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September 2019 Events in the Black Hills

We get it, the end of August rolls around and suddenly it seems as if you spent your entire summer thinking there would be more time to get out and enjoy yourself, but never had the chance. And now, summer is on its way out and you think you missed the bus on all the fun and adventure that summer had to offer. Well, we’ve got some good news for you, summer is NOT over, and there’s still plenty of fun to be had throughout the month of September! Here’s a few of our top picks for September fun.

Deadwood Jam – Sept. 12-13

The 29th annual Deadwood Jam is being held September 12-13, and is an absolute fun-fest! The Jam’s always been a premiere outdoor music festival in the region, and this year it will be on display for all at no charge. In line with other Deadwood music events, the Jam will be held in downtown Deadwood, with plans for it to open Outlaw Square, Deadwood’s newest gathering space.

The Jam features 10 bands at this legendary outdoor music festival. Rock, reggae and blues fill the Black Hills for two incredible days of outdoor concerts. Plus, enjoy food, Wild West entertainment and breath-taking views of the Black Hills. This is an event that you won’t want to miss. Be sure to grab some friends, and go put an exclamation point on your summer! For more information, check out The 29th Annual Deadwood Jam.

Wine Express 1880 Train – Sept. 14

What’s cooler than riding through the beautiful Black Hills in a historic train from the 1880’s? Riding with wine!

Enjoy sipping local wines paired with delicious food courses, with live music and the beautiful fall scenery surrounding you. The authentic steam engine train will whisk you away to a simpler time, when the West was wide open and full of adventure. This is a truly unique event, and reservations are encouraged as it’s one of the most popular events of the year for the 1880 train. For more info, or to purchase tickets, head over to the 1880 Wine Express.

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup – Sept. 26


If you’ve never seen and felt the thunder of a massive heard of buffalo stampeding across the prairie, prepare to be in awe! Each fall, the ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls and park crews saddle up to bring in the 1,300 strong herd. The annual roundup, held the last Friday in September, is a huge event for the park that draws thousands of visitors from all over the region. There is a lot of information to check out as you plan your day, and it’s best to be prepared for inclement weather. But oh the sight!

Check out all there is to know about this annual event, and get directions at the Buffalo Roundup website.

Another great thing to see in the Black Hills is the lighting ceremony at  Mt. Rushmore and the laser light show at Crazy Horse Memorial. Both monuments hold nightly viewings through September 30 and these giants of architectural wonder look amazing when the lights shine upon them. The nightly showings generally start around 8:00 p.m., but can vary depending on a few factors such as weather, sunset times, etc. Get all the information you need by visiting either Black Hills & Badlands events for Mt. Rushmore, or Crazy Horse Memorial.

After spending the day taking part in some fun summer/fall activities in the Black Hills, return to all of the comforts of home in your cozy room here at the Quality Inn and Suites in Rapid City!