Spring time on Kansas I-70


Spring time in Kansas brings warmer weather, outdoor events, music, sports, and more. We hope spring time brings YOU to spend time here in Kansas!

Take some time today to explore the many events and attractions this season below. We are certain there is something for everyone!


 

Goodland – Exits 17 & 19


  • Big Kansas Road Trip

    Everyone is invited to descend on Sherman, Cheyenne and Wallace Counties May 2-5. Eat in the cafes, shop in the stores, tour the attractions and drive the scenic roads. You’ll enjoy exploring with hundreds of other people who want to play in Kansas. Learn more...

  • Simply Chic Craft and Vendor Fair

    Searching for that unique gift, clothing or decor item? Find it at the fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 23 at Max Jones Fieldhouse, 1209 Arcade. Learn more...

  • Sherman County Speedway

    Dare to watch dirt track racing at Sherman County Speedway, 417 N. Main! The first event will be held April 27. Races continue into late September. Check race times...

  • Goodland Cruise Night

    If it has a motor and you’re a gearhead, you need to be there. Old School, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Muscle Cars, 4X4, Jeeps, Motorcycles, Scooters. Come to Chambers Park, 13th and Center, at 6:30 p.m. for food and fun. Learn more...

  • Thirty First Annual Run for the Wall

    Honor all veterans, especially those from the Vietnam War, when hundreds of riders stream into Goodland on their way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial — “The Wall” — in Washington, D.C. Riders are scheduled to arrive Goodland by 6:15 p.m. May 18. Learn more...

  • All Goodland times are Mountain Time.

 

Colby – Exits 53 & 54


  • Colby Gun & Coin Show

    Browse and buy many different types of firearms and coins as well as supporting equipment. Colby Community Building, 285 E. Fifth, March 8-10, 9 a.m.– 7 p.m. Learn more...

  • Home and Better Living Show

    Find fun items to improve your home and your life at Colby Community Building from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. March 15-17. Learn more...

  • Gem Lions Club Soup Day

    Enjoy several different soups as well as homemade cake. Free will offering. Gem Community Building, March 2 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Learn more...

  • Great Oasis Cookoff

    Smoking starts Friday evening May 3. Judging, meal, music and libations are held Saturday, May 4. Event will be held east of Walmart, Interstate 70’s Exit 52. If interested in competing, please send a message on Facebook. Learn more...

  • Big Kansas Road Trip

    Explore Colby and Thomas County on your way to the road trip in Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace Counties May 2-5. Find out what life in Northwest Kansas is all about with fun events and attractions. Learn more...

 

Oakley – Exits 70 & 76


  • Annie Oakley Park & Pool

    Fun for the whole family. The park offers offer walking paths, playground, picnic areas and disc golf. Oakley’s “Cool Pool” at the park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Learn more...

  • Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark

    Discover your Western Kansas WOW! moment at Kansas’ first National Natural Monument. Rising some 50 feet or more out of the prairie, these formations are truly magnificent. Learn more...

  • Fick Fossil & History Museum

    The Fick Fossil Museum, 700 W. Third, is home to a large collection of fossils from the surrounding area and also a collection of hometown memorabilia. The museum offers free admission, but does accept donations. Learn more...

  • Buffalo Bill Bronze Sculpture

    Voted one of Kansas’ 8 Wonders of Art, the magnificent two time life-size bronze sculpture of Buffalo Bill on his horse pursuing a buffalo is one of the largest bronze sculptures in the world. Learn more...

  • Smoky Valley Ranch Hiking Trails

    Spring time is the perfect time to take the one mile loop or the five mile loop at the Nature Conservancy’s Smoky Valley Ranch and enjoy the rugged terrain of the short grass prairie. Learn more...

 

Wakeeney – Exits 127 & 128


  • Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

    Come enjoy the beauty of spring along the 60-mile byway south and east of WaKeeney. Explore the natural beauty of the Smoky Hill River Valley as well as the history of the High Plains, including the newly preserved Wilcox School, a stone one-room schoolhouse. This loop begins and ends on I-70. To start your byway tour, drive south on either Exits 127 or 135. Learn more...

