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Winter fishing Weekend

This event is held in February. The fishing tournament allows you to fish through the ice or from your boat. More information at

St. Patty’s Day Irish Stew

This event is held at the American Legion on March 17th., following the parade which starts at 4pm.

Short Grass Gallery Show

This event is held in April. South Dakota artists display a variety of art forms. For more information call 1-605-567-3562.

Zonta Craft Show

This event is held each spring and in the fall. Ninety artisans from South Dakota and neighboring states contribute to the show.


The races are held each spring at the Fort Pierre Fairgrounds.

State Parks Open House Weekend

Held in May. Enjoy free fishing and fun activities for the whole family. (605)223-7708—

Outdoor Concerts

Each Wednesday evening at 8:00pm from Memorial Day to the end of July enjoy concerts by the Capital City Band.

Tales on the River

Short Grass Arts Council sponsors this event every Thursday in June, July and August at the Fort Pierre Moose Lodge.

Casey Tibbs Match of Champions

A spectacular bronc riding event.

Oahe Days Music & Arts Festival

Held in Steamboat Park, it includes live music, arts and craft show, Carnival, State Cornhole tournament, food and much more.

Fourth of July Rodeo & Parade

Parade the morning of July 4th and rodeo in the evening. Band concert and fireworks complete the evening.

South Dakota Governors Cup Walleye Tournament

Held in July.

Shrine Circus

Held in July at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre.

Bull-A-Rama, 4-H Achievement Days and State 4-H Rodeo Finals

All events are held in August at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre.

Dakota Western Heritage Festival

Held in September, this event features exhibits, demonstrations, cook-off and a music freedom stage. Evening concerts. (605)222-0079 or (605)280-8938.

Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo

An action packed day of ranching fun held each September.

First ladies Prairie Art Showcase

Held in September at the Best Western Ramkota in Pierre.

Christmas at the Capitol

Held each November and December. Nearly 100 trees are decorated and displayed in the Capitol. Entertainment is provded. or (605)224-7361.

Parade of Lights

The event kicks off the Christmas season with music, floats and a visit from Santa.