Festival in the Park

Image: The Black Hills Studios

IMPORTANT: The Park & Ride Parking Lot has moved to the Spearfish High School Parking lot this year. All Festival attendees are invited to park their cars there and ride the free shuttle service provided by Prairie Hills Transit to and from the Festival.

43rd Festival in the Park: July 16 – 18, 2021

Spearfish City Park on Canyon Street

The Festival in the Park is one of the largest outdoor summer arts and music festivals in the upper Midwest. The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center of Spearfish, SD, organizes 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 150 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.

What is $5 Wristband Night?

Friday’s $5 Wristband Night is our largest fundraiser of the year! Many people wonder why they should pay money to go to Festival in the Park on Friday when all other days are free. Here are just a few reasons:

  • 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!

You can pre-purchase your $5 wristbands at the entrances to Spearfish City Park or prior to the event from:

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Visit Spearfish
  • Killian’s
  • The Matthews Art Gallery

*Children 10 and under are FREE with PAID adult.

Leave Fido at Home 🐶

Friendly reminder:  No PETS are allowed on park grounds throughout the event.  It is a city ordinance for these 3 days only.Please make plans ahead of time for your pets.

Park & Ride for Free!

Prairie Hills Transit will be providing shuttle service to and from the festival. The shuttle is wheelchair capable. The Spearfish High School parking lot will be used as the park and ride area. The shuttle service is free and will rotate every 15 minutes.

Event Schedule

  • $5 WRISTBAND NIGHT – FRIDAY, JULY 16
    • 4pm – 8pm – Vendors Open
    • 4pm – 10pm – Live Music at the Watering Hole
  • SATURDAY, JULY 17
    • 9am – 7pm – Vendors Open
    • 11am – 8pm – Live Music at the Watering Hole
  • SUNDAY, JULY 18
    • 10 am – 4pm – Vendors Open
    • 11am – 3pm – Live Music at the Watering Hole

Photo Gallery:

All images by The Black Hill Studios. All rights reserved.

Our Sponsors

KEVN Black Hills Fox
Holiday Inn
Black Hills Pioneer
  • South Dakota Arts Council
  • Spearfish
  • DeSmet and Biggs, LLP
  • Forcoli & Songs Painting
  • Great Peaks Realty
  • Real Estate Center of Spearfish
  • Black Hills Salt Cave & Spa
  • Killian's Food & Drink
  • Great Western Bank
  • Wolff's Plumbing & Heating
  • Spearfish Motors
  • Lucky's 13 Pub
  • TDG