August 23, 2019

2019 Black Hills Fall Events

Enjoy your stay with us while visiting Rapid City and the Black Hills!

Fall is just around the corner and with the first signs of changing leaves begins some of Rapid City’s best activities. From Hot Air Balloon festivals to lighting ceremonies at Crazy Horse Memorial, there’s something for everyone in the Fall. Here’s a list of some of our favorite 2019 Black Hills Fall events. 


Crazy Horse & Korczak Night Blast

Friday, September 6 - 5:00 pm

The second traditional night blast of the year honors the dual anniversaries of the 1877 death of Crazy Horse and of the 1908 birth of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.


Stratobowl Historic Hot Air Balloon Launch

Friday, September 13 - 5:30 am - 7:00 am

The Stratobowl was first made famous in the 1930's when high altitude balloons launched from the site, visited the stratosphere and made history. The site has long been acknowledged as an important part of aviation history.


29th Annual Deadwood Jam

Friday, September 13 thru Saturday 14 - 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Black Hills’ premier music festival since its inception 20+ years ago. 


Hilltober Fest

Saturday, September 14 - 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Traditional German Oktoberfest and hill folk meet for a rootin' tootin wunderbar festival. Bring your flannel and lederhosen to Hill City for bluegrass by Good Old Slice and traditional and modern Polka by Minnesota's Larry Olson Band. German menu and Steins available.


Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival - 54th Anniversary 

Friday, September 27 - Sunday 29 - 9:30 am

Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo in Custer State Park


Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, September 28 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Downtown's biggest festival, The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, returns for the tenth year. Visit Main Street Square, venture down Sixth St., and into Memorial Park for a day full of fall fun including TWO rounds of pumpkin catapults, giant pumpkin weigh-off, Downtown pub crawl, Regional Health and Scull Construction Kidz Zone, pony rides, Scarecrow Stroll, vendors and more.




Saturday, October 5th - 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The ninth annual Bierborse, a favorite of local craft beer enthusiasts, will take place in Downtown Rapid City.


Black Hills Pow Wow

Friday, October 11 thru 13

Experience the proud heritage and majestic pageantry of Native American dancers and drum groups as the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota nations gather for this annual celebration.


The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Wednesday, October 16 thru 17 - 7:30 pm

‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. 


Michael Franti & Spearhead

Saturday, October 19 - 7:30 pm

Michael Franti believes that there is a great battle taking place in the world today between cynicism and optimism, so he made his most recent album, Stay Human Vol. II, to remind himself and anyone else who’s listening, that there is still good in the world and that it is worth fighting for. 


Rapid City Rush Hockey 

Friday, October 25 - 8:05 pm

Opening night for the Rush as they take on the Utah Grizzlies



Friday, October 25 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Come celebrate Halloween in Deadwood. Deadweird is a little crazy, a little spooky and a WHOLE lot of fun!