Rushmore Rally 2019
8:00 PM20:00

Rushmore Rally 2019

BUY TICKETS NOW for the Rushmore Rally!

Get ready for the South Dakota State Society's annual Rushmore Rally, happening Friday, Sept. 20 at the DC American Legion on Capitol Hill.

Join the South Dakota State Society for our annual Rushmore Rally and dance the blues away! We’re excited to announce this year’s live music will feature SDSS Board Member James Preston and members of the legendary Wailers band.

Here’s what you need to know:

WHAT: Rushmore Rally
WHERE: American Legion on Capitol Hill, 224 D Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 (closest Metro is Capitol South, blue and orange line)
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 20 from 8:00-11:00 pm
PRICES: $35 SDSS members, $45 non-members
Buy your tickets in advance here, cost will increase at the door!


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1:00 PM13:00

ESCAPE! With the South Dakota State Society

Hang out with fellow South Dakotans, test your puzzle solving skills and escape with the South Dakota State Society Saturday, March 23, at The Great Escape Room in Dupont Circle!

This fun-filled event coincides with our annual member meeting. After we escape, we'll have lunch catered, vote on new board members and discuss the year ahead.

Reserve your spot for only $10 here (prices will increase closer to the event, so reserve your spot now!)

What you get: For $10, get your ticket to the Escape room, plus lunch from Chipotle!

When: Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: The Great Escape Room - DC (1730 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009 near Dupont circle)

Interested in joining the South Dakota State Society Board? Let us know! 

We look forward to seeing you March 23!

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USD vs SDSU Football Game Watch
3:00 PM15:00

USD vs SDSU Football Game Watch

Cheer on your beloved Jacks or Coyotes Saturday, Nov. 17, with the South Dakota State Society! We'll be hosting our annual watch party at a new location this year -- Dirty Water on H Street NE in DC.

We'll have the game streaming live, plus lots of good food (like chislic!) and drink specials. 

Chislic is free for SDSS Members, $9 for non-members

Drink Specials:
$28 MEGA Buckets (8 16oz Bud/Bud Light aluminum bottles); $24 BABE Buckets (5 cans rose/grigio); $20 Rolling Rock Buckets (8 12oz cans); $18 Spiked Seltzer Buckets (5 cans)

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5:30 PM17:30

October Happy Hour at Penn Quarter Sports Tavern

October has arrived, and the weather is holding so far! Please join the South Dakota State Society as we host a happy hour on Thursday, October 25th at The Penn Quarter Sports Tavern.

Members will receive two free drink tickets so make sure your membership is up to date. Friends, roommates, coworkers, and visitors are all welcome to join us!

If you want to become a member, or renew your membership, our website is easy to use!

You can also reach out to us to see if your membership is current by emailing

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11:00 AM11:00

Kennedy Center Tour and Annual Member Meeting

Interested in joining the South Dakota State Society for a tour of the KennedyCenter on Saturday? Don't forget to RSVP!

The tour will last just over an hour, and afterward we will meet for our annual member meeting.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Saturday, March 24
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Kennedy Center (meet at the Tour Desk, which is down the escalators from the main hall entrance)
  • Attendees: SDSS members, friends of SDSS
  • Cost: Free

Please plan to be to the Kennedy Center at/before 11:00 so we can begin our tour on time.

Following the tour, we we hold our annual member meeting. On the agenda:

  • Treasurer's report
  • Elections
  • Open comments

Please RSVP to the South Dakota State Society. We hope to see you at the Kennedy Center! 

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3:00 PM15:00

Chislic Feed and USD vs SDSU Watch Party

Where will you be on game day?

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 18

SDSS Chislic feed and USD vs SDSU football game watch party is Saturday, November 18 at 3:00pm ET. 

It's that time of year again! The South Dakota Showdown while you chow-down on some chislic! The banter will be lively, the food will be great and the friendship will be cheery! The more the merrier—all are welcome! We'll have the game streaming live on a handful of TVs and a big projector!  

Where: Lucky Bar - 1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036 (close to Dupont Circle metro stop). 

Additional information to follow.

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6:00 PM18:00

SDSS Membership Meeting and Meet and Greet with South Dakota's Andrea Thompson

Please join the South Dakota State Society (SDSS) as we host a meet and greet with South Dakota native Andrea Thompson on Monday, September 25. Earlier this year, Vice President Mike Pence announced the appointment of Colonel Andrea Thompson (U.S. Army - Retired) as Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President.

Thompson will join the SDSS on Monday, September 25 for a reception where she will share details about her career, over 25 years of service in the U.S. Military, and life inside the White House. 

A reception will be held at the U.S. Asia Institute on Monday, September 25from 6:00pm - 7:00pm ET. The event is open to South Dakotans and friends.

Details: Meet and Greet Reception with Andrea Thompson
When: Monday, September 25 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm ET
Where: US Asia Institute - 232 East Capitol Street, NE Washington DC 20003
The reception will have light beverage and hors d'oeuvres.

Please RSVP to the South Dakota State Society

MEMBERSHIP MEETING: The SDSS will also hold a meeting of our membership directly following the reception - 7:00pm - 7:30pm ET. The meeting will discuss updates to bylaws, election of SDSS Board Members, invites to join the board and suggestions for future events. More information to follow:

Vice President Mike Pence Announces Andrea Thompson as National Security Advisor

WASHINGTON, DC – Vice President Mike Pence today announced the appointment of Colonel Andrea Thompson (U.S. Army - Retired) as Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President.

"Colonel Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge as a career military intelligence officer and combat veteran to her role as my National Security Advisor," said Vice President Pence. "She has a deep understanding of the complex challenges that face the United States at this juncture in history and is uniquely qualified to serve in this important role."

