Archive for May 6, 2013



Make your plans now to discover the Smoky Hill River Festival — the midwest’s premier arts festival.

Revelers young and old gather each June in shaded, historic Oakdale Park, near the banks of the river, to enjoy the Smoky Hill River Festival.

Now in its 37th year, the River Festival spans three-and-a-half days in early June. The Festival is best known nationally for its excellent art and cultural programming, its relaxed, family-friend atmosphere, and the organic way in which many vibrant art installations and other key elements mingle, to challenge returning and new visitors in surprising and delightful ways.

Featuring a rainbow of artistic offerings for the senses, the River Festival offers a veritable symphony of fine art and crafts, children’s activities, Festival food, and more. Four stages of top-notch musical and roving entertainment round out the menu for this ‘create your own’ event that officially kicks off the summer season for thousands of residents and out-of-town guests. The Festival is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, 2013.

The River Festival begins on Thursday evening with the Festival Jam concert on June 6, at 6 p.m. Festival gates open that night at 4, come early to stake out your spot and enjoy supper on the grounds from more than 30 outstanding Festival food vendors. That’s just the beginning, as the Festival evolves over the weekend with special events including a fun run, Big Band Dance, children’s art activities, artisan craft demonstrations and more, highlighted by time to browse each fine art and craft booth and enjoy entertainment on the hour on the Festival stages.

Admission to the Smoky Hill River Festival is by Festival Button only, which are $10 in advance or $15 at the Gate. Gates of the River Festival open at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for patrons to enter, with activities running from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the Festival’s final day. So, grab your lawn chair, blanket, and cooler and plan to join your friends and loved ones for a time of relaxation and discovery at the Smoky Hill River Festival.

Oakdale Park, Oakdale 730, Salina, Kansas 67401