FESTIVALS AND EVENTS


As a resident of the community of Sioux Falls, you'll enjoy the countless festivals and events Sioux Falls offers throughout the year. Celebrate the seasons with winter skiing and tubing at the Media One Funski, enjoy the summer sun with your four-legged friends at Woofstock, delight in the colors of fall at the Harvest Festival and ring in the holidays with the annual Parade of Lights.

If you love live music, Sioux Falls is the place for you. Rock out at KRRO Fest in May, dance your pork off at RibFest in June, jazz up your July at JazzFest, and get your groove on at the Sioux Empire Fair in August.

Sioux Falls celebrates diversity with Cinco de Mayo Falls Park Fiesta in May, Pride festival in June, Germanest in September, Sioux Empire Wacipi in December. Unleash your inner superhero in May at SiouxperCon, the annual comic book and gaming convention. Go back in time at the Siouxland Renaissance Festival in June, and release your inner zombie at Sioux Falls Zombie Walk in October.

Downtown is an exciting place to live, work and play. In the summer, catch a movie weekly at Moonlight Movies, and enjoy food, live entertainment and fun at every First Friday. In July, show off your corvette or classic car at Hot Summer Nites. Next enjoy the rumble of Harley Davison Motorcycles during Hot Harley Nights. In August, bring your family to a day of fun at Downtown Riverfest. In September, join thousands of art enthusiasts at the annual Sidewalk Arts Festival.

Sioux Falls knows how to have a good time. In March, unleash your Irish spirit at the St Patrick's Day Parade, enjoy a glass of wine at The Big Grape in April, have a spooktacular time at ZooBoo in October, and grab a cold one at the Craft Beer Expo in November.

Whether you're an enthusiast who enjoys outdoor events with relatives and friends, or the avid artistic type who appreciates a cool craft beer and great live music, Sioux Falls has it all. Come experience the many cultures, the diversity, and the artistic and musical talents while meeting many great people in the process!



What it means to me

From the Fjord to the Prairie

by Eli Stokkan

From the fjord to the prairie. Crazy talk, right?

If you had told me in my childhood that I would grow up and abandon the fjords and mountains of Norway for this place, I would have called you crazy. My fellow countrymen who live here would say the same thing. Fast forward some 20 odd years after coming here to Augustana University for college, I call Sioux Falls, South Dakota my home. This place is so much more than a fly-over state, so don't judge it from the view through your airplane window.

Although it is definitely unique to be able to see the sun and the moon in the same sky above the serene softness of prairie-landscape, this does not tell the whole story. This town makes for more than pretty postcards, and there is a lot going on here besides cornfields, pheasants and deer! There is a gallery, a festival, a symphony or a concert around every corner, so you don't have to go far to get your arts fix. For this former music and theatre student, it's kind of important!

Sioux Falls has a thriving and diverse arts scene, as diverse as its population. Annually I look forward to September and NPIAM, the Northern Plains Indian Art Market, for me a family tradition. My children have grown up attending this fantastic juried art show with market days open to the public, and it truly features art of every category and a continuously evolving base of artists and artisans. Come take in the art, take some home, sample some wojapi and buffalo stew while you listen to traditional flute music, and then join the explosion of color and music that is the Sioux Empire Wacipi (powwow) for the living expression of a vibrant and beautiful culture. Every year, I ask for this weekend off - it is that important - it's a tradition. It's one event I hope you will explore as well.

I also have to tell you that my annual visitors from my homeland have developed traditions of their own: my parents schedule their visit to include a trip to JazzFest for the city's largest celebration of jazz and blues, which is an annual event completely free to the public and featuring both local and world class talent. Last year the festival celebrated 25 years, and my family have been attending from the beginning! Bring your lawn chairs, take one of the free shuttles, set up camp and prepare for a huge weekend party on two stages, complete with a whole area with activities and inflatables for the kids. If you get hungry or thirsty, vendors are there to take care of you, from beer gardens to pulled pork and locally made ice cream. To see a list of past artists, ask my dad. Have him tell you about his JazzFest t-shirt collection. I am pretty sure he has all of them!

This town has hundreds of activities all the time, so I have selfishly picked to highlight just two. But I could have chosen so many others! Bored in Sioux Falls? Never. The city is pulsing with life. So look around on the activity guides and websites, Google some stuff - then get your nose out of your phone and immerse yourself in Sioux Falls.


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