OK, so summer doesn't technically start on the calendar until June 21.

But here in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, we simply can't wait that long to get going on our journey to have a blast this summer.

The main summer season in the warm-weather Hills region has in many ways already begun. Road races, soccer and baseball games, fishing on lakes and creeks: it's all happening already in Rapid City and its neighboring towns.

This area is top-notch when it comes to offering fun, family friendly activities and events. From Spearfish and Sturgis in the Northern Hills, all the way down to Hot Springs in the Southern Hills, local groups and organizations hold nothing back when it comes to providing opportunities to get up and go.

While no guide can ever include all events, the Rapid City Journal and our partnering weekly papers have done our best to solicit information about as many activities as possible. We provide this list of things to do to encourage everyone to enjoy all the great people, places and things to do and see that this unique region offers.

We hope you will keep this handy guide around through both the spring and fall "shoulder" seasons and of course, through the summer season proper.

On behalf of the Journal and our advertisers, we wish you all the best this summer. The time is now to begin making your plans to make the summer of 2017 one to remember.

JUNE

June 7: Rush No More Jam Session, Rush No More RV Resort & Campground, Sturgis 6 p.m.

June 8: Main Street Square Concert Series featuring Abbey Road, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

June 8: Hometown Thursdays featuring Rukus, Belle Fourche, 6 p.m.

June 8: Collective Soul, Deadwood Mountain Grand, 8 p.m.

June 9: American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Pennington County, St. Thomas More High School, Rapid City, 6 p.m., register at (605) 490-3033.

June 9: Daniel O'Donnell Back Home Again Tour, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.

June 9: Downtown Friday Nights with music by Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band, Spearfish

June 9 to June 11: All Vietnam Veterans Wacipi, grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily, Pine Ridge Powwow Grounds

June 9 to June 25: "Peter and the Starcatcher,"a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring this 5 time Tony Award winning play to life, Black Hills Playhouse

June 10: Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, 6:30 p.m.

June 10: 5th annual Gold Rush Gravel Grinder, race or ride it, Spearfish

June 10: History on the Lawn: "If you Have to Grow Up, it Might as well be in a Small Town", noon, Historic Adams House lawn, Deadwood

June 10: Bugs class for kids video and class Tri State Museum, Belle Fourche

June 10: Art & Wine Festival, browse this hip and happy maker’s market while tasting a variety of flavorful wine samples, noon to 7 p.m., Main Street Square Rapid City

June 10: Lions Club Fishing Derby, Sturgis

June 12: Movie Under the Stars at Main Street Square featuring "Pixels," 8:30 p.m. 

June 13 to June 17: South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo, Belle Fourche

June 14: Rush No More Jam Session, Rush No More RV Resort & Campground, Sturgis 6 p.m.

June 15: Main Street Square Concert Series featuring Satchmo, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

June 15: Hometown Thursdays featuring Two Way Crossing, Belle Fourche, 6 p.m.

June 15 to June 17: 71st annual Miss South Dakota Scholarship Pageant, Mueller Civic Center, Hot Springs, preliminary competitions Thursday and Friday, downtown parade on Saturday morning, final competition Saturday night.

June 16: Downtown Friday Nights with music by Dirty Word, Spearfish

June 16: Mini Show N’ Shine at Tri State Museum, Belle Fourche June 16 from 6:30pm  

June 16 and June 17: Wild Bill Days, gold panning, concerts and the National DockDogs Competition, Deadwood

June 16 and June 17: All Car Rally Belle Fourche, Herrmann Park 

June 16 to June 18: 5th annual Black Hills ATV Rally, riding the trails, vendors, food and live music, Nemo

June 16 to June 18: Gift from Mother Earth Art Show, Crazy Horse Memorial

June 16 to June 18: Black Hills Fat Tire Festival, a celebration of single track mountain biking to please any level rider, Rapid City

June 16 to June 18: Philip Scotty Days, Philip

June 17: Father’s Day Walleye Fishing Tournament, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Angostura Reservoir, Hot Springs, fundraiser for Fall River Swim Team

June 17 to June 18: 53rd annual two-person Father’s Day Golf Invitational, Southern Hills Golf Course, Hot Springs, Calcutta Friday night, 36-holes played over Saturday and Sunday.

