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The Best of Brookings


There is always something to do in Brookings. Read more about our can’t miss events and then head over to our event calendar to see current events happening in town.

Midwest Hospitality at Its Finest

The Dacotah Bank Center is renowned for its exceptional hospitality and has been internationally recognized for its outstanding customer service. More than 2 million people have enjoyed near 4,400 events […]

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Bring Your Meeting to Brookings!

Brookings welcomes any event, from small receptions to large conventions. With seven different venue locations, find the perfect place to accommodate your needs right at home.

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Buy Fresh, Buy Local at the Brookings Farmers Market

Buyers flock to the Brookings Farmers Market every Saturday morning from May through October to experience the tastes and aromas of the community.

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A Walk with SD’s Poets Laureate

Brookings is well known for its vibrant downtown. A new artistic element captures the literary work of some notable South Dakotans and encourages visitors to envision our area in an […]

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Frost Fest Celebrates the Cold in Brookings

There’s one thing that isn’t frozen during winter in Brookings: fun. The 10th annual Frost Fest will thaw the hearts of many February 16-18, 2024. A community-wide event, Frost Fest […]

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Signature Events in 2024

There’s so much to see and do in Brookings all year long. Brookings Area Burger Clash – January 1 – February 29, 2024 The Burger Clash features 23 burgers from […]

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What’s Glowing on at the Garden?

A Greeting of a familiar nostalgic feeling of holiday cheer and the sound of joyful music meets you at the beginning of the magnificent lights of Garden Glow. As you continue down the lit path you may see a child’s eyes light up at the larger-than-life candy land display or a couple taking in a special moment together.

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Santa Sightings

Find out where to find Santa all month long!

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Discover Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe

Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe brings one of the most renowned Native American painters in front of a new generation. Howe (1915–1983) was committed to creating and sharing art […]

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10 Tips to Have the Best Brookings Summer Arts Festival Ever!

South Dakota’s premier juried arts festival garners over 200 artists from across the nation to fill the grassy areas of Pioneer Park. Representing 15 different disciplines or art, 38 different […]

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