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 20 – September 3. South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron. All day. Join South Dakotans from the entire state to celebrate 133 years of South Dakota State Fair goodness. The grandstand will offer a tractor pull, a rodeo, and live music, such as Toby Keith. If those events aren’t enough, should we mention there is an arm wresting contest, as well as a cheese sculpting competition? More info: sdstatefair.com.


August 22-26. Mitchell Corn Palace, Mitchell. Times vary. If you’re from South Dakota, the you know the Mitchell Corn Palace never looks the same. This festival pays tribute to the redecorating of the palace, and includes a weekend of activities. Carnival rides and live music will accompany the celebration of the world’s only corn palace. More info: cornpalace.com.


August 23-26. Downtown, Deadwood. Time vary. On the heels of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, this weekend is all about classic cars. Deadwood will host free music, a car auction, and a poker run that will take you through Deadwood. More info: deadwood.com.


August 23-26. Propbuster Field, Rapid City. Times vary. Going on their 10th year, this event is held to honor all sorts of aircrafts, from 3d models to scale warbirds. Stop out as a spectator, or if you are so inclined, try to your hand at flying your very own bird. More info: Facebook.com.

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August 25. Cherapa Place Parking Lot, Sioux Falls. 4 p.m. This event is all about the beauty of handmade items. Local vendors such as Happy Camper and Irish Twins Soap Co. will be among the many booths open to the public for shopping and admiration. Live music and fresh food with also be available to make your shopping experience everything and more. More info: visitsiouxfalls.com.

Dakotafest | August 21-23 | Schlaffman Farm, Mitchell | 9 a.m.
History on the Lawn: Water Wars | August 24 | Historic Adams House, Deadwood | 12 p.m.
Wine, Brews & BBQ | August 24-25 | Downtown, Hill City | Times vary.
Locally Grown Falls Art Market 2018 | August 25 | BronzeAge Art Casting LLC, Sioux Falls | 10 a.m.

Sioux Falls Canaries vs St. Paul Saints | August 20-22 | Sioux Falls Stadium, Sioux Falls | 7:05 p.m.
Bicycle Tour of the Black Hills | August 25-31 | Downtown, Rapid City | 7 a.m.

1 Million Cups | August 21 | Orpheum Theater Center, Sioux Falls | 9 a.m.
1 Million Cups | August 22 | Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings | 9 a.m.
Putts Fore Pups | August 22 | Willow Run Golf Course, Sioux Falls | 11 a.m.
Step Big 2018 | August 25 | Sioux Falls Stadium, Sioux Falls | 9 a.m.

Bands and Brews | August 21 | Firehouse Brewing Company, Rapid City | 8 p.m.
Thursdays on the Platz! | August 23 | Ratingen Platz, Vermillion | 5:30 p.m.
Summer Porch Series | August 23 | Strawbale Winery, Renner | 5 p.m.
Thursdays on the Patio | August 23 | Dakota Brick House, Vermilion | 7 p.m.
Thursdays on the Square | August 23 | Main Street Square, Rapid City | 6 p.m.
White Wall Sessions | August 25 | White Wall Sessions, Sioux Falls | Times vary.
Smashing Pumpkins | August 21 | Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue | August 22 | Bigs Sports Bar + Billiards, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
El Dub Welcome Home | August 23 | Bigs Sports Bar + Billiards, Sioux Falls | 8 p.m.
Elevated Rebellion Mixtape Release Party 2018 | August 24 | Icon Lounge + Events, Sioux Falls | 8 p.m.
American Idol: Live Tour 2018 | August 24 | Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls | 7 p.m.
Slamdakota Midwest Deathfest | August 25 | Bigs Sports Bar + Billiards, Sioux Falls | 4 p.m.
That Sounds Decent | August 25 | 8th & Railroad, Sioux Falls | 5 p.m.
The Turtles | August 26 | Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood | 8 p.m.

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