  • Cedar Bluff State Park, Reservoir, & Wildlife Area

    Discover all there is to see and do – such as camping, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, and wildlife watching on more than 15,000 acres of water, state park and wildlife area located 14 miles south of I-70 at Exit 135. Choose from over 100 campsites, five modern rental cabins, and several boat ramps. Learn more...

  • WaKeeney Mini-Speedway

    Enjoy the thrill of “Kart Racing at Its Best!” at this family orientated go-kart track. Eight races are scheduled throughout the 2019 season from April to September, including one of the regional Maxxis Midwest Series Races. The mini-speedway is located north of I-70 Exit #128 at the intersection of U.S. Highways 283 and 40. Learn more...

  • WaKeeney Water Park

    Fun, Fun, Fun . . . for the entire family at the Water Park and adjoining City Park! The Water Park opens for the 2019 season Memorial Day Weekend. Open seven days a week, including some evening hours. 716 N. Sixth St. Learn more...

  • Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at WaKeeney

    Honor our fallen heroes at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery, which offers a beautiful resting place. It is located right off I-70 at WaKeeney Exit # 128 and then north ½ mile. Memorial Day services will be held May 27. Learn more...

 

Hays – Exits 157 & 159


  • Special Olympics Kansas Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament

    Hays is proud to have hosted the tournament for over 40 years. This year’s event will be held March 22-23 in Gross Memorial Coliseum. Learn more...

  • Brews on the Bricks

    Downtown Hays’ own craft brew festival showcases over 100 American craft beers from over 40 breweries from Kansas and beyond May 4 at 10th and Main. Learn more...

  • Sunflower Classic at Rolling Plains Motor Speedway

    Get ready for the greatest show on dirt when racing season kicks off on the weekend of March 28-30 at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. Learn more...

  • National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association

    Fort Hays State University hosts their annual competition April 19-20 at Doug Philip Arena located on Golf Course Road, a half mile west of U.S Hwy. 183 Alternative. Learn more...

  • Spring Art Walk

    Join us on the Bricks in Downtown Hays April 26 when local artists and students display their masterpieces in galleries and shops. Learn more...

 

Russell County – EXITS 180, 184, 189 & 206


  • Russell Municipal Golf Course

    Come on out and check out these bluegrass fairways. Golf cart rentals, a putting range and a driving range are also available. Learn more...

  • Grassroots Art Center

    Check out the painted limestone sculptures, colored glass, and life size cars made out of pull tabs in Lucas. Learn more...

  • Oil Patch Museum

    See exhibits of the drilling and production of oil, as well as the pulling units, steam engines, and pump jacks used throughout history. Learn more...

  • A Fairport Knight

    A rustic cabin refurbished in recycled décor is located in the hills of Fairport! Perfect for meetings, reunions or that special anniversary. Learn more...

  • Bowl Plaza

    An amazing work of mosaic art that looks like a toilet covered in bling inside and out. One of the world’s most artsy public restrooms. Learn more...

 

Salina – EXITS 244, 250, 252 & 258


  • SALINA BIENNIAL: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM EMERGING YOUNG KANSAS ARTISTS

    The Sunflower Biennial asked emerging Kansas artists from 14-22 years old to share their voice. The Salina Art Center is excited to welcome these Kansas artists to their galleries. Join the art center through March 31st to experience these young artists’ stories. 242 S. Santa Fe. Learn more...

  • ROLLING HILLS ZOO: 20TH ANNIVERSARY!

    Spend spring break in Salina celebrating the Rolling Hills Zoo 20th anniversary! With specials every month, this is a celebration you will not want to miss! Help us celebrate 20 amazing years at the Rolling Hills Zoo at 625 N. Hedville Road. Learn more...

  • SALINA COMIC CON 3 - MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU

    Salina Comic Con is returning to Tony’s Pizza Event Center for the third year in a row! Join over 2,000 comic patrons on May 4th and 5th to enjoy 60 vendors with comics, toys, cards (both sports and non‐sports) artwork and much more. Local and out of state vendors, from as far away as California, will be there buying, selling and trading for year No. 3. Learn more...

