Holiday Festival of Lights

The City of Yankton and The Meridian District will host the annual Holiday Festival of Lights: Parade of Lights & Tree Lighting Ceremony to celebrate Yankton’s holiday season. Join us, dress warm, and enjoy the festivities! 

Harvest Halloween

Yankton’s annual fall festival ~ a FREE family fun event reinforcing community spirit! A Harvest celebration supporting local business, food, music, art, and children’s activities.

Czech Days in Tabor

Czech Days means fun, music, entertainment, dancing, and traditional Czech foods. The celebration keeps alive the heritage of the early founders of the little South Dakota community who came to Tabor from Bohemia as early as 1869.

Yankton Ribfest

Yankton’s biggest party to kick-off summer is happening June 13th!

This FREE event is suitable for all ages. There will be  food vendors, an amateur barbeque contest, bouncy houses & kids area, and LIVE MUSIC! For more detailed information and entertainment line-up, please visit us on Facebook.

Lake Yankton Festival and Homestead Day

Come out to Lake Yankton for a FREE, fun-filled, family friendly day on June 13th. Over 30 different activities and presentations are available for the whole family to enjoy. 

Schmeckfest 2020 – Postponed

Updated 3/13/2020 Official statement from Freeman Academy & Schmeckfest Auxiliary Executive Board

The Schmeckfest Auxiliary Executive Board, Freeman Academy Board of Directors, and Administration have postponed Schmeckfest 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Tentative dates have been discussed and will be announced as we hear official updates regardingCOVID-19.

This has been a difficult decision; however we cannot risk the safety of our students, faculty, volunteers, community and Schmeckfest visitors. We also feel a personal responsibility to help stop the spread of this contagious virus. We have been strongly encouraged to take preventative measures, not just for ourselves, but for all those who enter our campus, and especially those with weakened immune systems.

Schmeckfest musical and meal tickets will be transferable to a rescheduled date in 2020. Pre-orders for items, such as Schmeckfest sausage, can still be placed and are appreciated. This has been Freeman Academy’s largest fundraiser for over 60 years. Details can be found at

Updates will be available on and official Facebook pages for Freeman Academy and Schmeckfest, as more information follows in the coming days and weeks. Contact Nathan Epp at or Meranda Van Ningen, Development Director / Schmeckfest Coordinator at


Schmeckfest is an annual community festival in Freeman, South Dakota, that celebrates the Germans-from-Russia heritage on which the community was established through food, the arts and the coming together of people.

It has been held as a fundraiser for Freeman Academy every spring since 1959. 2020 will mark the 62nd annual Schmeckfest.