With so many events taking place in South Dakota, we understand how it can be overwhelming to remember them all. We’ve decided to highlight our favorite things happening week by week, focusing on unique, fun, and creative events across the state.


July 12-15. J&L Harley-Davidson + W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls. All day. Complete with a silent auction, a parade, and all the bikes you could ask for, the 23rd Annual Hot Harley Nights is a weekend full of celebration for motorcycles. Held in two locations throughout the weekend, J&L Harley-Davidson has a spectacular event lined up this year, not to mention the chance to win a 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim. More info: hotharleynights.com.


July 13. Elmwood Golf Course, Sioux Falls. 11 a.m. Head to Elmwood Golf Course to compete in a best ball tournament to raise money for the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. With prizes at stake and puppies on the brain,we can’t think of a better way to spend your summer day. Head to their website to sign up, become a sponsor, or simply look at all of the cute animals you would be benefiting. More info: sfhumanesociety.com.


July 14. Memorial Park, Rapid City. 10 a.m. 
Black Hills Pride Festival kicked off as an event more than 20 years ago, increasing in numbers each year. This event gives locals a chance to celebrate everyone and anyone, via live performances and local vendors. Don’t miss this great opportunity to appreciate acceptance and individuality. More info: bhcfe.org.


July 14. Main Street Square, Rapid City. 4 p.m. As if you needed another excuse to explore downtown Rapid City, the Cruiser Car Show is just that. Expected to line the streets of Main Street Square, classic cars, local vendors, and community voters will show up to enjoy cars from 1900-present day. Complete with a Kidz Zone and Bud Light Beverage Garden, spend your Saturday admiring cruiser after cruiser. More info: mainstreetsquarerc.com.


July 14. Fort Randall Dam, Pickstown. 7:30 a.m. Starting at the Fort Randall Dam and finishing in Springfield, this 50-mile paddling race welcomes all kayakers and canoers to race through the beauty that the Missouri River offers. Given 15 hours to finish, racers can either take it as a challenge or use it as an excuse to bask in the charm that is South Dakota nature. More info: sdbestriverraces.com.

4th Annual Deadwood 3 Wheeler Rally | July 10-15 | Historic Deadwood, Deadwood | Times vary.
Beer & Yoga | July 11 | Wooden Legs Brewing Company, Brookings | 5:30 p.m.
3rd Annual Wiley’s Block Party | July 13 | Wiley’s Tavern, Sioux Falls | 5:30 p.m.
Annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival | July 14-15 | Pioneer Park, Brookings | 10 a.m.

NFAA Youth Explore Bowhunting Archery Class | July 9-12 | NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex, Yankton | Times vary.
World of Outlaws Late Models | July 10 | Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City | 7:30 p.m.
Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon & 5K | July 14 | Spearfish Canyon, Spearfish | 7 a.m.

1 Million Cups | July 11 | Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings | 9 a.m.
Sky Zone Fundraiser Concert | July 11 | Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Sioux Falls | 4:30 p.m.
2018 MS Walk/Run | July 14 | Gross Hill Barn, Huron | 7 a.m.
Bike Show & Poker Run | July 14 | The Guest House, Watertown | 10 a.m.

Summer Concert Series | July 10 | Riverside Park, Yankton | 8 p.m.
Canyon Acoustic Series | July 11 | Spearfish City Park, Spearfish | 6 p.m.
Concert in the Park | July 11 | Memorial Park Bandshell, Rapid City | 8 p.m.
Thursdays on the Platz | July 12 | Ratingen Platz, Vermillion | 5:30 p.m.
Summer Porch Series | July 12 | Strawbale Winery, Renner | 5 p.m.
Thursdays on the Patio | July 12 | Dakota Brick House, Vermillion | 7 p.m.
Thursdays on the Square | July 12 | Main Street Square, Rapid City | 6 p.m.
Otep w/ Sedivides | July 12 | Icon Lounge + Events, Sioux Falls | 6 p.m.
Electric Six | July 12 | Bigs Sports Bar & Billiards, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
Whitechapel & The Black Dahlia Murder | July 12 | Icon Lounge + Events, Sioux Falls | 6 p.m.
Jon Wayne and The Pain | July 13 | Bigs Sports Bar & Billiards, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
Larry Gatlin | July 13 | Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood | 8 p.m.
Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills | July 13 | Performing Arts Center of Rapid City, Rapid City | 7 p.m.
Lonestar | July 13-14 | Silver Spur Restaurant, Pierre | 8 p.m.
Sioux Falls Summer Jam | July 14 | Bigs Sports Bar & Billiards, Sioux Falls | 9 p.m.
Black Hills Opry w/ Aces & Eights | July 14 | Historic Homestake Opera House, Lead | 7 p.m.
Quintron & Miss Pussycat | July 15 | Total Drag Records, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
Deadwood Sunday Funday Concert Series | July 15 | Corner of Deadwood Street & Main Street, Deadwood | 2 p.m.

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