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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
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. 

Spearfish Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 31, 2020

September 11 through October 31, the Spearfish corn maze and pumpkin patch is entering its 8th season in 2020 for Spearfish Valley Produce and is located about 3 miles northwest of Spearfish. Bring your family and find your way through the maze and enjoy our other extra activities.

Keystone Hometown Celebration
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Get ready for a good time! September 19-20, the Keystone Hometown Celebration is back bigger and better tahn ever before. Attendees will be able to enjoy a carnical, music, historical area activities and enoy a special performance with Captain Jack Crawford. 

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival
Thursday, September 24, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, September 26, 2020 (All day)

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,400 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions) to the corrals.

Plein Air Paint Out
Friday, September 25, 2020

If you love the beauty of the Black Hills, you won’t want to miss a chance to take home one-of-a-kind artwork painted on-site in the Black Hills! Watch artists painting live in action at various locations!

Deadwood’s Craft Beer Fest: Hops and Hogs
Friday, September 25, 2020 to Saturday, September 26, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Deadwood’s Hops ‘n Hogs originally scheduled for May 8-9 has been rescheduled for September 25-26, 2020. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date. if you would rather receive a refund please contact Jeanna Dewey at 605-717-7002.

Sturgis Fall Festival & Octoberfest
Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Sturgis Chamber staff and volunteers will be contributing several special activities to the annual Sturgis Oktoberfest event this year!

Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, September 26, 2020

Downtown's biggest festival, The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, returns for its 12th year.

7th Annual Fall Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial®️
Sunday, September 27, 2020

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, October 2, 2020 to Saturday, October 3, 2020

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 10, 2020

The annual 9th Bierbörse, a favorite of local craft beer enthusiasts, will take place the first Saturday in October. Admission is free. The event features a microbrew tasting, homebrew sampling, polka music, stein holding contests, keg bowling, a beer stock exchange and more.

10th Annual Run Crazy Horse
Sunday, October 4, 2020

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.

Friday, October 30, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020

Come celebrate Halloween in Deadwood. Deadweird is a little crazy, a little spooky and a WHOLE lot of fun!

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

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