After the storm: A full weekend of things to do in Sioux Falls

The big Sioux Empire Home Show, the South Dakota Symphony, and "America's Got Talent" stars among the options

The Chapel Hart trio, which received the Golden Buzzer on “America’s Got Talent,” will perform in Sioux Falls on Sunday.

SIOUX FALLS — Now that we can get out and about again — sort of — there's plenty to do this weekend in Sioux Falls.

The plows are making progress but with a foot of new snow on the ground, it's been tough going. You can now get an update on the plowing progress on the city's Snow Alert Tracker.

As always, check out a full list of events on Sioux Falls Live’s calendar.


Spend your imaginary money at the Home Show 


The 2023 Sioux Empire Home Show is Friday through Sunday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and Arena.
Contributed / Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire

Keep up with the Joneses, or make them keep up with you, by seeing the latest home trends at the 2023 Sioux Empire Home Show at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and Arena.

Check out 235 local vendors that will help you complete your project, whether you are Bob Villa (he’s really good at home improvement stuff) or Homer Simpson (he can’t even make a spice rack).

Admission is $7, and kids 12 and under are free. Kids can show their skills in the building zone and make a keepsake box that they can take home.

The home show is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For a full list of vendors and for more details, visit their website .


Country, metal and comedy – take your pick

The Chapel Hart trio, which received the Golden Buzzer on “America’s Got Talent,” will perform in Sioux Falls on Sunday.

Mississippi roots combined with Louisiana spice equals Chapel Hart, a trio made up of sisters Danica and Devyn Hart and cousin Trea Swindle, who perform an infectious and harmonic blend of country music. The group was on “America’s Got Talent” and received a Golden Buzzer with their performance of “You Can Have Him Jolene” last year.


After they performed their song on the show, the trio discussed how they wanted to break into Nashville but that it’s hard because “country music doesn’t always look like us.”

"You may have just broken down the door with that performance, trust me,” the hard-to-please Simon Cowell said afterward.

The video has been viewed almost 10 million times on YouTube , and you can see them in person at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Washington Pavilion. Tickets are $30 to $49.

“Chapel Hart has an amazing ability to tug on your heartstrings with a tender yet powerful ballad, then have you pumping your first in unison to the pulse of hard-hitting music,” according to the band’s bio.

  • Pop ROCKS promises to get you dancing at their Rock the Shrine concert Saturday, Feb. 25, at the El Riad Shrine. The band combines the music of a DJ, the theatrics of a Broadway musical and the live energy of an arena rock extravaganza, according to their bio. Expect recognizable songs from top 40 hits, hip-hop, pop country, party rock and timeless classics. Tickets are $20 for general admission or more for VIP tables.
  • Fans of country music should head over to The Social on Saturday night for the band 10 Miles From Nowhere. The Social will be transformed, and “whether you’re a redneck or like rhinestones, you’ll fit right in,” according to their website. Tickets are $20.  
  • The South Dakota metalcore band Earth Groans is performing at Club David at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets to the 21-plus show start at $12.  
  • Comedian and actor Nick Swardson will perform two shows at the Orpheum Theater on Sunday, Feb. 26. You may recognize him from the movie “Grandma’s Boy” and his character Terry on “Reno 911.” “Nick takes you on a journey of smells and laughter,” the show description says.  Tickets are $39.50.  


South Dakota Symphony and USF Theatre

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra continues its classical concert series with Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Washington Pavilion.

The concert will feature two sections — “My Symphonies are Tombstones” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7.


To summarize the first part: “Using dramatic readings and musical excerpts, the SDSO, Maestro Gier, and Joseph Horowitz – award winning expert on music and history – bring you inside the mind and times of Dmitri Shostakovich. Then brace yourself for a thrilling performance of the ‘Leningrad’ Symphony.”

To close, the SDSO will perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, which was written during the siege of Leningrad.

Tickets are $15 to $52.

  • University of Sioux Falls’ theatre department is performing three shows of “Never Send to Know” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The plot: “A detective is approached by a potential client who has a lot of money. This client doesn't even know his own name, but he can produce as much cash as the detective can ask for. The service he's asking for is simple: he wants to find out who murdered him.”
All three shows start at 7 p.m. at Jones Theatre on the USF campus. They are free and are put on by Cale Engelkes.


Sample food and beer, plus learn about downtown

We love showcasing unique events in this space, and we have another one for you.

Fernson Downtown is hosting a walking tour of Downtown Sioux Falls on Saturday, Feb. 25. The tour includes food and drink samples at 4-5 downtown establishments, plus factoids about the area’s history and future development. Tour organizers promise nobody will leave hungry.


Tickets are $79 per person.


March Madness starts in February in Sioux Falls

The Augustana University women’s basketball team earned a first-round bye in the NSIC tournament.
Contributed / Augustana University Athletics

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) hosts its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments Saturday, Feb. 25, through Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Sanford Pentagon, and it’s the final conference tournament for Augustana coaching legend Dave Krauth.

The Vikings’ women’s basketball coach is hanging it up after the season, which is his 34th with the school.

And he’s going into the postseason with a solid team. The Vikings are 24-4 and wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

The action started earlier in the week with first-round games played at various sites across the region, and the winning teams advancing to the NSIC championship along with the teams who received a bye.

On the men’s side, the University of Sioux Falls advanced but Augustana University did not.


On the women’s side, Augustana earned a bye to the second round, while USF missed out on the tournament altogether.

Tickets are $12 for students and $25 for adults per session at the Sanford Pentagon, and each session includes two games. For a full schedule, visit the NSIC website .

  • We’re not here to debate whether this is a sport or not, but this seemed like the best place for it. The Man Overboard Royal Rumble wrestling event is Sunday, Feb. 26, at The District. Mike Bennett, a former WWE star, will face “The Buns of Steel” J Fowler. The all-ages show starts at 5 p.m., and tickets are $12-$30 .
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