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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 Trolley, as of 3/19/2018.

  • 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

Oktoberfest Express 1880 Train

September 29, 2018   5:00 pm


Oktoberfest Express

September 29, 2018

3:30 pm event begins, 5:00 pm departure

Ticket includes assigned seating, German food, seasonal beer, event keepsake and live entertainment by local, German band, Easy Sounds.

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


Event Location:

1880 Train, Hill City

6th Annual Fall Volksmarch, Crazy Horse Memorial

September 30, 2018    


6th Annual Fall Volksmarch - Septemver 30, 2018
This autumn hike on Sunday, September 30th is held the same weekend as the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-Up. It is the public’s second chance of the year to walk up the world’s largest mountain carving in progress.

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.

*Volksmarches are held, weather permitting.

Please visit the web site for all the information on this event  Crazy Horse Memorial

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Run Crazy Horse Full & Half-Marathon

October 7, 2018    

Run Crazy Horse Full & Half-Marathon, Crazy Horse, Custer, Hill City

Event Location:

Crazy Horse, Custer
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