Arts and Culture in Aberdeen, SD

Theatre, Sculpture, Arts, Ceramics, and More

From theatre to culture and everything in between, artists of all kinds and ages live and create in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Live theatrical performances take place each summer at Aberdeen's most popular free attraction - Storybook Land. The Aberdeen Area Arts Council (AAAC) co-sponsors many free Storybook Land Theatre performances in the medieval castle at Storybook Land.

Capitol Theatre in Aberdeen, SDAberdeen is home to the well-known, annual SD Film Festival. Each September film artists from across the world gather in Aberdeen's historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Aberdeen to view and discuss films including those made in or about South Dakota. This historic theatre on Aberdeen Main Street was one of the area's premier show palaces, showing movies nightly until 1990. Today the theatre is utilized by the Aberdeen Community Theatre who produce several theatre productions throughout the year. In addition to live productions, Capitol Cinema shows newly released Hollywood films in the theatre. The theatre is open for tours year round. For more information, call (605) or visit AberdeenCommunityTheatre or Capitol Cinema.

In addition to theatre opportunities, Aberdeen has an abundance of arts and culture galleries. Local and area artists change their displays frequently, continually offering new and interesting exhibits. Presentation College's Wein Gallery, Northern State University's three galleries, The ArtWorks Cooperative Gallery at the Lakewood Mall, Gallery Go on Main Street, and the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center Gallery all provide excellent opportunities to view and purchase original artwork.

Ballet Performance in Aberdeen, SDThe Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center also is a multifaceted arts and community center that offers visual arts, dance, music, athletics, and other special interest programs. The campus includes the ARCC Gallery, Civic Theatre, and Civic Arena. The Gallery is located within the ARCC at 225 3rd Ave. SE. The Civic Theatre is located at 212 2nd Ave. SE, and the Civic Arena is located at 203 S Washington St. For more information about the ARCC, call (605) 626-7015.

Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen, SDMore Aberdeen history can be enjoyed by visiting the Dacotah Prairie Museum, Highlands Historical District, and Granary in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Step back in time at the Dacotah Prairie Museum to experience the natural history of the Aberdeen area. The museum is home to several wildlife habitats, an art gallery, children's learning area, and gift shop. The museum is located at 21 S Main Street. The Highlands Historical District, located on north Main Street, is comprised of about 17 homes built between 1907 and 1969, showcasing outstanding architecture of the era. The Granary Rural Cultural Center is located at 40161 128th St. in rural Brown County. This center boasts a sculpture walk, Putney Hall, and the Granary Memorial Gallery. For more information call the Dacotah Prairie Museum at (605) 626-7117.

Discover a unique culture by visiting a Hutterite colony in the Aberdeen area. Hutterites enjoy a self-sustaining community with handmade fashion, furniture, and more. Tours can be arranged for groups of 10 more through the Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Call (800) 645-3851 for more information.