Fairs and Festivals in Aberdeen

Enjoy a community that can offer a little something for everyone. A midwestern, progressive city with fairs and festivals throughout the year will offer endless entertainment for residents and visitors alike.


Brown County Fair
Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, SDEvery August, Aberdeen hosts one of the largest FREE county fairs in the region! It is a staple of family tradition, and it is home to the largest variety of events for young and old alike.

Entertainment can range from big acts in the grandstand to local entertainment on the two FREE stages. Included in the grandstand entertainment for the 2013 BC Fair is Thursday, Aug 15 - Justin Moore, Friday, Aug 16 - Brantley Gilbert, & Saturday, Aug 17 - Gretchen Wilson!

The Brown County Fair also has many other activities such as 4-H and Open Class exhibits, FREE kid's events, a carnival, rodeo, shopping opportunities, and so much more. There is no cost to park and there is no admission to attend the fair, making it affordable for everyone.

Make plans to attend the Brown County Fair this year. The 2013 fair dates are August 12 through August 18. For more information visit www.thebrowncountyfair.com.


Northeast Celtic Faire and Games
NESD Celtic Faire in Aberdeen, SDThe Northeast Celtic Faire and Games features a unique blend of the arts, sporting events, and agricultural events to educate the public on Celtic culture and its contribution to our American society and culture. The weekend is filled with endless activities such as concerts, musical workshops, dance performances, dance instruction, heritage arts demonstrations, traditional Celtic sporting events, historical and genealogical experts and authors, and more.

NESD Celtic Faire in Aberdeen, SDVisit the Northeast Celtic Faire and Games to experience the Celtic way of life. Take in the music of a pipe band, the excitement of a Rince na Chroi dance, the beauty, grace, and stamina of the Highland Dancer and Irish Step Dancer, the food, and drink of this heritage.

Witness the determination of the caber toss contestant and laughter and cheers!
Learn about Clan history from the many Clans and Families gathered, or about traditional folk arts from the many vendors and artists present.

The Northeast Celtic Faire and Games is held every September in Aberdeen at the Brown County Fairgrounds. For more information visit www.nesdcelticfaire.com.

South Dakota Film Festival


SD Film Festival in Aberdeen, SDEach September, the Capitol Cinema in Aberdeen hosts the South Dakota Film Festival. This festival is a premier state event that attracts films from around the world; however, special consideration is given to regionally produced films or films made about South Dakota.

Hundreds attend this state-wide event. Each year film makers, students, film buffs, fans, and celebrities gather at the Aberdeen Capitol Cinema for the South Dakota Film Festival.

Past participants who have gathered in Aberdeen for the South Dakota Film Festival include Kevin Costner, Graham Green, composer Kyle Eastwood, the Screen Actors Guild, and more.

Make plans to attend this widely attended event in Aberdeen, SD. The 2013 South Dakota Film Festival will be held September 26 through September 29 at the historic Capitol Theatre in Downtown Aberdeen. For more information visit www.southdakotafilmfest.org.

Storybook Land Festival in Aberdeen, SD

Storybook Land Festival


Come to Aberdeen, South Dakota's biggest attraction, Storybook Land/Wylie Park to the annual Storybook Land Festival. There is no admission charge for this annual festival festival that features published children's authors, storytellers, entertainment and hands-on arts and crafts activities for children and adults of all ages.

Bring the entire family for a day or for the weekend and enjoy the park, stories, music, art, food and fun for all! Enjoy fairy tales and fables in the castle, followed by pictures with fairy tale characters. And, don't forget to bring your appetite! Past Storybook Land Festivals have included watermelon feeds and ice cream socials.

Make plans to attend the 2013 Storybook Land Festival, July 26-27 at Storybook Land and the Land of oz - Wylie Park, North Highway 281. For more information visit www.aberdeen.sd.us.