Vermillion is proud home to an endless number of unique offerings that you can’t find anywhere else. Nestled along the banks of the Missouri River, Vermillion delivers no shortage of arts, culture, history and heritage to explore. Whether setting out to explore any of our beautiful parks, many historic sites, or some of our countless artistic sites and venues, visitors are sure to discover many reasons to #LOVermillion.  As a vibrant, thriving arts & culture community, Vermillion recognizes the benefits of supporting public art, as well as the Arts in all its forms. We welcome you to come and learn more about the culture of Vermillion, our region, and the state of South Dakota by visiting some of our wonderful gems: the world-renowned National Music Museum ( ), Oscar Howe Gallery inside Old Main – on the campus of the University of South Dakota ( ), the W.H. Over Museum (, or the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (

While traveling the Sculpture Walk, we encourage visitors to take notice of several murals, including Vermillion Theaters Community Mural Project (east side of 10 E Main Street), Missouri Weave by Dick Termes (west side of 2 E Main Street), or the Untitled Rick Johns mural (north side of 5 S Market Street).


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 7th - 9th
    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.
  • Vermillion’s Oktoberfest
    September 28th & 29th
    Vermillion hosts its annual Oktoberfest each fall on our downtown ‘Platz’. Vermillion is sister city to Ratingen, Germany and uses the ‘Platz’, or ‘the Place’, for many of its downtown festivals and events. Come dance, eat, and drink with us as we celebrating Vermillion’s proud German heritage with 2-days of live Polka bands, folk-dancing, German beers, brats, costumes and a whole lot of fun for the whole family.
  • September 7th & 8th
    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!