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Keystone, South Dakota and the surrounding area offer fun events for the whole family throughout the year.  Check our calendar for updates on upcoming events in Keystone so you don’t miss out on any of these memorable South Dakota attractions or activities.

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March Events

Keystone Community Blood Drive

March 31st: Keystone Community Blood Drive

Join us on March 31st at the Keystone Community center for the Keystone Community Blood Drive from 12:00pm-6:30pm.  Vitalant will be testing all blood donations for antibodies of the virus responsible for COVID-19 to produce plasma from donations with high antibody levels that can help COVID-19 patients who have weakened immune systems.  Visit the link below to schedule your blood donation appointment today!

April Events

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April 9th: Keystone Spring Fling Vendor Fair

Join us on April 9th from 9am - 3pm for a day full of fun with our Spring Fling Vendor Fair.  Being held at the Keystone Community Center we will have arts & crafts, local vendors, tons of food and other concessions. 

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April 16 & 17: Spring Fling & Glow Egg Hunt

Get ready for this one of a kind event at Rush Mountain Adventure Park on April 16 & 17 from 9am-5pm each day.  Rush Mountain Adventure Park will be hiding glowing eggs inside the Rushmore Cave! On your cave tour, count all the glowing eggs you can find for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE! (The first 300 children are guaranteed a goodie bag!)  They will also be having face painting, outdoor games, prizes and photos with the Easter Bunny, all included with the purchase of a cave tour ticket, wristband or season pass.  All other Rush Mountain attractions (Rushmore Mountain Coaster, 2-seated Zip-line ride & Gunslinger 7D interactive ride) will be open and ready for memory making fun! 

May Events

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May 8th: Mothers Day Fun Day

Rush Mountain Adventure Park wants to help you celebrate mothers day with you Mom on Mother’s Day!  The gift of family fun at Rush Mountain is an adventure she’ll love!   Rush Mountain plans special offers every year just for Moms on Mother’s Day………and because we know you’ll want to come too — there’s discounts for everyone that joins her!

June Events

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June 9-11: 50th anniversary Celebration

Visitors and locals alike, make your way through town for an old time play-along featuring music, reenactments, shootouts, costume competition, carnival and food. We will have a remembrance ceremony with a butterfly release, a parade and community BBQ, volksmarch, kids carnival, and of course tons of fun. 

CELEBRATION INFO

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June 10th: 50th anniversary Parade

Visitors and locals alike, make your way through town to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our community parade!  The parade will be on June 10th starting at 11am. If you are interested in being a part of the parade, download, fill out and return the the parade entry form below to Robin Pladson. 

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Celtic Throne Free Street Performance

The Celtic Throne is coming to Keystone on June 12th to perform a FREE street performance at 12 pm.  The Celtic Throne celebrates the dramatic and mysterious origins of Irish Dance. Infused with innovative choreography, dazzling costumes and spectacular lighting and projection, Celtic Throne follows the millennia-long journey of a music-and-dance-loving people as they migrate from the ancient Near East to Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States.

Celtic Throne will be performing their full show in Rapid City on June 13th.

Learn more about Celtic Throne below and purchase tickets to the Rapid City show below. 

July Events

2023 Event: Black Hills Rod Run & Car Show

Take a joyride down to Keystone, SD for our Rod Run Car Show held annually towards the end of May! Enjoy three days of group cruises on some of the most scenic routes in the southern hills, including Iron Mountain Road, Hwy 87 to Mt. Rushmore, Hwy 36 & 44, Custer Wildlife Loop, and Needles Hwy!

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4th Of July Weekend Celebration: Prairie Berry winery & Miner Brewery

4TH OF JULY WEEKEND CELEBRATION!

Bring the whole family and spend the weekend at Miner Brewing Co. and Prairie Berry Winery with free wine tastings, brews, food trucks, lawn games and covered patios to hang out on. Kid and dogs can even play out on our their lawn.

August Events

The Billy Bigfoot Walk/Run - Keystone, SD

August 20th: The billy big foot walk/run

Walk/Run fun for the entire family! The 4-mile trek makes it suitable for all ages.

Join us for the second annual Billy Bigfoot Walk & Run in Keystone! We’ll start at Dahl’s Chainsaw Art — home to the world’s largest wooden Bigfoot sculpture! The trail will head up to Under Canvas Mount Rushmore and then turn and come back to the starting line.

