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Black Hills Film Festival

April 26, 2017  - April 30, 2017   


Black Hills Film Festival

The 8th Annual Black Hill Film Festival, April 26 through April 29, 2017 features more than 20 films including narrative and documentary films from South Dakota and around the world. Many filmmakers will be on hand after their film’s debut to answer audience questions while movie industry professionals conduct sessions on movie making and acting. Meet them at the parties and receptions held throughout the festival. (In Rapid City, Ellsworth and Hill City)  (www.blackhillsfilmfestival.org)

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Rapid City, Ellsworth and Hill City

Art Extravaganza

May 13, 2017  - May 14, 2017   


Art Extravaganza
Mother’s Day weekend

Tour Main Street shops for art shows, music and special giveaways for the ladies.

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Mother’s Day Special

May 14, 2017    


Treat your mother to a unique and unforgettable steam train ride through the beautiful Black Hills. This is definitely an adventure your mother will never forget. 

Tickets may be purchased starting January 16, 2017. Regular train rides are also available that day. You must specify the Mother’s Day Special option or the regular ride at time of reservation. Cars are heated and enclosed, however, dress for the weather as you will be waiting outside to board the train and we want everyone to be comfortable.  For reservations and more information, call 605.574.2222 or go to www.1880train.com.

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1880 Train

Service Personnel Appreciation Day

May 20, 2017    

A day to honor those who serve our country in the military.

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Evening Lighting Ceremony Begins

May 26, 2017    


Each evening, May through September, a ceremony is held in the park's outdoor Amphitheater. It highlights the making of this national monument with a video, flag lowering ceremony, a salute to veterans and lighting of the memorial

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Mt Rushmore National Memorial

Legends in Light begins

May 26, 2017    


“Legends in Light” the Crazy Horse Memorial multimedia laser-light show is presented nightly, at dark, from Memorial Day weekend through Native Americans’ Day in October. The laser-light show effectively turns the mountainside into a giant 500-foot “screen” for the spectacular display.

“This is laser-light storytelling to illuminate our cultural diversity, celebrate our similarities and encourage better understanding and harmony among races and nations,” said Ruth Ziolkowski,(1926-2014) wife of late sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908-1982).

The Memorial honors Native Americans, and “Legends in Light” dramatizes the story of the rich heritage, living cultures and contributions by Native Americans to our society. The show features colorful animations, sound effects and laser beams choreographed to music.

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Crazy Horse Memorial

Dedication Ceremony

June 3, 2017    


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Crazy Horse Memorial

Spring Volksmarch

June 3, 2017  - June 4, 2017   


32nd Annual Spring Volksmarch - June 3-4, 2017
The bi-annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States (15,000 walkers in a record year). This family event is sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volksmarch Association (AVA) and hosted by Crazy Horse Memorial.

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Crazy Horse Memorial


June 10, 2017    


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!!

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Mt Rushmore KOA

Naturalization Ceremony

June 15, 2017    


"I can't think of places more appropriate to welcome our newest citizens than national parks," said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. "National parks preserve significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites and are places where one can learn about and reflect on the American identity and the responsibilities of citizenship."

The National Park Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have an official partnership that encourages both agencies to co-host naturalization ceremonies in these special places set aside for public enjoyment and historical commemoration.

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Mt Rushmore National Memorial
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