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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events


Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo
Friday, January 25 - Sunday, February 3, 2019
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 9, 2019
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.



7th Annual Polar Bear Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, February 9, 2019
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!)



Hill City Antiques / Railroad Show & Sale
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17, 2019

Something old and, well, something not-so-new! There'll be antiques galore this weekend and you can even bring in your own to have them evaluated by local experts. Call Pat at 605.574.2821 for more information.



Run for the Rangers
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Grab those sneakers and join the Hill City locals for the 11th 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 5 & 6, 2019

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!



Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Watch where you step! There’s an Easter Egg Hunt afoot at the Hill City Visitor Information Center. Here’s your opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny and join in the hunt! For more information call: 605.574.2368.



Black Hills Film Festival
Wednesday, May 1 – Sunday, May 5, 2019
This popular annual Hill City celluloid festival, now in its 10th year, features South Dakota-produced films, motion pictures shot on location in our state, plus additional national and international entries. Don't miss this opportunity to see exciting new films, attend seminars, and rub elbows with industry insiders at our own "Hollywood in the Hills!" For more information call 605.574.9454.



The Best of Hill City
Saturday, May 11, 2019
This perennial favorite event features local musicians and artists demonstrating their talents along Hill City's Main Street and in various businesses. Experience a wide variety of art media, exhibitions, and artwork for sale. Celebrate Mother's Day weekend with special giveaways from participating merchants.



Spring Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial
Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2019
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.



Black Hills Bluegrass Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 14, 15 & 16, 2019
The 39th Annual Black Hills Bluegrass Festival, 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.



Sculpture in the Hills Show and Sale
Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2019
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.



48th Annual Mystic Mountain Run
Sunday, July 7, 2019
The challenging 8-mile scenic race runs up and over an old game trail, then down near the Mystic Trailhead, and continues on a loop through a mountainous course. Registration is at 7:30 am and the race begins at 9:00 am. For more information call 605.348.7866.



40th Annual Heart of the Hills Run
Saturday, July 13, 2019
The start for this Hill City 10.4-mile run is on Railroad Avenue in front of the 1880 Train Depot. The course takes one along the Old Hill City Road and ends in Keystone near the stoplight. The scenic run follows the same route as the 1880 Train. Registration is at 5:15 pm and the race begins at 6:30 pm. For more information call 605.348.7866.



Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Friday - Sunday, August 2 - 11, 2019
The small Northern Hills town of Sturgis will expand exponentially as it welcomes 500,000+ motorcycle enthusiasts for its 79th 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)!



Wine, Brew & BBQ
Friday & Saturday, August 23 & 24, 2019
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:



Hill City Area Quilt Show & Sale
Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 2019
Check out the local quilting talent at this popular outdoor show, lining both sides of Main Street with over 200 quilts, plus an indoor show complete with demonstrations and a vendor mall.



22nd Annual Mickelson Trail Trek
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 20, 21, & 22, 2019
Bicyclists will be competing 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 visit



26th Annual Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, September 26, 27 & 28, 2019
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 29, 2019
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 6, 2019
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
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 11, 12, & 13, 2019
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.



Dickens Festival & Olde Tyme Christmas Parade
Friday, November 29, 2019
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 Festivities in Hill City
Friday, November 29 through Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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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