  • CELTIC TENORS RETURN TO THE HISTORIC STIEFEL THEATRE

    Gear up for an evening of music, humor and Irish fun at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, 151 S. Santa Fe Ave., on March 3rd. The Celtic Tenors will return to the Stiefel stage for an unforgettable performance with the Salina Symphony musicians. This performance will satisfy a wide range of tastes with their variety of classical, folk, Irish and pop favorites. Learn more...

  • SCULPTURETOUR SALINA 2019 EXHIBITION

    Enjoy the 20-plus sculptures in this outdoor exhibition in downtown Salina. The works will be “unwrapped” Saturday, May 4, and will remain on display through mid-April 2020. Pick up a brochure/ballot downtown and vote for your favorite sculpture! Learn more...

 

ABILENE – EXITS 272 & 275


  • Seelye Mansion

    Abilene's Historic Seelye Mansion is a must-see! Furnished with items from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright and home to a wooden bowling alley that's more than 120 years old, it's no "wonder" this beautiful mansion was named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas – Architecture winners by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Tours daily. Learn more...

  • Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Locomotive #3415

    Ride the rails with the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad! Learn more...

  • The Eisenhower Marathon

    April 6, 2019 – Runners at the Eisenhower Marathon and Half Marathon wind through the territory south of Abilene that cattlemen followed when bringing their herds to Abilene on the Chisholm Trail in the 1800s. This race is also a Boston Marathon Qualifier. Learn more...

  • Reitz & Rust Spring Market Jamboree

    April 27, 2019 – This is our biggest market of the year! Join us for over 100 vendors, live music, food trucks & a Vintage Camper Show! Learn more...

  • Antique Fest

    May 11, 2019 – Stroll the streets of downtown Abilene shopping with antique vendors and inside downtown Abilene businesses. Learn more...

 

JUNCTION CITY – EXITS 295-301


  • "South Pacific"

    The Junction City Little Theater presents South Pacific at the C. L. Hoover Opera House. Set in an island paradise during WWII, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. Learn more...

  • Cabelas King Kat National Qualifier Tournament

    The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament at Milford Lake will qualify one team to advance to the national championship. The tournament will be at Acorns Resort on March 30, 2019. The event includes a youth fishing rodeo.

  • Milford Fish Hatchery

    Adjacent to the Milford Nature Center at Milford Lake is the Milford Fish Hatchery. Visitors are welcome to walk around the outside raceways. During April and May, weekend hatchery tours are offered at 1:30 p.m. (no appointment needed). Learn more...

  • Mud Bogg

    Sundown Salute presents the annual Mud Bogg on May 19! Slinging mud and loud trucks will be center stage as vehicles race through pits of mud. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the mud pit. Learn more...

  • Run for the Wall

    Veterans from all wars and their supporters stop overnight May 20 along their annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – “The Wall” – in Washington D.C. They will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Kansas Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Heritage Park, Sixth and Washington St. Learn more...

 

MANHATTAN – EXITS 303 & 313


  • Framed: Step Into Art exhibition

    Appreciate artistic creations and enjoy vast learning experiences for your child as they “Step Into Art” during this fun, interactive exhibition. Learn more...

  • Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Race

    Manhattan celebrates its 40th parade and annual 10K/5K/2M runs as March 9 celebration roars through Aggieville entertainment district. Learn more...

  • Introducing brand new Johnny Kaw!

    That big fella in Manhattan City Park, Johnny Kaw, has been around since the ’60s and he’s getting a midlife crisis-style makeover this spring. Learn more...

  • Flint Hills Festival

    Celebrate Flint Hills’ beauty and majesty May 11 at Blue Earth Plaza with live music, great food and children’s activities. Learn more...

  • Bill Snyder Highway Half-Marathon

    Finish on the field at Bill Snyder Family Stadium! Route winds through downtown, Aggieville and campus with May 25 finish on the 50. Learn more...

