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Summer Fun is Still in Your Reach for the Best August in the Black Hills and Badlands

  • Summer Fun is Still in Your Reach for the Best August in the Black Hills and Badlands
    Summer Fun is Still in Your Reach for the Best August in the Black Hills and Badlands
  • Summer Fun is Still in Your Reach for the Best August in the Black Hills and Badlands
    Summer Fun is Still in Your Reach for the Best August in the Black Hills and Badlands
Thursday, July 22, 2021
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The Black Hills and Badlands are chock full of the hottest summer events the entire month of August. The world-famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is returning for its 81st year, there will be several rodeos and fairs—including the Central States Fair—the biggest car shows, balloon launches and more. 

81st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Since 1938, Sturgis has been home to one of the largest, most well-known, and best motorcycle rallies in the world. Right now, thousands of bikers are making the journey to South Dakota, and we know know the best spots to find the rides and concerts to keep the party rocking the whole time.

If you're someone who likes the roar of engines, the smell of gasoline and classic rock-n-roll, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the party for you! For a full list of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally events, check out the link below. 

82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Friday, August 5, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, August 14, 2022 (All day)

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, SD, usually during the first full week of August.

Fairs and Rodeos

There's something about fairs and rodeos that undeniably says summer. Maybe it's the lemonade and funnel cakes of the fairs or the smell of dust in the air when a bronc rider goes flying through the gates that speak to you—whatever it is, you'll find it in the Black Hills and Badlands this August.

Wild West Wednesdays Rodeos at Hart Ranch
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Get your “yee’s” and your “haw’s” ready for the 2022 Wild West Wednesday Black Hills Rodeo series on the grounds of Hart Ranch Camping Resort every Wednesday night at 7PM July 6th through August 17th !

Custer County Fair
Thursday, August 11, 2022 to Sunday, August 14, 2022

Our hometown fair has a long history in the community. We have events for people of all ages from 4-H’ers to those who are just kids at heart.

Central States Fair & Rodeo
Friday, August 19, 2022 (All day) to Saturday, August 27, 2022 (All day)

The 77th annual Central States Fair IS ON! 19-28 Aug. 2021

Visit and follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information.

The Fun Continues

Other must-attend events include Kool Deadwood Nights, the captivating Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival and a day to enter your favorite National Parks for free.

Golden Hour Live ft. Nappy Roots
Saturday, August 20, 2022

Join us in Downtown Rapid City this summer for our Golden Hour Live Series headlining nationally acclaimed, live entertainment.

Hot Rods for the Hatchery
Saturday, August 13, 2022

2022 Car Show is on again at the fish hatchery grounds! We will be parking cars on hatchery grounds agains for a beautiful venue. This will be our second year at this location and we couldn't be more excited!

Lean Horse 100 Ultra Marathon
Saturday, August 20, 2022 to Sunday, August 21, 2022

The Lean Horse Ultra Marathon is run in August every year in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It was first run in 2005. It features a 100-mile race, a 50-mile race, a 30-mile race, and a 20-mile race. The course is held on the George S. Mickelson Trail.

Fun Facts:

Devils Tower Car Show
Saturday, August 20, 2022

The 19th Annual Devils Tower Car Show will be held on Saturday, August 20 from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Devils Tower KOA Campground. Car and Truck Divisions. Registration is $15 per vehicle and $5 for each additional vehicle. 

Leading Ladies & Dakota Spirit Marathon
Sunday, August 21, 2022

Picture this: a perfect place, a perfect pace, a perfect race…Knowing a downhill marathon is about
speed, and that it’s going to be a fast run, I still encourage you to take the time to look around and

Black Hills Super 6
Saturday, August 20, 2022

This race is intended for beginner-intermediate riders to advanced riders.

Enjoy Black Hills National Forest and help raise money for the Northern Hills CASA Program!

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2022, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2022:

January 17: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kool Deadwood Nites
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 to Sunday, August 28, 2022

Kool Deadwood Nites brings car lovers together for five days full of classic cars, classic music and classic fun. It’s a 50’s and 60’s sock hop – Deadwood style. Enjoy a parade, show and shine and FREE concerts on Main Street featuring the biggest names in rock ‘n roll history.

Hugh Glass Rendezvous Lemmon, SD
Thursday, August 25, 2022 to Sunday, August 28, 2022

Join us for the 8th Annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous on August 25-28, 2022 in Lemmon, SD as we remember the amazing story of Hugh Glass and his trek back to civilization.

Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival
Friday, August 26, 2022 to Sunday, August 28, 2022

Please make sure to follow Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival on Facebook for the latest updates on the weekend of the event.

Friday, August 26, 2022

16th Annual Sturgis Mustang Rally
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 to Sunday, September 4, 2022



With the biggest parties, the best concerts and events you'll be talking about for years, we have everything to make the best of August!

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

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