Fall South Dakota Festivals in 2019

Find a South Dakota fall festival to attend in 2019. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2019 has things to do across South Dakota including activities near Rapid City, Watertown and Aberdeen. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

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We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

Northern State University Culturefest & Wacipi - Aberdeen, SD - Oct 28, 2016

605 Black Hills Classic Beer & Music Festival - Lead, SD - Sep 8, 2018
Live music and beers from across South Dakota for tasting. $10 entry for all, or $30 entry with unlimited beer tasting wristband.

Central States Fair - Rapid City, SD - Aug 16 to Aug 25, 2019
Live entertainment, carnival, food and commerical exhibits, livestock shows and horse events, kids entertainment and more!

Corn Palace Festival - Mitchell, SD - Aug 21 to Aug 25, 2019
Head to the world’s only corn palace for a few days of festival fun!

Wine, Brew & BBQ - Hill City, SD - Aug 23 to Aug 24, 2019
This Kansas City-sanctioned barbecue is a national competition and opportunity for the public to sample and appreciate great barbecue from 24 competitors plus wine and beer from local crafters. Live music under a big tent on Hill City’s Main Street.

Windriders Annual Toy Run - Huron, SD - Aug 24, 2019
Fundraiser for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Poker hands, pulled pork, minnow races, live entertainment

Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival - Hot Springs, SD - Aug 24 to Aug 25, 2019
Annual hot air balloon with sunrise and skydiving options

Bark in the Park - Sioux Falls, SD - Aug 24, 2019
This is a Walk/Run to raise funds for homeless and neglected pets in the Sioux Falls area.

Climb out of the Darkness 5k - Rapid City, SD - Aug 24, 2019
Come join Postpartum Support International – South Dakota Chapter at their Annual Climb Out of the Darkness 5k Walk. The honorary walk will help bring awareness, provide support, help break the stigma and recognize those who have climbed mountains to overcome mental illness including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Click the ticket link to register (free but required) on their website.The Climb is wheelchair and stroller friendly.

South Dakota State Fair - Huron, SD - Aug 29 to Sep 2, 2019
Petting zoo and pony rides, paleontologist dig, acrobats, bears, puppets, four stages of live entertainment, horticultural exhibits, guest artists and authors, cooking demonstrations, carnival and wine pavilion all help South Dakota celebrate the beginning of fall. Since 1885.

Lifelight Festival – Milbank - Milbank, SD - Aug 31, 2019
Come together with a multi-generational crowd for this faith-based festival, presented free to the public. Many church denominations work together to share the Gospel and the word of God to take the Church outside the walls” and use music to reach people’s hearts

Labor Day Weekend Open House at Crazy Horse Memorial - Crazy Horse, SD - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2019
American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center of the Memorial. Admission will be waived with 3 cans of food per person to be donated

Ribs Rods & Rock’n Roll - Vermillion, SD - Sep 6 to Sep 7, 2019
South Dakota BBQ Championship with $10,000 in prizes. Car show, food court live music and beer garden. Motorcycle charity poker run.

Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch - Hill City, SD - Sep 6 to Sep 7, 2019
The Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch once again plays host to the area’s only polka festival! Enjoy great German food, beer, two live polka bands will provide the music and more! Admission is only $5

Sidewalk Arts Festival - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 7, 2019
A free outdoor event with over 300 vendor booths featuring the region’s best fine art, folk art and craft artisans. Enjoy activities for kids, live entertainment, food vendors and more on the streets surrounding the Washington Pavilion. This event is a fundraiser for the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion and is the region’s largest one-day arts festival.

Car Show & Rib Cookoff - Menno, SD - Sep 7, 2019
Car show with trophies awarded for different classes, and a barbecue cook-off. Sponsored by the Menno Volunteer Fire Department.

