Find yourself surrounded by laughter, live music, and the thrilling atmosphere of the most anticipated event of the summer – Summer Nights. 

People entering Summer Nights downtown Rapid City through Art Alley
Summer Nights

The official start of summer in Rapid City is marked by different things for different locals. But one that many in town go by is the beginning of the weekly concert series called Summer Nights. Every Thursday night, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, a portion of 7th Street in Downtown Rapid City is closed off to make space for a stage, food vendors, drink vendors and more. 

Band performing on the stage during Summer Nights in Downtown Rapid City
Summer Nights

Each week a different band debuts to serenade the crowd. From country bands to rocks bands, they all have one thing in common and that’s getting people to move to the music. You can view the season line-up, once it’s announced, here

Food truck at Summer Nights in Downtown Rapid City
Summer Nights

Entrance for Summer Nights is free for all ages. Once inside you can treat yourself to local food vendors or grab a beverage. Happy Hour runs from 5pm to 6pm and the entertainment starts at 6pm and plays until 9pm. This fun event offers a great way to kick off a night in Downtown Rapid City with plenty of options for places to explore in walking distance after the street party comes to an end. 

You can hear the music throughout the downtown district, so if you plan to post up on a local patio or play in the fountains at Main Street Square, you can still enjoy the sounds rolling out from 7th street. 

Know before you go: Pets are not allowed within the gated area of Summer Nights, with the exception of ADA service animals.

Downtown Summer Nights in Rapid City, SD
Summer Nights

The event started in the summer of 2008 and had around 738 attendees. Fast forward to today and attendance now averages around 7,000. It’s a great place to relax, enjoy some fantastic live music, explore downtown, and meet people. Come check out the most exciting event of the summer while you're in town! It won't take you long to find it or realize why so many people love it. Looking for other popular annual events that take place in the area? Check out our Top 10 Events List!