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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 24, 2019
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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 to 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! To see a full list of events in the first month of fall, check out our September Events blog

Crazy Horse & Korczak Night Blast
Sunday, September 6, 2020

The second traditional night blast of the year is on September 6th. The blast honors the dual anniversaries of the 1877 death of Crazy Horse and of the 1908 birth of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.

Deadwood Jam
Friday, September 18, 2020 to Saturday, September 19, 2020

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.

Black Hills Beer Fun Run/Walk
Sunday, September 27, 2020

Not up for running for hours on end? There are numerous 5K races and fun runs in Spearfish. Among them is the Black Hills Beer Run/Walk. Proceeds from the run/walk go to the Booth Society, the non-profit friends' group of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives. 

Plein Air Paint Out
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 to Saturday, September 26, 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!

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.

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.

Black Hills Powwow - CANCELLED FOR 2020
Friday, October 9, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, October 11, 2020 (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.

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! Make plans for the 8th annual Monster Ball on Friday, Oct.

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

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