Once Upon a Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2019
Fun family games, face painting, cupcake walk, vendor booths and more

Germanfest - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 7, 2019
This Sioux Falls Oktoberfest has beer tent and more than ten food and beverage vendors with 10+ varieties of beer. All proceeds from wiener dog races benefit Dakota Dachshund Rescue. Kids activity area will have a puppet show, inflatables, face painting and trains rides. Location: Falls Park-West, Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls

WISSOTA 100 Stock Car Racing at I-94 Speedway - Huron, SD - Sep 11 to Sep 14, 2019
Auto Expo, Stock car races, bean bag tourney, vendors and more, all held at the Dakota State Fair Speedway

Taste of the Black Hills - Rapid City, SD - Sep 12, 2019
A family-friendly fundraiser for Susan G Komen where attendees sample local BBQ sauces while enjoying live music, raffle prizes, and more! One ticket ($25) includes pork, BBQ sauces, side, bread and a drink. BBQs will be judged, with a winner announced at 8 pm.

Deadwood Jam - Deadwood, SD - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
Two days of outdoor concerts in the Black Hills with rock, reggae and blues for 20+ years. Plus, enjoy art auction, food, Wild West entertainment and breath-taking views of the Black Hills. Two days of music for $55.

Northeast South Dakota Celtic Faire - Aberdeen, SD - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
Held on the third Saturday of every September at the Richmond Lake Youth Camp. Come enjoy learning about Celtic heritage, history, arts, sports, dance, music, food, lifestock and dog breeds.

Wine Express Into the West - Hill City, SD - Sep 14, 2019
Entertainment and snacks paired with regional wines while riding the historic 1880 Train.

Kuchen Festival and Harvest Festival - Delmont, SD - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
The 16th annual Harvest Festival and 23rd Kuchen Festival, with free admission, takes place the weekend after Labor Day, with the Kuchen Festival and craft vendors on Saturday, and tractors, homemade baked goods, farm demonstrations, parade, kids pedal pull, live music, bbq pork supper, bean bag toss, quilt & fabric arts show and more.

FernsonFest - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 14, 2019
Held at Fernson Brewing with music from locals and out-of-towners offering up jazz. bluegrass and more

Family Fun Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Sep 14, 2019
A fun weekend for families to explore the Country Apple Orchard. A weekend designed with all the same things the ever so popular Apple Festival has but without the crowds. THE APPLES LOOK AMAZING! A great weekend to bring the family and start a new family tradition. Bbq pork loin, all kinds of apple goodies, shaved ice, kettle corn, roasted almonds, and so much more to try. Plenty of options to keep the kids busy, bounce around inflatables, train rides, pony rides, and more!

North Country Fiber Fair - Watertown, SD - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
Annual event for 20+ years on the 3rd weekend of September that provides educational and marketing opportunities for producers, fiber artists and consumers of natural fibers. Held at the Codington County Extension Complex.

Schmeckfest - Eureka, SD - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
Celebrate’s Eureka’s German-Russian heritage on the third weekend in September.

Apple Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
Apple Fest activities available include tractor wagon rides out to the orchard apple trees to pick your own apples, pony rides, kiddie train rides, inflatable playground, children’s barn, homemade apple pies, caramel apples, Kettle Korn, Dakota Snow shaved ice, apple brats, and much more

Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival - Custer, SD - Sep 26 to Sep 28, 2019
Feel the thunder and join the herd at Custer State Park. 150 arts/crafts vendors, Dutch oven cook-off, chili cook-off and watch the cowboys and cowgirls roundup buffalo.

South Dakota Film Festival - Aberdeen, SD - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2019
A filmmaker-friendly small town event with a casual vibe. Since 2007.

Siouxper Con - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
SiouxperCon is a fan convention that celebrates several mediums: comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, board games, and video gaming. SiouxperCon has quickly grown into the most anticipated annual Siouxland nerd event. From its humble beginnings as a question posed on Facebook, SiouxperCon morphed into an event that aims to celebrate all nerdoms in a safe, educational, and inclusive environment. Brought to you by a group of local customer service professionals, SiouxperCon is your friendly, neighborhood fan convention.

Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 28, 2019
Visit Main Street Square and venture down Sixth St. and into Memorial Park for a pumpkin catapult, giant pumpkin weigh-off, chef competition, the Regional Health and Scull Construction Kidz Zone, wagon rides, vendors and more. Free Parking in Downtown Rapid City.

Hill City 1880 Train Oktoberfest - Hill City, SD - Sep 28, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest Express with live music prior to departure. On board, there’s seasonal beer, traditional German foods, and costume contest. Tickets are $59 per adult and it’s 21+ only on the train. $5 discount for designated drivers. Tickets sell out weeks in advance so purchase early. Entertainment for approximately one hour prior to departure and roundtrip ride lasts approximately two hours.

