Take In The Vibrant Arts & Culture Scene in Rapid City
Spend the morning walking through scenic downtown Rapid City. View the City of Presidents, a series of hand sculpted life-size bronze statues honoring the American presidential legacy. Visit Art Alley, Rapid City's most unique painting with a number of eclectic murals. Don’t miss The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind & Water encircling the perimeter of Main Street Square. Twenty-one large granite pieces depict the passage of wind through the land of the Black Hills and water on the Badlands. Watch the sculptor work from June through September until 2017.
Later in the morning, stop by The Dahl Arts Center to observe a variety of art, from portraiture to landscape paintings and exhibits on music and film. The gallery features a 360-degree cyclorama mural depicting American history, one of only five in the world. Enjoy local emerging artists on display and a children’s interactive zone.
Continue exploring the rest of Downtown and grab a bite to eat at one of our enticing restaurants. If you’re feeling something adventurous, try Kathmandu Bistro. The menu, featuring local and exotic game, will transport you to Nepal. Or a more local unique option at Kōl includes a thought-provoking menu for the health conscious and indulgent alike. Entrees include skewers, pizzas and other delectable selections cooked on a massive coal-fired oven.
Stroll through Memorial Park. The park displays actual segments of the Berlin Wall along with two tanks traps, offering a thought-provoking spot for conversation and reflection, as well as formal rose gardens and a promenade. Other sculptures in Memorial Park include: Black Hills Veterans Memorial, Dale Lamphere, and the Flood Memorial.
An art and culture tour in Rapid City isn’t complete without shopping at our unique galleries and boutiques. Be sure to stop in at Prairie Edge, just west of Main Street Square. A one of a kind shop is part purveyor of local products and Native American traditional craft supplies and part art gallery and museum. Another great stop is Sioux Pottery, located east of downtown. Tour the factory and watch local Lakota Sioux people hand craft pottery and make a one-of-a-kind pottery purchase for that special someone.
After a busy day exploring the arts, listen to a performance from the Black Hills Symphony, take in a show from Black Hills Community Theatre or Firehouse Brewing Theatre. For Broadway quality productions, visit the Black Hills Playhouse near Custer State Park. If your day of arts and culture lands on a Thursday in the summer season, be sure to check out Summer Nights and The Concerts at Main Street Square.
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