Thanks to the hard work of the state's early settlers, Kansas is a region rich in agricultural and recreational opportunities. Fun-seekers who want to see more than prairies and farms won't have to look hard, however. The state is rich in cultural events, theater productions, musical festivals and fascinating museums.
- Forest Park and Parsons in Parsons, KS
For the entire Memorial Day weekend the three communities come together to celebrate the day that the first train traveled through this part of the state more than 140 years ago. See a vast selection of exhibits and presentations recounting the railroad days along with enjoying the food, activities and live entertainment provided.
This gala annual event begins at the end of May and spans nine days filled with musical entertainment provided by dozens of live bands. Adults and children alike enjoy the large selection of food and interesting arts and crafts vendors along with parades, cultural events and shows that place right on the river.
- Oakdale Park Salina, KS 67401 in Salina, KS
The festival presents a potpourri of culture and arts for three days during the middle of June. Enjoy traditional foods and live performances along with a schedule of special events. Sit back and hear the music, browse through the art displays and participate in one of many activities.
- Tuttle Creek State Park Manhattan, KS 66502 in Manhattan, KS
Outdoor enthusiasts especially enjoy this four-day event that centers around camping at the Tuttle Creek State Park while offering live country music. Campers arrive during the latter part of June to indulge in a large selection of foods, a swinging saloon, craft displays and various activities for all ages.
- Hutchinson, Kan. in Hutchinson, KS
For 10 days every September,the city hosts the annual event that takes place at the 280-acre fairgrounds. Guests enjoy everything from viewing blue ribbon exhibits to exciting rodeos and thrilling carnival rides. See the numerous agricultural and educational displays along with strange artifacts, homemade crafts and a lengthy selection of competitions and demonstrations sure to please visitors of all ages.