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Autumn Bliss is Here with the Best September Events in the Black Hills and Badlands

  • Autumn Bliss is Here with the Best September Events in the Black Hills and Badlands
    Autumn Bliss is Here with the Best September Events in the Black Hills and Badlands
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
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School buses are on the street and backpacks are full as we transition from the summer into fall once again—the time for festivals, pumpkins, buffalo roundups, classic hot rods and more! Dig out your fuzziest sweaters from your closet and find spectacular fall events in the Black Hills and Badlands this September. 

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival
Thursday, September 24, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, September 26, 2020 (All day)

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,400 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions) to the corrals.

Car Shows

Studebakers, bikes and hot rods will be shined up and lined up in September for visitors and gearheads to admire. Food, cars, music and a community of people to share it with—stop by and see it all! 

Studebaker Car Show
Sunday, September 1, 2019

Members of the Dakotas Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club from five states will soon be meeting in Custer, SD, for a weekend of cruising and showing off their cars. On Sunday, September 1, owners will display their cars and trucks on 6th Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

7th Annual Rush No More/Dakota Rods and Classics Car/Bike Show
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Join us for the 7th Annual Rush No More Car/Bike Show and Shine September 7th.

Events at the Beginning of September

Crazy Horse & Korczak Night Blast
Friday, September 6, 2019

The second traditional night blast of the year is on September 6th. The blast honors the dual anniversaries of the 1877 death of Crazy Horse and of the 1908 birth of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.

Sturgis Supermoto
Friday, September 6, 2019 to Saturday, September 7, 2019

This is an AMA-sanctioned event, and will take place downtown on the famous Sturgis Main Street, September 6th and 7th, 2019. This race combines flat-out street racing right on Main Street as well as portions of dirt.

2019 Hill City Quilt Show & Sale
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Hill City (SD) Quilt Show & Sale September 7 & 8, 2019

Located in the Hill City Middle School gyms, 341 E Main St, Hill City, SD 57745

Deadwood Jam
Friday, September 13, 2019 to Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Black Hills’ premier musical festival since its inception 20+ years ago.

Stratobowl Historic Hot Air Balloon Launch
Friday, September 13, 2019 to Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Stratobowl was first made famous in the 1930’s when high altitude balloons launched from the site, visited the stratosphere and made history.  The site has long been acknowledged as an important part of aviation history.

Marathons, Races & More

As we move into the fall season, the weather cools just enough to get out and enjoy the colorful scenery changes. For many runners, bicyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts, it signals race season. Whether you’re in it for glory, beer, fun, or to bask in nature’s splendor, there are several marathons, races, and community get-togethers to keep you moving this September. 

Mickelson Trail Trek
Friday, September 20, 2019 to Sunday, September 22, 2019

South Dakota’s George S. Mickelson Trail is more than just a recreation Trail; it’s a trail of history. You have the opportunity to travel the same path as General George A. Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Potato Creek Johnny.

Mount Rushmore Half Marathon
Saturday, September 21, 2019

The race will run in reverse from the inaugural course. The Mt. Rushmore Half marathon begins at the Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch on a well-packed dirt road for about 3 miles before turning into pavement.

Wheelin' to Wall
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Thanks to some of the most persistent roadside billboards advertising “free ice water” among other things, most people have heard of Wall Drug located in the town of Wall, SD. And just outside of the town lies Badlands National Park, a dramatic and ancient display of sandstone formations.

7th Annual Fall Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial®️
Sunday, September 29, 2019

This autumn hike is the public’s second chance of the year to walk up the world’s largest mountain carving in progress.

Fall Festivals

Sundance Beer Festival
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday, September 7th, 2019 Sundance Beer Festival hopes to draw over 1000 beer enthusiast and their families converge on Main Street of Sundance, Wyoming to come try our amazing selection of premium craft brews from Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado! This year the festival starts at

Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Downtown's biggest festival, The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, returns for the 11th year. Visit Main Street Square and venture down Sixth St and into Memorial Park for a pumpkin catapult, giant pumpkin weigh-off, cooking demonstration, Kidz Zone, pony rides, vendors and more. 

Events Later in September

Plein Air Paint Out
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 to Saturday, September 28, 2019

If you love the beauty of the Black Hills, you won’t want to miss a chance to take home one-of-a-kind artwork painted on-site in the Black Hills! Watch artists painting live in action at various locations! View all of the work painted by the artists each day at the Hill City Senior Center!

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2019:

September 28: National Public Lands Day

There’s something for everyone, so get your autumnal fix in the Black Hills and Badlands this September!

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

About the Author

Alyssa is a Chadron State College graduate with deep roots in the Black Hills and Badlands. As an English Major, she has a passion for writing, people, animals, stationary, and (of course) South Dakota. Her friends often describe her as loyal, funny, and someone who always keeps things interesting. 

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