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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
  • The Best Fall Festivities in the Black Hills and Badlands
    The Best Fall Festivities in the Black Hills and Badlands
Monday, August 29, 2022
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Black Hills and Badlands

This fall, see all the color and wonder the Black Hills and Badlands have to offer with these spectacular events.

Festivals with beer, pumpkins, music, and marathons dot all over the Hills. Join in the variety of Halloween entertainment and celebrations of Lakota culture to carve out a fantastic fall season.


In September, school buses flood the street once again as we transition away from summer, but the fun doesn't end in the fall. 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. 

Deadwood’s Craft Beer Fest: Hops and Hogs
Friday, September 23, 2022 to Saturday, September 24, 2022

Craft beer lovers will enjoy Deadwood’s finest at this festival.

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.

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 round up 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.

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!


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, lit up in splendid shades of autumn as the days get colder.

Powwows, parades, fall hiking, and great outdoor events tie up the season before things begin to frost over. 

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.

Wild West Songwriters Festival
Thursday, October 6, 2022 to Saturday, October 8, 2022

Top songwriters and artists come to Deadwood to share their music and their stories. The Wild West Songwriters Festival features free informal performances (called writer’s rounds) during the day at various locations in Deadwood.

Paranormal Investigations of the Adams House
Friday, October 7, 2022

Participate in a real paranormal investigation with professional paranormal researchers! 

Black Hills Powwow
Friday, October 7, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, October 9, 2022 (All day)

The Black Hills Powwow or He Sapa Wacipi is a preeminent Black Hills event that’s three days filled with Native American singing, dancing, drum groups, art show, handgames, athletic competitions and a variety of other events. Over the decades, the Black Hills Powwow has become one of the premier American Indian cultural events in the United States attracting hundreds of dancers, singers, artisans and thousands of spectators from across North America.

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.

Native Americans' Day Celebration at Crazy Horse Memorial®
Monday, October 10, 2022

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.

The Belle Fourche PumpkinFest
Saturday, October 15, 2022

Food and craft booths; giant pumpkin, games and activities for kids including mummy bowling, scarecrow ring toss, inflatables and more. Mad Scientist table with activity. Free goodie bags for all kids. Tours of Haunted Spaulding Cabin and pumpkin train rides for kids.

Friday, October 28, 2022 to Saturday, October 29, 2022

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

Downtown Trick-or-Treat
Saturday, October 29, 2022

Enjoy trick-or-treating in downtown Rapid City! Tiny ghouls and goblins invade Main Street Square for an afternoon of ghostly family fun.

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

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