Our History

Summer Nights is a weekly concert series that runs every Thursday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  It was established by the 2007 Leadership Rapid City class and has entertained Downtown Rapid City since 2008.   Our board is made up of anywhere between 9 – 17 volunteer board members who you will find in red staff shirts on the street each event night.   We also have a number of volunteer organizations that fill the needs that are required in order to pull off this fantastic event for Rapid City.  Summer Nights is funded by the many fantastic sponsors as well as through beverage sales.   All proceeds of the event are donated back to the event volunteer organizations or used to support the equipment and financial needs to prepare for future years.

Summer Nights is a FREE event for all ages. Come join the fun! There’s no better way to experience the vibrant nightlife of Rapid City, SD!

The event occurs every Thursday during the Summer with Happy Hour running from 5:00pm – 6:00pm and the entertainment from 6:00pm – 9:00pm in the heart of downtown Rapid City, SD.

Come Join Us for a Great Night of Music, Food, and Beer!


If you would like to apply to be a volunteer or vendor at Summer Nights, please fill out the appropriate forms through the links below.


Can I bring my dog/cat/iguana/any other pets? Unfortunately our insurance policy does not allow pets inside our event area, with the exception of ADA service animals.

What does it cost? Summer Nights is free! We have adult beverages, Pepsi products, and water for purchase along with a variety of vendors selling food, drink, and special treats at affordable prices.

Who can I talk to if I have a question? Find anyone in red shirt marked Event Staff. That’s the Board of Directors—they can help you!

Have any additional questions?  Check out our FAQ page or contact us if you have any other questions, comments, or concerns.

Make sure to check out our current schedule, browse our photo gallery, or enjoy videos of past events.


Entertaining music from amazing bands


World class food provided by local vendors


Enjoy a hot summer night with an ice cold beverage

Support Local

Great entertainment provided by local businesses and volunteers

Always Free

There is never any cost for admission to this annual summer event

Contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns you might have


JUNE 2022


Sponsored by Shiner Beers – Spoetzl Brewery
Genre: Country/Variety
June 2nd

DJ & The Atomics

Sponsored by BH Harley-Davidson & Highmark Credit Union
Genre: Current and Classic Rock
June 9th

Johnny Cochran

Sponsored by Kieffer Sanitation
Genre: Country
June 16th


Sponsored by Flintco | Scull Construction
Genre: Pop/Rock/Country
June 23rd


Sponsored by BankWest
Genre: Modern Country
June 30th
JULY 2022

Brianna Helbling

Sponsored by Deschutes Brewery
Genre: Country/Pop
July 7th

Zeona Road

Sponsored by RESPEC
Genre: Country/Rock
July 14th

Brandon Jones

Sponsored by Lynn Jackson Shultz & Lebrun
Genre: Country
July 21st

October Road

Sponsored by MARC Medical Air Rescue
Genre: True Country
July 28th

Eskimo Brothers

Sponsored by MIDCO
Genre: Honky Tonk/Rock A Billy
August 4th

Dogs Without Sweaters

Sponsored by Traffic Services Company
Genre: Rock
August 11th

MBJ Band

Sponsored by AARP
Genre: Classic Rock
August 18th

Dakota Country

Sponsored by SDSM&T
Genre: Country
August 25th



Thank you to our Partners. Without their generosity, Summer Nights would not be possible.

Please show these businesses that you appreciate their contributions.




2021 Summer Nights Recap

A quick recap of the 2021 season!

2021 Volunteer Tribute

Celebrating those that make this possible!

Have a question, comment, or concern? Looking for ways to volunteer?

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