Vermillion, home to the University of South Dakota, has been a hotspot for culture and art for decades and that tradition carries on though many of the sculptures scattered throughout town and on the campus of USD. The Spirit of South Dakota can be felt in every part of Vermillion and we hope that you too can join us in seeing what it means to be close to everything, but far from ordinary. 


Find all of our favorite sculptures around town on the map.

Arts & Culture

  • The National Music Museum is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections which include more than 14,500 American, European and non-western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods are the most inclusive anywhere.
  • The flagship building of The University of South Dakota. Built in 1883, it is now home to the largest collection of work by internationally celebrated American Indian artist Oscar Howe.
  • Spirit Mound, or Paha Wakan, was known by the tribes and was thought to be occupied by little people that would shoot any human who came near the mound. On August 25th, 1804, Lewis and Clark took eleven men to explore the mysterious mound. They climbed to the summit and wrote "from the top of the hill we beheld the most butiful landscape".
  • Home of the extensive collection of William H. Over, a distinguished naturalist of the northern plains, you will also find the David and Elizabeth Clark Memorial Collection of pre-reservation and early reservation Lakota art and artifacts.
  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, historic downtown Vermillion is home to over twenty-five retail and specialty stores, a variety of eateries, movie theatres, pubs, and numerous other distinctive businesses and services.


  • June 8 - June 11
    Every summer, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival performs one of Shakespeare’s many works, free to the public. Located in the center of Vermillion at historic Prentis Park, this festival brings art to life through workshops and educational programming all leading up to the main performance.
  • August 27 - August 28
    Held annually, the festival includes wine tastings from different South Dakota wineries, live music, cooking demonstrations, winery tours and food vendors
  • September 8 - September 9
    Enjoy two full days of world class barbecue at South Dakota’s Annual BBQ Championship Cook-Off! Mouth-watering ribs, cold beverages, live music, classic cars and assorted vendors fill the streets of Downtown Vermillion for two full days every fall.
  • Thursdays July - August
    Vermillion’s premier summer concert series takes place every other Thursday in July and August. Great music, delicious food and tons of fun for all ages make this downtown event one of the many ‘go-to’s’ in the Vermillion area!