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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
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. 


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, October 4, 2024 to Saturday, October 5, 2024

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!

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.

Spearfish Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Friday, September 15, 2023 to Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Halloween is just around the corner, visit beautiful Spearfish Valley and bring your family to find your way through the corn maze!

Fall Festival Days at Old MacDonald's Farm
Saturday, October 7, 2023

Join us at Old MacDonald's Farm for this year's Fall Festival Days! Held every Saturday in October from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair at Main Street Square
Saturday, September 30, 2023

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.

Black Hills Powwow
Friday, October 11, 2024 (All day) to Sunday, October 13, 2024 (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 7, 2023

Join us for Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort’s annual Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2023 in Custer, South Dakota. This year's event will feature music acts DJ Booth, Highrise, and Camp Comfort as our headliner!

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
Saturday, October 7, 2023

Participate in a real paranormal investigation with professional paranormal researchers! 

The Haunting of Keystone
Friday, October 13, 2023

The Haunting of Keystone promises an eerie and unforgettable experience, taking place in a haunted town with multiple attractions that will send shivers down visitors' spines.

Friday, October 25, 2024 to Saturday, October 26, 2024

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

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

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