Living History Festival - Groton, SD - Sep 28, 2019
Historical demonstrations and reenactments, food vendors, children’s activities, pumpkin decorating, live music and more

Deadwood Oktoberfest - Deadwood, SD - Oct 3 to Oct 5, 2019
Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Wild West in early October. Enjoy food, beer, dancing, live German music, as well as the Tour de Oktoberfest, famous Wiener Dog Races and beer barrel games. They feature a number of events such as the STRONGMAN competition, German cook off, and giveaways.

South Dakota Festival of Books - Brookings, SD - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
Four day event with author presentations, book signings, panel discussions, readings, banquets and children’s activities.

Newton Hills Festifall - Canton, SD - Oct 5, 2019
Fall arts & crafts, pumpkin carving demonstrations and other pumpkin activities, live bluegrass music, hayrides, campsite fun and more at Newton Hills State Park. If you want, your carved pumpkins can be used on the Candlelight Walk that night!

Aberdeen Oktoberfest - Aberdeen, SD - Oct 5, 2019
Beer and wine garden, craft beer tastings, traditional German foods and entertainment, root beer garden and more.

Bierborse - Rapid City, SD - Oct 5, 2019
Free admission to a local craft beer festival at Main Street Square.  Experience ticketed microbrew tasting, sample homebrew, win contests, beer stock exchange, polka music, stein holding competitions, and have fun at The Black Hills Beer Beverage Garden.

Harvest Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
Harvest Fest activities includes tractor wagon rides to pick your own apples and pumpkins, pony rides, kiddie train rides, inflatable playground, children’s barn, homemade apple pies, caramel apples, Kettle Korn, Big O’s Apple BBQ pulled pork, apple brats, and much more

Pumpkin Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
Pumpkin Fest activities includes tractor wagon rides to pick your own apples and pumpkins, pony rides, kiddie train rides, inflatable playground, children’s barn, homemade apple pies, caramel apples, Kettle Korn, apple brats, and much more. There is also a weigh-in for the state-wide giant pumpkin contest, so come to see 500+ lb pumpkins too

Harvest Fest a Strawbale Winery - Renner, SD - Oct 12, 2019
Wine, music, food, fun, games, discounts on 6 packs of wines, and much more. Shop with South Dakota made vendors offering everything from pottery to soup mixes! Relax, sit back and listen to live music. All outdoors in beautiful South Dakota. Paint a pumpkin, cork painting, or play a game of bean bag toss. Kid friendly

Corks and Kegs for CF - Sioux Falls, SD - Oct 12, 2019
Corks & Kegs for CF is a fun and popular night out where attendees enjoy handcrafted beers, wines, and chef-inspired cuisine. Join in for a fun night of delicious samples, unique live and silent auction items, great music, entertainment, and dancing! This event supports the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

Great Scarecrow Festival - Huron, SD - Oct 13, 2019

Sodak Stamm Oktoberfest - Menno, SD - Oct 19, 2019
A German buffett with entertainment at the Menno City-School Auditorium.

Autumn Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair - Sioux Falls, SD - Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2019
Hundreds of artists and crafters, plus music, gift certificates, food and drink and more, with free parking.

Winterfest - Aberdeen, SD - Nov 23 to Nov 24, 2019
Fine arts gallery, 50 artisan booths, food and entertainment on the weekend before Thanksgiving since 1978.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank – Sioux Falls, SD – September 4, 2015.  Enjoy live music, food vendors, beer and wine, shopping, picnic table seating and more on the Eastbank of downtown Sioux Falls.  This is the last of their monthly summer event series.

Sioux Falls Marathon – Sept 13, 2015

Flavor Days – Spearfish, SD – Sept 4-6, 2015

Edgemont Fall Festival – Edgemont, SD – September 26, 2015.


Taste of South Dakota – Rapid City – Oct 10, 2015

Huron Harvest Fest – Huron, SD – October 3, 2015

Find other fun things to do in South Dakota in fall:

Oktoberfest in South Dakota
South Dakota Corn Mazes
South Dakota Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in South Dakota
Pumpkin Patches in South Dakota

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