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Your Fall Festival Guide

Autumn means harvest time in South Dakota.  With such a rich agricultural culture, it’s no surprise that harvest celebrations have been happening here for more than 100 years. That’s plenty of time to get things right. These festivities come in many forms, from carnivals to demonstrations, concerts, Oktoberfests, and the occasional catapult. Now it’s time to check out what communities large and small are doing to celebrate the arrival of autumn in South Dakota. (Pro tip: Come hungry and thirsty.)

Delmont Harvest Festival
1. Annual Harvest Festival/Kuchen Festival (Sept. 14-15) – Delmont
Homesteader Day Harvest Festival
2. Homesteader Day Celebration (Sept. 8) – Beaver Creek Nature Area
NESD Celtic Faire
3. NESD Celtic Faire and Games (Sept. 14-15) - Aberdeen
4. Living History Fall Festival (Sept. 28) - Groton
black hills octoberfest
5. 1880 Train Oktoberfest Express (Sept. 28) – Hill City
Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
6. Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival (Sept. 28) – Rapid City
7. Oktoberfest (Oct. 4-5) – Deadwood
Hobo Marlin Pumpkin Train
8. Prairie Village Hobo Marlin Pumpkin Train (Oct. 5) – Prairie Village
9. Bierbörse (Oct. 5) – Rapid City
Newton HIlls State park
10. Candlelight Walk (Oct. 5) – Newton Hills State Park
Strawbale Winery harvest fest
11. Strawbale Winery Harvest Festival (Oct. 12) – Renner
Halloween Festival Yankton
12. Yankton’s Harvest Halloween (Oct. 25-26) – Yankton
Autumn Festival, Sioux Falls
13. Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair (Oct. 25-27) – Sioux Falls
Huron Ringneck Festival
14. Ringneck Festival & Bird Dog Challenge (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) – Huron
15. Chamberlain/Oacoma Harvest Festival (Oct. 5) – Chamberlain
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