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In Pierre and Fort Pierre, each season brings colorful events, from rodeos and horse racing to festivals and crafts fairs. Blending Native American and Western influences, these events both reflect and celebrate the area’s rich heritage.  

Each April, the Zonta Spring Craft Show brings more than 90 artisans from South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana and North Dakota to the Pierre Mall.  In 2012, the show runs April 14th and 15th. zontapfp@hotmail.com

The Fort Pierre Fairgrounds host horse races each spring; in 2012, races are run April 21-22, April 28-29, and May 5-6.  For more information call 223-2178. Post times are at 1:00 p.m. central time.

May 18-20 is State Parks Open House Weekend. Both residents and visitors enjoy free access to all South Dakota state parks and recreation areas, including nearby Oahe Downstream and Farm and LaFramboise islands. Enjoy free fishing (no license needed) and fun activities for the whole family. (605) 773-3391. http://gfp.sd.gov/calendar.aspx

June 2nd, Fort Pierre celebrates the accomplishments of its most famous son with the Casey Tibbs Match of Champions, a spectacular bronc riding event. For more information, visit www.matchofchampions.com

Pierre will host a Spring Sling Cornhole Tournament, Saturday, May 12th. Call Tony Jockheck at 605-224-7361 to register your team. Visit www.americancornhole.org for more information about this sport.

Headquartered in Pierre’s Steamboat Park, Oahe Days Music and Arts Festival is a city-wide celebration that includes a art show, food, and live music.  June 15-17. www.oahedays.com

Pierre and Fort Pierre celebrate Independence Day with a rodeo, parade and fireworks. In 2012, the Fourth of July Rodeo will take place July 4 and 5; the parade begins on the morning of July 4.

The annual Jamboree of the Fort Pierre-based Varmint Hunters Association will feature competitions, guest speakers and entertainment. For more information on this family event, visit www.varminthunter.org

The Bull-a-Rama, held in mid-August, brings the exciting event of rodeo bull-riding to Fort Pierre. 4-H Achievement Days are held August 11-14th in conjunction with The Bull-a-Rama.

State 4-H Rodeo Finals will be held August 24-26 at the Stanley County Fairgrounds.  This competition brings hundreds of 4-H youth from all parts of South Dakota to compete in events such as bull riding, saddle bronc riding, goat tying, ribbon roping, barrel racing and much more!

Each fall signals the start of several sports seasons, including that of hockey. You can catch games of the local high school hockey team from October through March at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre. In summer, enjoy play among city leagues as you relax and mingle with locals at Pierre’s several softball fields.

September is the opening month for Grouse Hunting.  If you are looking to come to the area to hunt grouse the Ft. Pierre National Grasslands is the place to do it.  For more information call 224-5517.

October 13th marks the Opening Day for Pheasant Hunting.  Pheasant can be hunted on private lands around the Pierre area or public hunting areas are also available.

More than 50,000 people celebrate Christmas at the Capitol each November and December. Nearly 100 trees are decorated in a theme by various organizations and displayed in the Capitol. The event also includes entertainment in the Rotunda, exhibits at the Cultural Heritage Center, story time in a children’s area and model train displays on the weekends. The 2012 celebration is November 21–December 30. (605) 773-3301. www.sd.gov

Held in downtown Pierre on November 23, the annual Parade of Lights kicks off the Christmas season with holiday music, unique floats and a visit from Santa. There’s time to do a little shopping, too.

The 2012 Legislative Session begins January 10th and will run 40 legislative days at the State Capitol Building.  Public is invited to sit in and learn how bills are created and passed through our State Government.  If you would like to schedule a tour of the State Capitol along with this call 773-3688.


Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 548, 800 West Dakota Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Tel: (605) 224-7361 | Fax: (605) 224-6485 | Toll Free: (800) 962-2034 contactchamber@pierre.org