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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
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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Once again, the weather cools off and the leaves turn as we transition from the summer into fall—which means it's 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 29, 2022 (All day) to Saturday, October 1, 2022 (All day)

Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo. Not only is the roundup a spectacular sight to see, it is also a critical management tool in maintaining a strong and healthy herd.

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!

16th Annual Sturgis Mustang Rally
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 to Sunday, September 4, 2022



44th Annual Labor Day Weekend Cruise and Studebaker Car Show
Friday, September 2, 2022 to Sunday, September 4, 2022

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, owners will display their cars and trucks on 6th Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show is free to the public.

10th Annual Rush No More RV Resort & Campground Car Show & Shine
Saturday, September 10, 2022

Join us for the 10th Annual Rush No More Car/Bike Show and Shine September 10th.

Events at the Beginning of September

Crazy Horse & Korczak Remembrance Day
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

This special day commemorates the dual anniversaries of the 1877 death of Crazy Horse and the 1908 birth of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.

The public is encouraged to visit Crazy Horse Memorial on each Special Day for a day and night of activities.

Sturgis Off-Road Rally
Thursday, September 8, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022

The City of Sturgis Rally and Events Department along with Mount Rushmore Motorsports proudly presents the 2022 5th Annual "STURGIS OFF-ROAD RALLY" September 8-11, 2022.

1880 Wine Express Train
Saturday, September 10, 2022

What better way to enjoy fall in the Black Hills than riding an authentic steam engine while sipping local wines paired with tasty food courses! The Wine Express is a truly unique experience that is one of our most popular events, so do not wait to purchase your tickets!

Hill City Quilt Show & Sale
Friday, September 9, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022

Join us for this celebration of fabric arts. The show features a vendor hall, demonstrations, prizes, special events, and over 200 beautiful quilts.

Bring a quilt for the bed and a story to share.

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. 

Dakota Five-O
Sunday, September 4, 2022

As the premier mountain bike race of the Black Hills, the Dakota Five-O continues to entice riders from across the country.  From the pristine, hand-built single-track that graces much of the course, to the PBR and bacon station and the high spirited after party, riders are impressed with this 50

Mickelson Trail Trek
Friday, September 16, 2022 to Sunday, September 18, 2022

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.

Wheelin' to Wall
Saturday, September 24, 2022 to Sunday, September 25, 2022

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.

Fall Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial®️
Sunday, October 2, 2022

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

Events Later in September

Deadwood Jam
Friday, September 16, 2022 to Saturday, September 17, 2022


The Jam’s always been a premiere outdoor music festival in the region, and this year it will be on display for all at no charge.

Plein Air Paint Out
Thursday, September 22, 2022 to Saturday, September 24, 2022

Plein Air painting dates back to the French impressionists who left their studios to paint “in the open air.”
“Plein Air painting is exhilarating and challenging for artists who attempt to quickly capture the light and colors of the scene before them.  

Deadwood’s Craft Beer Fest: Hops and Hogs
Friday, September 23, 2022 to Saturday, September 24, 2022

Hops & Hogs: Craft Beer Fest

Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival at Main Street Square
Saturday, September 24, 2022

Downtown Rapid City will welcome giant pumpkins weighing hundreds of pounds on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for The 14th Annual, Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival. Special thanks to our major event sponsor Vast Broadband.

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks
Saturday, September 24, 2022

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2022, 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 2022:

January 17: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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