Annual Events

South Sioux City and the surrounding communities offer a wide variety of events. Listed below are some of the most popular events. Please utilize the contact information provided or visit the official sites for more information.

57th Annual Siouxland Home Show
February 25th – 28th

hba-logo-140x120The Home Builders Association of Greater Siouxland presents the 2015 Siouxland Home Show at the Sioux City Convention Center! See the latest in home building and home improvement supplies, products, and technology, with vendors available to answer all your questions. Admission is just $5.00 at the door. Don’t miss it!
Sioux City Convention Center
801 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101
(712) 279-4800

18th Annual South Sioux City Booster Club Basketbal Tournament
February 20th – 21st

Booster_ClubBoys and Girls Basketball Tournament
4th – 8th Grade
$5 admission
South Sioux City High School Mini Dome
3301 G. Street, South Sioux City NE 68776
(402) 494-3061

7th Annual Cardinal Festival Days

June 10-12, 2016


Cardinal-facebook14This annual celebration proposed by Al Bengtson, the late South Sioux City Councilman, is an old school festival, filled with lots of fun family activities. The three day festival includes the Glow in the Dark Run, Bar-b-que Competition, Family Fun Night, Mud Volleyball Tournament, Exhibits, Displays, Musical Entertainment, Bingo, Geocaching, Classic Car Show, Fireworks, complete with Beer Garden and much, much more!
For more information contact
Lori Warner at (712) 333-7574

16th Annual Awesome Biker Nights

June 16th – 18th

Downtown Sioux City, Iowa fills with motorcycles, every third weekend in June with an attendance of over 25,000! The Awesome experience includes three stages of live music from National and Regional Bands, motorcycle stunt performances, a poker run through the beautiful countryside, a bike show, poker tournament, bike raffle, vendors and more. Motorcycle enthusiasts with all makes and models of bikes are welcome, along with the general public.
Historic 4th Street
Sioux City, Iowa
(712) 224-2759

Saturday in the Park
July 2nd

Saturday in the Park is an annual festival that is held primarily at the Grandview Park Municipal Bandshell in Sioux City, Iowa. Started in 1991, the festival falls on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July and attracts around 50,000 people from all over the Midwest for the weekend. The festival coincides with an annual pilgrimage of representatives from Sioux City’s sister city, Lake Charles, Louisiana, adding a Mardi Gras-inflected Cajun accent.
Grandview Park
Sioux City, IA 51104

Phone:(712) 279-6126

Rivercade Festival
July 16th – 23rd

The Port of Sioux City has long been a crossroads for shipping, commerce and transportation. The first steamboat up the Missouri arrived in June 1856. Just one year later in 1857, seventy boats would travel “up river,” outnumbering those on the Mississippi. More recently, 1964 was a landmark year for the industry and economy of the Siouxland area. The Missouri was re-channeled for navigation northward to Sioux City, once again uniting industrial and agricultural interests in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Realizing the significance that barge transportation would bring to those interests, a group of local business people hoped to organize an event to commemorate the industrial and agricultural rebirth of the Missouri. As a result of organizing that novel festival in 1964, River-Cade was born. The word “river” was combined with the suffix “cade”, meaning procession or parade, to describe the celebration. There has been a River-Cade Festival every year since 1964. In fact, Siouxland’s premier festival has become a tradition for generations of families and a “destination event” for visitors.
Port of Sioux City River-Cade Association
1201 Council Oak Drive, Sioux City, Iowa 51109
(712) 277-4226

Winnebago Pow Wow
July 28th- 31st

powwow2This annual homecoming celebration held in late July honors Chief Little Priest and 75 of his Winnebago warriors who served with the US Calvary in 1865.

Annual Dakota/Thurston County Fair
August 3rd – 7th, 2016

Held at the Dakota-Thurston County Fairgrounds. The fair is a wholesome and educational place to build lasting family memories. Featuring a parade, rodeo events, tractor pulls, live animal displays, a carnival, and much more.
1547 Stable Drive
South Sioux City, NE  68776
(712) 259-2305

 4th Annual Cottonwood Days
August 19th – 21st

cotton woodParade, Kids Activities, BBQ Cook-Off, Eating Contests, Vendor Booths, Sand Volleyball Tournament, Car/Boat Show, Old Fashion Games, & Street Dance. Don’t miss out on this amazing event!!!
Cottonwood Cove Park
South 14th & Hickory Street, Dakota City, NE 
For more information Call Dakota City Hall
(402) 987-3448

Hoot Owl Days
August 26th – 28th

hootowldaysAnnual County Fair

For more information contact:
Trudy at 402-632-4835
Jessica at 402-632-4915 or
“Hubbard Hoot Owl Days” on Facebook

22nd Annual Artsplash
September 3rd – 4th


The SPLASH Artist Program is designed as an alternative marketing opportunity for local Siouxland artists.  The goal for the program is to help those artists who have not explored the festival market, providing a positive first time out.  A SPLASH artist is asked to either be attempting to launch a professional career in the arts or an artist taking his or her established career to the next level.  Community and local artists with a significant body of art work, living within a 60 mile radius can apply for the SPLASH Artist program.
Grandview Park, Sioux City, IA 51104

12th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo
Dates still to be announced September

outdoor expo pix

An Outdoor Family Tradition Featuring
Fishing and Aquatic, Kid’s Critter Corner,
Camping, Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor
Skills Area, Wildlife, Shooters Village and
much more.
Ponca State Park
Ponca, NE


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