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September 1, 2018  - September 3, 2018   


Join us at Crazy Horse Memorial for our annual Labor Day Weekend Open House.

American Indian artists are featured throughout Visitor Complex during the weekend.

 Crazy Horse Memorial

September 01, 2018 – September 03, 2018 

All Day Event


12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy HorseSD 57730

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch

September 2, 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:

Palmer Gulch

Crazy Horse & Korczak Night Blast, Crazy Horse Memorial

September 6, 2018   5:00 pm


September 6, 2018 -    Crazy Horse & Korczak Night Blast

The second traditional night blast of the year is on September 6th. The blast honors the dual anniversaries of the 1877 death of Crazy Horse and of the 1908 birth of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.

The public is welcome at the night blasts. After 5:00 p.m. on September 6th 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

Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch

September 7, 2018    


Hosted by the Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch, home to Mount Rushmore KOA and Mount Rushmore Lodge, Polkapalooza is a summertime favorite for traveler and locals alike.

At only $5 per person per night for admission, Polkapalooza is a bargain.

On Friday night, sample some authentic German food and drink. Then show off your dancing moves.

Then come back for Day 2 of this Friday-Saturday celebration, Sept. 7-8, 2018


Event Location:

Palmer Gulch

2018 Hill City Quilt Show

September 8, 2018  - September 9, 2018   


Heart of the Black Hills Quilt Show & Sale

This indoor/outdoor quilt show and sale features more than 200 quilts, an event dinner, trunk show, open mic show-and-tell and vendors.  A quilter’s dream!

New in 2018, the Hill City Arts Council has partnered with Hill City merchants and quilters for the annual September Hill City Quilt Show, featuring the artistry of quilting.  Be sure to add it to your calendar of "must-do" activities!

Hill City Quilt Show page. Specific information and downloadable documents.


Event Location:

Hill City

Trolley on the Trail

September 12, 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

Mickelson Trail Trek - 21st Annual

September 14, 2018    

  • Mickelson Trail Trek - 21st Annual
    More information coming closer to the event date.
    Custer, SD
  • Friday, September 14th, 2018
    3:00 PM (Mountain)

    The registration fee for the 3-day ride entitles riders to full amenities during the Mickelson Trail Trek, including an annual trail pass, shuttle service, merchandise, refreshments, 3 meals and 6 snacks. Registration packets and additional ride information will be distributed either Thursday night at Early Bird Check- In or on Friday morning. 
    Location & More info: TBD 

Event Location:


Wine Express 1880 Train

September 15, 2018    


September 15, 2018    

There is no better way to enjoy fall in the Black Hills than riding an authentic steam engine while sipping local wines paired with tasty food courses!

Ticket includes assigned seating, live music in station, wine paired with four courses on the train and keepsake glass.

Tickets $59 per adult.  Visit https://www.1880train.com/events.html for more details!

Event Location:

1880 Train

Arts Festival & Buffalo Roundup, Custer

September 27, 2018    

September 27 - 29, 2018 varies each day - varies each day

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend that includes an Arts Festival and Craft Show with 150 exhibitors selling Native American and Western Arts and Crafts and South Dakota Made Products. Non-stop entertainment under the big top features dancers, bands, and poets. Educational programs are also conducted throughout the weekend featuring educational talks, bluegrass music, speakers from the surrounding Black Hills area, and living history demonstrations. Each day starts off with a pancake breakfast, and enjoy buffalo burgers, brats and chili thorughout the day on the festival grounds. More info: (605) 255-4515 or www.custerstatepark.com


  • Thursday, Sept. 27: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. MT
  • Friday, Sept. 28: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. MT
  • Saturday, Sept. 29: 9 a.m. to 4

Event Location:

Custer, SD

53rd Annual Buffalo Roundup, Custer State Park

September 28, 2018    


Buffalo Roundup

September 28, 2018 9:30 a.m. MT

Witness one of the last great events of the Old West: the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Watch cowboys and cowgirls on horseback and park crews in pickups round up the 1,300 buffalo and drive them into the corrals. Following the roundup, watch park crews sort, brand and vaccinate the herd in preparation for the fall sale. Breakfast is available in both viewing areas and lunch in the corrals following the roundup. Park entrance fees are waived the day of the roundup. More info: (605) 255-4515 or www.custerstatepark.com 

Wheelchair Accessible

Event Location:

Custer State Park
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