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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!

The Dakota Days schedule of events is evolving-- be sure to check back this September for a full list of events. We can’t wait to see you!

Dakota Days Schedule of Events 

Sunday, September 26 

6 – 8 p.m. Royalty Reveal and Yotes Got Talent 
Aalfs Auditorium

Monday, September 27

8 – 10 p.m. Presents: Dakota Days Hypnotist 
Aalfs Auditorium
Student Event

Tuesday, September 28

6 – 8 p.m. Dakota Days Carnival 
Lawn between Old Main and Slagle Hall

Wednesday, September 29 

7 – 9 p.m. Dakota Days Bingo
Muenster University Center
Student Event

Thursday, September 30 


5 - 6:30 p.m.  Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture Public Reception

Native American Cultural Center


7 - 8 p.m.  32nd Annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture
feat. Donald Montileaux, Oglala Lakota Ledger Artist
Farber Hall

7 – 8 p.m.  Dakota Days Pep Rally
OLC Parking Lot | Rain Location: OLC 2nd Floor

8 – 11 p.m.  Street Dance
OLC Parking Lot | Rain Location: OLC 2nd Floor

Friday, October 1 


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  USD Alumni Association Annual Meeting
Muenster University Center

9 – 10 a.m.     Beacom Alumni Lecture
feat.: Andrea Thompson, Vice President, International Programs, Northrop Grumman
Beacom Auditorium

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CDC First Friday
MUC West Lawn 
Student Event 

2:30 – 4 p.m. Beacom Dakota Days Reception
Beacom School of Business

3 – 4 p.m.     Farber Funds Membership Meeting
Farber Hall, Old Main

3:30 – 5 p.m. Law Alumni Reception
Knudson School of Law

4 - 5 p.m.    Docquiris with the Political Science Department
 Al Neuharth Media Center

4 - 6 p.m.  Sorority & Fraternity Life Alumni Social
Dakota Brickhouse

4 – 5:30 p.m. The Legends of Delzell 
Delzell Education Center

5:30 – 8 p.m. Unleash Your Legacy Alumni Achievement Awards 
Muenster University Center Ballroom - Register Now!

5:30 p.m. Alpha Phi – Psi Chapter Centennial Social Hour and Dinner
View the full schedule of events including registration information

6 p.m. South Dakota v. St. Thomas (Soccer)
First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex

Saturday, October 2 

8 a.m. Free Community Shuttle - Shuttle Route Map
City of Vermillion/USD Campus

9 a.m. 107th Annual Dakota Days Parade - Parade Route Map
Main Street 

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tailgate Nation
DakotaDome - Tailgate/Parking

2 p.m. South Dakota Coyotes v. Indiana State Sycamores 
DakotaDome - Tickets


To submit a Dakota Days event for students, contact Cara Olson at

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