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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
Updated: 
Friday, July 31, 2020
By : 
Alyssa

The Black Hills and Badlands are chock full of summer events for the entire month of August. The world-famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is returning for its 80th year, there will be several rodeos and fairs, including the Central States Fair, the biggest car shows and more. 

80th 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 and the smell of gasoline, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the party for you! For a full list of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally events, check out the link below. 

81st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Friday, August 6, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, August 15, 2021 (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.

Custer County Fair
Thursday, August 12, 2021 to Sunday, August 15, 2021

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.

Wild West Wednesdays Rodeos at Hart Ranch
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Get your “yee’s” and your “haw’s” ready for the 2021 Wild West Wednesday Rodeo series on the grounds of Hart Ranch Camping Resort every Wednesday night at 7PM July 7th through August 18th!

Central State's Fair & Rodeo
Friday, August 20, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, August 29, 2021 (All day)

The 76th annual Central States Fair IS ON! 20-29 Aug. 2021

Visit centralstatesfair.com and follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information.
https://www.centralstatesfair.com

The Fun Continues

Other must-attend events include the Badlands Astronomy Festival, the captivating Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival and a chance to enter your favorite National Parks for free.

Golden Hour Live Ft. America’s AC/DC: Thunderstruck
Saturday, August 7, 2021

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

Badlands Astronomy Festival
Friday, July 9, 2021 to Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Annual Badlands Astronomy Festival brings together space science professionals, amateur astronomers, educators, youth groups, South Dakota residents and visitors for a "stellar experience". Celebrate the beauty of a dark night sky and the wonder of space exploration.

Spearfish Downtown Friday Nights
Friday, June 25, 2021

June 4th through August 27th, 2021, Every Friday from 6 to 9 pm, come enjoy the fun!

Live music, food, beer, crafts,  and activities for kids. This downtown block party has everything you need for a fun-filled evening with friends and family!

Lean Horse 100 Ultra Marathon
Saturday, August 14, 2021 to Sunday, August 15, 2021

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:

Hill City Wine Brew & BBQ
Friday, August 27, 2021 to Saturday, August 28, 2021

DELICIOUS BBQ. REFRESHING BEER AND WINE. LIVE MUSIC AND A GREAT TIME.

Kool Deadwood Nites
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 to Sunday, August 29, 2021

2021 IS THE 27TH ANNIVERSARY OF KOOL DEADWOOD NITES!

2021 INFORMATION

Your vehicle must be a ’73 or older to register.

Hugh Glass Rendezvous Lemmon, SD
Thursday, August 26, 2021 to Sunday, August 29, 2021

Join us for the 7th Annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous on August 26-29, 2021 in Lemmon, SD as we remember the amazing story of Hugh Glass and his trek back to civilization.

Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival
Saturday, August 28, 2021 to Sunday, August 29, 2021

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

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2021, 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 2021:

August 25: National Park Service Birthday

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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