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Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Falls

There are celebrations for every season and taste in South Dakota. Let the great adventure planning begin!

You can channel your inner pioneer at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet, or get your motor runnin' at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Experience the culture and beauty of the area's earliest residents at powwows across the state, or take in the nightly lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial during the summer. Fun festivals and fairs, cultural happenings and delightful diversions can be found across The Mount Rushmore State. Sometimes they're delicious, sometimes they're weird, but they'll always be part of a trip you'll never forget. 

Use the tools below to search for events and activities, or find out what's happening when you'll be in town. Check out the featured events and learn about what other South Dakota visitors have already enjoyed on our Road JournalsSpotlights and Itineraries pages.

 

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So much more South Dakota to explore

There's always a fun festival waiting just around the bend in South Dakota. Get inspired and say #HiFromSD to share your event experiences!

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