Winter Events in the Black Hills

Want to live in a real winter wonderland? Forget about the fake snow and tropical paradise for the winter season. Consider taking a headfirst dive into the majestic foothills and mountains of South Dakota.

There are inspiring and world-renowned attractions in South Dakota and some of the top winter activities in the country. To top it all off, there are some dazzling winter events keeping you enthralled throughout the entire season. While staying at any number of top Black Hills vacation rentals, you can journey on out for some of the area’s premier events.

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It’s a festive season of fun. With about 150 to 200 inches of snowfall a year, could any place possibly define the term “Winterfest” better?

What is Winterfest? It is a little bit of everything. It is a culmination of a festive season, celebrating the magical draw of the South Dakota mountains and the communities who thrive here.

Winterfest is primarily a series of small events for all ages, incorporating winter sports, community food, music, and competitions. The event is open for all and prices vary per participation in each event.

One of the biggest events during Winterfest is the Fat Tire Bike Race. A number of locals compete on a race along the flattened snow with the biggest tires they can muster. It’s a thrilling romp and a delight for spectators.

Another event during Winterfest is the Parade of Lights. It includes band music, outfits, dance routines, and special holiday-themed guests. The Mountain Music Festival is also part of the event escapades, and it features bluegrass, country, and rock.

The event is all day on January 18th, 19th and 20th. The event is in Lead, South Dakota. Lead is about an hour north of the Black Hills. It makes for a lovely day trip from the town.

Chili & Brew Fest

As a participating part of Winterfest, some Lead area locals have collectively gathered together for an annual Chili & Brew Fest. Participants cook some top-tier chili (or attempt to) and compete for first prize amongst other eager chili “chefs.”

The event is co-hosted by the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce.

Family friendly activities Black Hills

Deadwood Snowcross Race & Mardi Gras

Deadwood is touted as one of the most upbeat mountain towns in the country. Who would have thought so much excitement came from this historic mining town?

Those who have already been to Deadwood probably aren’t shocked by this. It’s an excitable and upbeat town that wants to have a good time. Deadwood’s Mardi Gras is perhaps one of its most popular winter events. On March 1st and 2nd, the town erupts in big lights and splendid outfits, all under the sensational backdrop of the winter mountains.

This is not the only Deadwood event for the season. On January 25th and January 26th the town takes full advantage of the winter extravaganza. Pro Snowcross Races are currently scheduled for the season. The ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross Series is ready for their seventh annual run in Deadwood. About 150 professionals are primed to hit the hills for the high-octane event. Event ticket prices vary from about $25 to $100. The event is at 50 Crescent Drive, Deadwood, SD 57732.

Sturgis Leprechaun Festival & Neary Attractions

Later in the season, check out the Sturgis Leprechaun Festival. There will be beer, music, green costumes, and a whole lot of fun. It is certainly one of the most fascinating reasons to see Sturgis for the season.

The event is March 8 and 9th. Details are expected to be announced shortly.

Come and see one of the most iconic American attractions in Mt. Rushmore. See all that Sturgis has to offer. Enjoy winter activities and visit the ski slopes in and around Black Hills, such as Terry Peak.

This is the kind of adventure you have been waiting for. Let our vacation rentals near Black Hills be your introduction to South Dakota.