42nd Festival in the Park: July 19-21, 2019

The Festival in the Park is one of the largest outdoor summer arts and music festivals in the upper Midwest. The non-profit Matthews Opera House & Arts Center of Spearfish, SD, sponsors this popular festival. It serves as THE LARGEST fundraiser for our non-profit organization each year. The proceeds benefit arts outreach and help produce the festival each year.

Over 25,000 people attend the festival, held every third weekend in July. The festival features over 180 fine art and craft vendors with an emphasis on handmade and original products.  

Art & Craft Vendors, Live Music, Food

Over 25 food vendors serve eclectic varieties of cuisines that please any appetite. All applications are subject to a juried process to ensure quality, variety, and originality. Free live onstage entertainment from local and regional artists is available daily. For those who want to sit with a cool beverage and listen to music, the “Watering Hole” never fails to please.


Festival Hours

Friday, July 19:  WRISTBAND NIGHT 

This is our FUNDRAISING NIGHT! You can pre-purchase wristbands ($5 per person*) from:

  • The Matthews Art Gallery

    *Children 10 and under are FREE if with PAID adult.

Why should we pay $5 on Friday when we can get in on Sat. & Sun. for free?

  • For a very low price, you are supporting the arts in Spearfish.
  • You get to PREVIEW & BUY from your favorite vendors a day ahead!
  • The Watering Hole is open and will have 2 great musical groups performing from 4 pm to 10 pm. Only folks with wristbands get to enjoy these bands.
  • Enjoy the festival in the COOLER evening hours!

Saturday, July 20  


Sunday, July 21

Any questions?  Email [email protected].  


DOG-ban-72dpiLeave Fido at home. Woof.

Friendly reminder:  No PETS are allowed on park grounds throughout the event.  It is a city ordinance for these 3 days only.  In previous years, the festival had pet sitting services for park patrons AND vendors. Unfortunately, the company that provided this service will not be able to do so this year.  Just below is a link to a list of pet boarders. Please make plans ahead of time for your pets.

Black Hills Pet Boarders: Download



shuttle_icon-600pixPARK & RIDE – Free!

Prairie Hills Transit is providing shuttle service to and from the festival. The shuttle is wheelchair capable.

Prairie Hills Transit will be providing shuttle service to and from the festival. The parking area for this service is the gravel parking lot directly across from Lyle Hare Stadium, the BHSU football field, on St. Joe Street. It will be clearly marked. Prairie Hills Transit will pick up at the BHSU parking lot on the hour and half hour — dropping off at the park 15 minutes later. For instance, BHSU parking lot at 12:00 and 12:30 and drop off at the park 12:15 and 12:45.


2019 Vendor Applications

All fees, deadlines, setup/break down, parking, etc., are listed in DETAIL in both applications. Please read through thoroughly. 

ART/ CRAFT VENDORS: 2019 FIP Craft Vendor Application

 FOOD VENDORS:  2019 FIP Food Vendor Application

Application deadline is March 15, 2019. Look for next year’s applications in the October-November timeframe.