Are you looking for great events that are free, affordable, fun and have activities the entire family can enjoy? Well, leave it to South Dakota to offer just that! We have already talked about the South Dakota Outdoor Expo which actually took place a couple weekends ago in Huron, but now I will fill you in on four other events taking place over the next few months.
Watertown: Summer Celebration at the Terry Redlin Art Center
Get ready for this…a FREE summer concert event like no other in the region, featuring Sawyer Brown! Yes, I said FREE! The Redlin Art Center, in Watertown, will host their Annual Summer Celebration August 8-9, 2009. Other musical entertainment includes Phil Baker and Fly by Night, as well as Greg Hanson and The Backroads band.
The 30-acre park surrounding the Redlin Art Center is where the event will take place, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2009. Activities include:
- Story time with Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Outdoor concerts where guests are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
- Food and beverage vendors.
- Park and ride shuttle service from the Watertown Mall begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
- Question and answer session in Redlin Amphitheater hosted by Charles Redlin, son of the artist and designer of the Redlin Art Center.
- Complimentary coffee served during DVD presentation of “A Conversation with Terry Redlin” in Redlin Amphitheater.
- Terry Redlin KIDS CLUB scavenger hunt/crisscross puzzle games.
Event schedule: http://www.redlinart.com/park.cfm
Akaska: South Dakota Walleye Classic and Festival
The South Dakota Walleye Classic is a national event on the professional walleye fishing tour designed to bring recognition to the outdoor fishing industry in the community of Akaska. The tournament allows an amateur fisherman to accompany a professional during one day of the tournament, which is a unique feature to this type of tournament.
Besides the tournament, there are many activities taking place throughout the week. They include: kids games and a fishing tournament, ventriloquist, chainsaw artist, Native American dancers, country music bands, snake show, archery shoot-off and much more!
Festivities begin in the late afternoon on August 12 with an opening ceremony and conclude with a church service, breakfast and ranch rodeo on August 16.
Event schedule: http://sdwalleyeclassic.com/site/festival-schedule
Deadwood: The South Dakota Festival of Books
This annual event brings more that 50 state, regional and national writers as well as publishing professionals for a weekend of book signings, lectures, readings and panel discussions to the community of Deadwood. The event is free and designed to appeal to all ages, from pre-readers to senior citizens.
The Festival of Books takes place October 2-4, 2009. It has been around since 2003 and attracts more than 5,000 visitors each year, making it the premier literary event of the region.
Sioux Falls: Media One Funski
This event has become the premier outdoor winter event in eastern South Dakota and is the largest revenue generating weekend of the year at Great Bear Recreation Park. It is a fundraiser for the Children’s Inn, a domestic abuse shelter for women and children in Sioux Falls, and is closing in on a half million dollars for the shelter. The event takes place January 29-30, 2010.
The inaugural Media One Funski occurred in 1989 as a cross country ski race. Today, the event includes a variety of winter activities including: skiing, snowboarding, team snow tubing, Frozen Leg kickball, snow sculptures and cross country skiing.
Learn more: http://www.funski.org/