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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events


Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo
Friday, January 29 - Saturday, February 6, 2021
This is the "big daddy of rodeo events" in our area! This year's Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo will feature over 100 events, 11 rodeos, 400 vendors, and 1,000 animals. It showcases the region's largest trade show plus livestock sales and competition. It is also one of the top five indoor PRCA rodeos in the country!



Tour de Chocolate
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Who knew Saint Valentine had taken up residence in our little mountain community! Need proof? Come and enjoy a day of chocolate tasting as Hill City merchants offer their guests Valentine specials and decadent samples.



9th Annual Polar Bear Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Want to warm-up on a snowy winter's day? Good news: there's a chili cook-off in downtown Hill City from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Chili (chilly?) chefs will be set up on Main Street and, for a nominal fee, tastings will be featured and encouraged. (Bring your own mittens!)



Black Hills Film Festival
Thursday, February 18 – Thursday, February, 25, 2021
This popular annual Hill City celluloid festival, now in its 12th year, is going virtual for 2021 featuring South Dakota-produced films, motion pictures shot on location in our state, plus additional national and international entries. Don't miss this opportunity to view exciting new films that help create our own "Hollywood in the Hills!" For more information visit



Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Watch where you step! There’s an Easter Egg Hunt afoot at the Hill City Visitor Information Center. Line-up begins at 9:45 am and the hunt at 10:00 am sharp! Here’s your opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny and join in the hunt! For more information call: 605.574.2368.



Run for the Rangers
Sunday, March 28, 2021

Grab those sneakers and join the Hill City locals for the 13th annual very popular 3-mile running and walking event. Entry includes a t-shirt, post-race feed, and over $10,000 in door prizes! Race-day check-in and registration will be available from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm at Granite Sports at 201 Main Street. The race begins at 1:00 pm.



Forks, Corks & Kegs Food & Wine Festival
Friday & Saturday, April 9 & 10, 2021

Fine food, wine, and distinctive brews will be featured in a town better-known for its gambling, yes, historic Deadwood. You won't want to miss this culinary event!



Spring Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial
Saturday & Sunday, June 5 & 6, 2021
Put on some comfortable shoes and come participate in the annual spring 10K (6.2 mile) annual round-trip hike up the world's largest mountain carving in progress. For more information call 605.673.4681.



Mickelson Trail Summer Trek 2021
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, June 15, 16, & 17, 2021
The George S. Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota is more than just a recreation trail; it’s a trail of history. Burlington Northern built the rail line more than 100 years ago to accommodate the miners who had rushed to the area to pan for gold. During this event avid bicyclists will be traveling the same route though scenic valleys, old tunnels, and historic mining towns. For more information visit the website at



Sculpture in the Hills Show and Sale
Saturday & Sunday, June 19 & 20, 2021
This increasingly popular event, sponsored by the Hill City Area Arts Council, will take place on Elm Street in Hill City. Twenty-plus juried sculptors from South Dakota and surrounding states will gather to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and sell to collectors throughout the United States.



Black Hills Bluegrass Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 25, 26 & 27, 2021
The 40th Annual Black Hills Bluegrass Festival, normally held each year in Sturgis, will feature national touring bands, as well as, local musicians. There will be three concerts and a Sunday Morning Gospel Music Show. There will also be instrumental workshops hosted by the bands, arts & crafts vendors, and food concessionaires. For more information call 605.348.1198.



Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Friday - Sunday, August 6 - 15, 2021
The small Northern Hills town of Sturgis will expand exponentially as it welcomes 500,000+ motorcycle enthusiasts for its 81st rally. Established in the 1930s, it's a 10-day party and festival like no other with, naturally, gleaming "iron horses" taking center stage. Many of these exotic machines are simply works of art and not to be missed! Whether you are a proud bike owner or not, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds: races, shopping (including over temporary 800 vendors), world-class entertainment, and very colorful people. B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Leather)!



