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Farmers Market ~ Prairie Berry Winery

June 18, 2019  - September 24, 2019  9:00 am - 1:00 pm


The Farmers Market at Prairie Berry Winery will be open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 through September in the lower parking lot of The Homestead.

Vendors from around the area will be selling their locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as selling fresh baked goods and meats. This premier market focuses on providing the highest quality produce and freshest items.

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Legends in Light Laser Show: Crazy Horse Memorial

July 17, 2019  - September 29, 2019  9:30 pm


Nightly May 24th - September 29th

“Legends in Light” the Crazy Horse Memorial® multimedia laser-light show is presented nightly, at dark, from Memorial Day weekend through September 29th. 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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The Laser Light 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.

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Crazy Horse Memorial

Hill City Wine, Brew & BBQ

August 23, 2019  - August 24, 2019   


Wine, Brew & BBQ

 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 7th Annual Wine Brew & BBQ! Held Friday and Saturday, August 23rd & 24th, 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! (www.hillcitywinebrewbbq.com)

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Hill City

Miner Brewing Music Series: Jalan Crossland

August 24, 2019   7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


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Miner Brewing Company

Miner Brewing Music Series Presents: Jami Lynn

August 31, 2019   7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Miner Brewing Company

Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch

September 1, 2019    



Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch is home to Mount Rushmore Lodge and Mount Rushmore KOA. And now it’s home to the Mount Rushmore Rodeo.

Activities for rodeo fans are planned before each rodeo. 

  • Barrel racing
  • Saddle bronc riding
  • Bareback riding
  • Bull riding
  • Team roping
  • Kids mutton bustin’
  • Activities before each rodeo
  • Free to resort and KOA guests
  • $10 day-use fee for non-guests, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and under free

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Palmer Gulch

Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch

September 6, 2019  - September 7, 2019   


Polka Time!

  • Great German food
  • Refreshing beverages
  • Toe-tapping music
  • Great dancing on display
  • Only $5 admission per person, per night

Two Days of Fun And Food

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. 6th & 7th, 2019.

Get your polka on!

At the Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch, we take fun seriously. That’s why we’re proud to host Polkapalooza every year. It’s a great event that brings smiles to hundreds of folks every summer.

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Palmer Gulch

Night Blast: Crazy Horse Memorial

September 6, 2019   7:00 pm


September 6th - 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 to the night blasts. After 5:00 p.m. on September 6th the Memorial gratefully accepts three cans of food per person in lieu of the regular admission fee. Regular admission is charged for those without food. 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.

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Crazy Horse Memorial

2019 Hill City Quilt Show & Sale

September 7, 2019  - September 8, 2019   


2019 Hill City Quilt Show & Sale -

Located in the Hill City Middle School gyms, 488 E Main St, Hill City, SD 57745.

Join us September 7 & 8 from 9 am – 4 pm daily for this two-day celebration of fabric arts. The show features a vendor mall, demonstrations, prizes, special events, and over 200 beautiful quilts.

Special events will include a Featured Artist, a Bed-Turning & Supper on Saturday, and a Pillowcase Roundup to help area kids in need. More details TBA.

Admission is $5 at the door for adults. Kids ages 18 & under get in free. 

For more information visit http://www.hillcityarts.org/hill-city-quilt-show . Contact the Hill City Arts Council at 605-574-2810 or info@hillcityarts.org .

The 2019 Hill City Quilt Show is brought to you through a partnership with the Hill City Quilt Show Committee, Heart of the Hills Quilters Guild, and Hill City Arts Council.

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Hill City

Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out

September 25, 2019  - September 28, 2019   


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Artists of the Black Hills

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Hill City, Custer State Park
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