Due to the possibility of cancellations, please check events’ websites/postings before attending.

1.) 1865 Military Reenactment

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park | Lake City | 8 A.M. | August 1

Step back into 1865 at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park’s 1865 Military Reenactment. Over 100 reenactors including men, women, and children will live as if it’s the 19th century. Aside from a few guides who will answer spectator questions, no one can break from character lest they be punished. See how they lived back then, and watch history come to life.   


2.) Sioux River Folk Festival

Newton Hills State Park | Canton | Times Vary | August 6-8

After a pandemic break, the Sioux River Folk Festival is back just outside of Canton. The weekend will bring various artists to take the stage like opener Siouxgrass Revival, Buffalo Galaxy, and event closer The Dead Horses. If you think you have what it takes, try and win a chance to soak up 15 minutes in the spotlight in the Campground Contest. 


3.) Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Citywide | Sturgis | All Day | August 6-15

The streets of Sturgis and the Black Hills will be alive with revving engines for the 81st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Events will include the V-Twin Visionary Sturgis Performance Motorcycle Show, the Mayor’s Pub Crawl, the Medicine Wheel Ride, and more. Puddle of Mudd, Hairball, Kid Rock, and more artists from all over will rock the stage. 


4.) Riverfest

Cherapa Place | Sioux Falls | 4 P.M. | August 21

Along the downtown bank of the Big Sioux River, crowds that have arrived by land or kayak can enjoy the 8th Annual Downtown Riverfest. Headliner Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal will be preceded by Tuff Roots and V the Noble One & The Knights Tempo.  


5.) Kool Deadwood Nites

Main Street | Deadwood | Times Vary | August 25-29

Kool Deadwood Nites will kick off on August 25 with Surfin’ Safari Band playing Outlaw Square. The following days of the car show will bring awards, the Classic Car Auction, the 13th Annual Rod Run, a parade, and plenty more concerts.


6.) Corn Palace Festival

Corn Palace | Mitchell | Times Vary | August 25-29

Head to the World’s Only Corn Palace for the 2021 Corn Palace Festival. From Wednesday to Sunday, rides will be available with a wristband or a festival passport. Each day will bring entertainment on the Plaza Stage, and various artists include Whiskey Myers, Black Hawk Concert, and their openers.  


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