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Calendar of Events Listing Guidelines

The South Dakota Department of Tourism compiles a statewide calendar of events which is distributed in a variety of ways to visitors, travel writers, group tour operators and other members of the travel trade. Events listed in the calendar must meet certain guidelines.

Required Information

  1. Contact Name (for Tourism use, only)
  2. Business or Organization
  3. Contact Email (for Tourism use, only)
  4. Email (for public use)
  5. Location - including physical street address, city, state, zip and region
  6. Event Name
  7. Categories (maximum of 3)
  8. Description (maximum of 500 characters: letters, numbers, punctuation and spaces)
  9. Must be submitted on the online entry form

Optional Information

  • Phone Number and/or Toll Free Number
  • Website URL
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Photograph (one GIF, JPG, PNG or JPEG, no larger than 2 MB) - graphics, logos, posters and other similar images will not be approved


Events eligible for consideration

  • Animals/Wildlife
  • Antique/Quilt Show
  • Art Show/Exhibit
  • Arts & Crafts Show
  • Athletic Event
  • Bicycling
  • Cars/Motorcycles
  • Collectibles/Model Show
  • Concert
  • Educational/Science
  • Ethnic/Cultural
  • Exhibit/Lecture
  • Fair/Carnival/Circus
  • Farm Show/Ag Event
  • Festival
  • Food/Wine/Beer
  • Historical Event
  • Holiday Event
  • Home/Garden Show
  • Hunting/Fishing Event
  • Miscellaneous
  • Monster Trucks/Tractor Pull
  • Movie/Film
  • Parade
  • Performing Arts
  • Powwow
  • Race/Demolition Derby
  • Rodeo/Stock/Horse Show
  • Sporting Event
  • Sports/Outdoors Show
  • State Park Event
  • Street Dance
  • Threshing Show
  • Tour/Open House
  • Tournament
  • Volksmarch
  • Winter Event


Events not eligible for consideration

  • Banquets
  • Church activities
  • Conventions, seminars and workshops
  • Crazy Days
  • Farm or household auctions
  • Farmer's markets
  • Grade/Middle/High School sporting, band and music events or competitions
  • Pictures (with Santa, Easter Bunny)
  • Relays for Life/Walk-a-thons
  • Reunions
  • Rummage/garage sales


South Dakota Tourism selects events that:

  • feature a wide variety of activities
  • attempt to capture the unique flavor of an area’s geographic, historical or ethnic heritage
  • cater to a particular age group, such as senior, family or children, or niche audience, such as collectors or history buffs
  • are traditional events
  • appeal to visitors


The reasons why an event may not be listed are:

  • the required information was not given
  • the event appeals to a local audience rather than visitors
  • the event is not unique


If you are ready to submit your event, please use the online entry form.