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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
University of South Dakota
Wacipi
Vermillion
Late March or
early April
University of South Dakota
(605) 677-6875 or
tiospaye@usd.edu
Cheyenne - Eagle Butte School
Traditional Pow wow

Eagle Butte, school grounds
 

Mid-April
 
(605) 964-8744 or
dhighelk@yahoo.com
Black Hills State University
Wacipi

Spearfish 

Third weekend
in April
 
Black Hills State University
(605) 642-6578
Presentation College
Graduation Pow wow

Eagle Butte, college campus 

Early May
 
(605) 964-4071 or
dhighelk@yahoo.com
Kenel Memorial Day
Wacipi

Kenel

Late May Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tourism
(605) 823-2024 or
(701) 854-7201
White Horse Community
Contest Pow wow

White Horse Community, near Cheyenne River

 
Early June
 
(605) 964-7812 or
dhighelk@yahoo.com
Annual Oglala Lakota Vietnam
Veterans Contest Pow wow

Pine Ridge, Pow wow grounds 

Mid-June
 
Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce
(605) 867-5762
(605) 867-5577 or
pteole@gwtc.net
Thunder Butte Traditional
Pow wow

Dupree, Pow wow grounds

Mid-June
 
(605) 964-7812
(605) 365-5715 or
dhighelk@yahoo.com
Fort Randall Casino and Hotel
Pow wow

Pickstown, Fort Randall Casino
 

Mid- to
late June
 
 Fort Randall Casino and Hotel
1-800-362-6333
Oglala Lakota College Graduation Wacipi

Kyle, Oglala Lakota College
 

Mid- to
late June
 
Oglala Lakota College
(605) 455-6000 or
mpurier@olc.edu 
Antelope Traditional Wacipi

Antelope

 

 July   (605) 208-4072
Iron Lightning Contest
Pow wow

Iron Lightning, Pow wow grounds
 

July 4
 
(605) 964-7812 or
dhighelk@yahoo.com
Rosebud Casino Annual
Pow wow

Rosebud, Rosebud Casino
 

July 4-6
 
Rosebud Casino
1-800-786-7673
 
Bear Soldier Pow wow

Bear Soldier Community, near McLaughlin
 

July 4-6
 
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tourism
(605) 823-4519
 
Annual Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
Traditional Wacipi

Agency Village, near Sisseton

Fourth of July holiday (605) 698-4972
 
Dupree Community Contest
Pow wow

Dupree, Pow wow grounds
 

July (605) 964-7812 or
dhighelk@yahoo.com
 
Annual Flandreau Santee
Traditional Wacipi

Flandreau
 

July Flandreau Santee Wacipi
(605) 997-3891
(605) 997-2870 or
webeditor@fsst.org
 
Wounded Knee Memorial Ride
and Powwow

Start in Fort Yates, ND, end in Wounded Knee, SD
 

July
 
(605) 867-5416 or
(262) 903-0869
Running Antelope Wacipi

Little Eagle
 

July
 
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tourism
(605) 823-4132
 
  
Milk's Camp Traditional Pow wow

St. Charles
 

Fourth weekend
in July 
 (605) 654-9042
Annual Fort Randall Traditional Powwow

Lake Andes

First full weekend in August (605) 384-3641 or
(605) 487-7871 ext. 473
Oglala Nation Powwow and Rodeo

Pine Ridge
 

First full weekend in August (605) 867-5821
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Annual Fair, Rodeo and Powwow

Lower Brule
 

Second full weekend in August Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Powwows
(605) 473-5561 or
(605) 473-5372
Rock Creek Wacipi
(Annual Victory over Japan Celebration)

Rock Creek Community, near Bullhead

August Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tourism
(605) 823-2026
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Annual Powwow

Fort Thompson
 

Third weekend of August
 
(605) 245-2221
 
Wakpala Traditional Powwow

Wakpala

August
 
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tourism
(605) 823-2026
Annual Rosebud Fair, Rodeo and Powwow

Rosebud, Pow wow grounds

Fourth weekend
in August
Rosebud Sioux Tribe Wacipi
(605) 747-2381 or
(605) 747-2289
Annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo and Powwow

Eagle Butte
 

Early September

(605) 964-4155
(605) 964-7812 or
dhighelk@yahoo.com
 

South Dakota State University
Annual Powwow

Brookings, Swiftel Center

September
 

South Dakota State University
(605) 688-6019

United Sioux Tribes Powwow

Fort Pierre
 

September
 
United Sioux Tribes
(605) 224-8861
 
Annual American Indian Day and Powwow Celebration
"Gathering of the Wakanyeja"

Chamberlain, St. Joseph's Indian School
 

Mid-September
 
St. Joseph's Indian School Powwow
(605) 734-3300
 
Northern Plains Indian Art Market and Powwow

Sioux Falls
 

Late September Northern Plains Indian Art Market
(605) 334-4060
 
Annual Black Hills Powwow and Art Market

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
 

Early October (605) 367-7400
 
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Memorial Powwow

Agency Village

Second weekend in November
 
(605) 698-4972
 
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Veterans Powwow

Lower Brule
 

Second or third weekend in November Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Powwows
(605) 473-5561 or
(605) 473-5372 or
(605) 473-6585
 

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.