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 are still checking for 2021 dates on events, but have checked all events held before early October 2019 and 2020. 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 2021 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, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. 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!
Cheese and Ice Cream Festival - Renner, SD - Aug 14, 2021
Strawbale Winery will have locak cheeses and ice creams, plus live music, a kids’ play area, food vendors, raffles, and more
Central States Fair - Rapid City, SD - Aug 20 to Aug 29, 2021
Live entertainment, carnival, food and commerical exhibits, livestock shows and horse events, kids entertainment and more!
Bark in the Park - Sioux Falls, SD - Aug 21, 2021
This is a Walk/Run to raise funds for homeless and neglected pets in the Sioux Falls area.
Windriders Annual Toy Run - Huron, SD - Aug 21, 2021
Fundraiser for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Poker hands, pulled pork, minnow races, live entertainment
Riverfest - Sioux Falls, SD - Aug 21, 2021
Live music, kids activities, food trucks, cold drinks, retail vendors, canoe rides, live art, and more.
Corn Palace Festival - Mitchell, SD - Aug 25 to Aug 29, 2021
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 27 to Aug 29, 2021
Annual hot air balloon with sunrise and skydiving options
Wine, Brew & BBQ - Hill City, SD - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2021
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.
Lifelight Festival – Milbank - Milbank, SD - Aug 28, 2021
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
Sioux Falls Taco & Margarita Festival - Sioux Falls, SD - Aug 28, 2021
Taco and food vendors, margarita and tequila bar, live bands and DJ.
South Dakota State Fair - Huron, SD - Sep 2 to Sep 6, 2021
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 10 to Sep 11, 2021
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 10 to Sep 11, 2021
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 11, 2021
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.
Germanfest - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 11, 2021
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
Wine Express Train - Hill City, SD - Sep 11, 2021
Entertainment and snacks paired with regional wines while riding the historic 1880 Train.
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.
605 Black Hills Classic Beer & Music Festival - Lead, SD - Sep 11, 2021
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 25, 2021
Virtual for 2021. Normally: A filmmaker-friendly small town event with a casual vibe. Since 2007.
Apple Festival - Harrisburg, SD - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
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!
Deadwood Jam - Deadwood, SD - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
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 17 to Oct 3, 2021
For 2021, three weekends of virtual programming to enjoy. Normally: 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.
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
Car Show & Rib Cookoff - Menno, SD - Sep 18, 2021
Car show with trophies awarded for different classes, and a barbecue cook-off. Sponsored by the Menno Volunteer Fire Department.
Northeast South Dakota Celtic Faire - Aberdeen, SD - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
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 23 to Sep 25, 2021
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.
FernsonFest - Sioux Falls, SD - Sep 25, 2021
Held at Fernson Brewing with music from locals and out-of-towners offering up jazz. bluegrass and more
Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 25, 2021
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 25, 2021
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.
SiouxperCon - Sioux Falls, SD - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
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.
South Dakota Festival of Books - Brookings, SD - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
For 2021, they’re going virtual. Normally: Four day event with author presentations, book signings, panel discussions, readings, banquets and children’s activities.
Deadwood Oktoberfest - Deadwood, SD - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
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.
Pumpkin Festival Weekend - Harrisburg, SD - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
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
Harvest Fest at Strawbale Winery - Renner, SD - Oct 9, 2021
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
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.
Aberdeen Oktoberfest - Aberdeen, SD - Oct 23, 2021
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.
Autumn Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair - Sioux Falls, SD - Nov 19 to Nov 21, 2021
Hundreds of artists and crafters, plus music, gift certificates, food and drink and more, with free parking.
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.
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
Taste of the Black Hills - Rapid City, SD - 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.
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.
Once Upon a Festival - Rapid City, SD - Sep 12, 2020
Fun family games, face painting, cupcake walk, vendor booths and more
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
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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