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Powwows and Celebrations

PowwowFestive best describes the atmosphere of a powwow or "wacipi" (dance). Spirited drumming and singing fills the air, as dancers complete their fancy footwork. Many of today's powwows feature competitions in categories such as traditional, fancy and jingle dress dancing.

During the intertribal dance, spectators get their chance to enter the dance ring. At most powwows, you'll also have the opportunity to sample traditional foods like Indian fry bread and "wojapi," a fruit pudding. Catch the spirit at one of these or many other powwows across the state.

Many powwows are held at the same time each year. However, it's best to call ahead to verify dates and times. When attending a powwow, please remember to be respectful. For more information see our Visitor Etiquette section. 

Powwow and Celebration Schedules
Location Dates Contact
Annual Founder’s Celebration & Wacipi
Mission, Sinte Gleska University
Late January or early February Sinte Gleska University
(605) 856-8100
University of South Dakota Wacipi
Vermillion, Dakota Dome
Late March or early April University of South Dakota
(605) 677-6389 or
Black Hills State University Wacipi
Spearfish, Young Field House
Mid-April Black Hills State University
(605) 642-6578
Annual Health Start Wetu Wacipi
Flandreau, Community Center
April (605) 997-2311
Annual He Dog School Wacipi
Early May He Dog School
(605) 747-2438
Kenel Memorial Day Wacipi
Late May Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tourism
(605) 823-2024 or
(701) 854-7299
White Horse Community Contest Powwow
White Horse Community, near Cheyenne River
June (605) 964-7812
Presentation College/Lakota Campus Graduation Powwow
Eagle Butte, CRST Tribal Powwow Grounds
June (605) 964-4071
LaPlante Community Powwow
LaPlante, Cheyenne River Reservation
June (605) 733-2579
St. Francis Indian Day Powwow
St. Francis, Powwow grounds
June (605) 891-9992
Annual Oglala Lakota Vietnam Veterans Wacipi
Pine Ridge, Powwow grounds
Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 455-2685 or
(605) 867-5577
Indian Day Celebration
Pickstown, Fort Randall Casino
Mid- to late June Fort Randall Casino and Hotel
Oglala Lakota College Graduation Wacipi
Kyle, Oglala Lakota College
Mid- to late June Oglala Lakota College
(605) 455-6000
Annual Greenwood Community Wacipi
Greenwood, Powwow grounds
July (605) 384-3641 or
(605) 487-7871
Iron Lightning Contest Powwow
Iron Lightning, Powwow grounds
July (605) 365-5306
Rosebud Casino Annual Wacipi
Rosebud, Rosebud Casino
July 4-6 Rosebud Casino
Bear Soldier Wacipi
McLaughlin, Powwow grounds
July 4-6 Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tourism
(701) 854-7201 or
(605) 823-2030
Annual Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Traditional Wacipi
Agency Village, near Sisseton
July 4-6 Oyate Tourism
(605) 698-8217
Dupree Community Contest Powwow
Dupree, Powwow grounds
July (605) 365-5413 or
(605) 365-5620
Annual Traditional Mdewakanton Wacipi
Flandreau, Powwow grounds
Mid-July Flandreau Santee Wacipi
(605) 997-3891 or
(605) 997-3512
Mni Sose Wakpa Wacipi
Fort Pierre, Powwow grounds
Mid-July (605) 280-5418 or
(605) 280-9517
Antelope Community Powwow
Antelope, Powwow grounds
Mid-July (605) 319-8694
Kenel Wacipi
McLaughlin, Powwow grounds
Mid-July (605) 823-2024
Running Antelope Wacipi
Little Eagle, Powwow grounds
Late July
(605) 823-4132
Milks Camp Community Powwow
St. Charles, Milks Camp Site
July (605) 747-2381
Big Bend Powwow
July (605) 875-3282
Wolf Lodge Powwow
Timber Lake
July (605) 365-3678
Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run
Start in Fort Yates, ND, end in Wounded Knee, SD
Late July or early August Wounded Knee Memorial Run
(605) 441-3058 or
(262) 903-0869
Blackfoot Toe Jam
Cheyenee River Reservation
August (605) 733-2456
Annual YST Fort Randall Traditional Powwow
Lake Andes
August (605) 491-0489 or
Oglala Nation Powwow and Rodeo
Pine Ridge
First full weekend in August (605) 867-8427
Rock Creek Wacipi
Rock Creek Community, near Bullhead
August (605) 823-2326
Kul-Wicasa Oyate Fair & Rodeo
Lower Brule, Fair Grounds
August (605) 473-0561
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Annual Powwow
Fort Thompson
August (605) 245-2221
Red Scaffold Community Powwow
Cheyenne River
August (605) 538-4637
Parmelee Community Powwow
Parmelee, Powwow grounds
August (605) 319-8485
Wakpala Traditional Wacipi
Mid-August (605) 845-3964
Medicine Root Powwow
Mid-August Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 455-2685
White River Frontier Days Wacipi & Rodeo
White River, Swift Bear Powwow Grounds
Mid-August (605) 828-2561
Pass Creek District Wacipi
Allen, American Horse School Campus
Mid-August Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 455-2685
Annual Rosebud Fair, Rodeo and Powwow
Mission, Rosebud Fair Grounds
Late August (605) 747-4225 or
(605) 378-3800
Toka Nuwan “Enemy Swim” District Powwow
Late August (605) 947-4319
Annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo and Powwow
Eagle Butte, Powwow grounds

(605) 964-8865

South Dakota State University Annual Powwow
Brookings, Swiftel Center

South Dakota State University
(605) 688-6019

Winner Labor Day Wacipi Celebration
Winner, Community grounds
September (605) 208-0187
Mila Hunska Tasunke Owayawa
Allen, American Horse School Campus
September Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 455-2685
Northern Plains Indian Art Market and Powwow
Sioux Falls
Late September Northern Plains Indian Art Market
(605) 856-8193 or
(605) 856-8143
Annual American Indian Day and Powwow
"Gathering of the Wakanyeja"
Chamberlain, St. Joseph's Indian School
Mid-September St. Joseph's Indian School Powwow
(605) 734-3300 or
Annual Black Hills Powwow and Art Market
“He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate”
Rapid City, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Early October Black Hills Powwow (He Sapa Wacipi)
(605) 341-0925
Dakota Anpetu Traditional Powwow
Sioux Falls, Multi-Cultural Center
October (605) 367-7400
Pierre School District’s Native American Day Pow Wow
Pierre, T.F. Riggs High School
October (605) 295-4430 or
(605) 295-4486
Northern State University Wacipi
Aberdeen, Barnett Center
November Northern State University
(605) 626-3007
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Memorial Powwow
Agency Village
Second weekend in November Oyate Tourism
(605) 698-8217
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Veterans Powwow
Lower Brule
Second or third weekend in November Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
(605) 473-5561

Search our statewide calendar of events for specific dates and locations of powwows.

Many powwows are held at the same time each year. However, it's best to call ahead to verify dates and times. When attending a powwow, please remember to be respectful. For more information see our Visitor Etiquette section.