June 18: Family Fun Day – Genetics, Tri State Museum, Belle Fourche

June 19: Movie Under the Stars at Main Street Square featuring "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," 8:30 p.m.

June 19 to June 22: Archaeology Camp, an active, outdoor experience on a real archaeological dig, Days of '76 Museum, Deadwood 

June 20: ‘Screen on the Green’ Movie Series, outdoor movies beginning at dusk at the Hot Springs Public Library

June 21: Music on Main in Sturgis at Harley-Davidson Rally Point featuring Jagertown, 6 p.m.

June 22: Main Street Square Concert Series featuring Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

June 22: Northern Hills Community Band, Historic Adams House lawn, Deadwood, 7 p.m.

June 22 to June 25: 7th annual Sturgis Camaro Rally featuring a show & shine, drag racing, auto cross, poker runs and more, Sturgis

June 22 to June 25: Oahe Days, Pierre

June 23: Downtown Friday Nights with music by Chancey Williams and The Younger Brothers, Spearfish

June 23: I Am, He Said ‑ A Celebration Of The Music Of Neil Diamond, Deadwood Mountain Grand, 8 p.m.

June 23 to June 25: Total Archery Challenge, Terry Peak Ski Area 

June 23 to June 25: 37th annual Black Hills Bluegrass Festival, traditional bluegrass and acoustic music. There are 3 full concerts as well as a Sunday Morning Gospel Music Show. Instrumental workshops are hosted by the bands. Kids workshops and activities, Arts & Crafts vendors and food concession, Elkview Campground, Sturgis

June 23 to June 25: Sculpture in the Hills Art Show & Sale, Hill City

June 23 to June 25: 41th annual Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival, crafts and food vendors, live music and special events, Centennial Park, Hot Springs

June 24: Wine and Adventure Girls Day out, This summer, gather your favorite women and enjoy a day together in the beautiful Black Hills, Hill City 

June 24: 24th annual Mopars in the Hills Car Show, Dodge Town, Rapid City

June 24: International Mud Day, Outdoor Campus West, 10 a.m.

June 25: Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, 6:30 p.m.

June 26: Night Blast at Crazy Horse Memorial, an evening program honoring Ruth Ziolkowski (1926-2014) and commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn (1876), 7 p.m.

June 26: Movie Under the Stars at Main Street Square featuring "The Secret Life of Pets," 8:30 p.m. 

June 28: TEDxRapid City, Performing Arts Center, Rapid City, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

June 28: Music on Main in Sturgis at Harley-Davidson Rally Point featuring John Roberts and Pan Blanco, 6 p.m.

June 28: Canyon Acoustic Concert Series featuring Useful Jenkins, Spearfish City Park, 6 p.m. 

June 28 to July 1: Third annual RedCan Graffiti Jam, a four-day, high-energy celebration of art and culture at Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, Eagle Butte. Red Can Jam allows young street and graffiti artists to find their voice and introduce themselves to the community. The Art Park was specifically created as a space for street artists to create, and the event will welcome internationally renowned artists from Switzerland and across the United States as well as young local artists. Admission is free.

June 29: Main Street Square Concert Series featuring John Roberts and Pan Blanco, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

June 29: Party on the Patio with music by Kenny Putnam, Boyd Bristow and Jami Lynn, Historic Adams House, Deadwood, 7 p.m.

June 30: Downtown Friday Nights with music by October Road, Spearfish

June 30 to July 16:"Young Frankenstein," This electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks' monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches, Black Hills Playhouse, Custer State Park

June 30 to July 2: Wakpamini Lake Area Communities powwow and horse races, Batesland

June 30 to July 4: 98th Annual Black Hills Roundup, Belle Fourche

JULY

July 1: Spearfish Farmer's Market, Spearfish, 9 a.m.

