Fall South Dakota Festivals
Find a South Dakota fall festival to attend in 2022. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2022 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.
We're in the process of updating events and are through all events that happened previously in September and October. November will be updated in its entirety soon.
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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
Living History Festival - Groton, SD - Sep 28, 2019
Historical demonstrations and reenactments, food vendors, children’s activities, pumpkin decorating, live music and more
Once Upon a Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 12, 2020
Fun family games, face painting, cupcake walk, vendor booths and more
Harvest Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
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
Windriders Annual Toy Run - Huron, SD - Aug 21, 2021
Fundraiser for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Poker hands, pulled pork, minnow races, live entertainment
Kuchen Festival and Twin Rivers Old Iron Harvest Festival - Delmont, SD - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
The 18th annual Harvest Festival and 25th 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.
Apple Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
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
Sodak Stamm Oktoberfest - Menno, SD - Oct 2, 2021
A German buffett with entertainment at the Menno City-School Auditorium.
Pumpkin Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
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
Bierborse - Rapid City, SD - Oct 9, 2021
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.
Country Apple Orchard Oktoberfest - Harrisburg, SD - Oct 15 to Oct 17, 2021
Central States Fair - Rapid City, SD - Aug 19 to Aug 27, 2022
Live entertainment, carnival, food and commerical exhibits, livestock shows and horse events, kids entertainment and more!
Riverfest - Sioux Falls, SD - Aug 20, 2022
Live music, kids activities, food trucks, cold drinks, retail vendors, canoe rides, live art, and more.
Corn Palace Festival - Mitchell, SD - Aug 24 to Aug 28, 2022
Head to the world’s only corn palace for a few days of festival fun!
Wine, Brew & BBQ - Hill City, SD - Aug 26 to Aug 27, 2022
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.
Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival - Hot Springs, SD - Aug 26 to Aug 28, 2022
Annual hot air balloon with sunrise and skydiving options
South Dakota State Fair - Huron, SD - Sep 1 to Sep 5, 2022
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.
Ribs Rods & Rock’n Roll - Vermillion, SD - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2022
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 9 to Sep 10, 2022
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 10, 2022
A free outdoor event with over 250 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.
Wine Express Train - Hill City, SD - Sep 10, 2022
Entertainment and snacks paired with regional wines while riding the historic 1880 Train.
Germanfest - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 10, 2022
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
605 Black Hills Classic Beer & Music Festival - Lead, SD - Sep 10, 2022
Live music and beers from across South Dakota for tasting. $10 entry for all, or $30 entry with unlimited beer tasting wristband.
South Dakota Film Festival - Aberdeen, SD - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
A filmmaker-friendly small town event with a casual vibe. Since 2007.
Deadwood Jam - Deadwood, SD - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2022
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.
North Country Fiber Fair - Watertown, SD - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
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.
Northeast South Dakota Celtic Faire - Aberdeen, SD - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2022
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.
Car Show & Rib Cookoff - Menno, SD - Sep 17, 2022
Car show with trophies awarded for different classes, and a barbecue cook-off. Sponsored by the Menno Volunteer Fire Department.
FernsonFest - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 17, 2022
Held at Fernson Brewing with music from locals and out-of-towners offering up jazz. bluegrass and more
South Dakota Festival of Books - Brookings, SD - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2022
Four day event with author presentations, book signings, panel discussions, readings, banquets and children’s activities.
Corks and Kegs for CF - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 23, 2022
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 Downtown Pumpkin Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 24, 2022
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.
Pumpkin Festival at Riverview Farm - Canton, SD - Sep 24 to Oct 16, 2022
Riverview Christmas Tree Farm hosts this pumpkin festival with pumpkin picking, painting, and pumpkin themed games, inflatables and train rides, farm animals, food vendors, live music, local wine and beer, baked goods and more
Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival - Custer, SD - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2022
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.
Deadwood Oktoberfest - Deadwood, SD - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2022
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.
SiouxperCon - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2022
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.
Bark in the Park - Sioux Falls, SD - Oct 1, 2022
This is a Walk/Run to raise funds for homeless and neglected pets in the Sioux Falls area.
Hill City 1880 Train Oktoberfest - Hill City, SD - Oct 1, 2022
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.
Brandon Harvest Festival - Brandon, SD - Oct 1, 2022
Live music, food, plus vendors, hay maze, pumpkin painting, and more
Newton Hills Festifall - Canton, SD - Oct 1, 2022
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!
Great Scarecrow Festival - Huron, SD - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2022
Aberdeen Oktoberfest - Aberdeen, SD - Nov 5, 2022
Beer and wine garden, craft beer tastings, traditional German foods and entertainment, root beer garden and more.
Autumn Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair - Sioux Falls, SD - Nov 18 to Nov 20, 2022
Hundreds of artists and crafters, plus music, gift certificates, food and drink and more, with free parking.
Winterfest - Aberdeen, SD - Nov 19 to Nov 20, 2022
Fine arts gallery, 50 artisan booths, food and entertainment on the weekend before Thanksgiving since 1978.
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