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Wine on the Rails, 1880 Train


June 26, 2019    

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Join us for a new event this year, Wine on the Rails!

This event combines beautiful scenery, a ride on a steam train, local wine, snacks and entertainment! See the sun set in the Black Hills while on board a vintage train, and all while drinking wine with friends and family!

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Event Location:

1880 Train

Trees & Trains SD State Railroad Museum


November 30, 2019   10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Trees and Trains at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum

Dates TBD

Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving & every weekend until Christmas.

Please check back later for updated information

 

Event Location:

SD State Railroad Museum

Stop at the CCC Museum


April 26, 2019  - December 31, 2019   

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Event Location:

23935 Hwy 385, Hill City

Sculpture in the Hills, Hill City


June 22, 2019  - June 23, 2019   

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“Guardian”  Artist Scott Luken’s “Guardian” earned 1st Place Best of Show at the 2018 Sculpture in the Hills.

June 22 & 23, 2019

Located between two of the world’s largest and most famous sculptures, Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, Hill City is the logical spot for the Sculpture in the Hills Art Show & Sale. The show is juried, which means that quality for buyers is guaranteed. Sculpture in the Hills also is intimate, with a maximum of 25 artists per year, showing together under one tent just off Main Street—between the famous Alpine Inn and Granite Sports.

Free to the public on Saturday and Sunday- it’s your chance to meet and talk with the artists, see world-class sculpture, and have a great time!

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Event Location:

Hill City

Run Crazy Horse Full & Half-Marathon


October 6, 2019    

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REGISTER TODAY FOR THE MARATHON OR HALF MARATHON!

RUN IN THE SHADOWS OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST MOUNTAIN CARVING TO FINISH ON MAIN STREET IN THE HEART OF THE BLACK HILLS, HILL CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA. EVENT AD BROUGHT TO YOU IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BLACK HILLS AND BADLANDS TOURISM ASSOCIATION.

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Event Location:

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Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch


September 6, 2019  - September 7, 2019   

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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.

Event Location:

Palmer Gulch

Oktoberfest Express, 1880 Train


September 28, 2019    

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Oktoberfest Express – September 28

 

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

Night Blast: Crazy Horse Memorial


September 6, 2019   7:00 pm

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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.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Night Blast: Crazy Horse Memorial


June 26, 2019   7:00 pm

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June 26th - Ruth's Night Blast

The first night blast of the year is June 26th. It celebrates the birthday of the late Mrs. Korczak (Ruth) Ziolkowski (1926 - 2014), wife of the late Crazy Horse sculptor.

The June 26th blast also commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. The battle was June 25, 1876. Crazy Horse was a main strategist in the defeat of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his troops.

The public is welcome to the night blasts. After 7:00 p.m. on June 26th 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.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Mt. Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch


August 8, 2019    

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RODEO, FUN, AND FOOD

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
 


Event Location:

Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch
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