July 1 to July 4: Western & Wildlife Art Show, held at the Fort Robinson (Neb.) Veterinary Hospital

July 2 to July 4: Fourth of July Roundup & Rodeo; parade and fireworks on July 4, Stanley County Fairgrounds, Fort Pierre

July 3 and July 4: 18th annual Rosebud Casino Fourth of July Powwow and fireworks, Valentine, Neb.

July 3: Independence Day at Elks Golf Course, kids fishing tournament, bouncy houses, music, food, fireworks, 3 to 10 p.m.

July 3: Movies Under the Stars, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," 8:30 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City

July 3 and July 4: Mount Rushmore Independence Day Celebration, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone

July 3 and July 4: Old Time Country Fourth Celebration, Custer

July 3 to July 5: Interior Frontier Days, rodeo, street dance, parade and fireworks, 7 p.m., Interior

July 3 to Aug. 2: "The Phantom of the Matthews Opera House," Monday through Wednesday (excluding July 4), 7:30 p.m., Matthews Opera House, Spearfish

July 4: Fall River Fourth of July Parade, Hot Springs

July 4: Rapid City Fourth of July Fireworks, viewing areas include Founders Park, Memorial Park and Rushmore Plaza Civic Center parking lot, Rapid City, 9 p.m.

July 4: Patriot's Parade 10 a.m. downtown, live music at 6 p.m., fireworks, 9:30 .m., Pageant Hill, Custer

July 4: Street Bandits Car Show, City Park, Gregory

July 4: Fort Robinson (Neb.) Fourth of July Barbecue

July 5: Music on Main concert series, Sturgis

July 5: Second annual Monumental Day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Journey Museum, Rapid City

July 5-9: Chadron (Neb.) Fur Trade Days

July 6: Light Up the Hills Rally, Christian motorcycle gathering, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis

July 6: Main Street Square Concert Series featuring Ivory, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

July 6: Summer Nights with music by 32 Below, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Seventh Street, Rapid City

July 6: The Beach Boys, 7:30 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City

July 6-9: 110th Annual Wall Celebration, Main Street, Wall

July 7: Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills: "Welcome to All Pleasures," 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Rapid City

July 7: Downtown Friday Nights with music by Kory and the Fireflies, Spearfish

July 7 to July 9: Antelope Powwow, Antelope

July 8: The Everly Brothers Experience, 8 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand

July 8: Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon and 5K, 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

July 8: Spearfish Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Brady Park 

July 8: Game, Fish & Parks Outdoor University, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, Rapid City

July 8: Moon Walk: Botany, 7 p.m., Hell Canyon rim, southern Black Hills west of Custer, 343-1567

July 8: Tatanka Mountain Bike Race, a mass start at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, riders will race for more than 80 mostly single-track miles on Centennial Trail #89, Sturgis

July 8: Classics in the Park Car Show, Wilson Park, Chadron, Neb.

July 7-8: Neutrino Day, Sanford Lab's free science festival, various locations in Lead

July 9: Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair, classic cars roll into downtown Rapid City, park and stay to show off their rides, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City

July 9: Silver City Social and volksmarch, the major fundraiser for the Silver City Volunteer Fire Department that includes homemade pie and ice cream, sloppy joe lunch, volksmarch, and artisan fair, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

July 10: Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, 6:30 p.m., Hill City

July 10: Movie Under the Stars, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," 8:30 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City

July 11: Trolley on the Trail, trolley rides allow those with physical limitations to experience the beautiful George S. Mickelson Trail, 1 p.m., Deadwood Trailhead, 578-1401

July 11: "Screen on the Green" Outdoor Movie Series, "Finding Dory," beginning at dusk at Centennial Park, Hot Springs

July 11-16: Deadwood 3-Wheeler Motorcycle Rally & Brothers

July 12: Wild West Wednesday Rodeos, 5 p.m., Hart Ranch Camping Resort, Rapid City

July 12 to July 14: 4K for Cancer Seattle Route, Rapid City and Belle Fourche

July 13: Trolley on the Trail, trolley rides allow those with physical limitations to experience the beautiful George S. Mickelson Trail, 10 a.m., Hill City Trailhead, 800-888-1798

July 13 to July 15: Southern Hills Community Theater presents “HMS Pinafore,” Mueller Center, Hot Springs, 7 to 9 p.m.

