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.

No Bag Policy:  At the request of the Rapid City Police Department and specifically for the Safety and Enjoyment of our guests Summer Nights has a no bag policy.  The Board of Directors has recently made a few minor adjustments to this policy in that we do allow Clear Bags and the size limit of any bag that is not clear must be less than 8”x6”x3”.   This policy is subject to change and any issue at Summer Nights can be addressed by a Board Member.

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 2023

Brandon Jones

Sponsored by Black Hills Energy
Genre: Country
June 1st

John Scalia and the Dirty Word

Sponsored by BH Harley-Davidson & Highmark
Genre: Rock
June 8th


Sponsored by Scull Construction
Genre: Multi-Genre
June 15th


Sponsored by Shiner Beers
Genre: Country/Pop
June 22nd

David Graham & The Eskimo Brothers

Sponsored by Medical Air Rescue Company
Genre: Country/Rock
June 29th
JULY 2023

Zeona Road

Sponsored by Deschutes Brewery
Genre: Country/Rock/Pop
July 6th

Rowan Grace

Sponsored by BankWest
Genre: Pop
July 13th


Sponsored by RESPEC
Genre: Country/Rock
July 20th


Sponsored by GenPro Energy Solutions
Genre: 90’s Rock/Pop
July 27th

Arcana Kings

Sponsored by Lynn Jackson Shultz & Lebrun
Genre: Rock/Pop/Punk
August 3rd

Nate Botsford

Sponsored by Traffic Services Company
Genre: Country/Rock
August 10th

SGT Rock

Sponsored by AARP
Genre: Rock
August 17th

The RathCo

Sponsored by South Dakota Mines
Genre: Rock/Pop
August 24th



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!

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