Find a South Dakota fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 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.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Taste of the Black Hills - Rapid City, SD - Jan 1 to Sep 12, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: 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.
Aberdeen Oktoberfest - Aberdeen, SD - Jan 1 to Oct 5, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Beer and wine garden, craft beer tastings, traditional German foods and entertainment, root beer garden and more.
We know that you want current events. But we don’t always have dates for every event 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Living History Festival - Groton, SD - Sep 28, 2019
Historical demonstrations and reenactments, food vendors, children’s activities, pumpkin decorating, live music and more
Brandon Harvest Festival - Brandon, SD - Oct 5, 2019
Live music, food, plus vendors, mini grape stomp, pumpkin painting, face painting, kids games, bounce house, and Creative Spirits open paint.
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.
Wine, Brew & BBQ - Hill City, SD - Aug 21 to Aug 22, 2020
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.
Central States Fair - Rapid City, SD - Aug 21 to Aug 30, 2020
Live entertainment, carnival, food and commerical exhibits, livestock shows and horse events, kids entertainment and more!
Windriders Annual Toy Run - Huron, SD - Aug 22, 2020
Fundraiser for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Poker hands, pulled pork, minnow races, live entertainment
Bark in the Park - Sioux Falls, SD - Aug 22 to Sep 22, 2020
This is a Walk/Run to raise funds for homeless and neglected pets in the Sioux Falls area.
Corn Palace Festival - Mitchell, SD - Aug 26 to Aug 30, 2020
Head to the world’s only corn palace for a few days of festival fun!
Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival - Hot Springs, SD - Aug 29 to Aug 30, 2020
Annual hot air balloon with sunrise and skydiving options
South Dakota State Fair - Huron, SD - Sep 3 to Sep 7, 2020
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.
Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch - Hill City, SD - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
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 12, 2020
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.
Once Upon a Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 12, 2020
Fun family games, face painting, cupcake walk, vendor booths and more
Germanfest - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 12, 2020
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
Family Fun Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
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!
605 Black Hills Classic Beer & Music Festival - Lead, SD - Sep 12, 2020
Live music and beers from across South Dakota for tasting. $10 entry for all, or $30 entry with unlimited beer tasting wristband.
Kuchen Festival and Twin Rivers Old Iron Harvest Festival - Delmont, SD - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
The 17th annual Harvest Festival and 24th 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.
Wine Express Into the West - Hill City, SD - Sep 12, 2020
Entertainment and snacks paired with regional wines while riding the historic 1880 Train.
South Dakota Film Festival - Aberdeen, SD - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
A filmmaker-friendly small town event with a casual vibe. Since 2007.
Deadwood Jam - Deadwood, SD - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
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 18 to Sep 20, 2020
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 19 to Sep 20, 2020
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.
Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival - Custer, SD - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2020
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.
Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 26, 2020
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 26, 2020
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.
South Dakota Festival of Books - Brookings, SD - Oct 2 to Oct 4, 2020
Four day event with author presentations, book signings, panel discussions, readings, banquets and children’s activities.
Deadwood Oktoberfest - Deadwood, SD - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
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.
Newton Hills Festifall - Canton, SD - Oct 3, 2020
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!
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
SiouxperCon - Sioux Falls, SD - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Going virtual for 2020 for SiouxperCONLINE. Normally: 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.
Bierborse - Rapid City, SD - Oct 10, 2020
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 Fest at Strawbale Winery - Renner, SD - Oct 10, 2020
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
Pumpkin Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
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
Autumn Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair - Sioux Falls, SD - Nov 20 to Nov 22, 2020
Hundreds of artists and crafters, plus music, gift certificates, food and drink and more, with free parking.
Winterfest - Aberdeen, SD - Nov 21 to Nov 22, 2020
Fine arts gallery, 50 artisan booths, food and entertainment on the weekend before Thanksgiving since 1978.
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