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Thursday Night Lecture Series, Crazy Horse Memorial

May 31, 2018  - August 30, 2018   


Native Artists, historians and cultural bearers have the opportunity to share their knowledge and skill with visitors of the Crazy Horse Memorial by offering a 40-60 minute presentation on a Thursday evening from June through August.  It is Crazy Horse Memorial’s goal to provide an opportunity for selected professionals to share their knowledge and skill with an international audience providing a greater understanding of Native culture. 

Starting May 31st, 2018- August 30th, 2018.

Please click here to be directed to our website for more information

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial


June 23, 2018    



Event Location:

Hill City, SD

Sculpture in the Hills

June 23, 2018  - June 24, 2018   


Sculpture in the Hills

Near two of the world’s largest sculptures--Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse--the Hill City Arts Council hosts the region’s only annual sculpture show and sale with more than 20 artists who share their process and fine art objects with almost 3,000 attendees.  Always free, near the end of June.  (www.hillcityarts.org)

Event Location:

Hill City


June 24, 2018    


The Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch will be full of thrills and spills and some good old-fashioned western fun. From Bulls and Broncs to Ropes and Barrels, this fun filled event even has Mutton Bust'n for the kids. See y'all at the Rodeo!

Event Location:

Mt Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch

Ruth's Night Blast, Crazy Horse Memorial

June 26, 2018   7:00 pm


June 26, 2018 - Ruth's Night Blast

The first night blast of the year is June 26. It celebrates the birthday of the late Mrs. Korczak (Ruth) Ziolkowski (1926 - 2014), wife of the late Crazy Horse sculptor.

The June 26 blast also commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. The battle was June 25, 1876. Crazy Horse was a main strategist in the defeat of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his troops.

The public is welcome at the night blasts. After 7:00 p.m. on June 26th the Memorial gratefully accepts three cans of food per person for the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive in lieu of the regular admission fee. Because the night blasts are among the Memorial’s most popular events, the public is advised to arrive early. The restaurant at Crazy Horse closes at 4pm on the evenings of the night blasts but the Snack Shop remains open.

Important note: Night blasts are conducted on a “weather permitting” basis.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Black Hills Raptor Center presentation at The Farmer's Daughter

July 14, 2018   10:00 am - 3:00 pm

7/14/2018 - 10 am - 3 pm 

Black Hills Raptor Center presentation
Held at The Farmer's Daughter
Watch for upcoming details!

Event Location:

The Farmer's Daughter, Hill City

Trolley on the Trail

July 18, 2018   9:15 am - 2:00 pm


 Trolley rides allow those with physical

limitations to experience the beautiful      George S. Mickelson Trail.

     Designed for mobility impaired & elderly primarily, but is for people of all ages who are physically unable to experience the trail.

     The rides are held in the summer and are approximately 4 hours long. Reservations are REQUIRED. Each person is allowed one assistant to accompany them, if needed. The Trolley has space available for one wheelchair.

For more in depth information please call the

Hill City Chamber at 605-574-2368

Reservations Closed for Wednesday, September 12th & Wednesday July 18th, Taking backup reservations only at this time!

  • Wednesday, July 18th-HILL CITY
  • Wednesday, September 12th-HILL CITY

Event Location:

Hill City, SD

Biker Breakfast

August 4, 2018  - August 11, 2018   


Fabulous breakfast hosted by the fabulous folks of Hill City at the Senior Center!  Hill City Senior Center members and volunteers put on an all-you-can-eat breakfast daily during Rally for bikers and everyone who is able to join them.  An awesome opportunity to visit with folks from all over the country and sometimes, from around the world--all while enjoying hearty fare.

Event Location:

Hill City Senior Center

Mt. Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch

August 8, 2018    


Truly western; The Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch. Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete in BULL Riding, Bronc Riding, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. The Clowns and "Mutton Bustin" are sure to please the crowd. Cowboys and Cowgirls will sign autographs followed by a Cowboy dance with Live Music. See ya at the Rodeo!!

Event Location:

Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch

The Lean Horse Ultra Marathon

August 17, 2018  - August 18, 2018   


The Lean Horse Ultra Marathon is run in August every year in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It was first run in 2005.

NEW in 2018! 20 Mile, 30 Mile & 50 Mile are Point To Point!

August 17th-18th, 2018

It features a 100-mile race, a 50-mile race, a 30-mile race, and a 20-mile race. The course is held on the George S. Mickelson Trail.

  • 33rd sanctioned 100-mile race in the United States
  • known as one of the best non technical courses in the United States.
  • One of the most scenic rails to trails courses in the country
  • A PR Course
  • For more information please click here

Event Location:

Mickelson Trail
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