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CubFest 2018, Bear Country, USA

April 14, 2018  - April 15, 2018   


Bear Country, USA

13820 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702

Event Location:

Bear Country, USA

Father’s Day Special 1880 Train

June 17, 2018    


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

Adults: $39, Children, $19 (3-12), 2 and under are free. Visit https://www.1880train.com/events.html for more details!

Ticket includes assigned seating, sweet treat, mimosa or sparkling juice, water, live entertainment and train ride.

Event Location:

1880 Train

Girlfriends' Weekend

November 2, 2018  - November 3, 2018   



Hill City's 6th Annual Girlfriends' Weekend is just around the corner. Starting when the stores open on Nov. 2-3, nearly every store in town will cater to the ladies and help you REJUVENATE! Come on up...rejuvenate your mind, your body, your spirit!
The Fashion Show will be Friday night (11/3) at 7 pm at Slate Creek Grille. Fashion from Doc & Alice, Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery, Granite Sports, Jewel of the West, & more!


Event Location:

Hill City

Hill City Community Easter Egg Hunt

March 24, 2018   10:00 am - 11:00


Bring your Easter basket and hop on over to the Visitor Information Center for Hill City's Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 24th, 2018.  Pre-hunt line-up starts at 9:45; Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10am sharp!  Prizes given in three age groups:  0-3; 4-7; 8-11.  The Easter Bunny, along with his helpers, will be on hand for photos and high-fives.  This Easter Egg Hunt is held thanks to the generosity of the VIC and Chamber staff who volunteer their time, to the children and youth of the Hill City Boys & Girls Club of the Black Hills who stuff the eggs and our Chamber members who donate treats and prizes for the eggs and Easter baskets.  If you wish, after the hunt, participants can empty their plastic eggs and place them in special tubs for staff to recycle.  See you on the 24th!  

Event Location:

Hill City Visitor Information Center, 23935 Hwy 385 Hill City

Hill City Lion's Club Fishing Derby

May 19, 2018   8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hill City Lion's Club Fishing Derby

May 19th, 2018 

8am to 12 noon

Major Lake, Hill City, SD

Event Location:

Major Lake, Hill City

Hill City Olde Tyme Christmas & Lighted Parade

November 23, 2018    


Olde Tyme Christmas
Thanksgiving weekend

A family-friendly event that welcomes Christmas with a parade, Christmas tree lighting, roasted chestnuts, hot cider and cookies, and special guests and events throughout the town’s shops, attractions and train museum.  An old-fashioned small-town lighted parade kicks off at 6p sharp.  Santa visits with children and hands out apples at the SD State Railroad Museum following the parade.  A wonderful tradition to enjoy with your family!

Event Location:

Hill City

Hill City Wine, Brew, & BBQ

August 24, 2018  - August 25, 2018   

If you love great BBQ, a flavorful glass of wine or an excellent craftbrew, music and fun--all wrapped up into one event--then Hill City is the place to be for this year's 6th Annual Wine Brew & BBQ! Held Friday and Saturday, August 24th & 25th, you can join with barbeque lovers from all over the region and beyond to sample lovingly-created BBQ from more than 30 of the best Pit Masters and BBQ enthusiasts. Vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Competition, always a crowd pleaser.  And bring your family! Kids will enjoy seeing the "Kids Q" Junior Competition, new this year. Enjoy tasty fare at BBQ Alley or grab a brew or glass of wine from the Wine & Brew Village and head for the live music. It's two days of big flavor, big fun and big festivities while taking in Hill City, the Heart of the Black Hills. See you there!

Event Location:

Hill City, SD

Holiday Express 1880 Train

November 23, 2018    


November 23, 24

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23

Ticket includes one hour ride to the North Pole and back, assigned seating, cookie, hot cocoa, candy cane, visit with Santa and keepsake bell.

Adults: $35, Children - $16


Holiday Express Spiked – 4:15 pm

November 23, 24, December 1, 8, 15 & 22

Ticket includes one hour ride to the North Pole and back, assigned seating, cookie, spiked hot cocoa, commemorative thermal cup, candy cane and visit with Santa.

Adults $45

Visit https://www.1880train.com/events.html  for more information

Event Location:

1880 Train, Hill City

Korczak Day, Crazy Horse Memorial

May 3, 2018    


Korczak Ziolkowski was a true visionary without his strength and conviction Crazy Horse Memorial would not be what it is today. Join us in celebration of the anniversary of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski moving to the Black Hills in 1947 to accept the invitation from Lakota leaders to carve Crazy Horse Memorial.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Legends in Light, Crazy Horse Memorial

May 25, 2018    


Legends in Light Laser Show

Nightly May 25- September 30

“Legends in Light” the Crazy Horse Memorial multimedia laser-light show is presented nightly, at dark, from Memorial Day weekend through September 31st. 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.

2018 Laser Light Show Public Schedule

2018 Date Show Start Time
May 25 - June 7 9:30
June 8 - July 19 10:00
July 20 - Aug 9 9:30
Aug 10 - Aug 23 9:00
Aug 24 - Sept 13 8:30
Sept 14 - Sept 20 8:00
Sept 21 - Sept 30 7:30

The show is produced with:

  • 15-watt lasers that are the biggest used in the laser-show industry
  • 8,800 watts of stereo sound that is heard in the parking lots and throughout the visitor complex
  • 25 2,000-watt fixtures lighting up the mountain
  • Three of the world’s largest slide projectors.

The three PANI slide projectors create panoramic images as wide as the mountain carving. A closed-loop ice-making system cools the lasers, without drawing on water resources.

This dynamic method of storytelling provides a unique experience for our guests to enjoy.


Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial
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