Looking for free fun? These are just a few of the reoccurring South Dakota events that will take your summer from boring to bustling.


Thursdays on the Square and Summer Nights are two summer concert series that invite the community to downtown Rapid City every Thursday from June 6 to August 29. Whether you are a Dogs With Sweaters fan or gravitate toward Zeona Road, make your way to downtown Rapid City at 6 p.m. to enjoy live music, local food vendors, and the Bud Light Beverage Garden. More info: mainstreetsquarerc.com + rapidcitysummernights.com.


Head to Main Street Square in Rapid City every Monday evening at 7 p.m. from June 3 to August 19 for Movies Under the Stars. Grab your blankets and chairs, get yourself some Elk’s Theatre popcorn, and settle in for movies like The Avengers, Finding Dory, and more. More info: mainstreetsquarerc.com.

On the other side of the state? Avera McKennan is bringing Moonlight Movies to Sioux Falls. Every Saturday from June 1 to August 31 movies like Peter Rabbit and Back to the Future will be shown at Fawick Park in the heart of downtown. More info: dtsf.com.


Downtown Friday Nights is a summer series that brings creative vendors and talented musicians to the streets of downtown Spearfish every Friday from June 7 to August 30. Local food, beer, and retail vendors open shop at 5:30 p.m., allowing an hour of shopping time before the music starts at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy tunes from Dustin Evans, 32 Below, Outer Vibe, and other songbirds alike. More info: downtownspearfish.com.


New to Sioux Falls is the Levitt Shell. Not new to the area is a love for live music. Levitt at the Falls will host bands like Rhythm Collective and The High Kings to celebrate outdoor music, downtown culture, and South Dakota summertime from June 14 to August 10. Don’t miss the 30+ free concerts that are sure to cater to everyone in your friend group. More info: levittsiouxfalls.org.


Brookings is presenting two musical acts every Thursday from July 11 to August 22 as part of Downtown at Sundown. This summer series offers free live music starting at 5 p.m., with local food and retail vendors lining 5th Street, giving you the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy what Brookings has to offer. More info: downtownatsundown.org.

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