Hill City Wine, Brew & BBQ
Friday & Saturday, August 20 & 21, 2021
What started out as a small event by local enthusiasts has now grown into an event that attracts some of the best competitive BBQ teams in the country. Their passion for ultimate recognition amongst their peers will have you licking your chops and, yes, your fingers! It all takes place on Elm Street in downtown Hill City. For more information visit:



The Big Mick Century & Half Century Ride
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Great news bicycle fans! Participants will have the opportunity to ride the full length of the George S. Mickelson Trail; all 109 miles... in one day! And do we need to remind you that the Mickelson Trail runs right through Newton Fork Ranch? Saddle up Partners! For more information call 605.440.2400.



Hill City Area Quilt Show & Sale
Saturday & Sunday, September 11 & 12, 2021
Check out the local quilting talent at this popular show offering a featured artist, special events, prizes, demonstrations, a vendor mall, youth fiber arts activity, and more than 200 unique quilts that each have a story to tellover 200 quilts at the Hill City School Gyms and Main Street.



24th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 17, 18, & 19, 2021
Bicyclists will be completing the length of the Mickelson Trail as it travels the same historic path as General George A. Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Potato Creek Johnny. For more information call 605.584.3896.



28th Annual Custer State Park Arts Festival & 56th Annual Buffalo Roundup
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, September 23, 24 & 25, 2021
This exciting three-day event in Custer State Park begins with lots of festivities featuring food, entertainment, and art booths on the grounds surrounding the State Game Lodge. But, a true highlight, is the annual buffalo roundup on Friday. Thrill to sound of thousands of hooves thundering over and through the hills as cowboys and cowgirls bring in the herd. It is a not-to-be missed experience!



Crazy Horse Autumn Volksmarch
Sunday, September 26, 2021
This autumn hike is held the same weekend as the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-Up. It affords the public a second chance this year to walk up the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. For more information call 605.673.4681.



Run Crazy Horse Marathon
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Run Crazy Horse Half and Full Marathon will follow a course from Crazy Horse Memorial to an exciting finish on Main Street, Hill City. The event is walker-friendly too! For more information visit



Black Hill Powwow or He Sapa Wacipi
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 8, 9, & 10, 2021
Experience the proud heritage of Native American dancers & drum groups as Lakota, Nakota, & Dakota nations gather. Enjoy the grand entrance, drum groups, & dance competitions in this annual three-day event held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.



9th Annual Girlfriends' Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 5, 6, & 7, 2021
Hill City is host to an annual three-day weekend event dedicated to helping women rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and spirits! The festivities begin with the Girlfriends' Weekend Fashion Show Friday evening at the new Firehouse Smokejumper Station. Doors open at 6:00 pm for a wine or brew social hour before the 7:00 pm fashion show. The merriment continues throughout the weekend with nearly every store in town catering to the joys of being women celebrating shopping, dining, fun, and friendships!



Dickens Festival & Olde Tyme Christmas Parade
Friday, November 26, 2021
Festivities begin with holiday sales and free refreshments throughout the Hill City Main Street businesses. At 5:00 pm enjoy roasted chestnuts in front of the historic Alpine Inn. And at 6:00 pm, a lighted parade will add sparkle down Main Street and end with a visit from Old St. Nick.



Olde Tyme Christmas & Holiday Festivities in Hill City
Friday, November 26 through Sunday, December 26, 2021
Our little mountain town is positively magical at Christmastime! Main Street is bright with holiday lights, the hot chocolate at Turtle Town is warm and inviting, and the massive Christmas tree outside the Old World Alpine Inn is breathtaking! Catch a ride on one of the special Holiday Expresses departing from the 1880 Train depot for an opportunity to meet Santa at the North Pole. And his elves will not disappoint, providing hot chocolate and cookies along the route. Don't miss these and many other happenings throughout the holiday season in enchanting Hill City!


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