Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday Events
Local Area Events
Legends in Laser Light Show
“Legends in Light” the Crazy Horse Memorial® multimedia laser-light show is presented nightly, at dark, from Memorial Day weekend through September 6th. 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.
Summer Nights on 7th
Summer Nights is a weekly concert series that runs every Thursday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It was established by the 2007 Leadership Rapid City class and has entertained Downtown Rapid City since 2008. Our board is made up of anywhere between 9 – 17 volunteer board members who you will find in red staff shirts on the street each event night. We also have a number of volunteer organizations that fill the needs that are required in order to pull off this fantastic event for Rapid City. Summer Nights is funded by the many fantastic sponsors as well as through beverage sales. All proceeds of the event are donated back to the event volunteer organizations or used to support the equipment and financial needs to prepare for future years.Summer Nights is a FREE event for all ages. Come join the fun! There's no better way to experience the vibrant nightlife of Rapid City, SD!The event occurs every Thursday during the Summer with Happy Hour running from 5:00pm – 6:00pm and the entertainment from 6:00pm – 9:00pm in the heart of downtown Rapid City, SD.Come Join Us for a Great Night of Music, Food, Beer, and Fun Activities for the Entire Family
Wild Bill Hickok Days
Celebrate the life and times of one of Deadwood's most famous gunslingers—Wild Bill Hickok. See big name artists and your favorite bands perform live concerts on Main Street all weekend long. Headline concerts in 2021 are Ronnie Milsap on Friday, June 18 and Jo Dee Messina Saturday night, June 19. Along with the awesome free concerts, you can also check out the National Dock Dogs Competition, watch (or participate in) a classic car auction, learn the tricks of gold panning and sluicing from Northern Hills Prospectors, right on Main Street! Book Your Room Today! Call 1-800-999-1876 for more information. ** All times are subject to change due to weather or technical issues. Thank you for understanding.
Sturgis Camaro Rally
Join us in 2021 for the 10th Annual Sturgis Camaro Rally June 24th – June 27th. Your basic registration includes a car number (New numbers will be issued), Thursday Night Welcome Bash, Concert & Pub Crawl, Friday Breakfast, Friday Fun Run with lunch, Saturday Show & Shine (non-judged), Saturday Parade to Whitewood, Saturday Burnouts, and T-shirt.
Black Hills Roundup Rodeo
The Roundup is one of the oldest continuously held outdoor rodeos in America. For five exciting days surrounding the July 4th holiday weekend, thousands of regional residents, and people from across the country and abroad, come to Belle Fourche to celebrate. The Black Hills Roundup started years ago when 15,000 people gathered in a Belle Fourche field to help raise funds for the 1918 war. This was an astonishing number of people to show up considering the population of Belle Fourche was 1,410. Even though World War I ended the next year, the success of the first year prompted them to try it again and again.
Gold Discovery Days
1874, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer led the troops of the 7th Cavalry into the Black Hills and discovered gold near present day Custer. Colonel Custer and his men found wealth beyond gold in the beauty of the Black Hills. To celebrate this event, the town of Custer has the annual Gold Discovery Days celebration. This annual three-day celebration has it all for the ENTIRE FAMILY! Arts & Crafts Fair in the park, bed races, inflatable bouncy houses for the kids, volleyball tournaments, quilt show, gold nugget hunt, 5K Fun Run/Walk, hot air balloon rally, stick horse rodeo, and the largest parade in the Black Hills!
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.Because the night blasts are among the Memorial's most popular events, the public is advised to arrive early, regular admission rates apply. The restaurant at Crazy Horse closes at 4:00 p.m. on the evenings of the night blasts, but the Snack Shop remains open.
Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival
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
Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate harvest season in Downtown Rapid City at the 13th annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, 10 am - 4 pm on Saturday September 25. Visit Main Street Square, venture down Sixth Street and into Memorial Park for a day full of fall fun, including a pumpkin catapult, giant pumpkin weigh-off, Dontown chef competition, the Kidz Zone, pony rides, vendors, and more. For more event details, visit out website. Admission: Fee.
Great times are brewing in Downtown Rapid City for Main Street Square's annual Bierborse, 1-5 pm on Saturday, October 9th. Fill your stein with seasonal craft beer samples, watch homebrews demonstrations, dance to polka music, and participate in a suspenseful beer stock exchange. The event is open to all ages. ID's are required to consume alcohol. For more event details, visit our website.