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South Dakota Students Art Competition at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum

July 4, 2020  - October 11, 2020   


You are invited to attend the second annual South Dakota Railroad Museum’s Student Arts Competition beginning on Saturday, July 4th.
The Museum is open 8:30AM to 4:30PM daily to the public through October 11. Please refer to www.sdsrm.org for 2020’s dates events, and specific hours of operation.
SAVE ON ADMISSION: The Museum will offer a one-half price discount ($3.50 per adult, 10 and under FREE) for those that mention the Student Art exhibit.
Through October 11th, the Museum is featuring the juried Art Exhibit featuring pieces created by over 50 South Dakota students from fifteen school districts. Many of the original art works (created on authentic railroad dispatcher’s sheets) will also be for sale. Other prints and original pieces of railroad art will also be for sale during the exhibit.
“It is a delightful getaway in the Heart of the Hills for a day or a weekend,” said Rick Mills, the Museum’s curator. “We invite everyone to experience the art and new Museum exhibits during our 10th anniversary year.”

Event Location:

South Dakota Railroad Museum

27th Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival

September 24, 2020  - September 26, 2020   


Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival

At the Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, up to 150 vendors will offer their fine arts and crafts for sale, including many South Dakota made products.

Start your morning with a pancake feed and enjoy on-going Western and Native American entertainment under the big top. All events and vendors will be located on the festival grounds across from the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center.

Thursday Sept. 24-10 am to 6 pm

Friday Sept. 25-10 am to 7 pm

Saturday Spet. 26-9 an to 4 pm

Event Location:

Custer State Park

Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out

September 25, 2020  - September 26, 2020   


UPDATE:  With the safety of our Artists, Volunteers and Public as our highest priority, the 2020 the Black Hills Plein Air Paintout will continue in a simplified structure with some cuts to the schedule, but we will still be meeting in the beautiful Black Hills in September to do what we love.

We want to thank you for your patience and graciousness as we adjust our event to the times.

Here are the changes for the 2020 event:

  • This is a two-day event. Friday September 25th & Saturday Sept. 26th 9am to 4 pm.
  •  Friday we’ll paint at Sylvan Lake and Saturday in the town of Hill City.
  • There will not be a registration fee this year, nor will BHAPAPO be taking a commission from works sold. In light of COVID-19 we want to welcome back our artists in this manner. We will be accepting free-will donations to help us cover the cost of the event. Your support will help us get back on track for a “normal” event in 2021.
  • Host Homes will not be available. Artists are responsible for securing their own lodging for the event. There are numerous motels and campgrounds in the area but you’ll need to book soon.
  • We’ll stop painting at 4pm and all work must be framed and ready to hang by 5pm.
  • Our headquarters for the event will be at InsideOut 150 Poplar Street, Hill City. This is a lovely local small business that has generously offered the use of their large outdoor space. It is here that we will gather at the end of the day 5 to 7 pm to display and discuss our work. Tourists and visitors will be able to view and purchase your work. Artists are responsible for their own sales. To minimize contact it has been decided that artists will take charge of their own sales. Because there will be no judging this year, feel free to sell your pieces off the easel, but make sure to snap a photo and share it with us via email or Facebook. We will use these photos for promotions and marketing.
  • Please be prepared for uncooperative weather. Our headquarters are outside- bring the necessary gear to protect yourself and your work.
  • There will be no Quick Draw event, auction, or awards. In doing our best to minimize contact and maximize social distancing we have chosen to simplify the event in these ways.
  • Feel free to pack your own meals or patronize our local restaurants.

We are thrilled to be able to move forward with the event and are so excited to see you all at your easels this fall.

Schedule of events:

Friday, September 25th

9-4 Plein Air Painting at Sylvan Lake

4-5 Dinner Break and Set Up at InsideOut

5-7 Display and Sale of Works, Networking and Discussion

Saturday, September 26th

9-4 Plein Air Painting in Hill City

4-5 Dinner Break and Set Up at InsideOut

5-7 Display and Sale of Works, Networking and Discussion

We are so grateful to be able to host this great event. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to accommodate the changes and challenges we’ve all faced due to COVID-19. We are so excited to work with you in September. Please keep in mind that BHAPAPO 2020 is an anomaly and we plan to have our regular event in 2021. We can’t wait to get back to all the things that make this event fantastic. All the best to you, Sincerely,

-Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out committee


The Black Hills Plein Air Paint-Out gathers artists in the Black Hills of South Dakota to paint the beautiful Black Hills on the last weekend of September.

This area offers intimate scenes of Black Hills granite, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy
Horse Memorial, prairie, meadows, aspens, lakes, streams, wildlife, the Mickelson Trail, and history.


For additional information or questions please contact:
Tim at 605-645-7196 or tim@timpetersonstudio.com
Sandy at 605-390-2927 or sandranewman@live.com

Event Location:

55th Annual Buffalo Roundup

September 26, 2020    


Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo. Not only is the roundup a spectacular sight to see, it is also a critical management tool in maintaining a strong and healthy herd.

