FreedomFest 2021 will take over the charming Rapid City downtown as well as the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center for our conference program. During the day, we’ll meet for FreedomFest programming at the Rushmore Plaza and Anthem Screenings at the historic Elks Theatre. Then we’ll go out on the town with fantastic and entertaining evening social events throughout the city and at surrounding landmarks.

Rushmore Plaza
Civic Center

444 N Mt Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701

The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is a 250,000-square-foot meeting center in Rapid City, South Dakota and is home of FreedomFest 2021. Located in the heart of downtown, this event center is steps away from local shops and restaurants and offers over 4,200 complimentary parking spaces.

Elks Theatre

512 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701

Built in 1912 and fully refurbished, the Elks Theatre blends 20th century charm with 21st century technology. The two-tier theater seats 600 and is home to Anthem Film Festival July 21-24, 2021. Enjoy full concessions, comfortable theater seating, movie theater screenings and complete panel discussions with filmmakers throughout the festival run. Just a 10-minute walk from the Rushmore Plaza, FreedomFest will also provide a shuttle service between the Rushmore Plaza and Elks Theatre throughout the day.


523 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701

Located in the historic Hotel Alex Johnson in downtown Rapid City, Yesterday’s Ballroom is home to Anthem Film Festival’s VIP Masterclass & Reception on Thursday night, while the Lincoln Ballroom is home to Mark Skousen’s Forecasts & Strategies Reception the same night.


505 N 5th St, Rapid City, SD 57701

Special event breakfasts, luncheons, and a variety of receptions will take place in the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza, right next door to the civic center, in the Black Hills Ballroom and Dakota Ballroom. The speakers reception will take place in the atrium of the Holiday Inn on Friday evening. 


601 Kansas City St, Rapid City, SD 57701

Release your inner diva with new FreedomFest compatriots at the Hay Camp Brewery. After the Comedy Variety Show Friday night, the private back room opens up at 9:00 to FreedomFesters who want to belt out a few tunes together. Hosted by Avens O’Brien, this FreedomFest tradition has been a favorite for years! No ticket required for karaoke.

murphy's pub

510 9th St, Rapid City, SD 57701

Home of FreedomFest student & young professional get-togethers! Venture into charming downtown Rapid City to meet up with friends at the friendly and fun Murphy’s Pub Thurs-Sat night from 6:30 to 8:30. Their outdoor space is great for hanging out, playing some corn hole and giant connect-four, ordering some food and relaxing after a full day at FreedomFest! Sponsored by America’s Future.

Dahl Arts Center

713 7th St, Rapid City, SD 57701

The Dahl Arts Center has served as a premier western South Dakota arts center for contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts since it opened in October 1974. This multi-purpose community arts center is used by artists and arts organizations for arts, private and corporate gatherings.

Map of Venues, downtown rapid city, & hotel areas