Festivals and Fairs

With a multitude of festivals and fairs, South Dakota has something for everyone.  Festivals and fairs celebrate the best things in life, from food to music to hobbies and more.

JazzFest – Sioux Falls

Each year over 90,000 people come to South Dakota for JazzFest, 2 days of South Dakota’s best jazz music. Jazzfest is held each summer at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, and features premier performers on 2 different stages.  And don’t be surprised if you hear more than just jazz music, Jazzfest also showcases blues, Zydeco, Latin, reggae, big band, rock, soul and funk among others.

Lifelight – Sioux Falls

Lifelight is one of the largest outdoor Christian music festivals anywhere, and is held annually in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  With an attendance of nearly 320,000 people in 2008, Lifelight takes place over 3 days, and features 6 different performance stages.  The festival attracts high profile bands within the Christian music scene, including past performers Third Day, Newsboys, and Michael W. Smith.

South Dakota State Fair – Huron

The South Dakota State Fair will entertain adults and children alike.  A midway packed with rides, a grandstand featuring top notch music, and all the fair foods you remember will greet you at the South Dakota State Fair.

RibFest – Sioux Falls

If you love BBQ, RibFest will make your mouth water. Held annually in early summer in Sioux Falls, RibFest features all kinds of BBQ, including ribs and just about anything else you can imagine. BBQ masters from around the US descend on Sioux Falls during RibFest to round up some delectable BBQ.  Attendees can vote for their favorite BBQ, and at the end of the festival, the BBQ outfit with the most votes takes home the People’s Choice Award, along with a trophy, a $1,500 check, and bragging rights for the best BBQ!

Farm Shows – Vermillion, Sioux Falls

If you want to see the real South Dakota, and the argicultural heritage of the state, you’ll definitely want to check out a farm show.  Livestock showing and judging, horse and pony pulls, equipment and other agricultural exhibits will give you the flavor of what South Dakota farms and farmers are all about.

The History of Mount Rushmore

The History of Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore, a symbol of American history and democracy, is carved into the granite face of the Black Hills in South Dakota. This monumental sculpture, depicting four esteemed U.S. presidents, was authorized by Congress on March 3, 1925, and completed in 1941 after...

The History of Minuteman Missle National Historic Site

The History of Minuteman Missle National Historic Site

The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site stands as a stark reminder of the Cold War era, encapsulating a period when the threat of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union was a pervasive reality. This historic site offers a glimpse into the...

The History of Jewel Cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota

The History of Jewel Cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Jewel Cave National Monument, a sparkling subterranean wonder nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, captivates visitors with its extensive network of passageways lined with dazzling calcite crystals. As the third-longest cave in the world, Jewel Cave's intricate...

Great Faces. Great Places.

South Dakota is an incredibly unique state in that each region offers a completely different experience then the others. Check out each of the regions to see what each has to offer!

Badlands

Western South Dakota

Featuring the Black Hills, Badlands, the Sturgis Rally. This region tends to be the most popular.

CENTRAL REGION

This region of South Dakota offers some of the best hunting and fishing in the entire central US. 

Eastern Region

The eastern region is home to the largest city in the state and provides visitors with a true "prairie" experience.