Though it felt like it may never come here in Sioux Falls, summer has arrived at long last. With the welcome change in weather comes the opportunity to get out and enjoy all of the awesome summer activities that Sioux Falls has to offer.

Throughout the summer there is no shortage of shows, concerts, festivals, and adventures to be enjoyed. Here’s a preview of some of our favorites!

1. PorkPalooza

Nothing says summer quite like eating a heaping plate of BBQ. Food lovers will love this event that will feature tons of mouth-watering BBQ food as well as beer tents and live music. It will take place at 8th and Railroad, and there’s a number of musical acts scheduled to perform.

When: June 7th & 8th

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2. Siouxland Renaissance Festival

Experience the fun and spectacle of the European Renaissance by checking out the Siouxland Renaissance Festival at the Lyons fairground. Learn how people lived centuries ago as this year’s festival is set in 1575. Enjoy plays, a joust, a massive turkey leg, and plenty of music from the era.

When: June 9th & 10th

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3. Moonlight Movies at Fawick Park

Outdoor movies are making a comeback in a big way, and this summer you can enjoy the recent trend with your family at Fawick Park. Admission is free, so all you need to do is bring a chair to sit in or a blanket to lay on, and some of your favorite movie snacks. Movies include: Beauty and the Beast, Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory, and other family favorites.

When: June-August

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4. Downtown SculptureWalk

Sure, you can enjoy the downtown SculptureWalk year round, but when better than in the summer heat? The SculptureWalk is the largest annual exhibit of public art sculptures in the country!

When: Year Round

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5. Hot Harley Nights

If you love motorcycles, Hot Harley Nights is just your speed. The event is headquartered at J&L Harley-Davidson where activities are scheduled all weekend including vendors and music.

Hundreds of motorcycles gather at J&L for a parade to the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds where the fun continues.

When: July 12-15

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6. Hot Summer Nites

This summer marks the 25th annual Hot Summer Nites event. This annual treasure features a parade, street vendors, food trucks, a car show, and free live music.

When: July 18

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7. Wild Water West Waterpark

When the temps increase this summer, you’ll want to cool down by enjoying a waterpark. If you’re in search of family fun, Wild Water West has it all. Bumper boats, crazy slides, a lazy river, wave pool, and the Tornado Alley, which is a 55-foot water slide with a bowl that funnels riders in a circle make this place a kid’s paradise. Take swimming breaks and visit the batting cages, go-karts, or mini-golf.

When: Until the End of Summer

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8. Take a Scenic Walk in the Japanese Gardens

If you’re looking for a serene and calming day outside, head down to Terrace Park and take in the Japanese Gardens. Go for a walk and enjoy the scenery, or grab a good book and find a quiet space to lay down and enjoy your day.

When: Year Round

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9. Sioux Falls JazzFest

Perhaps the biggest event in Sioux Falls throughout the year is JazzFest. This year the amazing music festival takes place in late July. They haven’t announced the headlining acts yet, but in year’s past the event has hosted the likes of Boz Scaggs, Gary Clark Jr., Trombone Shorty, Grace Potter, and Jimmie Vaughan.

When: July 20-21

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10. Sioux Empire Fair

The annual tradition continues this summer as the Sioux Empire Fair provides 10 days of non-stop fun. From rodeos to grandstand entertainment, there is something for everyone. Ride the Ferris Wheel or win a stuffed animal at the carnival games.

When: August 3-11

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Find Your Next Sioux Falls Apartment with Elevate Living

Hopefully your summer is filled with plenty of fun, and you get to enjoy a few of the awesome summer activities on this list. If you find yourself wanting more space in your current apartment, or wanting a new apartment that has a outdoor pool for you to enjoy this summer, Elevate Living is here to help!

We have a number of awesome apartments available to rent in Sioux Falls, and would love to make your apartment search as easy as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our current availability.