Calendar of Events

Due to the recent global outbreak of COVID-19, and recommendations from the CDC and SD Governor Kristi Noem, many of our members' events in the region have been cancelled or postponed. Please check with events directly for current information. Thank you!

From festivals to rodeos, nature hikes, winery events and everything in between, Southeast South Dakota has an event waiting for you to experience. Browse through the calendar to find your next adventure!


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OktoBEARfest at Great Bear

October 15 - October 18
Great Bear Recreation Park, Sioux Falls
605-941-1920

Thursday: Check out the ZooMobile from the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History at OctoBEARfest!
Get geared up for winter at Great Bear's season pass & gear sale and then meet some of the friendly critters from the zoo! Weather permitting.
October 15th at Great Bear Recreation Park from 3 to 5 pm. Event is free and no registration required!

Friday: Free S’mores at OctoBEARfest
October 16, 2020 at 5:00pm - Cozy up by the fire and make yourself s’mores! While supplies last.
Event is free and no registration required. Weather permitting.

Saturday: Scavenger Hunt at OctoBEARfest
October 17, 2020 at 12:00pm - Explore the trails at Great Bear while you go on our scavenger hunt! Get the details at Guest Services. Complete the hunt and get entered to win a prize!
Event is free and no registration required. Weather permitting.

Sunday: Fall Family Photos at OctoBEARfest
October 18, 2020 at 12:00pm
Have a professional photographer take your next family photo at our fall themed shoot!
Event is free and no registration required. Weather permitting.

The Bar & Grill will also be open Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. Grab a burger, brat, beer or glass of wine and enjoy the fall colors!

Save BIG on passes and more at Great Bear's annual preseason sale!
The benefits of a Great Bear season pass include 10% off Great Bear retail, deals at Sister Ski Areas, 10% off regularly priced items at ERIK's through Sept 30, 2021 (show pass at checkout), 10% off Great Plains Zoo memberships when purchased between 10/15/20 and 12/31/20, and receive 2 buddy passes, each good for a lift ticket and equipment rental!
At OctoBEARfest held this year at Great Bear Recreation Park, you can also save 10% on Great Bear gift cards and $10 off lesson punch cards. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be offering Snow Bears or Snow Explorers this winter.

Plus, stop by the ERIK's booth and meet the Sioux Falls team. Grab some free swag, coupons and sign up for a giveaway!

Hours:
Thursday, Oct. 15 - 11 am to 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 16 - 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday, Oct. 17 - 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday, Oct. 18 - 11 am to 5 pm