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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. 

Stratobowl Historic Hot Air Balloon Launch
Friday, September 10, 2021

The Stratobowl was first made famous in the 1930’s when high altitude balloons launched from the site, visited the stratosphere and made history.  The site has long been acknowledged as an important part of aviation history.

Deadwood Jam
Friday, September 17, 2021 to Saturday, September 18, 2021


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 23, 2021 (All day) to Saturday, September 25, 2021 (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.

Deadwood’s Craft Beer Fest: Hops and Hogs
Friday, September 24, 2021 to Saturday, September 25, 2021

Hops & Hogs: Craft Beer Fest

Sturgis Octoberfest
Friday, September 24, 2021

Join us on Saturday, September 24th for our 7th Annual Oktoberfest from 4-7 PM at Harley-Davidson Rally Point. Musicians will be on stage while you enjoy samples from some of the best breweries in the Black Hills!

Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Downtown's biggest festival, The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, returns for its 13th year.

9th Annual Fall Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial®️
Sunday, September 26, 2021

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 1, 2021 to Saturday, October 2, 2021

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 9, 2021

Our annual Bierbörse festival is a favorite of our local craft beer enthusiasts.

Bierbörse translates roughly to beer stock exchange. At the exchange, beer prices rise and crash dependent on popularity.  Enjoy a variety of activities and polka music!

10th Annual Run Crazy Horse
Sunday, October 3, 2021

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 29, 2021 to Saturday, October 30, 2021

Come celebrate Halloween in Deadwood. Deadweird is a little crazy, a little spooky and a WHOLE lot of fun! Make plans for the 9th 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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