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The Best Fall Festivities in the Black Hills and Badlands

  • The Best Fall Festivities in the Black Hills and Badlands
    The Best Fall Festivities in the Black Hills and Badlands
  • The Best Fall Festivities in the Black Hills and Badlands
    The Best Fall Festivities in the Black Hills and Badlands
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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The Black Hills and Badlands know how to catch the eye during the fall with a new color to be discovered on every tree, rock, canyon and creek. Fiery reds and oranges, deep purples and blues, and local festivities and flavors highlight the beauty of the region.

This fall, see all the color and wonder the area has to offer with these spectacular events. Festivals with beer, pumpkins and music, marathons all over the Hills, varieties of Halloween entertainment and celebrations of Lakota culture—carve out a fantastic fall in the Black Hills and Badlands with these incredible events.


In September, school busses flood the street once again as we transistion away from summer, but the fun doesn't end. It's the perfect time for festivals, pumpkins, buffalo roundups, hiking and more. Take a look at the September events blog to see a full list of events in the first month of fall. 

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


October is the month of roasting pumpkin seeds and decorating everything with fake cobwebs. The Black Hills and Badlands will be full of spooky delights, candy, and lit up in splendid shades of autumn as the days get colder. Powwows, parades, fall hiking and great outdoor events to tie up the season before things begin to frost over. 

Deadwood Oktoberfest
Friday, September 30, 2022 to Saturday, October 1, 2022

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

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.

12th Annual Run Crazy Horse
Sunday, October 9, 2022

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.

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

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