Beyond ballrooms and the standard convention space, Rapid City provides a wealth of innovative locations for planners who are looking to get creative with their meeting or event location. Unique experiences join knowledge building and networking to inspire curiosity and encourage engagement. Check out these buzz-worthy locations to make your next meeting, convention, or off-site break-out session anything but lackluster.


Aby's Rapid CIty

historic grainmill setting of the aby's rapid city venue in rapid city south dakota

Step into the past at Aby's Rapid City, a century-old family grain mill reborn as an eco-modern indoor/outdoor venue. Crafted with reclaimed wood, hemp, and historic brick, it accommodates up to 200 guests. Create an upscale event or host a vibrant night with live music in this unique space.


Dahl Arts Center

Dahl Arts Center

The Dahl Arts Center is one of the finest galleries in the area showcasing rotating creations from local and regional artists. Event space includes a large theater-style room that can seat up to 280 to other smaller spaces.

The Journey Museum & Learning Center

Journey Museum & Learning Center

Experience 2.5 billion years of Black Hills history at the only museum of it’s kind. The Journey Museum & Learning Center includes intriguing exhibits with stories of Native American culture, historical Rapid City events, and pioneer history. There are six areas available for rent including galleries, a theater, outdoor areas and frankly – the entire museum. Nothing is off-limits here.

Murphy's Pub & Grill

event space with patio opening at murphy's pub and grill in downtown rapid city

Give your group a great indoor/outdoor event space at Murphy's Pub & Grill! Located inside the historic Rapid City Garage building in Downtown Rapid City, their event space offers privacy from the rest of the restaurant along with easy access to their spacious patio. 

Mount Rushmore Society 

Event space in use at the mount rushmore society in rapid city south dakota

Discover a range of event space rentals at the Mount Rushmore Society. Whether it's a party, seminar, meeting, or business function, there versatile spaces are here to accommodate you. The venue is perfectly suited for intimate receptions and smaller gatherings. Tailor the space to your liking with personalized decor, catering, lighting, and more. 

Hay Camp Brewery

Hay Camp Brewery

Operating under the original name given to Rapid City in 1876, Hay Camp, this brewery not only caters to thirsty guests, but offers two generous spaces for events. Hay Camp’s Event Center, which can transform into a variety of configurations is large enough to hold smaller concerts. Tavern & Commons is a unique space for smaller meetings or social hours.

Pure Bean Coffeehouse

Speakers on the stage in the pure bean coffee house event space

Rapid City’s specialty boutique air roaster puts as much thought into their space as they do their coffee. Pure Bean Coffeehouse is located in the Fairmont Creamery Mall downtown, a historically registered building used in 1929 to manufacture dairy products. A few cork-lined walls are still present – indicative of the cold storage plants used to keep products fresh. The event space is located in the basement of the building and booked events can enjoy catering and coffee.

Elks Theatre

Elks Theatre

The history of the Elks Theatre dates back to the early 1900s when it was known as Elks Lodge opera house. Today, Elks Theatre functions as a second run movie theatre with it’s original architecture intact and the largest screen in the state. The capabilities of the theatre has expanded over the years to also host everything from corporate events to wedding ceremonies. 

Main Street Square

rusty wallace event at main street square during the sturgis bike rally

Frequently dubbed the heartbeat of the city, Main Street Square takes center stage for community gatherings. This outdoor event space is surrounded by charming downtown architecture and The Sculpture Project – a massive granite art piece representing elements of the Black Hills and Badlands.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Ah, the Shrine of Democracy. Gather at the base of Mount Rushmore for an iconic Black Hills event. Carver’s Café offers a space for 25 to 250 guests with stunning views of the four faces. Try a menu themed around the presidents on the mountain and it will be an experience you won’t forget.

The Park

digital screen and event space set up at the park restaurant in rapid city south dakota

Found inside the new spacious restaurant The Park is the 707 Nightlife event space. This modern venue comes with 6,000 sq ft of seated space and a 42ft LED wall perfect for impactful presentations. They menu ranges from very causal to black tie formal to accommodate for every event style. 

Crazy Horse Memorial®

Crazy Horse Memorial

Meet on the premises of a great Lakota war leader at Crazy Horse Memorial®. Privately funded and currently the world’s largest mountain carving in progress, the carving is impressively larger than it’s neighboring giant, Mount Rushmore, and visitors can still watch active blasts throughout the year. On Campus, the expansive Welcome Center is home to conference facilities that are capable of theater-style seating of up to 300 people.

The Hive

group at the conference table in the hive meeting space in main street square

Experience a gathering at The Hive located inside the shops of Main Street Square. This This 2,326 sq. ft. semi-open space includes tables, chairs, a kitchen, bathroom and full media center in a fun and energic atmosphere. 

Blind Lion Speakeasy

live music and people enjoying the secretive space of the Blind Lion speakeasy in rapid city south dakota

Rapid City’s only speakeasy will take you back to the 1920s. Hidden underground, the Blind Lion gives off a realistic Prohibition Era vibe with vintage furniture, memorabilia and staff dressed the part. Smaller sized groups will be impressed by their ice chiseling skills, over-the-top cocktails, and the no cell phone zone atmosphere.

Prairie Edge Trading Company and Galleries

Prairie Edge Trading Company & Galleries

Bold and beautiful, Prairie Edge Trading Company and Galleries stands two stories high and half a block wide. Native American art and Lakota flute music fill the interior of this historically restored building. Groups can find space in their main gallery surrounded by beadwork and one-of-a-kind items, or mingle on the second level enjoying fine art.