The Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to host a variety of events throughout the year for the benefit of the Sturgis area business community, our residents, and our friends in the agriculture industry!
Please see our list of events and event dates below. Additional details for upcoming events can be found on our Sturgis Area Chamber event listing on Facebook – Click here to learn more!
Annual Chamber Events:
2/1 – February Legislative Crackerbarrel
This event is held on the first Saturday in February and is the first of two 2020 Legislative Session crackerbarrel events. We invite our district legislators to a public forum to host a Q&A on legislative topics important to the residents and businesses of Sturgis.
3/7 – March Legislative Crackerbarrel
This event is held on the first Saturday in March and is the second and final crackerbarrel of the 2020 Legislative Session. This event will also feature a public forum Q&A with our district legislators.
3/16 – Community Showcase & Health Fair
The Showcase & Health Fair is an annual event that invites community nonprofits to display booths and generate awareness of their missions in the Sturgis Area. The Greater Sturgis Lifecare Foundation also hosts a Chili & Soup Cookoff at this event. In 2019, we welcomed over 300 attendees and 46 booths.
4/9 – Annual Chamber Awards Banquet
Our April event recognizes outstanding businesses in the Sturgis area each year. This is also an opportunity to celebrate the Chamber’s 2019 accomplishments, Member headlines from 2019, and enjoy food and drink with other Chamber supporters.
5/2 – Spring City-Wide Yard Sale
This event is the first of two annual city-wide yard sales. Sale registrations are collected at the Chamber and compiled onto a map, which is then disbursed electronically and in print. This event averages 50 sales each year and high attendance.
6/13 – Annual Sturgis Volksmarch
The Volksmarch is an annual 5k or 10k hiking event sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association. The route varies year to year, and averages 150 to 200 participants. In 2019, the route featured both 5k and 10k options in the Deadman Canyon area south of Sturgis. Nearly 200 hikers attended the 2019 event.
6/27 (Tentative) – 1st Annual Sturgis Art Festival
Our first annual Sturgis Art Festival will debut in 2020! This event is still in the planning phase and details will be released closer to the event date. We are teaming up with the various arts-related organizations in Sturgis to highlight the wonderful fine arts community in our area through this new event.
7/25 – Northern Hills Ag Fest
Ag Fest is held in conjunction with the Meade County Fair. It includes a free community BBQ, followed by family-friendly agriculture competitions including Dress-a-Calf, Dress-a-Sheep, a Calf Scramble, and the ever-popular Mutton Bustin’ events! We welcome 300-500 attendees annually.
8/26 – Community Appreciation Picnic
This event is hosted by the Chamber every year to celebrate another successful summer, the conclusion of the Motorcycle Rally, and strengthen community ties over a free meal and entertainment in the town square. The picnic averages up to 800 attendees.
9/17 (Tentative) – Agriculture Appreciation Banquet
The Ag Banquet is an annual opportunity to thank our agriculture community for another year of hard work. The Chamber Agriculture Committee meets monthly throughout the year to organize a free catered meal, keynote speaker, and door prizes at every table. The Banquet welcomes about 300 attendees annually.
9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 – Leadership Sturgis Series
This event is a 4-part educational series open to anyone and everyone interested in making a difference in the community, networking with our community leaders, and hoping to create positive change in their lives or at their places of work. We accept up to 20 students per year and line up a packed schedule of guest speakers and projects.
9/26 – Fall City-Wide Yard Sale
This event is the fall counterpart to the Spring City-Wide Yard Sale. Community members can register their yard sales to be included on an electronic and print map. This sale averages 30 locations annually.
10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31 – Chamber’s Crypt Haunted House
The Chamber’s annual Haunted House is a popular event in late October featuring four evenings of spooks and chills. Sturgis youth lend their acting and design skills to this frightening event every year to raise funds for club activities. Attendance in 2019 totaled nearly 500 tickets sold.
11/28 – Small Business Saturday
This event is a national campaign with towns in all fifty states participating! Local and small businesses are invited to contribute a special offer to encourage more local shopping and support Sturgis retail.
12/3, 12/4 – Sturgis Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights
The Chamber’s annual Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights events are two of the best-attended events of the year! The festivities are split over two days and feature a Tree Lighting Ceremony in the town square with free treats, the Mayor’s Christmas story, and an appearance by Santa, followed the next day by a parade through town featuring local business floats.
12/17 – Scrooge Night
Scrooge Night is a last-minute opportunity to finish up holiday shopping lists while supporting local retail. Shops throughout town stay open late and offer special promotions to celebrate the holidays and the spirit of giving!
Weekly/Monthly Chamber Events:
Sturgis Outdoor Farmers Market
2020 Tentative Dates: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26
The Sturgis Farmers Market is a weekly event taking place on Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm through the harvest seasons. Markets typically begin in June and end in late September, weather permitting (TBD). The 2020 Market will not take place on certain Saturdays during and surrounding the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – these dates will be finalized as we move closer to August. The Sturgis Farmers Market will be located at the corner of Main Street and Junction Avenue, just outside the Prairie Emporium in 2020.
Sturgis Indoor Winter Market
2020 Tentative Dates: 1/11, 2/8, 3/14, 4/18, 5/9
The Sturgis Indoor Winter Market is the winter counterpart of the outdoor market! Visit 920 Harley-Davidson Way directly behind The Oasis in Sturgis from 9am to 1pm on the dates listed to browse a variety of crafts, produce, and other goods. There is a small vendor fee for booths at this event – please contact us for details.
Monthly Lunch & Learns
The Sturgis Chamber hosts a Lunch & Learn event each month. These events take place between noon and 1pm, but the exact date each month does vary. Lunch & Learns feature a different Chamber Member each month presenting on a relevant business topic. View our Sturgis Area Chamber event page on Facebook for details about our next Lunch & Learn!