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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
    Don't Be Spooked, There's Plenty To Do This October
Thursday, September 24, 2020
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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. 


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 1, 2021 to Saturday, October 2, 2021

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 9, 2021

Our annual Bierbörse festival is a favorite of our local craft beer enthusiasts.

Bierbörse translates roughly to beer stock exchange. At the exchange, beer prices rise and crash dependent on popularity.  Enjoy a variety of activities and polka music!

Celebrations and More


Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair
Saturday, October 2, 2021

Saturday night has never been so cool!  Classic cars will roll into Downtown in the late afternoon and stay to show off their rides until the sun goes down.

10th Annual Run Crazy Horse
Sunday, October 3, 2021

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.

Native Americans' Day Celebration
Monday, October 11, 2021

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 29, 2021 to Saturday, October 30, 2021

Come celebrate Halloween in Deadwood. Deadweird is a little crazy, a little spooky and a WHOLE lot of fun! Make plans for the 9th annual Monster Ball on Friday, Oct.

Scare in the Square
Saturday, October 30, 2021

Tiny ghouls and goblins invade Main Street Square for an afternoon of ghostly family fun. Scare in the Square is held in conjunction with the Downtown Rapid City Business Group’s Downtown Trick-or-Treat.

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

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