Annual Main Street Arts and Crafts Festival

North River Street
Hot Springs, SD 57747



The Main Street Arts and Crafts Festival has been a part of the summer activities in Hot Springs since 1976. Local business owners Art and Beulah Donnell wanted to start an event that would showcase the work of local and regional artisans and feature the event as part of the USA Bicentennial. Centennial Park was chosen as the perfect site for the event because it was long and narrow similar to a city street (hence the name “Main Street”). A local group, the Hot Springs Area Arts Council, a group that has since disbanded, helped sponsor the event. In the early years, only local artisans were involved. Over the years it has grown to include artisans and visitors from several states. It is one of the featured events in the list of summer activities in the South Dakota Visitors Guide and the South Dakota Magazine. Many local organizations as well as individuals have contributed and continue to contribute to the success of the event.

The current co-chairmen of the standing committee are Gerald Collogan and Frank Mason. They have been involved in the festival since the early 1990’s. Vendors are instructed to provide hand-crafted items as opposed to commercial or machine made crafts. The festival also includes (and encourages) food vendors and entertainment. A children’s stage is also part of the event. The event takes place over three days on the last full weekend of June and has been since its inception. Many times over the years the festival has been the same weekend as the Miss South Dakota Pageant in Hot Springs. 

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