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5 Tips on How to do Thursday Nights like a Local

Summer in Rapid City means the return of many yearly traditions- but my favorite may be the two free events, Summer Nights and Main Street Square Concert Series, every Thursday night from the end of May to the end of August.  Two bands play on alternate sides of downtown, and it seems like everyone in town joins in on the party. I love being downtown on Thursday nights for the music, atmosphere, people watching and fun.  Here are my tips on enjoying the concerts like a local:

1. Get downtown early

The bands go on at 6:00 p.m. and play until 9:00 p.m., but I suggest getting downtown around 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. It will be easier to find parking, and spaces are free downtown after 4:00 p.m.

2. Grab a bite to eat

Downtown offers tons of great places to get dinner. Stay close to the action and get dinner at one of my favorite spots, Tally’s Silver Spoon.

3. Take the kids through the Regional Health Kidz Zone

Your kids will love the Kidz Zone. Bouncy castles, a carousel, face painting, and the Rushmore Kids’ Cave caving simulator are sure to keep your youngsters entertained.

4. Leave your wallet

Don’t worry about fumbling with cash or cards at the vendors downtown. Nexus Smart Pay is available at the vendors at Summer Nights and many of the other shops downtown. Grab a beer and pay with the press of a fingertip.

5. Stay late

Keep the party going after the music on the streets ends at 9:00 p.m. Firehouse Brewing Co. features live music on their patio starting at 9:00 p.m on Thursday nights. Sometimes you can catch me getting a late night pizza snack and cider on the patio of Independent Ale House or drinking a glass of Cab from Firehouse Wine Cellars after the festivities have started to wind down.

I’m sure you will have a blast exploring downtown on Thursday nights. Be sure to tag #VisitRapidCity on social media to share your Summer Nights experience with us! 

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Michaela Mader Tully

Michaela Mader Tully likes to consider herself something of an expert on the Black Hills and her hometown, Rapid City. She has lived across the west, but loves calling the hills home. You can often find her on an adventure- running the trails with her Alaskan Malamute, Kaya, cycling one of our winding highways, or camped out under a night sky with camera in tow.

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Michaela Mader Tully likes to consider herself something of an expert on the Black Hills and her hometown, Rapid City. She has lived across the west, but loves calling the hills home. You can often find her on an adventure- running the trails with her Alaskan Malamute, Kaya, cycling one of our winding highways, or camped out under a night sky with camera in tow.

A Rapid City native, Michaela Mader Tully puts all of her Rapid City and Black Hills expertise to use as Visit Rapid City’s Visitor Information Specialist. She is also a full-time student at Black Hills State University, majoring in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Michaela is ever the adventurous spirit, so when she’s not traveling and on an adventure, she is probably somewhere in The Hills, riding bikes, running trails, chasing storms or night sky photo ops, and usually with her Alaskan Malamute best friend Kaya. You can look to Michaela to find out where to hike, bike or climb, where to get off of the beaten path, or where to get the best glass of wine. 

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