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

1.) South Dakota State Fair

September 1-5 | State Fairgrounds | Huron | Times Vary

Don’t miss the South Dakota State Fair to close out the summer. Try your luck at carnival games, snack on classic fair food, and browse vendors and agriculture exhibits. Attend grandstand events like Stone Temple Pilots, Josh Turner and Elle King, and The Band Perry. Families can’t skip The Backyard to add to the large mural and find the dragon.


2.) 605 Black Hills Classic Beer & Music Festival

September 10 | Lions Park | Spearfish | Noon

Tickets get you an unlimited beer tasting of all-South Dakota craft breweries. Hear local music by headliner Tie Dye Volcano and chill vibes early on by The Lucas Olson Trio. Buy your tickets online, or grab them at the door.


3.) South Dakota Festival of Books

September 23-25 | Various Locations | Brookings | Times Vary

Attend workshops, author presentations, book signings, panel discussions, and more. Writers and readers alike can get together to share their love of literature.


4.) The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival

September 24 | Main Street Square | Rapid City | 10 a.m.

Head to downtown Rapid City for the annual The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival. See pumpkins catapulted, painted, and more. With over 60 vendors, there’s plenty of fall activities to keep festival goers of all ages engaged.


5.) Northern Plains Indian Art Market & Best of Show Preview

September 23-25 | Various Locations | Sioux Falls | Times Vary

Explore paintings, pottery, beadwork, jewelry, and more from Native American artists across the Northern Plains of the United States and Canada. See works from South Dakota artists like Jennifer White, Wade Patton, Keith Braveheart, and Dwayne Wilcox.


6.) Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival

September 29-October 1 | Custer State Park | Custer | Times Vary

Grab folding chairs and binoculars and arrive early to get the best seats for the Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival. Watch cowfolk herd over 1,000 buffalo as they kick up dust and run. Also check out up to 150 vendors with arts and crafts for sale.


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