After completing the walk or run, we invite you to join us at Grapes & Grinds wine and coffee bar. You’ll get to celebrate with music from the AJ Bard Band and additional beverages from Firehouse Smokejumper Station.

Check in by 9am - Race start time is 9:30am Registration is $15 per person. Kids ages 12 and under are FREE.

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August 4th-13th: All You Can Eat Biker Breakfast

The Hill City Senior Center is bringing back their beloved Rally Week Breakfast for the 2022 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally! 

They will again be serving their breakfast inside the New Hill City Center building from 7:30am - 11am, August 4th - 13th. There will be seating inside and outside, located just across the 1880 Train. 

They will be serving all you can eat scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy, pancakes, orange juice and coffee all for just $12.00 + tax. 

September Events

October Events

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Opening October 14th: The Haunting of Keystone by Holy Terror Days INC.

It's baaaaack! The Keystone Holy Terror Days Inc. is proud to present the 8th Annual Haunting of Keystone. You've heard of haunted houses, but how about a haunted town? This year, the community of Keystone boasts THREE haunted attractions:

1800's Schoolhouse Museum | Theme: “The House of Perpetual Panic”
Big Thunder Gold Mine | Theme: “Miners: The Black Plaque”
Rushmore Cave @ Rush Mountain | Theme: "Carnival"

If you went in the past, you'll want to go again. If you didn't, you don't know what you're missing! So grab your friends and family and come see our haunts! Did I mention several of the attractions are ghost hunter certified to truly be haunted? Some haunted houses create their ghosts... we awaken ours.

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November Events

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Keystones' Victorian Christmas

Join us for a Victorian Christmas in Keystone on November 18th-19th at the Keystone Community Center & Library. The parade will take place on the 18th. The vendor craft fair and silent auction will be on the 19th from 9am to 2:30 and is the perfect opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts and get in the holiday spirit by looking at all the beautiful trees. Then come have some fun at Turkey Bingo and win your family a turkey or ham for your holiday meals! 

For more information call Robin or the Holy Terror Days Association Committee.

1880 Train Holiday Express

Experience the magic as you take a one-hour, round trip journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will board the train and ride back to Hill City, taking time to visit with each child on the way. Passengers enjoy hot cocoa, a sugar cookie and a special story on the way to the North Pole. All kids will receive a bell to ring for Santa and be able to talk with Mrs. Claus and Santa.

December Events

1880 Train Holiday Express

Experience the magic as you take a one-hour, round trip journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will board the train and ride back to Hill City, taking time to visit with each child on the way. Passengers enjoy hot cocoa, a sugar cookie and a special story on the way to the North Pole. All kids will receive a bell to ring for Santa and be able to talk with Mrs. Claus and Santa.

January Events

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Keystones' Victorian Christmas

Join us for a Victorian Christmas in Keystone on November 18th-19th at the Keystone Community Center & Library. The parade will take place on the 18th. The vendor craft fair and silent auction will be on the 19th from 9am to 2:30 and is the perfect opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts and get in the holiday spirit by looking at all the beautiful trees. Then come have some fun at Turkey Bingo and win your family a turkey or ham for your holiday meals! 

For more information call Robin or the Holy Terror Days Association Committee.

1880 Train Holiday Express

Experience the magic as you take a one-hour, round trip journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will board the train and ride back to Hill City, taking time to visit with each child on the way. Passengers enjoy hot cocoa, a sugar cookie and a special story on the way to the North Pole. All kids will receive a bell to ring for Santa and be able to talk with Mrs. Claus and Santa.

February Events

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2023 Winter Festival

Enjoy two days of all-day fun that includes live music, outdoor firepits, an igloo bar with mulled wine & hot cocoa, crowler fishing, indoor corn hole, Craft Beer & Bingo and so much more! It's free and open to everyone! Dress warm for the outdoor activities.

Saturday Activities:
10am - 5pm: Oh Geez! Pop-up shopping event
11am: Crowler Fishing (Benefits the Hill City Fire Department)
12pm - 1pm: Miner Mutt Dash
2pm - 4pm: Live music at Prairie Berry Winery (Skyline String Band)
5pm - 6:30pm: Live music at Miner Brewing Company (Nate Champion Band)

Sunday Activities:
11am: Crowler Fishing (Benefits the Hill City Fire Department)
12pm - 2pm: Craft Beer & Bingo
2pm - 3pm: Live music at Prarie Berry Winery (The Rathco)
5pm - 6:30pm: Live music at Miner Brewing Company