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Experience the Best of June in the Black Hills and Badlands

  • Experience the Best of June in the Black Hills and Badlands
    Experience the Best of June in the Black Hills and Badlands
Updated: 
Thursday, May 26, 2022
By : 
Alyssa

June marks the start to summer and the Black Hills and Badlands have the epic events to make sure it's your best one yet. Rodeos, concerts, festivals, outdoor exploration and more are set for you to experience the best the region has to offer. Take a look at what's in store!

Rodeos

Buffalo Stampede Rodeo
Thursday, June 23, 2022 to Saturday, June 25, 2022

Join in on the fun in Kadoka! Get ready for a fantastic PRCA rodeo, ranch rodeo, parade and non-stop Western fun for the whole family.

2020 WPRA Small Rodeo of the Year
2x Justin Boots Badlands Circuit Best Footing

Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch
Saturday, June 25, 2022

Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch is home to Mount Rushmore Lodge and Mount Rushmore KOA. And now it’s home to the Mount Rushmore Rodeo.

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.

For more Wild West action in the Black Hills and Badlands, read our list of Top Summer Rodeos.

Concerts

Whether you're looking for country, classic rock, bluegrass or the local sound, you're sure to find it in the Black Hills and Badlands. 

Summer Nights in Rapid City
Thursday, June 16, 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, June 16, 2022

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

The Splash Patio offers a variety of brews, seltzers, cider, sparkling wines, non-alcoholic Coke products, local live music, and a Kidz Zone!

Golden Hour Live ft. The Yawpers
Saturday, June 18, 2022

Self-described as “punk, blues, country and self-loathing,” The Yawpers craft tunes that are engrossed in creative context.

Sturgis Music on Main
Wednesday, June 22, 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, June 22, 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.

Splash Patio at Main Street Square
Thursday, June 23, 2022

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

The Splash Patio offers a variety of brews, seltzers, cider, sparkling wines, non-alcoholic Coke products, local live music, and a Kidz Zone!

Summer Nights in Rapid City
Thursday, June 23, 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.

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.

The Steel Woods at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Sunday, June 26, 2022

A quartet of Southern rock traditionalists from Nashville, The Steel Woods lay claim to the sound pioneered by Lynyrd Skynyrd and will be bringing their high-energy show to the Deadwood Mountain Grand stage on Sunday, June 26th.

Sturgis Music on Main
Wednesday, June 29, 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, June 29, 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.

Splash Patio at Main Street Square
Thursday, June 30, 2022

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

The Splash Patio offers a variety of brews, seltzers, cider, sparkling wines, non-alcoholic Coke products, local live music, and a Kidz Zone!

Summer Nights in Rapid City
Thursday, June 30, 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.

For a list of concerts throughout the summer, take a look at our list of Top Must-See Black Hills and Badlands Concert Series.

There's More

The fun continues to heat up in the Black Hills and Badlands throughout the month of June. 

Food Truck Fridays at Main Street Square
Friday, June 17, 2022

May 6th to July 29th enjoy some of Rapid City’s best food trucks at the Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Picnic tables and benches are available on a limited, first-come basis. However, we encourage guests to feel free to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy their meals on the lawn.

Sturgis Volksmarch
Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Volksmarch, German for the “People’s March,” is an annual Sturgis event that has been happening for decades. Sturgis Volksmarches are sanctioned by the Black Hills Volkssport Association and follow a new and noteworthy trail route each year for participating hikers.

Wild Deadwood Reads
Saturday, June 18, 2022

Love to read?

Fine Arts in the Hills
Saturday, June 18, 2022 to Sunday, June 19, 2022

Located between two of the world’s largest and most famous sculptures, Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, Hill City is the logical spot for the Sculpture in the Hills Art Show & Sale. The show is juried, which means that quality for buyers is guaranteed.

Father's Day Adventures at Rush Mountain Adventure Park
Sunday, June 19, 2022

Bring Dad out to Rush Mountain Adventure Park for a new type of family bonding.  Challenge him to some friendly competition and see who’s the fastest shooter in the West at the Gunslinger 7D interactive ride!  Maybe Dad’s a bit of a daredevil?  Find out who can climb higher on the Wingwalker Chal

Old West Shootout on the 1880 Train
Sunday, June 19, 2022

Experience an old west shootout aboard the 1880 Train! The shootout begins at the Hill City Station where a few bad guys board the train and hide their treasure. The train is stopped by cowboys and “held up” halfway between Keystone and Hill City. It's a good thing the sheriff is in town!

Sturgis Music on Main Mountain Bike Series
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Experience the warm summer evenings out on the local bike trails by participating in the 5th Annual Music on Main Mountain Bike Race Series each Wednesday evening, June 1-July 20, starting at 6:00 PM at Harley Davidson Rally Point.

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

Mahkoche Kin: The Land
Friday, June 24, 2022

Hosted by our Museum Team and lead by culture bearer, artist, performer, and Oglala Lakota College Faculty Member, Darrell Red Cloud, the program will teach visitors about the history and the importance of this land we call the Black Hills.

Food Truck Fridays at Main Street Square
Friday, June 24, 2022

May 6th to July 29th enjoy some of Rapid City’s best food trucks at the Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Picnic tables and benches are available on a limited, first-come basis. However, we encourage guests to feel free to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy their meals on the lawn.

Black Hills 100
Friday, June 24, 2022 to Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Black Hills 100 is a challenging ultramarathon held on the Centennial Trail (Trail #89) in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. Featuring over 16,000 feet of elevation gain for the 100M event, the race follows an out and back course, beginning and ending in legendary Sturgis, SD.

Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival
Friday, June 24, 2022 to Sunday, June 26, 2022
Our 45th Annual in 2022! 
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Remembrance Day for The Battle of the Little Big Horn and Ruth Ziolkowski
Sunday, June 26, 2022

The first night blast of the year is June 26. It celebrates the birthday of the late Mrs. Korczak (Ruth) Ziolkowski (1926 - 2014), wife of the late Crazy Horse sculptor.

Old West Shootout on the 1880 Train
Sunday, June 26, 2022

Experience an old west shootout aboard the 1880 Train! The shootout begins at the Hill City Station where a few bad guys board the train and hide their treasure. The train is stopped by cowboys and “held up” halfway between Keystone and Hill City. It's a good thing the sheriff is in town!

Sturgis Music on Main Mountain Bike Series
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Experience the warm summer evenings out on the local bike trails by participating in the 5th Annual Music on Main Mountain Bike Race Series each Wednesday evening, June 1-July 20, starting at 6:00 PM at Harley Davidson Rally Point.

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