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Don't Be Spooked There's Plenty To Do This October

  • Don't Be Spooked There's Plenty To Do This October
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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It's official...Fall is here! The weather might be cooler but there are still plenty of events to enjoy across the region from pumpkin patches and corn mazes to cultural celebrations and haunted houses. So grab the pumpkin spice latte (or your favorite warm beverage) and hit the road to make the most of your October in the Black Hills and Badlands. 

Spearfish Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Friday, September 6, 2019 to Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Spearfish corn maze and pumpkin patch is entering its 7th season in 2019 for Spearfish Valley Produce and is located about 3 miles northwest of Spearfish. Bring your family and find your way through the maze and enjoy our other extra activities.

Old MacDonalds Farm Fall Festival Days
Saturday, October 5, 2019 to Sunday, October 27, 2019

Fun for all ages at the Annual Fall Festival every Saturday & Sunday in October from 10 am to 5 pm. Pig races, pony rides, mini train, tractor pulled wagon and activities for everyone. Come on out, get your pumpkins and paint them too!


While we're far from the Oktoberfest enjoy the Black Hills' answer to this classic fall event with two different beer festivals.

Deadwood Oktoberfest
Friday, October 2, 2020 to Saturday, October 3, 2020

Join us as we celebrate Oktoberfest in the Wild West. Enjoy live German music at the PolkaFest, the annual Tour de Oktoberfest, free food and dancing. Bring the whole family and join us for the now famous “Wiener Dog Races” and Beer Barrel Games!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The annual 9th Bierbörse, a favorite of local craft beer enthusiasts, will take place the first Saturday in October. Admission is free. The event features a microbrew tasting, homebrew sampling, polka music, stein holding contests, keg bowling, a beer stock exchange and more.

Events at the beginning of October

Paranormal Investigations of the Adams House
Friday, October 4, 2019

Join Deadwood History and Black Hills Paranormal Investigations (BHPI) for an exclusive ninety minute paranormal investigation of one of Deadwood’s most haunted sites.  Learn the history behind the darker stories associated with the historic home and search for paranormal activity using night vis

Sundance Pumpkin Patch Festival
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Bearlodge Bakery, East Main Street 315, Sundance, Wyoming, United States


Run Crazy Horse
Saturday, October 5, 2019 to Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Run Crazy Horse Marathon events begin in the shadow of the world's largest mountain carving,  Crazy Horse Memorial, and finishes in the heart of the Black Hills... Hill City, South Dakota. Join us for a half marathon, full marathon, fast 5K and a kids 1K.

Wild West Songwriters Festival
Thursday, October 8, 2020 to Saturday, October 10, 2020

Twenty of the top songwriters and artists come to Deadwood to share their music and their stories. The Wild West Songwriters festival features free informal performances (called writer’s rounds) during the day at various locations in Deadwood. In the evening, attend ticketed concerts.


1880 Train Appreciation Day
Sunday, October 13, 2019

The 1880 Train appreciates our military and those who live close by and support their local communities! To show our appreciation, all active military and locals (residents of South Dakota & Wyoming) ride for FREE on the 1880 Train’s last day of the 2019 regular season!

Native American Day Celebrations

5th Annual Native American Day Parade
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Bringing our community together

Everyone is welcome! Line up at 2nd and Main Street at 8:00 a.m. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. - overall contest prizes are $500, $300, and $200.

Native Americans' Day Celebration
Monday, October 12, 2020

South Dakota was the first state to officially celebrate Native Americans’ Day each year on the second Monday in October. Elsewhere, the day is observed as Columbus Day.

Halloween and Trick-or-Treating Events

Friday, October 30, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020

Come celebrate Halloween in Deadwood. Deadweird is a little crazy, a little spooky and a WHOLE lot of fun! Make plans for the 8th annual Monster Ball on Friday, Oct.

Haunting of Rush Mountain
Friday, October 25, 2019 to Sunday, October 27, 2019

Rush Mountain will have a special Halloween Haunting.  The park will be closed during the day, but open at night for our Haunted event!  October 25 – 27, 2019.  Not recommended for kids under 12.

Scare in the Square
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Scare in the Square features an afternoon of family entertainment at Main Street Square. It is held in conjunction with the Rapid CIty Downtown Business Group's Downtown Trick-or-Treat. We'll see you in your costumes!

Safe N Sweet Trick N Treat
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Admission is $3 per person. 3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Bring your little princesses, monsters, pirates, and ghosts to the park to get candy alongside Bunny's Heroes (costumed superhero and princess characters!) in the most magical place in Rapid City! 

Chamber's Crypt Haunted House
Monday, October 28, 2019

Brace yourself for a tour of the Chamber's Crypt on October 25th, 26th, 30th, and 31st!


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

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