Thompson brings more than 25 years of service in the U.S. military to her new role, including deployment on multiple combat tours such as: Intelligence Directorate/J2 Chief of Staff in Afghanistan, Senior Intelligence Officer for Multi-National Division (North) in Iraq, and additional tours in Iraq, Bosnia and operational deployments around the world.

Thompson previously served as the National Security Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, the Executive Officer to the Under Secretary of the Army and the Senior Military Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Rushmore Rally
to Jun 25

Rushmore Rally

Back by popular demand, the South Dakota State Society is throwing the annual Rushmore Rally. A night of country music, beers, mixed drinks and a laid back bar to make you feel like you are back in the heartland. South Dakotans and friends, will enjoy the all you can drink, light snacks and a rocking good time. 

Round up your friends and join the SDSS at annual Rushmore Rally!  

Grab your tickets soon as we have a limited number and prices will increase at the door. Will Gravatt Band is back and ready to get our cowboy boots dancing! New this year, Downtown Chicken will have their food truck outside our event!  Because fried chicken and mac 'n cheese sound really tasty with a beer after a night of dancing! 

WHAT: Rushmore Rally
TICKET: Includes all you can drink. A light snack will be provided.
WHERE: American Legion on Capitol Hill, 224 D Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Closest Metro is Capitol South, blue and orange line. Bikeshare station outside venue.
WHEN: June 24, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Must by 21+ to attend.
PRICE: Member Ticket: $35.00  |  Non-Member Ticket: $45.00 |  Door: $60.00


2017 Rushmore Rally
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Night at the Ballpark
7:05 PM19:05

Night at the Ballpark

Batter up! Enjoy a night at the ballpark with the South Dakota State Society as we watch the Nationals take on the Mets on Friday, April 28th. 

Time: Opening pitch is at 7:05pm on Friday, April 28
Ticket Information: Members - $20 | Non-members $25. Tickets include $8 voucher for food or beverage. 
Ticket Location: Pavilion Scoreboard
Location: Nationals Stadium

Purchase Tickets Here: 


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Celebration South Dakota
7:00 PM19:00

Celebration South Dakota

The South Dakota State Society (SDSS) of Washington, D.C., was formed in 1954 as an opportunity for native and adopted South Dakotans in the greater Washington metropolitan area to share their common bond and the spirit of our great State. Although it had been inactive since 1982, the group was revived in 2008 and has become a beacon for South Dakotans living in Washington, D.C. We’ve continued to keep a robust membership and provide resources for South Dakotans through monthly meetings and signature events. 

Each inauguration the State Society hosts a wonderful reception for all our South Dakotans visiting Washington, D.C. This year, we are delighted to hold "Celebration South Dakota" in honor of those visiting Washington during inauguration weekend. Celebration South Dakota is a cocktail reception, held January 19, 2017, from 7-10 p.m. at Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle. Tickets for the event will cover a premium open bar package and heavy hors d'oeuvres. 
We hope you can join us for an evening celebrating our commonalities as South Dakotans and toasting to the values which unite us; a great love for our Rushmore State. 

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm ET
Ticket sales: SDSS Member: $95.00; Non-Member: $100.00
Tickets include: Premium Open Bar and heavy hors d'oeurves
Location: Bistro Bistro - 1727 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
- (red line metro accessible). 

Attire: Cocktail

* Inaguration tickets issued by South Dakota delegation will be available for pick up if unable to secure alternative arragements. 

Celebration South Dakota Tickets

If there are any questions, please reach out to us at If you are interested in sponsoring or getting involved with the State Society please reach out to Maren Colon, President of the South Dakota State Society, at 605-728-1330 or 

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SDSS Boat Cruise
7:00 PM19:00

SDSS Boat Cruise

What a better way to toast another fantastic DC summer than by boating on the Potomac with your fellow South Dakotans and friends. Please join the South Dakota State Society as we host a happy hour on the Party Yacht at the Georgetown Waterfront Harbor. Thank you to National Business Aviation Association for their sponsorship of this wonderful event! A DJ will play some great tunes as we float merrily passed monuments and historic parts of Virginia. 

DATE: September 9, 2016
TIME: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
LOCATION: Georgetown Waterfront - Park 3100 K St. NW Washington, District of Columbia, 20007
PRICE: $25 member/ $35 non-member

Price of the ticket includes 2 drink tickets, a glass of champagne and Hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar will be available for additional drinks.

Tickets have been sold out!

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Rushmore Rally
to May 22

Rushmore Rally

Hey South Dakotans and friends, we were missing the laid-back bars at home and wanted to bring it here to you.  The 1st annual Rushmore Rally will have you feeling like you're back in the heartland in no time!

Round up your friends and join the South Dakota State Society at our 1st annual Rushmore Rally!  Get your ticket now to enjoy the lowest prices at our all-you-can-drink open bar with light snacks provided.  Need an excuse to dust off your cowboy boots?  You can dance the night away to live music by the Wil Gravatt band.  Must by 21+ to attend.

WHAT: Rushmore Rally
WHERE: American Legion on Capitol Hill, 224 D Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Closest Metro is Capitol South, blue and orange line.
WHEN: May 21, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight

Get your ticket now to score the lowest price to attend this event!  Prices will increase closer to the event.

Your ticket includes admission and access to the open bar all night and light refreshments.

Please visit the link to purchase tickets here: Rushmore Rally Tickets


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Twins VS Nats Game
7:05 PM19:05

Twins VS Nats Game

When: April 22 (Friday), 7:05pm
Price: $20 (comes with $8 concessions credit) per ticket
Section: Scoreboard Pavilion (243-237)
Who: Please email Blaine Reynolds to purchase tickets:
Deadline: Reserve your tickets by March 4th, 2016.


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