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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Midwest’s Premier Arts Festival

Revelers young and old gather each June in shaded, historic Oakdale Park, Salina, Kansas, 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 ..... this year scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, June 6 to 9. 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, food from more than 30 outstanding Festival vendors, 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 Smoky Hill 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, be there 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. 

Visit www.riverfestival.com for admission and other details.

For more information about top events in Kansas take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Kansas.