Can’t Miss Events in 2023

Can’t Miss Events in 2023

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One of a kind is something Brookings does well. We have community events spanning multiple interests and all seasons, from the Brookings Marathon at the beginning of summer to Garden Glow in winter. Come find the best fun and unique experience for your taste.  

Brookings Marathon – 2nd Weekend in May

The Brookings Marathon includes a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, and typically takes place in May. The route features multiple places to watch and cheer on the runners. After completing their races, runners receive a t-shirt and are honored during an awards ceremony at Pioneer Park. @Brookings Marathon | Facebook 

Brookings Summer Arts Festival – 2nd Weekend in July 

The Brookings Summer Arts Festival is a special occasion for art lovers of all ages. The event attracts a myriad of artists from across the country to Pioneer Park. Artists bring their one-of-a-kind creations, while musicians play to entertain the crowds. The center of the park focuses on fun children’s activities. Food vendors serve a variety of gourmet and ethnic dishes, while living history presenters educate visitors about trades practiced long ago. Brookings Summer Arts Festival | Instagram and Brookings Summer Arts Festival | Facebook

Downtown at Sundown – 5 Thursdays July – August  

Downtown at Sundown draws Brooking’s locals, college students, and visitors. Held five consecutive Thursdays in July and August, this outdoor concert series showcases different musical genres plus vendors serving up a variety of food and drink as well as community information. Downtown at Sundown| Instagram and Downtown at Sundown | Facebook

Hobo Day – October

South Dakota State University’s homecoming is by far the biggest annual event in Brookings. Hobo Day traditionally takes place in mid to late October. The event draws an estimated 20,000 students, alumni, sports fans, locals, and visitors for the parade and football game. Hobo Day will celebrate its 111th year in the fall of 2023. 

Hobo Day | Instagram and Hobo Day | Facebook. 

Garden Glow December 2 – January 6 

Garden Glow, a holiday light show, takes place at McCrory Gardens. The garden becomes an immersive wonderland. The holiday theme stays the same, with new features added every year. The event typically runs from the first Saturday of December to Jan. 6. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. nightly, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Buy tickets ahead of time through SDSU ticket services. McCrory Gardens | Instagram and McCrory Gardens | Facebook


For more information about events in Brookings, check out our events calendar.

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