 

LECOMPTON – EXIT 197


  • Bleeding Kansas Lecture Series 2019

    On March 3, come learn about the Underground Railroad from a pair of experts in Kansas! “They Put Up More than Hay: Joel and Emily Grover, their Barn, and the Underground Railroad” by Judy Sweets, historical researcher and genealogist and Kerry Altenbernd, historian. Learn more...

  • Gigantic City-Wide Rummage Sale

    Come March 15-16 to the beautiful, old Lecompton High School building on Woodson Street. Benefit for the Lecompton Community Pride. Friday 8-5, Saturday 8-noon. Lots of great finds and great deals! Learn more...

  • Lecompton Walking Tour

    Go back in time to when Lecompton was the territorial capital of Kansas. Take a stroll (or a drive). Many of the sites have a QR code to a video describing the history of the building or area. Learn more...

 

LAWRENCE – EXITS 197, 202 & 204


  • Cradle of Basketball

    No city can boast an array of basketball history like Lawrence – where the game came of age. View James Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basketball” at the DeBruce Center, 1647 Naismith Dr. Learn more...

  • Baker Wetlands

    Explore 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife in one of the most diverse habitats in Kansas. A great place for cycling, hiking, bird watching and stargazing! Learn more...

  • Final Fridays Art Walk

    On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5-9 p.m., the streets of Downtown Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District erupt. Learn more...

  • Kansas Relays

    A Kansas tradition since 1923, the relays are the home of track and field world records, legendary competitions and some of the greatest athletes on the planet. The 92nd Kansas Relays will be held April 17-20 at Rock Chalk Park. Learn more...

  • World’s First All Female BUSKER FESTIVAL

    Over 25 different street performer acts from around the world on 5 stages in 3 days, May 24-26. Don’t miss the 12th Annual Lawrence Busker Festival! Learn more...

 

Leavenworth – Exits 396 & 401


  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    For the Irish and the Irish at heart, wear your green along the parade route, noon March 17. Learn more...

  • Cool Hand Luke Gravel Grinder

    Test your cycling skills in an exciting new 100-mile gravel bicycle event April 28 in Leavenworth. Featuring a start by “the man with no eyes” to the hard-boiled-egg SAGS, you won’t want to miss the epic bicycle event through the countryside of Leavenworth County. Learn more...

  • Fifth Annual Queens 5K Romp

    May5, FB page: Queen’s 5K RompRomp on April 29! Every finisher receives a cool medal, pink tee, tiara, and colorful race bib. The race goal is to create a wonderful women’s event where women uplift, inspire, and connect with other women of all ages. Race begins and ends at Candle Queen Candles. Join the fun! Learn more...

  • Fort Leavenworth Historic Homes Tour

    April 28, 1-6 p.m. on Fort Leavenworth, Spend a pleasant Sunday afternoon April 29 touring Fort Leavenworth’s beautiful historic homes. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the gorgeous interiors and stately views from these senior officer residences. Hours: 1-6 p.m. Please be aware of the procedures to enter the Fort Leavenworth’s gates. For more information, please visit: Learn more...

  • Memorial Day Ceremonies

    Fort Leavenworth will hold the 132nd Memorial Day Ceremonies May 27. Ceremonies begin at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, at 11 a.m. and Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, 395 Biddle Blvd., at 11:30 a.m. Learn more...

 

Bonner Springs -KS Turnpike Exit 224


  • Marble Crazy

    Marble Crazy is an annual event held at the Moon Marble Co. the first weekend in March. Meet 20+ artists! See marbles made! See a marble machine! Date: March 1 & 2. Hours: Friday 10:00 am-7:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Moon Marble Company, 600 East Front Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. 913-441-1432 or email@moonmarble.com. Learn more...

  • Kegs N’ Eggs

    Drinking and hunting make an EGG-cellent combination at KEGS ‘n’ EGGS! The Kansas City Renaissance Festival grounds are waiting for you to HUNT for hidden Easter Eggs! Each egg contains tickets to be redeemed for prizes and a few GOLDEN eggs are even filled with CASH. There will be Craft Beer Tastings from local and regional breweries along with EGG-citing games and contests! So, come out and drink a few beers, scavenge for hidden eggs and partake in this EGG-stremely awesome event! April 29! KegsnEggsKC.com for tickets! Date: April 13. Hours: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Bonner Springs Tourism, 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. 913-721-2110 or info@kcrenfest.com. Learn more...

