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 3-11. W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls. Times vary. Known as one of the biggest events to grace the Sioux Empire, this year’s fair will include performances from Josh turner, Trace Adkins, Hairball, and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. If great live music isn’t your thing, you can take a chance at carnival games, rides, or even check out the arts center. More info: siouxempirefair.com.


August 3-12. Various locations, Sturgis. All day. With an estimated attendance of 500,000 people, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the largest motorcycle rally in the world. This 10 day event offers specialized rides, a beard and mustache contest, and live music such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Foreigner. Don’t miss this state’s biggest annual get-together, motorcycle fanatic or not. More info: sturgismotorcyclerally.com.


August 11. Swiftel Center, Brookings. 12 p.m. Brookings brings you a fun-filled day for everyone. Take this chance to try wings from various local vendors, as well as craft beers. Enter your vote into the People’s Choice contest, or take your turn in the wing eating contest. Tickets range from $8 to $15, with the option to buy trying tickets. More info: swiftelcenter.com.


August 11. The Co-op Natural Foods, Sioux Falls. 2 p.m. Head to The Co-op to commemorate the beauty that is locally grown food. Food, drinks, and local vendors will be available for all attendees, creating a welcoming block party that brings community and fresh food together. More info: coopnaturalfoods.com.


August 12. Main Street Square, Rapid City. 11 a.m. Whether you are planning your own wedding, or someone else’s, you won’t want to miss this. Some of the area’s biggest wedding professionals will be there to present a runway show, giveaways, and more. More info: mainstreetsquarerc.com.

Boutique Crawl | August 9 | Downtown, Sioux Falls | 4 p.m.
Clay County Fair | August 9-11 | Clay County Fairgrounds, Vermillion | Times vary.
2018 Great Plains Balloon Race | August 10-12 | Kenny Anderson Park, Sioux Falls | Times vary.
Tim Allen | August 11 | Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls | 8 p.m.

Sioux Falls Canaries vs St. Paul Saints | August 6-8 | Sioux Falls Stadium, Sioux Falls | Times vary.
Mount Rushmore Rodeo | August 8 | Palmer Gulch, Hill City | 6 p.m.
Sioux Falls Canaries vs Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks | August 9-12 | Sioux Falls Stadium, Sioux Falls | Times vary.

Orion Classic | August 6 | The Country Club of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls | 8 a.m.
1 Million Cups | August 7 | Orpheum Theater Center, Sioux Falls | 9 a.m.
1 Million Cups | August 8 | Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings | 9 a.m.
Poker Run and Benefit Concert | August 9 | Spearfish City Park, Spearfish | 10 a.m.

Bands and Brews | August 7 | Firehouse Brewing Company, Rapid City | 8 p.m.
Starset | August 7 | Icon Lounge + Events, Sioux Falls | 6:30 p.m.
Waylon & Willie The Tour | August 9 | Bigs Sports Bar & Billiards, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
Thursdays on the Platz! | August 9 | Ratingen Platz, Vermillion | 5:30 p.m.
Summer Porch Series | August 9 | Strawbale Winery, Renner | 5 p.m.
Thursdays on the Patio | August 9 | Dakota Brick House, Vermillion | 7 p.m.
Thursdays on the Square | August 9 | Main Street Square, Rapid City | 6 p.m.
Bands and Brews | August 9-10 | Firehouse Brewing Company, Rapid City | 8 p.m.
The Acacia Strain | August 10 | Icon Lounge + Events, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
Cellar Sessions | August 10-11 | Firehouse Brewing Company, Rapid City | 7 p.m.
White Wall Sessions | August 11 | White Wall Sessions, Sioux Falls | Times vary.
Travers Cello Performance | August 12 | Monk’s House Of Ale Repute, Sioux Falls | 8:30 p.m.

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