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Trees & Trains SD State Railroad Museum
November 30, 2019 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Trees and Trains at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum
Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving & every weekend until Christmas.
Please check back later for updated information
SD State Railroad Museum
Run Crazy Horse Full & Half-Marathon
October 6, 2019
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.
Crazy Horse-Custer-Hill City
Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch
September 6, 2019 - September 7, 2019
- 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.
Oktoberfest Express, 1880 Train
September 28, 2019
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.
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.
Crazy Horse Memorial
Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch
September 1, 2019
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
Miner Brewing Music Series: Jalan Crossland
August 24, 2019 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Miner Brewing Company
Miner Brewing Music Series Presents: Jami Lynn
August 31, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Miner Brewing Company
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
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.
Crazy Horse Memorial
Holiday Express 1880 Train Schedule
November 29, 2019 - December 28, 2019
1880 Train, Hill City
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