Group-friendly events in and around Rapid City are easily accessible by bus making it the best home base for all of your group’s adventures. With popular attractions for all interests and nearby iconic parks and monuments, Rapid City provides engagingly rich history and enlightening educational experiences to discover. See the list below for experiences you will only find here.
1 - Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival
With over 40 motor coaches attending each year and an average audience of 23,000, the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival is a free event packed with entertainment everyone will enjoy. This bucket-list worthy experience will have you feeling the thunder long before you see the herd. For a small fee, you can treat the group to a delicious pancake breakfast before all the fun begins. Also, be sure to check out the Arts Festival featuring local artists, entertainment and other exciting things to do.
2 - Crazy Horse Volksmarch
The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is an unforgettable 6.2-mile round-trip organized hike through ponderosa pine and up to the face of the largest mountain carving in progress. Offered during the spring and fall, this memorable adventure boasts 100-mile views along Crazy Horse’s massive outstretched arm.
3 - Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony
Every year, starting the Friday before Memorial Day, the four famous faces of Mount Rushmore are illuminated as night falls on the Black Hills. During the Evening Lighting Ceremony, a Park Ranger gives a patriotic presentation and explains the history of Mount Rushmore. Veterans also participate in a flag ceremony. Buses who pay the parking fee earlier in the day are welcome back to Mount Rushmore for the evening program at no additional cost.
4 - Crazy Horse Memorial Laser Light Show
The only laser light show of its kind in the area, “Legends in Light” at Crazy Horse Memorial is presented nightly May through September. Attendees have the unique chance take in a 500-foot experience set to music and choreographed to perfection. This event is included with daytime admission and welcomes buses back for the evening light show at no additional cost.
5 - Black Hills Powwow
Experience one of the premier American Indian cultural events – the Black Hills Powwow. With over 1,000 competitors in archery, drums and singing, spectators come from all over the U.S. and Canada to experience this powerful event and the cultural connection it provides. In addition to the powwow, spectators can enjoy an art show, hand games and more.
6 - Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an experience of a lifetime and not just for the motorcycle enthusiasts. With close to 1 million people attending annually, the Sturgis Rally makes up the largest music festival in the world. With countless vendor booths scattered throughout the Black Hills, organized rides to famous landmarks and more than a dozen musical acts performing each day, you’ll find plenty of motorcycle related things to do.
7 - Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo®
The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo® is the second largest event in the entire state of South Dakota. Filled with free events, vendor shows, competitions, concerts and a beer festival, this agriculturally focused rodeo celebrates the state’s heritage with an average of 331,000 attendees every year. The best part? You can lock in low lodging room rates for your group during this premier winter event.