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.


August 2-5. Pine Ridge Fairgrounds, Pine Ridge. All day. Starting with a youth rodeo, this weekend is full of rodeo fun. Join bullfighters NaVassie Blacksmith and Maurice Vocu as they invite attendees to enjoy events like steer wrestling and barrel racing. More info: pineridgechamber.com.


August 3-4. Dickinson Park, Clark. All day. If you have never witnessed mashed potato wrestling, here is your chance. Held in the town of Clark, Potato Days celebrates everything tater, from a recipe competition to a potato decorating contest. End your weekend with a street dance and all of the potatoes you could ask for. More info: clarksd.com.


August 3-5. Newtown Hills State Park, Canton. Times vary. Dedicated to keeping traditional folk music alive, the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music is hosting the 39th Annual Sioux River Folk Fest. Workshops will be held by the featured musicians, of whom include Matt FicklerThe Railsplitters, and Trout Steak RevivalMore info: fotm.org.


August 4. Flloyd Street, Wall. 1 p.m. Mark your calendars for your annual trip to Wall during this festival time. Including a poker run and amazing food, the Wall Crawl will also feature the band 35th and Taylor and The ChemtrailsMore info: Facebook.com.


August 4-5. Scheels, Sioux Falls. Times vary. Whether you are an avid hunter, looking for the next best thing, or simply love to watch dogs jump into water, this expo is for you. Scheels will be showcasing the newest in hunting gear, as well as holding the annual Dock Dogs Competition. More info: experience.scheels.com.

The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House | July 30-31 | The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center, Spearfish | 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank | August 3 | 8th & Railroad, Sioux Falls | 5:30 p.m.
Annual Foothills Classic Car & Tractor Show | August 4 | Dakota Avenue & 2nd Street NW, Wessington Springs | 12 p.m.
Riverside Park Days | August 4-5 | Flandreau City Park, Flandreau | 10 a.m.

Pierre Trappers vs Badlands Big Sticks | July 30 | Hyde Stadium, Pierre | 6:35 p.m.
Hub City Hotshots vs Hastings Sodbusters | July 30-31 | Fossum Field, Aberdeen | 6:35 p.m.
Sprint Triathalon | August 4 | Farm Island Park, Pierre | 6:30 p.m.
49th Annual Central South Dakota 4-H Rodeo | August 4-5 | Stanley County Fairgrounds, Fort Pierre | 9 a.m.

1 Million Cups | August 1 | Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings | 9 a.m.
Race for Chase | August 4 | Stokes-Thomas City Park & Campground, Watertown | 8 a.m.
Putts Fore Paws | August 4 | Edgebrook Golf Course, Brookings | 8 a.m.
Evening for the Kids | August 5 | Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls | 5 p.m.

Summer Concert Series | July 31 | Riverside Park, Yankton | 8 p.m.
The Space and S#!t Tour | August 1 | Total Drag Records, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
Chris Isaak | August 1 | Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City | 7 p.m.
Fit for a King | August 2 | Bigs Sports Bar & Billiards, Sioux Falls | 6 p.m.
Bands and Brews | August 2 | Firehouse Brewing Company, Rapid City | 8 p.m.
Thursdays on the Platz! | August 2 | Ratingen Platz, Vermillion | 5:30 p.m.
Summer Porch Series | August 2 | Strawbale Winery, Renner | 5 p.m.
Thursdays on the Patio | August 2 | Dakota Brick House, Vermillion | 7 p.m.
Thursdays on the Square | August 2 | Main Street Square, Rapid City | 6 p.m.
Loud F#*king Clear | August 3 | Vishnu Bunny Tattoo, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
45th Anniversary South Dakota All State High School Honor Choir | August 3 | Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls | 7:30 p.m.
Scotty Mccreery | August 4 | W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls | 8 p.m.
Black Stone Cherry | August 4 | Icon Lounge + Events, Sioux Falls | 6 p.m.
Moonshine Bandits | August 5 | Bigs Sports Bar & Billiards, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
Universe Contest, The Retrovales & Chump Party | August 5 | Total Drag Records, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper | August 5 | Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls | 7:30 p.m.

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