The Buffalo Roundup will begin at 9:30 a.m. MT with the parking lots opening at 6:15 a.m. Be sure to get there early if you want to pick your spot. Guests must stay in the viewing areas until the herd is safely in the corrals, generally around noon. PBreakfast is available at 6:15 a.m. in both viewing areas. Lunch is served at the corrals once the buffalo are rounded up. There is a fee for both meals. 

Testing, branding and sorting of the buffalo begins at 1 p.m. and lasts until approximately 3 p.m. Crews will work the remainder of the herd in October.

What you need to know

  • Bring folding chairs, cameras, binoculars, layered clothing, rain gear and sun screen.

  • You will need to determine which viewing area you will be going to prior to Friday morning.  All vehicles will depart the way they entered. Motorcoaches welcomed.

    • North Parking and Viewing | Head south from the Game Lodge area on Wildlife Loop Road. (See green path on map.)
    • South Parking and Viewing | Head east on Wildlife Loop Road near Blue Bell campground. (See red path on map.)
  • We encourage that you do not bring your camper. Call 605.255.4515 for drop-off locations. If you do bring it, follow the green route on the map, and you will be parked in the North Overflow Lot and be shuttled to the Roundup.
  • We encourage you to leave your pets at home. If you must bring them, they must remain in the vehicle. 

Event Location:

Custer State Park

7th Annual Caffeine Cruise at Candyland and Cream. Hill City

September 26, 2020    


Join us for the seventh annual Caffeine Cruise. Invite a friend and explore some of your favorite parts of town for caffeinated drinks and delicious treats. Each stop will be showcasing what they do best.☕

Purchase your passport for $35

Funds will support Safe Families for Children,™ This ministry recruits volunteer families to take in children whose parents are experiencing a temporary crisis...caring for them until the family can be reunited to a more stable environment.
Interested in learning more? Check out our website! https://bethany.org/help-a-child/emergency-care/safe-families

**PRE-ORDER YOUR PASSPORT TODAY: HERE https://bethany.org/locations/us/south-dakota/rapid-city/events/7th-annual-caffeine-cruise **

Don't want to pre-order? Sales will start 08/03/2020. You can pick up your passport at the following locations:  in Hill City, Cream. and Candyland.

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September 26, 2020  - September 27, 2020   



Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and BHVA will host the Fall Volksmarch in September. The autumn hike will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th and will be held the same weekend as the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-Up.


Before or after your hike, don’t miss the short introductory movie “Dreams Do Come True” playing in the twin theaters in the Welcome Center. Also be sure to see THE INDIAN MUSEM OF NORTH AMERICA®Sculptor’s Studio / Home Workshop and THE NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER®. Meet and visit with Native American artists creating arts and crafts in the museum and cultural center.


Admission is waived for volksmarchers. A donation of three cans of food per person is appreciated. The American Volkssport Association's hike fee is $3 for each participant regardless of age. Regular admission applies to non-hikers.


FREE. Due to the popularity of the event, parking can be some distance from the starting point and not on paved or gravel surfaces. Shuttle buses operate between these outlying parking lots and the start-finish area.


No advance registration. Hikers must check in at starting point, which is at the Memorial’s upper parking area. Registration will begin at 8:00 am. Hikers must register before 1 p.m. and be off the trail by 4 p.m.


Anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Brulé Concert with Dancers

September 26, 2020    


Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Concert featuring Brulé & Dancers...."an experience in sight, sound & soul"

This concert is free with paid admission to Crazy Horse Monument.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Oktoberfest Express

September 26, 2020    


Celebrate Oktoberfest on board the 1880 Train!

Wilkommen to our German inspired event that brings together our favorite German foods, tasty seasonal beer and of course live polka music! When you combine all of this together with a scenic steam train ride through the Black Hills, you have the perfect outing for a group of friends, family and more.

Purchase your tickets now!

Event Location:

1880 Train

Cowboys, Cowgirls and Cowcatchers Soiree

October 3, 2020    


Yes, the Museum turned “ten” on May 1st!

The South Dakota State Railroad Museum, Ltd. (SDSRM) is commemorating this “milepost” in our history with a special event - A “Soiree” to be specific.

On October 3rd, we invite you to join us for “Cowboys, Cowgirls, and Cowcatchers Soiree,” an evening of music, food, beverages, and a special meet and greet with TRAINS Magazine editor Jim Wrinn and author Cate Kratville-Wrinn - soiree tickets are $35 for individuals and $50 for couples (Attire: handkerchiefs/masks and accompanied by a railroad hat or Stetson/bonnet of your choice).

Please contact me with any questions.

Rick Mills, Curator

www.sdsrm.org * sdsrrm@gmail.com * 605-574-9000

Event Location:

South Dakota Railroad Museum

Engine #110 & #108 Double Header, 1880 Train

October 3, 2020    


Our Steam Locomotive Double Header is one day and time only. October 3, 2020 at 1:15PM.


  • 1:15 PM Double Header with #108 and #110 - Commemorative Gift for each passenger
  • Stop at our 1/2 way point (Oblivion) for photo run by opportunities
  • 3:30 PM Train Arrives in Keystone
  • 4:00 PM Train Departs Keystone
  • 5:00 PM Train Arrives Hill City
  • After train ride: #108 to bridge located at the north end of yard for photos, #110 switching in yard

Event Location:

1880 Train
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