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
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.