Crazy Horse Memorial 2016 & 2017 Special Events
Anne Ziolkowski Christensen, a great caretaker of the Native American artifacts housed at the INDIAN MUSUM OF NORTH AMERICA®. Anne was the curator of the museum for many years, her efforts started traditions such as night blasts, art shows, summer rodeo, American Indian dancers, arts and crafts vendors and the summer lecture series. Honor Anne’s contributions to Crazy Horse Memorial on the anniversary of her passing. “Anne Z.” (1955-2011)
Korczak Ziolkowski was a true visionary without his strength and conviction Crazy Horse Memorial would not be what it is today. Join us in celebration of the anniversary of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski moving to the Black Hills in 1947 to accept the invitation from Lakota leaders to carve Crazy Horse Memorial.
Honoring the passing of the Ziolkowski matriarch Ruth Ziolkowski. Ruth’s passion, persistence, vision and leadership was and will always be an inspiration to us all. Ruth’s contributions to the Crazy Horse Dream are too many to count as she would say frequently, “Dreams really do come true.” “Mrs.Z” (1926-2014)
Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
State Park Open House
Crazy Horse Memorial will once again partner with Custer State Park Open House Weekend. Waived admission with 3 cans of food per person.
Legends in Light
May 26-Oct 1
This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp
Celebrate the anniversaries of the 1948 dedication of the Memorial and the 1998 dedication of finishing the face of Crazy Horse.
June 3-4 2017
The 31st anniversary of the hike up the World’s Largest Mountain Carving, now in progress. Free admission to the Memorial for hikers. Food donation appreciated $3 registration fee charged by AVA for 10K (6.2 mile) round trip hike. Non-hikers can still enjoy all of the Crazy Horse facilities for regular admission.
This spectacular night blast program (weather permitting) honors Ruth Ziolkowski (1926-2014) and commemoration of the 138th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn (1876). See the Mountain light up with several hundred pyrotechnic explosions. Free admission to the Memorial after 5 pm although food donations are appreciated.
June 16, 17 & 18
The museums will feature an American Indian & Western arts & craft show and sale. Please call for more information.
Forget the firework shows; join us for your 4th of July celebration and view a huge American flag displayed on the Mountain. Enjoy visiting with Native American artisans, watch our American Indian dancers perform and participate in many other planned events.
Labor Day Weekend
In observance of Crazy Horse’s death in 1877 and the commemoration of the 107th birth date of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski born in 1908. Native American leaders while planning the Memorial with Korczak found this date coincidence to be a great omen. This second night blast of the year (weather permitting) is a spectacular show of pyrotechnics. Admission to the Memorial is free after 5 pm, although a food donation is very much appreciated.
Oct 1 2017
Autumn is a special time in the beautiful Black Hills, the deciduous trees are changing colors creating a beautiful composition against the dark conifer trees of the Hills. Join us for the Autumn hike to the arm of Crazy Horse and enjoy all of the fall festivities of the Black Hills; including the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-up and Art Festival. Free admission to the Memorial for hikers, although a food donation is very much appreciated. $3 registration fee charged by AVA for 10K (6.2 mile) round trip hike. Not interested in hiking, regular admission rates apply.
Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.
Korczak Ziolkowski Remembrance Day
Korczak Remembrance Day allows visitors to walk to the tomb of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908-1982) to pay their respects to him, his wife Ruth Ziolkowski, daughter Anne & son-in-law James Howe, laid to rest in the family cemetery. This is the one time of the year that visitors are permitted to this area of the property and is a time for reflection as we move forward with Korczak & Ruth’s vision.
A commemoration of the signing of the armistice which ended World War I, Veterans Day has become our nation’s way of saying “Thank-You” to all American veterans. The armistice was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Free admission for Veterans, 3 cans of food appreciated.
Festive Light Show
Dec 14, 2016 -
Jan 1, 2017
Shows Start at 5pm and again at 6pm
Colored lights dance on the mountain to music by Mannheim Steamroller.
'No shows on Christmas Day'