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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: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021
By : 
Alyssa

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.

Central States Fair & Rodeo
Friday, August 19, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, August 28, 2022 (All day)

The 77th annual Central States Fair IS ON! 19-28 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 Kool Deadwood Nights, the captivating Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival and a day to enter your favorite National Parks for free.

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:

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.

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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