  • KC Timber Challenge

    Be prepared for a wild 5K obstacle course with 30+ unique obstacles including: Mud Pits, Bluff Climbs, a 7 story tower climb, the Vertigo Bus, hand held ZIP LINES, inverted monkey bars, rope climb, cargo nets and much more. Date: April 14. Hours: 9:00 am-Noon. KC Timber Challenge, 12829 Loring Road, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. 913-538-1229 or info@kctimberchallenge.com. Be on the lookout for Spring Family Timber Challenge on May 5th. Learn more...

  • Barnyard Babies

    Come out to this fun family festival and experience life on a farm – from barnyard babies to a tractor petting zoo, and fresh produce to kiddie pedal pull contests, giant balloon animals, games and much more! Date: April 27. Hours: 10:00 am-4:00 pm. National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame, 630 North 126th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. 913-721-1075 or info@aghalloffame.com. Learn more...

  • Concerts

    Flyover KC 2019 featuring Cardi B, 21 Savage, Lil Baby & much more. Doors open at 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 4th. Buzz under the Stars presents The 1975 on Monday, May 6th. Doors open at 5:30 pm. On Friday, May 17th Slayer will be performing. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Tickets found on ticketmaster.com. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. Learn more...

 

SHAWNEE – EXITS 224 (SOUTH OFF 7) & 411A (SOUTH OFF 435)


  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration

    Sláinte! Each St. Paddy’s season Shawnee goes green as it celebrates its Irish heritage. Experience traditional fare, fun, parade and so much more on Sunday, March 10. Learn more...

  • Shawnee Town 1929

    Experience a true to life truck farm in this recreated 1920s farm community. Full of authentic collections, exhibits, reenactments and events, Shawnee Town 1929 offers a glimpse into its city’s roots. Learn more...

  • B&B Theatres Shawnee 18

    This is not your average movie theatre. This complex B&B Theatre offers a three-story Grand Screen, MX4D (a new way to “feel” the action in a flick) , screenPLAY catered for small children and live productions. Learn more...

  • Shawnee Mission Park

    Spanning 1600-plus acres and two cities, one could spend a whole day in this park. Shawnee Mission Park offers your standard amenities but also features a multi-use lake with marina, disc golf and horseback riding. Bring Fido along as well for a dip in the 53-acre off-leash dog park that includes a beach and swim area. Learn more...

 

KANSAS CITY – EXITS 410-423


  • Legends Outlets Kansas City

    Shopping doesn’t have to break the bank. Enjoy all of the well-known designer and brand name fashions in an upscale outdoor shopping and entertainment destination. 1843 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66109. Learn more...

  • Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

    Two thousand slot machines, 52 action-packed table games, five incredible restaurants. Enjoy star treatment you won’t find anywhere else. 777 Hollywood Casino Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66111. Learn more...

  • Lewis & Clark Park at Kaw Point

    The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at Kaw Point, the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, on June 26, 1804. The expedition camped at Kaw Point for three days. Kaw Point remains in a natural state with beautiful wooded trails, wildflowers, and wildlife. One River City Drive, Kansas City, KS 66115.

  • Sporting Kansas City

    Step inside Children’s Mercy Park, home of Sporting Kansas City, and you’ll soon realize why Kansas City is now known as the Soccer Capital of America. A state-of- the-art stadium, an infectious atmosphere and a talented club led by Sporting Kansas City’s winningest coach, Peter Verme — it’s no wonder that soccer fever has swept Kansas City. Children’s Mercy Park, One Sporting Way, Kansas City, KS 66111. Learn more...

  • Kansas Speedway

    Make May 10th-11th a weekend of speed with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors 250 Truck Series May 10th and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series May 11th. 400 Speedway Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66111. Learn more...