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Top Things to Do in the Black Hills and Badlands this October

  • Top Things to Do in the Black Hills and Badlands this October
    Top Things to Do in the Black Hills and Badlands this October
  • Top Things to Do in the Black Hills and Badlands this October
    Top Things to Do in the Black Hills and Badlands this October
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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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Black Hills and Badlands

It's official, fall is here in South Dakota. And with the change of season comes a variety of autumn events to enjoy across the region — from pumpkin patches and corn mazes to cultural celebrations and haunted houses.

Grab your pumpkin spice latte (or your favorite warm beverage) and hit the road to make the most of October in the Black Hills and Badlands. 

Prost!

Is celebrating a traditional Oktoberfest your fall calling? There is a bevy of authentic German events around the region that will fill your cup.

Deadwood Oktoberfest
Friday, September 30, 2022 to Saturday, October 1, 2022

Join us in Deadwood as we celebrate Oktoberfest in the Wild West! Enjoy live German music at the PolkaFest, a poker run with prizes, free food, and dancing. Bring the whole family and join us for the now famous “Wiener Dog Races” and Beer Barrel Games!

Deadwood Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Races
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Join us as we celebrate Oktoberfest in the Wild West. Bring the whole family and join us for the now famous “Wiener Dog Races” and Beer Barrel Games!

Enjoy live German music at the PolkaFest, the annual Tour de Oktoberfest, free food, and dancing.

 

Oktoberfest Express on the 1880 Train
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Celebrate Oktoberfest on board the 1880 Train!

Celebrations and More

Warm apple cider, concerts, hayrides, corn mazes and tons of fall fun are waiting for you at autumnal celebrations. Take a look at all that's happening.

Fall Festival Days at Old MacDonald's Farm
Saturday, October 1, 2022 to Sunday, October 30, 2022

Join us at Old MacDonald's Farm for this year's Fall Festival Days! Held every Saturday in October from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair at Main Street Square
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Saturday night has never been so cool!  Classic cars will roll into Downtown in the late afternoon and stay to show off their rides until the sun goes down.

Custer Fall Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Don’t miss all the family fun in Custer at this year’s Fall Festival on October 1st.

 

Wild West Songwriters Festival
Thursday, October 6, 2022 to Saturday, October 8, 2022

Top songwriters and artists come to Deadwood to share their music and their stories. The Wild West Songwriters Festival features free informal performances (called writer’s rounds) during the day at various locations in Deadwood.

Black Hills Powwow
Friday, October 7, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, October 9, 2022 (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.

Harvest Moon Festival at Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort
Saturday, October 8, 2022

Join us at Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort for our annual Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday, October 8, 2022 in Custer, South Dakota. This year's event will feature Camp Comfort as our headliner!

12th Annual Run Crazy Horse
Sunday, October 9, 2022

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.

Native Americans' Day Celebration at Crazy Horse Memorial®
Monday, October 10, 2022

South Dakota was the first state to officially celebrate Native Americans’ Day each year on the second Monday in October. Elsewhere, the day is observed as Columbus Day.

The Belle Fourche PumpkinFest
Saturday, October 15, 2022

Food and craft booths; giant pumpkin, games and activities for kids including mummy bowling, scarecrow ring toss, inflatables and more. Mad Scientist table with activity. Free goodie bags for all kids. Tours of Haunted Spaulding Cabin and pumpkin train rides for kids.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Events & Haunted Houses

Get in the spirit of the spooky season at these Halloween events. For even more, see our list of top Halloween events.

Paranormal Investigations of the Adams House
Friday, October 7, 2022

Participate in a real paranormal investigation with professional paranormal researchers! 

The Haunting of Keystone
Friday, October 14, 2022 to Saturday, October 29, 2022

You’ve heard of haunted houses, but how about a haunted town?

Don’t miss this year's Haunting of Keystone. A thirteen-room, multi-level haunted house with a new storyline each year. While some haunted houses create their ghosts… we awaken ours.

Deadweird
Friday, October 28, 2022 to Saturday, October 29, 2022

Come celebrate Halloween in Deadwood. Deadweird is a little crazy, a little spooky and a whole lot of fun!

Hot Springs Merchants Trick or Treat
Monday, October 31, 2022

Get your costume ready, and join us for an evening of trick or treating in Hot Springs, SD. Local merchants will be handing out candy, and we will have some fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

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

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