July 14: Farmers Market, Centennial Park, Hot Springs, 4 to 7 p.m.

July 13: Main Street Square Concert Series featuring Dogs Without Sweaters, classic rock cover band, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

July 13: Summer Nights with music by Judd Hoos, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Seventh Street, Rapid City

July 13-15: Black Hills Corvette Classic, the 46th year of the longest running Corvette event in the nation, Spearfish

July 14: Chamber Music Festival, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," Performing Arts Center, Rapid City

July 14: Hills Alive Artist Showcase is the kick-off event for Hills Alive, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City

July 14-16: 40th Annual Festival in the Park, one of the largest outdoor summer arts and music festivals in the upper Midwest, Spearfish City Park

July 15: Spearfish Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Brady Park

July 15: Downtown Friday nights with live music from 35th and Taylor, 6 to 9 p.m., Spearfish

July 15 to July 16: Hills Alive, one of the biggest Christian music festivals in the world, will spend two days in Memorial Park, Rapid City, from noon to 10 p.m. More than two dozen bands from around the country will perform. Music ranges from pop to rock and more. Hills Alive is a free event. 

July 15: Native POP: People of the Plains “A Gathering of Arts and Culture,” art show, market and free concert, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City

July 16: Family Fun Day – Giddyup! A Day for Horses, 2 p.m., Tri State Museum, Belle Fourche

July 17: Movies Under the Stars, "Sing," 8:30 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City

July 17: Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, Lead's Children's Concert, time TBA, Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills, Lead

July 17-20: National Impala Show & Shine car show, Main Street, Spearfish

July 18: Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, Hill City Children's Concert, 10 a.m., Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills, Hill City

July 19: Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, General Beadle Children's Concert, General Beadle Community School, Rapid City

July 19: Trolley on the Trail, trolley rides allow those with physical limitations to experience the beautiful George S. Mickelson Trail, 1 p.m., Hill City Trailhead, 1-800-888-1798

July 20 to July 22: Southern Hills Community Theater presents “HMS Pinafore,” Mueller Center, Hot Springs, 7 to 9 p.m.

July 20: Main Street Square Concert Series featuring Bluffett, Jimmy Buffett tribute band, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

July 20: Summer Nights with music by The Lonely Rangers, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Seventh Street, Rapid City

July 20: Tyler Farr with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers, 8 p.m., Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City

July 21: Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, "Bach, Brahms and Brothels," 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Rapid City

July 21: Farmers Market, Centennial Park, Hot Springs, 4 to 7 p.m.

July 21: Craig Morgan, 8 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand

July 21: Northern Hills Community Band concert, 7 p.m., Historical Homestake Opera House, Lead

July 21: Downtown Friday Nights with live music by The Kid and Nic Show, 5:30 to 9 p.m., downtown Spearfish

July 21 to Aug. 6: "Grease," See the stage version of this popular musical featuring Rydell High's senior class of 1959, Black Hills Playhouse, Custer State Park

July 21 to July 23: Gold Discovery Days, a festival celebrating the discovery of gold, Custer

July 22: Gold Discovery Days Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Custer

July 22: Bellamy Brothers in concert, 8 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand

July 22 and July 23: Western Dakota Gem and Mineral Show, Rushmore Hall, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City

July 24: Movies Under the Stars, "Moana," 8:30 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City

July 24-25: Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, Calvary Lutheran Church Children's Concert, Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapid City

July 26: Nature Day Camp, Track Detectives (ages 7 to 12), Game Lodge Campground playground area, Custer State Park, 9:30 a.m. to noon

July 25 to July 29: 95th Annual Days of '76, rodeo, music, parade, Deadwood

July 27: Main Street Square Concert Series featuring Damien Gunn Band, American country rock, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

July 27: Summer Nights with music by Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Seventh Street, Rapid City

July 27: Ned LeDoux, 10 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand

July 27: Red Willow Band Reunion Concert with special guests Albert and Gage, 7 p.m., Historic Homestake Opera House, Lead

July 28: Farmers Market, Centennial Park, Hot Springs, 4 to 7 p.m.

