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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Black Hills Fall Festivals

2019 Festivals

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.

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.  

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!

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

WISSOTA 100 Stock Car Racing at Dakota State Fair Speedway - Huron, SD - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2017
Auto Expo, Stock car races, bean bag tourney, vendors and more, all held at the Dakota State Fair Speedway

Sturgis Oktoberfest - Sturgis, SD - Sep 23, 2017

Great Scarecrow Festival - Huron, SD - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017

Sodak Stamm Oktoberfest - Menno, SD - Oct 14, 2017
A german buffett with entertainment at the Menno City-School Auditorium. Tickets are $20. Date is accoding to the South Dakota Magazine.

Central States Fair - Rapid City, SD - Aug 17 to Aug 26, 2018
Live entertainment, carnival, food and commerical exhibits, livestock shows and horse events, kids entertainment and more!

Wine, Brew & BBQ - Hill City, SD - Aug 24 to Aug 25, 2018
This Kansas City-sanctioned barbecue is a national competition and opportunity for the public to sample and appreciate great barbecue from 30 competitors plus wine and beer from local crafters. Live music under a big tent on Hill City’s Main Street.

Lifelight Festival – Milbank - Milbank, SD - Aug 25, 2018
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, at a series of one-day festivals around the region.

Windriders Annual Toy Run - Huron, SD - Aug 25, 2018
25th annual. 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 25, 2018
Annual hot air balloon with sunrise and skydiving options

Car Show & Rib Cookoff - Menno, SD - Aug 25, 2018
Car show with trophies awarded for different classes, and a barbecue cook-off

Labor Day Weekend Open House at Crazy Horse Memorial - Crazy Horse, SD - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
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

Taste of the Black Hills - Rapid City, SD - Sep 6, 2018
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.

Ribs Rods & Rock’n Roll - Vermillion, SD - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
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 7 to Sep 8, 2018
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 8, 2018
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.

Kuchen Festival and Harvest Festival - Delmont, SD - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
The 15th annual Harvest Festival and 22nd 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.

Once Upon a Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Fun family games, face painting, cupcake walk, vendor booths and more

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.

Germanfest - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 8, 2018
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

Deadwood Jam - Deadwood, SD - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
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 14 to Sep 16, 2018
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 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Held on the third Saturday of every September at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Come enjoy learning about Celtic heritage, history, arts, sports, dance, music, food, lifestock and dog breeds.

Schmeckfest - Eureka, SD - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Celebrate’s Eureka’s German-Russian heritage on the third weekend in September.

Wine Express Into the West - Hill City, SD - Sep 15, 2018
Entertainment and snacks paired with regional wines while riding the historic 1880 Train.

South Dakota Festival of Books - Brookings, SD - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
Four day event with author presentations, book signings, panel discussions, readings, banquets and children’s activities.

South Dakota Film Festival - Aberdeen, SD - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
A filmmaker-friendly small town event with a casual vibe.

Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival - Custer, SD - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
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 29, 2018
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 29, 2018
Seventh annual Oktoberfest Express with live music by Easy Sounds of Rapid City prior to departure. On board, there’s seasonal beer, traditional German foods, and costume contest. Tickets are $52 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.

Deadwood Oktoberfest - Deadwood, SD - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2018
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 6, 2018
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 6, 2018

Autumn Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair - Sioux Falls, SD - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2018
Hundreds of artists and crafters, plus music, gift certificates, food and drink and more, with free parking.

Winterfest - Aberdeen, SD - Nov 17 to Nov 18, 2018
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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