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Kool Deadwood Nites

26 Years of Classic Cars, Music and Historic Fun

August 26, 2020 - August 30, 2020

Deadwood, SD
Kool Deadwood Nites brings car lovers together for five days full of classic cars, classic music and classic fun. It’s a 50’s and 60’s sock hop – Deadwood style. Enjoy a parade, show and shine and FREE concerts on Main Street featuring the biggest names in rock ‘n roll history.

2020 Kool Deadwood Nites Message from the Organizers:
The 26th Annual Kool Deadwood Nites event is on course to take place August 26-30 in Historic Deadwood. Event goers will see changes during the event to reflect COVID mitigation strategies. We understand that many people prefer to be cautious during these times, and if you do not feel comfortable attending Kool Deadwood Nites, please know that we completely understand. If you are uncomfortable or at a high risk, we absolutely want you to be cautious and stay home. For those wanting to attend, we look forward to welcoming you to the event, and we thank you in advance for adhering to safety precautions and respecting your fellow event goers.  Please know that we have developed COVID mitigation strategies for the event, to include hand sanitizing stations in vendor areas; designated seating areas will be established for lawn chairs on Main Street and no front-of-stage standing/dancing area will be in place; an additional Jumbotron will be set up in Outlaw Square to allow more social distancing while enjoying the entertainment; announcements will be made frequently reminding people to follow protocols; and the sidewalks will be signed as walk-ways only, along with other protocols. We know everyone wants to be safe and still enjoy events, so it is our hope that our visitors will be able to do just that. And if you’re not comfortable attending this year, we understand, and we hope to see you next year! For those of you heading our way for the 26th annual Kool Deadwood Nites August 26-30, we look forward to seeing you soon! 


2020 Information

  • To sign up for pre-registration, call the Deadwood Welcome Center at (605) 578-1876. Your vehicle must be a ’73 or older to register.
  • Registration for 2020 Kool Deadwood Nites will be held throughout the event at the Deadwood’s Welcome Center! 501 Main Street, Deadwood, S.D. 57732. This is a brand new center that opened in 2017. It’s located in the Lower Main Street Parking Lot, across from the Hampton Inn at Tin Lizzie.
  • Kool Deadwood Nites registered cars ONLY will have a section of the Lower Main Street parking lot (location of the new Welcome Center, where registration will be held) Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 27-29. Of course, registrants can continue to park throughout the event at the History and Information Center too.
  • There’s also a shuttle being offered for parking again this year, from Akela Spa to Deadwood. This is a free service to all of our guests for Kool Deadwood Nites, and it runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 27 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, August 28 & 29.
  • Auction vehicle check-in on Thursday, August 27 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact McPherson Auction & Realty at 605-484-1781 or 605-381-1594.
  • The Classic Car Auction is held at Deadwood Mountain Grand, Friday and Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. The auction begins each day at 9 a.m. with memorabilia. For more information contact McPherson Auction & Realty at 605-484-1781 or 605-381-1594.
  • The City of Deadwood Police Department asks that you please refrain from doing Burn-Outs during the parade on Sunday, August 30.
  • The Main Street Entertainment will feature headliners The Box Tops on Thursday night and The Motortown All Stars on Saturday night! PLUS, a Bonus night of live entertainment at Outlaw Square!
  • Keep up to date on all things Deadwood on our Facebook page! You can also call us with any questions at 1-800-999-1876. Thanks for being part of Kool Deadwood Nites, and we look forward to seeing you in August 2020!

2020 Kool Deadwood Nites Schedule Details

*Schedule is Subject to Change

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26: Kool Deadwood Nites

  • FREE concert at Outlaw Square beginning at 6:30 p.m.
    • The Surfin’ Safari Band (Click HERE for band info)


  • 9 a.m. – 8 p.m: Car Registration at Deadwood Welcome Center, 501 Main Street
  • 4 – 9 p.m: People’s Choice Awards & Voting – Live DJ and games from 4 – 6 p.m. at the History and Information Center Parking Lot and portions of Main Street
  • FREE Main Street Concerts, opening acts beginning at 6 p.m.
    • The Box Tops (Click HERE for band info)
  • Immediately following the concert: People’s Choice Award Results announced from Main Street Stage


  • 9 a.m. – 7 p.m: Car Registration at Deadwood Welcome Center, 501 Main Street
  • 10 a.m: Classic Car Auction at Deadwood Mountain Grand (Call 605-348-1369 for more info)
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m: 12th Annual Rod Run (departing from the Days of ’76 Event Complex)
  • FREE Main Street Concerts, opening acts beginning at 6 p.m.
    • Paul Revere’s Raiders (Click HERE for band info)


  • 8 a.m. – Noon: Classic Car Competition/Judging at the Days of ’76 Event Complex (Please plan to arrive before 8 a.m.)
  • 10 a.m: Classic Car Auction at Deadwood Mountain Grand (Call 605-348-1369 for more info)
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m: Poker Runs throughout the Black Hills
  • 5 p.m: Poker Run Awards Party at Tin Lizzie on Lower Main Street
  • FREE Main Street Concerts, opening acts beginning at 6 p.m.


  • 7 a.m: Parade Line-up at Ferguson Field/Rodeo Grounds
  • 9 a.m: Parade on Historic Main Street and continuing through Central City and Lead
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m: Show and Shine on Main Street
  • 11 a.m: Awards in the parking lot at the History and Information Center and Outlaw Square
  • The Happy Together Tour at Deadwood Mountain Grand has been postponed until next year (2021). If tickets were purchased for the show, they may be used for the new date that coincides with Kool Deadwood Nites 2021. Refunds may be requested through the ticket outlets they were purchased from. If tickets were purchased through the Deadwood Mountain Grand Spotlight Store, please call 605-559-1188 for details of your refund. Please note, due to the massive amount of requests through Ticketmaster, refunds may take as long as 14 days prior to the actual newly announced event date. They ask for customer patience during these difficult times and all refunds will be honored. Deadwood Mountain Grand reminds ticket holders that all tickets purchased to postponed shows are good for the upcoming dates.
  • *All cars must be off Main Street by 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, 2020! Thank you!

Thank you 2020 Event Sponsors! This amazing event would not be possible without their support!

Budweiser: Quality Brands of the Black Hills; NAPA Auto Parts; Midco; Coeur Wharf Mining; Black Hills Energy; The Lodge at Deadwood; Deadwood Mt. Grand – A Holiday Inn Resort; KOTA Territory News; KOOL 101.9/Badlands Broadcasting; Cadillac Jacks Gaming Resort (including Tru Hotel by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton & SpringHill Suites by Marriott); McPherson Auction & Realty; Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort (including the Hampton Inn) and Taco Johns.

CLICK HERE to purchase official Kool Deadwood Nites merchandise! 

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