The 40th annual Festival in the Park brings over 25,000 people to the City of Spearfish for one of the largest outdoor festivals in the upper Midwest. From Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, the festival brings over 170 craft and art vendors to area. With all of those booths, you are sure to find something for yourself and maybe someone on your shopping list. After a few hours of shopping your heart out, there are 20 different varieties of food vendors to satisfy your hunger.
The Festival in the Park is a sponsored event brought to you by The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center, a non-profit organization. All proceeds from the Festival in the Park are used to produce the annual festival and assist other arts activities in the greater Spearfish Area.
Craft and Art Vendors
So let’s get down to business, it’s the Festival in the Park (some locals call it Art in the Park) and that’s because the festival brings handmade arts and crafts to the area! These items range from beautiful paintings to stylish benches and much more.
Time for some Grub
Have you ever gone to a state fair? You’ll find some great twists on food that turn them from good to great, and the same is to be said for the food vendors at the Festival in the Park. Turkey legs, gyros, and even some pork chops on a stick. These are just a sliver of what delicious culinary creations you can find at the festival. Stop on down to satisfy your hunger and help support a great cause.
You can’t leave out Music
Yes, this is a fund raiser for the arts, so you can’t leave out music! You can find the music at the same place that you find the alcoholic beverages. The Watering Hole. Deemed the 21 and older section of the festival, music is played for most of the day when the festival is up and running. The collection of artist performing at the festival will be sure to keep your toe tapping and your hips swaying.
Friday, July 14: Matthews Opera House Fundraiser Night ($5 entry to the festival) Mighty Brother, Indie Rock, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Jimmy on Anything, Neo-soul, blues, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 15: Eliza Blue, singer-songwriter, folk music, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nunsun, rock, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Brad McKim, singer-songwriter, classic covers, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Red Petals, blues trio, American roots, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 16: Aces and Eights, traditional country music, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Anna Robins, songwriter, contemporary folk music, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
So what’s stopping you?
The Festival in the Park is wonderful event that brings in people from all walks of life and brings these people together through art. This event is one of the best in the Black Hills at bringing locals and visitors together to celebrate and support the community.
“The Festival in the Park is not only a Black Hills tradition, it is an essential aspect of the arts in this area. The Black Hills community has supported this event and the work of the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center for the last 40 years. It is because of that support we are able to continue our legacy of arts outreach and education for another four decades,” says Ava Sauter, Festival in the Park event manager.