July 28: Downtown Friday Nights with live music by The Eskimo Brothers, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Spearfish

July 28: Oahe Summit Concert, featuring Christian bands from around South Dakota, 6:30 p.m. CDT, T.F. Riggs Theater, Pierre

July 29: Lonestar, 9 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand

July 29: Black Hills Opry with Aces & Eights featuring Paul Larson and Allen and Jill Kirkham, 7 p.m., Historic Homestake Opera House, Lead

July 29: Black Hills Back 40, 40 miles of trails for your mountain biking pleasure, 8 a.m., Rapid City

July 30: Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, 6:30 p.m., Hill City

July 31: Movie Under the Stars, "The LEGO Batman Movie," 8:30 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City

AUGUST

Aug. 1: Saturday brunch, Coolidge in the Black Hills, Tri State Museum, Belle Fourche

Aug. 1 to Aug. 5: Butte/Lawrence County Fair, with music by Aces & Eights, Butte County Fairgrounds, Nisland

Aug. 2 to Aug. 5: 106th annual Fall River County Fair, Playday Rodeo, Chuckwagon Feed, Rubber Check Race, Demo Derby, Hog Wrestling, Ranch Rodeo & Dance, Edgemont

Aug. 3: Main Street Square Concert Series featuring Gary West, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

Aug. 3: Summer Nights Concert Series with music by Tripwire, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Seventh Street, Rapid City

Aug. 4: Downtown Friday Nights with music by Gary West, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Spearfish

Aug. 4 and Aug. 5: Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run

Aug. 4 to Aug. 13: Custer Cruisin

August 5: Full Moon Dance, Centennial Park, Hot Springs

Aug. 5: BBQ Pit Row held on Winner’s Main Street

Aug. 5: August Moon Walk: Soils - The World Beneath Your Feet, 7 p.m. central Black Hills

August 6: American Legion Riders Fall River Freedom Ride, Poker Run and other motorcycle events, Hot Springs

Aug. 7 to Aug. 13: 77th Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Aug. 7: Legends Ride, 11 a.m., Deadwood

Aug. 10: Summer Nights Concert Series with Crash Wagon, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Rapid City

Aug. 10: Main Street Square Concert Series with Little Texas, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

Aug. 10 to Aug. 13: Custer County Fair, a hometown fair with food, animals and vendors, Hermosa

Aug. 11: Downtown Friday Nights with music by Dr. Ridley, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Spearfish

Aug. 11 to Aug. 20: Black Hills Playhouse Presents: Unnecessary Farce, Custer State Park

Aug. 13: [Love]² Bridal Fair. Brides-to-be, grooms and event planners will find everything they need at [Love]² Bridal Fair. Displays from the area's leading wedding professionals, runway fashion shows, exclusive day-of-show deals and giveaways, music, and entertainment make planning your special day easy and enjoyable, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rapid City

August 15: ‘Screen on the Green’ Movie Series, outdoor movies beginning at dusk at the Hot Springs Public Library

Aug. 16: Nature Day Camp: All About Buffalo. Come learn fun buffalo facts, how the buffalo helped the Native Americans survive, and participate in the Custer State Park Buffalo Olympics. Wear water shoes, bring a water bottle, sunscreen and a snack. Reservations are required and must be made by calling 605-255-4464. 9:30 a.m. to noon, Custer State Park

Aug. 16: National Coaster Day Celebration. During this event at Rush Mountain Adventure Park, there will be special offers on Mountain Coaster rides, Keystone

