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Awesome Summer Festivals and Events in the Black Hills and Badlands

  • Awesome Summer Festivals and Events in the Black Hills and Badlands
    Awesome Summer Festivals and Events in the Black Hills and Badlands
Updated: 
Friday, May 20, 2022
By : 
Alyssa

The Black Hills and Badlands come to life in the summer season. With wildflowers in bloom and our favorite trails open for hiking and biking, those seeking adventures will find endless opportunities in our neck of the woods.

The longer days and warmer weather welcome outdoor concerts, lively street festivals and Wild West rodeo action throughout the region. Read on for a taste of the many events that make the Black Hills and Badlands a go-to destination all summer long.
 

Ongoing

Deadwood Live! Open Air Music Series
Friday, September 2, 2022

*Season Tickets ON SALE March 23rd
Single Show Tickets ON SALE March 30th

Sturgis Music on Main
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Join us at Harley-Davidson Rally Point every Wednesday evening during June and July for the 2022 Music on Main Summer Event Series. You will find a little something for everyone in the family. Kids will love the free bounce house and several new attractions!

Outlaw Square Summer Concert Series
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Join us for a rockin’ good time at Outlaw Square Wednesday evenings this summer! Free, live music starts at 6:30 pm each week featuring local and regional acts of all styles and genres. Bring your chairs or blankets and grab a good seat for this family friendly night of music.

Summer Nights in Rapid City
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Summer Nights is a FREE event for all ages. Come join the fun! There’s no better way to experience the vibrant nightlife of Rapid City, SD!

The event occurs every Thursday during the Summer from 6:00pm – 9:00pm in the heart of downtown Rapid City, SD.

Splash Patio at Main Street Square
Thursday, July 28, 2022

Feel the mist of the Main Street Square Fountains while you enjoy a refreshing beverage and local entertainment in the heart of Downtown Rapid City!

May Events

Black Hills Renaissance Fair
Saturday, June 10, 2023 to Sunday, June 11, 2023

Black Hills Renaissance Festival will take you on a magical tour through time and legend – 16th Century Style with a Fantasy Flair! Enjoy music, Renaissance themed entertainment and games.

June Events

11th Annual Sturgis Camaro Rally
Thursday, June 23, 2022 to Sunday, June 26, 2022

The Sturgis Camaro Rally is an all generation Camaro event featuring a show & shine, drag racing, auto cross,  poker runs, and much much more! Camaro owners will get the chance to cruise through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota with their fellow Camaro owners while celebrating the nu

41st Annual Black Hills Bluegrass Festival
Friday, June 24, 2022 to Sunday, June 26, 2022

Join us at the Rush No More Resort & Campground, located off I-90, Exit 37, near Sturgis, SD. Shows are held RAIN OR SHINE in a lovely outdoor concert area with a large building available for concerts in case of rain.

Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival
Friday, June 24, 2022 to Sunday, June 26, 2022
Our 45th Annual in 2022! 
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Annual Black Hills Roundup
Thursday, June 30, 2022 to Monday, July 4, 2022

The Roundup is one of the oldest continuously held outdoor rodeos in America. For five exciting days surrounding the July Fourth holiday weekend, thousands of regional residents, and people from across the country and abroad, come to Belle Fourche to celebrate.

July Events

Gold Camp Jubilee Days
Saturday, July 2, 2022 to Monday, July 4, 2022

In 1926 Homestake Mining Company threw a party to celebrate 50 years of mining called the Golden Jubilee. In memory of that amazing event along with the specactular celebrations they threw we now organize the Gold Camp Jubilee event.

Boss Cowman Days
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 to Sunday, July 10, 2022

Lemmon South Dakota hosts concerts, parades, a rodeo, and a fun weekend for the family.

Full schedule coming soon! Mark your calendars.
115th Annual Wall Celebration
Friday, July 8, 2022 to Saturday, July 9, 2022

Welcome to Fabulous Wall, Baby! It's time for the 115th Annual Wall Celebration!

Schedule coming soon!

Neutrino Day - SURF's Free Science Festival
Saturday, July 9, 2022

This year, Neutrino Day returns to an in-person format, bringing all the excitement and adventure of past Neutrino Days. The free, citywide festival will take place Saturday, July 9, 2022 and feature Dianna Cowern, creator and host of the viral “Physics Girl” YouTube series. 

Badlands Astronomy Festival
Friday, July 29, 2022 to Sunday, July 31, 2022

The Annual Badlands Astronomy Festival brings together space science professionals, amateur astronomers, educators, youth groups, South Dakota residents and visitors for a "stellar experience". Celebrate the beauty of a dark night sky and the wonder of space exploration.

51st Annual Black Hills Corvette Classic
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 to Saturday, July 16, 2022

The Black Hills Corvette Classic has been operating since 1971, making it the longest running Corvette gathering in America. Travel with us across the beautiful state of South Dakota and explore the wonders of the Black Hills and surrounding areas, as we gather to celebrate the tradition of ownin

Festival in the Park
Friday, July 15, 2022 to Sunday, July 17, 2022

Join thousands of locals and visitors for a festive stroll through Spearfish City Park, enjoying the sights and sounds of one of the largest and most popular artist events in the Black Hills.

Custer Gold Discovery Days
Friday, July 15, 2022 to Sunday, July 17, 2022

1874, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer led the troops of the 7th Cavalry into the Black Hills and discovered gold near present day Custer. Colonel Custer and his men found wealth beyond gold in the beauty of the Black Hills.

Hills Alive Festival
Saturday, July 16, 2022 to Sunday, July 17, 2022

Hills Alive is a free summer music festival held the third weekend in July in Memorial Park, Rapid City, featuring many of today’s best Christian artists over two days. There is also a kids area with a bouncy village and children’s activity tent.

Bierbörse at Main Street Square
Saturday, July 23, 2022

A beer stock exchange and tasting alley will be set up at Main Street Square’s 12th annual Bierbörse, a German beer, and cultural celebration, on Saturday, July 23rd, from 1 to 5 p.m., presented by A&B Business Solutions, Coors Light, and Vast Broadband.

Deadwood's 100th Annual Days of '76
Monday, July 25, 2022 to Saturday, July 30, 2022

Truly the “Best Rodeo. No Bull”.  The Days of ’76 Rodeo has been PRCA Rodeo of the Year 19 times!
The 2022 Days of ’76 is Monday, July 25th thru Saturday the 30th, 2022.

Badlands Astronomy Festival
Friday, July 29, 2022 to Sunday, July 31, 2022

The Annual Badlands Astronomy Festival brings together space science professionals, amateur astronomers, educators, youth groups, South Dakota residents and visitors for a "stellar experience". Celebrate the beauty of a dark night sky and the wonder of space exploration.

August Events

82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Friday, August 5, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, August 14, 2022 (All day)

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

Central States Fair & Rodeo
Friday, August 19, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, August 28, 2022 (All day)

The 77th annual Central States Fair IS ON! 19-28 Aug. 2021

Visit centralstatesfair.com and follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information.
https://www.centralstatesfair.com

Kool Deadwood Nites
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 to Sunday, August 28, 2022

Kool Deadwood Nites brings car lovers together for five days full of classic cars, classic music and classic fun. It’s a 50’s and 60’s sock hop – Deadwood style. Enjoy a parade, show and shine and FREE concerts on Main Street featuring the biggest names in rock ‘n roll history.

Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival
Friday, August 26, 2022 to Sunday, August 28, 2022

Please make sure to follow Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival on Facebook for the latest updates on the weekend of the event.

Friday, August 26, 2022

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

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:

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

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