Charlie riding in the Dakota Days parade.

Dakota Days

The University of South Dakota's annual homecoming celebration that showcases the pride and school spirit of USD.

The 2022 Dakota Days celebration is scheduled for Oct. 16 - Oct. 22.

Arguably the most highly anticipated campus tradition, Dakota Days devotes an entire week to showcasing the pride and school spirit that define life at USD. The homecoming festivities take place every October and boast plenty of events for students, alumni and individuals of all ages. 


This year’s Dakota Days theme is “Legends and Icons.” Because what is more legendary than Dakota Days? When you stop to explore what makes it so legendary, you will find that it’s a combination of iconic moments, people, places, and things that, when put together, they amount to something bigger than just one fall weekend. They amount to something we all know as the #YoteLife.


The 108th Dakota Days Parade will take place at 9 a.m. on October 22. The parade route runs from the Vermillion High School to the Vermillion Court House.

Parade Registration

Dakota Days Parade Marching Band Competition

The University of South Dakota welcomes high school bands to Vermillion for the Annual Dakota Days Parade & Marching Band Competition. The Marching Band Parade Competition will feature an expert panel of judges and will conclude on-campus for an award presentation, snacks for all participants, door prizes, and a brief performance by The SOUND of USD Marching Band.

Contact Todd Cranson at for more information regarding the Dakota Days Parade Marching Band Competition. You can submit an application to participate in the competition using this form.


Dakota Days Schedule of Events 

Dakota Days features events designed for all members of the Coyote community. Whether you are returning to campus or currently living in Vermillion, there is a Dakota Days event for you!

To submit a Dakota Days event for students, contact Marleigh Maldonado at To submit a Dakota Days event for alumni, contact Alissa Matt at

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Cheer on the Coyotes

Join us for the 2022 Dakota Days Football Game

Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. vs Southern Illinois

Downtown Buildings in Vermillion.

Travel Information

Whether you are planning an over-night stay or quick trip, Vermillion has something for everyone.

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Coyote Gear

The countdown to Dakota Days is on! Charlie’s bookstore & fan shop is a must stop for the big event.

Stock up on Coyote gear at one of our many locations including Muenster University Center, downtown, tailgate or in the DakotaDome on gameday. We can’t wait to see you in red!

Visit the Online USD Charlie' Store

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