National Park South Dakota


Planning your trip to the Badlands? Take a look at the calendar below for events on the specific day you will be visiting the park.

Daily ranger programs are offered Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Special Events

Badlands Astronomy Festival
July 5-7, 2019

Novices and experts alike will enjoy the spectacular dark night skies of Badlands National Park at public star parties each evening. During the day, a variety of family-friendly workshops and special activities will provide opportunities for visitors to learn about the night sky, the sun, and space exploration. It will include nightly special guest speakers, public stargazing activities, solar observing opportunities, planetarium shows, as well as equipment demonstrations.

Discover Badlands
July 24, 2019

A variety of booths will highlight activities and research taking place at Badlands National Park. From bison to ferrets, fire to erosion, learn about the area’s many resources and what is being done to help learn about and protect Badlands. Meet some of the park’s many partners, including the National Weather Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Badlands Natural History Association, and Badlands National Park Conservancy. Get involved in activities and demonstrations to learn about the day to day park operations. Discover what it takes to manage this 244,000 acre park.

The Winds of Badlands
July 30, 2019
Composer and musician Jill Haley along with guitarist David Cullen will perform The Winds of Badlands on July 30 at 9:00 p.m. Jill was an Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park in 2015. The concert will include several selections she wrote about Badlands while living in the Park. The music will be performed on oboe, English Horn, and guitar.

Badlands Heritage Celebration
August 17-18, 2019

People have been in the badlands area for thousands of years. The scenic landscape of the badlands has great historical and spiritual significance to the Lakota people, and many of the park’s neighbors are descendants of homesteaders. Join Badlands National Park in celebrating the area’s history and culture during this two day event.

Hoop of Life with Kevin Locke
August 17, 2019

Hoop of Life Program incorporates Indigenous Flute music samples from the prairies and beyond, Sign Language, Prayer songs in Lakota language, storytelling and much more. The hoop dance is a choreographed prayer invoking the universal metaphor of the hoop - a symbol that for all peoples represents; peace, unity, beauty, balance, continuity and harmony. It is a prayer that we may all be restored to wholeness and wellbeing; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually not just as individuals but collectively with all of humankind and creation.

Founder's Day
August 25, 2019

Time for birthday cake! Join the staff at Badlands National Park, the Cedar Pass Lodge, and the Badlands Natural History Association in celebrating the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday with birthday cake. The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act.


Jump to date

By Park

By State/Territory

By Event Type

  • Show
  • Hide
Loading Events...

Last updated: May 28, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750


(605) 433-5361

Contact Us