Bulls, Bee Gees & Beyond and the Easter Bunny highlight the week in Sioux Falls
PBR: Unleash the Beast returns for a three-day run at the Premier Center. Also, it's the beginning of street construction season.
SIOUX FALLS — Before we get into the things to do, let's start with something to remember.
There’s not a more telltale sign of spring than construction cones popping up, and drivers on the city’s busiest road will see a ton of them starting this week and lasting all summer long.
Construction on the diverging diamond on the 41st Street bridge over Interstate 29 starts Monday, March 27. You might want to begin preparing alternate routes because it’s going to be disruptive. You can catch up on all the details in this story from Sioux Falls Live .
Don't be scared. Even though the diverging diamond will temporarily put your vehicle on the “wrong” side of the road like those crazy socialists in Europe, it will make exiting onto the interstate much easier and lead to fewer accidents. And with all the traffic signals and signs, it won’t be hard to figure out what to do.
In the meantime, there will be significant disruption to commutes. Remember to be nice to your fellow Sioux Fallsians – waves and smiles can mean a lot. We’re in this together.
Find entertainment options and events any time on the Sioux Falls Live calendar.
Now, the important stuff: Bulls.
Bull riding at the Premier Center
The Professional Bull Riders were one of the first major events to come to the Denny Sanford Premier Center when it opened almost 10 years ago.
And in 2023, fans don’t seem to be tired of it, as most tickets for the 2023 events are sold out. PBR: Unleash the Beast returns to Sioux Falls this weekend for a three-day event.
The action starts at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, 6:45 p.m. on Saturday and 2:45 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket packages for all three days are sold out, but seats for individual events are still available starting at $18.
Unleash the Beast features the most exciting 8 seconds in sports as bull riders try and hang on for dear life.
The format is complicated, but riders receive scores based on their technique, how long they hold on and how difficult the bull is. It concludes Sunday with the championship round. You don’t need to know much more than “holding onto a bull longer is good and falling off early is bad.” Riders only receive points if they hang on for 8 seconds.
Put this sport firmly in the column of “sports I never want to try,” but we love to watch the professionals do it.
Bee Gees meets heavy metal
Have you ever heard “Stayin’ Alive” and “Tragedy” by the Bee Gees and thought, “This song isn’t hardcore enough. I wish it was played by a heavy metal cover band.”
Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond, is self-described as the world’s most “fantabulous” band.
Its selling point: “You may openly love/hate disco or metal. You may secretly love/hate disco or metal. But you will unabashedly love Tragedy and their bombastic mix of disco-metal, glitter and revelry.”
They don’t just play Bee Gees songs. Other tunes on their previous setlists have included “It’s Raining Men,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Grease” and “Africa.” Of course, it’s all heavy metal.
Tragedy will play at Bigs Bar at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30. Tickets are $15 or $20 at the door.
- On the opposite end of the spectrum, Northern Irish Christian folk rock band the Rend Collective will bring their uplifting songs to the Washington Pavilion on Friday, March 31. Their music video of “Build Your Kingdom Here” has been watched more than 22 million times on YouTube, and they also had a hit with “My Lighthouse.” Sean Curran is the opening act. A limited number of tickets remain, and they start at $25.
Egg hunt to feature 3,000 eggs and a chance to win a bike
Easter isn’t for a couple of weeks yet, but you don’t have to wait to have your kids run, push and dive to get candy and goodies in colorful plastic eggs.
The Experience Real Estate company is hosting its Ninth Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at Journey Elementary School, 6801 S. Grange Avenue.
There will be more than 3,000 eggs to hunt, so bring your baskets and search for one of three winning eggs that will award a bike. The hunt will be broken into three age groups – 0-2, 2-5 and 6+.
The Easter bunny is set to make an appearance at 9:40 a.m., so get there early.
- For a more traditional Easter experience, the “Passion and the Cross” at the Orpheum travels back in time to the first century and tells the story of Jesus’ ministry and ends with His resurrection in Jerusalem. “Each scene and piece of music is intended to bring the scripture and its first-century context to life while inspiring and connecting with a modern-day audience,” according to the show’s description. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on March 31, April 1, 2 and 5-8. There will be a 4 p.m. matinee on April 2 and 8. Tickets are $17 to $22.
Get fishing tips at Scheels Fish Fest
Whether you’ve been an angler your whole life or are just picking up a fishing pole, Scheels Fish Fest promises to deliver some tips to make you better.
The event runs all day Friday through Sunday and features hour-long sessions from professional angler Ted Takasaki (1 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday), while professional bass fisherman Josh Douglas will host a seminar at 5 p.m. Friday night on largemouth and smallmouth bass tactics with sonar interpretation. Tickets for that event are $10.
The Ice Fest will also feature vendors, giveaways and sales. Plus, someone is going to walk (float?) away with a boat.