Aug. 17: Summer Nights Concert Series with 35th & Taylor, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Rapid City

Aug. 17: Main Street Square Concert Series with Randy McAllister, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

Aug. 18: Central States Fair. Features nine nights of Grandstand Entertainment, including Motocross, Demolition Derby, three nights of concerts, Ranch Rodeo and three nights of PRCA Range Days Rodeo, Rapid City

Aug. 18 to Aug. 19: Lean Horse 100 Ultra-Marathon, one of the best first time ultras because of the great running surface, gentle elevation changes and user friendly course, George S. Mickelson Trail

Aug. 18: Downtown Friday Nights with music by Judd Hoos, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Spearfish

Aug. 18 to Aug. 20: 48th annual Black Hills Steam Steam and Gas Threshing Bee, Sturgis

Aug. 18 to Aug. 20: White River Frontier Days Parade and Rodeo, celebrating more than 100 years of thrilling rodeo action, White River

Aug. 18 to Aug. 20: South Dakota State 4-H Finals Rodeo, Stanley County Fairgrounds, Fort Pierre

August 19: Wildcat Classic Mountain Bike Race, a 40-mile mountain bike race/ride event, Chautauqua Park, Hot Springs

Aug. 19: Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, 6 p.m., Hill City

Aug. 20: Leading Ladies Marathon, an all-woman marathon that follows a gentle, downhill, 26.2-mile journey from Lead to Spearfish through Spearfish Canyon, 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Aug. 24 to Aug. 27: 140th annual Rosebud Fair, Rodeo & Contest Powwow

Aug. 24: Summer Nights Concert Series with music by Mighty Big Jim & The Tall Boys, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Rapid City

Aug. 24: Main Street Square Concert Series: Pumpin' Ethyl, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

Aug. 24 to Aug. 27: Kool Deadwood Nites. Kool Deadwood Nites brings car lovers together for four days full of classic cars, classic music, and classic fun. It's a 50's and 60's sock hop — Deadwood style

Aug. 24 to Aug. 27: Hugh Glass Rendezvous, celebrating the history of frontiersman and fur trader Hugh Glass, Lemmon

Aug. 25 to Aug. 26: Wine, Brew & BBQ. This Kansas City-sanctioned barbecue is a national competition and opportunity for the public to sample and appreciate great barbecue from 30 competitors plus wine and beer from local crafters, Hill City

Aug. 25: Downtown Friday Nights with The Outer Vibe, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Spearfish

August 26 and August 27: Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival, early morning launches at Hot Springs Municipal Airport, downtown Art Walk all day Saturday, Night Glow Balloon event at Southern Hills Golf Course Saturday night.

Aug. 31: Summer Nights Concert Series with music by Brandon Jones & The Thirsty Fish, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Rapid City

Aug. 31: Main Street Square Concert Series with music by Groovedaddy, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rapid City

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1: Farmers Market, Centennial Park, Hot Springs, 4 to 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 to Sept. 4: Labor Day weekend open house at Crazy Horse Memorial

Sept. 2: 20th Southern Hills Triathlon, Olympic, sprint and youth distances, 6 a.m., Angostura Recreation Area south of Hot Springs

Sept. 2: Gary Allan will perform at the Deadwood Mountain Grand at 8 p.m. 

Sept. 3: Mount Rushmore Rodeo series final, 3 p.m., Palmer Gulch, Hill City

Sept. 3: 17th annual Dakota Five-O, race/ride/tour, 7 a.m. Spearfish

Sept. 3: Studebaker Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a free Studebaker and Packard car and truck show for both stock and modified models, Custer

Sept. 4: Labor Day Parade, 10 a.m., Winner

Sept. 5: Trolley on the Trail, trolley rides allow those with physical limitations to experience the beautiful George S. Mickelson Trail, 1 p.m., Deadwood Trailhead, 578-1401

Sept. 6: Night Blast at Crazy Horse Memorial, an evening program honoring the 1877 death of Crazy Horse and the 1908 birth of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, weather permitting

