Big Black Hills events happening this Native American Day weekend: Black Hills Powwow, Crazy Horse Marathon

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monday is Native American Day, and there are events happening throughout the region during the holiday weekend:


Friday – Sunday; event times vary.



After a two-year hiatus, the Black Hills Powwow returns this Friday. The event pulls together dangers, singers, artisans, and vendors from across the U.S and Canada in an event with the theme “Come Dance With Us.”

For more information on the event, including times and prices, see here.

Separately from the Powwow, there will also be a Native American Day Parade Saturday at 10 a.m. The line-up for it is at 2nd and Main St. at 8 a.m.

Black Hills Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge 13SATURDAY – REGISTRATION AT 10:00 A.M. PLUNGE AT 12:00 P.M.

Black Hills Polar Plunge is an annual fundraiser where teams of people jump into pools of ice-cold water to raise money for the Black Hills Special Olympics.

The event will be held at the Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run sponsors the plunge and helps to raise money for Special Olympics year-round.

Awards will be given to the team that raises the most money, as well as to the team voted the most well dressed.

You can donate and learn more about the event here.


Run Crazy Horse Marathon

Marathon Sunday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

The marathon will begin at 8 a.m. The race covers a 26.2 mile stretch from the Crazy Horse Memorial to Hill City.

There will be free bus services from Palmer Gulch and Ranger Field in Hill City, as well as free parking at Crazy Horse Memorial and Ranger Field. Busses leave at 7 a.m. sharp. There will also be free bus services from the finish area to Ranger Field, Palmer Gulch, and Crazy Horse.

The marathon is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

If you wish to run in the race, you must register the day before at the Boys and Girls Club in Hill City, directly across from the 1880 train between 9 and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Registration is $100. You can read more about the marathon here.

2022 Lakota Dakota Nakota Language Summit

Thursday – Sunday 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

The Annual Lakota-Dakota-Nakota Language Summit will be held this weekend at The Monument.

The summit will include vendors and speakers focused on the topic of preserving, teaching, and restoring the use of indigenous languages, particularly those of the Sioux tribes.

The opening ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in the Rushmore E room of the Monument building, and seminars and learning sessions will operate from 9:30 – 4:00 on Friday – Sunday. Subjects include “Teaching Language Through Song,” “Creative Native 101: Empowering the Indigenous Imagination,” and “Traditional foods.”

You can learn more here.