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