Sept. 8: Farmers Market, Centennial Park, Hot Springs, 4 to 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 and Sept. 9: Black Hills Polkapolooza, enjoy great music, great food, great drink and don’t forget your Polka dancing shoes, 6 p.m., Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch southeast of Hill City

Sept. 8-10: 69th Annual Potato Creek Wacipi, powwow, 15 miles east of Kyle

Sept. 9: Rails & Ales, live music and beer tasting and ride on historic steam engine, 3:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., 1880 Train, Hill City

Sept. 9: 38 Special in concert, 8 p.m., Deadwood Mountain Grand

Sept. 9: Bonnie Raitt, 7 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Fine Arts Theatre, Rapid City

Sept. 9: Fourth Annual Sundance (Wyo.) Beer Festival, downtown Sundance

Sept. 9-10: Hill City Area Quilt Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hill City

Sept. 9-10: Holy Terror Days Celebration will take place in Keystone. Relive the past and participate in an original celebration from the early 1900s, with a parade, barbecue, auction, and ugly truck contest. The event began as a part of the town's Independence Day celebration in 1898 and was revived in the 1980s. The event celebrates the town's history, especially mining history. 

Sept. 11: Rapid City Concert Association presents Dave Osborne, "the pianist to the presidents," 7:30 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Fine Arts Theatre, Rapid City

Sept. 13: Trolley on the Trail, trolley rides allow those with physical limitations to experience the beautiful George S. Mickelson Trail, 10 a.m., Hill City Trailhead, 800-888-1798

Sept. 15: Farmers Market, Centennial Park, Hot Springs, 4 to 7 p.m.

Sept. 15: Dakota Western Heritage Festival Wagon Train & Trail Ride, leaving from the Stanley County Fairgrounds on a day trip through the hills west of Fort Pierre

Sept. 15-16: Deadwood Jam, rock, reggae and blues outdoor concerts, Deadwood

Sept. 15-16: Taste of Autumn BBQ Championships, Spearfish City Campground

Sept. 15-17: Mickelson Trail Trek, George S. Mickelson Trail, Custer

Sept. 15-17: Dakota Western Heritage Festival, a celebration of western traditions and lifestyle through poetry and music, with demonstrations, exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, a steak feed, and Cowboy Church service, Fort Pierre Expo Center

Sept. 16: Sturgis Supermoto, an AMA-sanctioned event taking place on Main Street in downtown Sturgis. Events include free-style motocross, Supermoto School, fireworks and more

Sept. 16: Wine Express into the West, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., 1880 Train, Hill City

Sept. 21-24: South Dakota Festival of Books, Deadwood and Rapid City

Sept. 22: Farmers Market, Centennial Park, Hot Springs, 4 to 7 p.m.

Sept. 22: Pioneer Day, Pioneer Museum, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hot Springs

Sept. 22 and Sept. 23: Badger Clark Cowboy Music and Poetry Festival, a cultural festival celebrating and preserving the history, heritage and values of the cowboy lifestyle and the American West, Mueller Center, Hot Springs

Sept. 23: Oktoberfest Express, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 1880 Train, Hill City

Sept. 23: Second Annual "Climb Hot Springs" Outdoor Stair Climb Challenge/Race, downtown on Hot Springs’ historic stair wells, $25 to $65, register at climbhotsprings2017.itsyourrace.com/register/

Sept. 17: Moon Walk: Star Gazing, located in the southern Black Hills, physics professors and students from Black Hills State University will guide participants west of Deerfield Reservoir, 7 p.m., 343-1567

Sept. 28-30: Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center, Custer State Park

Sept. 29: 52nd annual Buffalo Roundup, Custer State Park, 9:30 a.m.

Sept. 29-30: Oktoberfest, live German music and food, dancing, Deadwood

Sept. 30: National Parks fee free for National Public Lands Day

Sept. 30: Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Main Street Square and Memorial Park, Rapid City

Sept. 30: Fireball Run adventure rally finish line, Main Street Square, Rapid City

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