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Custer Gold Discovery Days

  • Custer Gold Discovery Days
  • Custer Gold Discovery Days
Event Date: 
Friday, July 21, 2023 (All day) to Sunday, July 23, 2023 (All day)
(605) 673-2244

Join us for the 100th annual Gold Discovery Days Celebration in Custer!

In 1874, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer led the troops of the 7th Cavalry into the Black Hills and discovered gold near present-day Custer. Colonel Custer and his men found wealth beyond gold in the beauty of the Black Hills.

To celebrate this event, the town of Custer has the annual Gold Discovery Days celebration.  This annual three-day celebration has it all for the ENTIRE FAMILY! A carnival, car show, arts & crafts fair, volleyball tournament, 5K fun run, cornhole tournament, golf scramble, hot air balloon rally, and one of the largest parades in the Black Hills!   

2023 Schedule

Friday July 21
Arts & Crafts Festival 11-7
Gold Nugget Hunt 5:15pm
Gold Panner Race 6:30pm

Saturday July 22
Balloon Rally 5:30am
Lions Club pancake breakfast
Black Hills Prospectors Gold Panning 8am-5pm
Parade 10am
Car Show 11am-2pm
Arts & Crafts Festival 11am-7pm
Volleyball Tournament 1pm
Cornhole tournament 2pm

Sunday July 23
Balloon Rally 5:30am
Gold Rush Fun Run 8am
Gold Panning 9am-5pm
Arts & Crafts Festival 11am-3pm

Carnival Sessions
July 20: 5 to 10 pm
July 21: 5 to 10 pm
July 22: noon to 5 pm 
July 22: 5 to 10 pm
July 23: noon to 5 pm

prebuy your carnival tickets here

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