If you want to experience Watertown at its best, visit during Watertown’s annual highlights.


Living History Fair:  Come see live demonstrations & actors of how our ancestors lived, worked and played.  Be part of this historic event by attending the Living History Fair which is held the last weekend in January.


Watertown Winter Farm Show:  Each February, thousands flock to the Codington County Extension Complex for this five day agricultural event. With over 150 commercial exhibitors featuring the newest advancements in technology for the farm and ranch, as well as exhibits for home and family.


Curt Carter Memorial Gun Show:  Held in Mid-March at the Codington County Extension Complex in Watertown SD. This is the areas largest gun show and many people come from miles around. 

South Dakota Taxidermy Association Competition:  Held at the Watertown SD Event Center that features taxidermists of all levels - "World Class, Beginners, Old Timers and everyone in between!!"  Compare taxidermist work side-by-side and vote for your favorite entry for the Peoples Choice Award.


Sunset Zoofari:  A cultural, food, wine and beer fundraiser event at the Bramble Park Zoo celebrating cultures, foods, and refreshments through entertainment and a silent auction at the zoo.  This event is held on Friday night in June for those 21 and over only. 

Family Zoofari:  On the Saturday after Sunset Zoofari is Family Zoofari.Bring the whole family for a day full of cultural activities and animals. Presentations and activities will be provided throughout the day.


4th of July Celebration:  Each year, thousands help us celebrate our nation’s independence at Watertown’s Annual 4th of July Parade and Stadium Celebration. The parade takes place along Kemp Avenue in uptown Watertown, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Gates open at the Watertown Stadium at 6:00 p.m. where you can enjoy activities for kids, a live music performance, and a spectacular fireworks display. 

Cookin’ on Kampeska: KCBS-BBQ Cook-off & Salsa Showdown:  Held at Stokes-Thomas City Park on Lake Kampeska in Mid-July.  Enjoy fun-filled family activities such as a coed volleyball tournament, live entertainment shows, children’s inflatables, live music, Little Miss and Mr. Kampeska contests, and a sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society BBQ Competition!


Chili Cook-Off @ Bramble Park Zoo:  “Spice” up your day and join us for a “hot” event!! There will be a chili contest, music, prizes, and more. Guests can purchase a wristband to taste each contestants chili. 

North Country Fiber Fair:  Held in September at the Codington County Extension Complex. Features llama, alpaca, sheep and much more.  Watch demonstrations by spinners and weavers using the fibers from various animals. Great food booths featuring homemade jams, jellies and bake goods, as well as vendors with products to sell. 

Vintiques Car Show:  This classic car show held annually in late August or September on Kemp Ave in Uptown Watertown is fun for the whole family,  Come and enjoy the outdoor show and look at all the vintage and classic cars on display. The event also has street vendor foods.

Watertown Art Showcase:  Held in September at the Watertown Event Center features great artists from around the Tri-state area that display and sell their various art works.  FREE Admission all days.


Oktoberfest at Dempsey's Pub: A week long celebration of Bavarian tradition! Authentic German cuisine, games, stein holding competition, and live music.

Bramble Park Zoo Boo:  A spooktacular evening filled with ghouls and goblins! Youth will trick-or-treat, visit ghostly “boo”ths, and observe the animals at the Bramble Park Zoo. 

November to December

Uptown Holiday Lighted Parade:  This parade starts the Holiday season every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving at 6:30 pm.  Santa makes an appearance, much to the little ones’ delight, while the beautiful lighted floats & fireworks draw, “oohs and aahs” from all.

Winter Wonderland Lights Festival:  Load up the car and take a leisurely drive through Stokes Thomas Park.  See beautiful lighted displays created by various sponsors from the Watertown community. Don't miss Santa! Held from 6pm to 9pm, every Fri., Sat., & Sun. after Thanksgiving through the end of December.  

Christmas at the Redlin Art Center:  Every year in early December, those seeking a Redlin Christmas head to the Redlin Art Center for a Christmas party. Enjoy sleigh rides through the countryside, hot cocoa, Christmas treats, music, classic holiday films, and fellowship. 

Breakfast with Santa at Bramble Park Zoo:  Enjoy breakfast with Santa and his animal friends at the Bramble Park Zoo on a Saturday morning in December. Activities inside the Discovery Center as well as outside in the winter cold to view the animals at the zoo.