Sioux Falls 2016 Ongoing Events
Press Releases
Written by Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau   
Monday, May 16, 2016 06:17 PM
Historic PURSE-onality Exhibit
Ongoing through November 20, 2016: When it comes to accessories that make or break an outfit, the purse is one accessory that evolved from a simple bag to an elaborate alter ego. Handbag, purse, satchel, clutch, carryall, or pocket book, whatever you call it, this item has had a place in someone's hand throughout the ages. Check out the exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum!

Falls Fuel: Full Service Gas and Oil Exhibit
Ongoing through October 15, 2017: Petroleum has been a daily part of American life since crude oil was refined into kerosene for lamps to light homes during the 19th century. Often called Black Gold, petroleum is used today to make many everyday items such as plastics, cosmetics, tires, and of course gasoline. Gasoline was once just a by-product in the production of kerosene, but after the automobile became popular in the early 1900s, the demand for gasoline skyrocketed. Over time, gas station design in the United States evolved with changes in drivers, cars, and cities. What once began as a hardware store clerk filling a bucket of gas and bringing it to the car parked at the curb, soon became the gas station we know today.

Wallace Dow: Prairie Architect exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum
Ongoing through May 31, 2016: Dow made the infant streets of early Sioux Falls into business-savvy avenues with towering quartzite walls and decorative stone designs. Many of Dow's structures still stand today. Check out the exhibit of his work!

Making Cents of Coins
Ongoing through June 27, 2016: Silver and gold coins are the foundation of stories of treasure hunts, pirate ships, and the end of the rainbow. The exhibit Making Cents of Coins features hundreds of rare coins, including coins from the ancient civilizations in Egypt and Rome, to commemorative coins from the World's Fairs, to the present day legal tender.

Protecting the Frontier: Fort Dakota
Ongoing through July 16, 2017: The wild prairies of Dakota Territory lured settlers to start a new beginning on the unknown frontier. A tense period of time in the United States, the Dakota War of 1862 seeped into Dakota Territory, sending settlers into a fearful panic. Rumors of Native Americans on the warpath made the once enterprising pioneers abandon their homes and move to larger cities. The United States Government understood a military presence in Dakota would make settlers feel safe and would encourage others to move to the frontier. Established in 1865 at the current site of downtown Sioux Falls, Fort Dakota was created. For four years, soldiers encountered the trials and tribulations of weather, settlers, and Native Americans. Discover the life at Fort Dakota through first-hand accounts, uniforms, and weaponry used during the infancy of Sioux Falls in the new exhibit Protecting the Frontier: Fort Dakota.

LPGA Symetra Tour
The LPGA Symetra Tour will be returning to Sioux Falls for another year of the GreatLIFE Challenge, after the enormous success from last year's event. Women from all over the world will be competing for the largest purse on the Symetra Tour and a shot on the LPGA Tour.

Wild Water West Waterpark
When you're stuck in the heat of the summer, what better way to cool off than with an ice cold beverage at the pool? Wild Water West Waterpark offers a variety of ways to enjoy the park with the Waterslide Complex, 500,000 gallon Wave Pool, Lazy River, and so much more.

Sioux Falls Airshow
July 23-24, 2016: For two days you can experience the sights and sounds of some of the fastest military jets in the world. Go back in time as you can also see some of the first military planes that were utilized. The world-famous Blue Angels will be back again this year to showcase their eye-opening stunts in the air.

Local Folk Off & Rib Challenge
Saturday, July 30: FOLK OFF at Strawbale Winery is a folk music competition, and concert. Up to 10 musical acts will compete for cash and a slot to play at the Sioux River Folk Festival, the following week. RIB CHALLENGE is a BBQ Rib competition with samples from 10-12:00, for you to judge the best in the People's Choice Award. Your ticket is your vote! There will be food and beverages and music all day! The combined competitions are a fundraiser for the Friends of Traditional Music and Girls and Boys Club of the Sioux Empire. Relax, enjoy the outdoors, try amazing ribs and listen to your favorite music all day and evening, maybe drink a little wine. Music, Wine, Beer, & Ribs in a beautiful country setting. Buy your tickets at Strawbale Winery or Online tickets at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com Children under 12 free. Please no pets or outside food or beverages. All will be provided.

Great Plains Balloon Race
Fri. August 19th, 2016- Sun. August 21st, 2016
25 to 35 balloons from the upper midwest are invited to participate in the Great Plains Balloon Race. Races will take place from Kenny Anderson Park and are dependent on the weather conditions. Races are scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, with a make-up date on Sunday morning. The event is in support of Children's Miracle Network. Updated information can be found on our website and through facebook.

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team coming to Sioux Falls
September 2nd, 2016 at 6:00 PM
On Friday, September 2nd you can see some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans battle it out at The Birdcage and help our Wounded Warriors at the same time. Veterans who have lost a limb in combat organized a softball team that has toured nationally for several years, inspiring people from coast to coast. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is a public charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees. This softball game will help celebrate the beginning of the ASA Women’s C & D and Men’s E/Rec National Slowpitch Softball Tournaments in Sioux Falls running September 2-5 at Harmodon Park. Tickets are available at Lewis Drug and the Canaries box office.
Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for kids. Requesting a freewill donation of non-perishable food items for Feeding South Dakota
Contact: Kenny Anderson Jr. (605) 261-5132