Summer is going strong in the Black Hills in August! With great weather, fun events, and lots to do, you’ll be able to stay busy for quite a while here. Enjoy endless sunshine, watersports, and world-class hiking trails woven through the granite. Here’s our comprehensive guide for enjoying the Black Hills in August.

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What to wear in the Black Hills in August?

August brings warm and pleasant temperatures, making it perfect for light and casual clothing. You’ll want to pack breathable attire such as t-shirts, shorts, summer dresses, along with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and sturdy yet comfortable footwear suitable for outdoor activities. Also get our free Black Hills packing list >>

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What is there to do in the Black Hills in August?

Sturgis Bike Rally

Experience the roar of engines, vibrant displays of bikes, concerts, entertainment, and camaraderie among riders from around the world. An iconic event, everyone should visit the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at least once.

Kool Deadwood Nights

Car lovers band together for classic cars, great music, a parade, and partying in Deadwood at Kool Deadwood Nights. An annual event, it’s a favorite amongst locals and visitors with people traveling across the state just for this.

Kool Deadwood Nights

Car lovers band together for classic cars, great music, a parade, and partying in Deadwood.

Go to the Badlands

While not technically in the Black Hills, the Badlands are a welcome neighbor worth visiting. Experience another world of colors and textures! That’s what makes this a popular destination for family photos, so be sure to grab your camera. Also, there are some great hikes throughout the Badlands.

Support Local Farmers Markets

Fresh produce is hitting its stride with flavorful tomatoes, watermelon, cucumber and more garden offerings each week. With farmers markets happening all across the Black Hills, you’ll want to look up the one closest to you.

Do the Touristy Stuff

They’re classics for a reason. From Mount Rushmore to Crazy Horse, these excursions are worth seeing in person. Along with the monuments, we also enjoy the mining tours near Deadwood, underground cave tours, Cosmos Mystery Area, and the homemade donuts at Wall Drug. Also consider an aerial tour with Black Hills Aerial Adventures or Black Hills Balloons.

Take a Drive in the Black Hills in August

While it’s hard to get bored in the hills, it can be fun to venture into a new area. Spearfish Canyon is just a short drive from the Deadwood area and offers incredible views. Or, if you’re in Hill City or Custer, Custer State Park is a great place to spend some time exploring.

Rushmore Mountain Adventure Park

When you’re coming out for an extended stay, you’ll want to keep the kiddos good and busy. Rushmore Mountain Adventure Park is a great way to burn some energy off while also making some special memories. Honestly, it’s fun for adults, too.

Take a Hike in the Black Hills in August

There’s nothing like the smell of Ponderosa Pines on a morning family hike. While there are incredible hiking trails peppered all throughout the hills, we’ve put together a few of our favorites >>

Play a Round of Golf

Golfing in the Black Hills is a treat that combines stunning scenery with some seriously fun courses. Picture this: teeing off against these amazing backdrops of rolling hills and forests, with the sun shining down and a gentle breeze in the air. The courses here aren’t just about the game; they’re about the experience. Whether you’re a pro looking for a challenge or just out for a casual round with friends, these courses have got you covered. They blend right into the landscape, making every swing feel smooth against the backdrop of South Dakota’s natural beauty.

Live Music in the Black Hills in August

Wherever you stay, there’s likely to be some music happening in the area. However, many cities dedicate a night each week and close off their downtown area to bring the community together. Basically, it’s Music on Main in Sturgis on Wednesday nights, Downtown Summer Nights in Rapid City on Thursdays, and Downtown Friday Nights in Spearfish. Also, Deadwood’s Outlaw Square has something happening almost every weekend.

When you aren’t downtown for the music, be sure to check out the great bands in the area. In fact, it’s worth keeping an eye on the lineups at The Monument in Rapid City, The Deadwood Mountain Grand, Saloon #10 in Deadwood, and The Custer Beacon.

Enjoy Great Food

Cozy bistros serving up hearty comfort food, farm-to-table eateries dishing out fresh, local flavors, and upscale restaurants plating culinary masterpieces. Whether you’re craving a juicy burger or fresh-caught trout after a day of hiking, the Black Hills serve up a delightful mix of crave-able fare, including gluten free options.

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