Summer time on Kansas I-70


Kansas summer means hot sunny days, starry nights, and tons of fun! From fishing to festivals to county fairs, summer brings events for all ages and interests. We hope you bring yourself and your family to Kansas this summer!

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

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Goodland – Exits 17 & 19


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    Historic Fourth of July Weekend

    Cowboys and longhorns, military reenactments, carnival rides and fireworks are the glorious Americana that celebrate Independence Day. The Great Western Cattle Drive will be held at 10 a.m. MDT Saturday, July 1. Freedom Fest starts 6 p.m. July 4 with a watermelon feed and carnival rides and ends with fireworks. Learn more...

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    Sherman County Speedway

    Dare to watch dirt track racing at Sherman County Speedway, 417 N. Main! Races will be held June 4 and 17, July 1 and 22, and Aug 5. Races begin at 6:30 p.m. MDT Check race times...

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    Goodland Cruise Night

    If it has a motor and you’re a gear head, you need to be there June 24, July 15 and Aug. 26: Old School, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Muscle Cars, 4X4, Jeeps, Motorcycles, Scooters. Come to Chambers Park, 13th and Center, at 6:30 p.m. Learn more...

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    Northwest Kansas District Free Fair

    Open the last month of summer with fun times at the Sherman County Fairgrounds! Eat free barbecue and free ice cream, root for the contestants in the County Showdown Kansas Final, and see which car outlasts the others at the Kiwanis Demolition Derby. Learn more...

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    GoodLand Farmers Market

    Take home fresh produce, homemade goodies and crafts every Saturday starting June 10. The market is held from 8 a.m. to noon MDT in front of Olde Westport Spice, 1218 Main. Learn more...

 

Colby – Exits 53 & 54


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    Pickin’ on the Plains Bluegrass Festival

    Celebrating its 22nd year of top-notch bluegrass July 14-16, Pickin’ on the Plains is gearing up for its best lineup yet. Learn more...

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    Colby Aquatic Park

    Come and bring the kids to 1612 S. Franklin Ave. for a day of fun beginning May 23. Learn more...

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    Picnic in the Park

    Bring your lunch and a blanket or chair to Fike Park, Eighth St. and Franklin Ave. Enjoy live musical entertainment every Wednesday in June and July. Learn more...

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    Fourth of July Celebration

    Come join us at the Thomas County Fairgrounds, 200 S. Range, for a Lions Club barbecue followed by a wonderful fireworks display. Learn more...

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    Gem Lions Club Hog Roast

    On Aug. 23, the town of Gem grows from a population of 80 to 500-600 people, all looking for the hog roast and an evening of musical entertainment at the Community Building in Gem. Learn more...

 

Oakley – Exits 70 & 76


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    Logan County Healthcare Foundation Drive for Health Golf Tournament and Twin Fun Run/Walk 5K

    Improve your health and support health care in Logan County June 2-3. The golf tournament will tee off on Friday with the run/walk on Saturday. Learn more...

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    51st Annual Butterfield Trail Ride

    Reenact a little of the Old West June 3-4. Enjoy a two-day “hay-powered” ride, Sunday church and a ranch rodeo. Learn more...

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    Tri-County Cruisers Car Show

    Cruise into Oakley June 9-10 for a street dance and beer garden, quilt round-up, city-wide garage sale and VFW craft fair. Learn more...

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    Fourth of July Fireworks

    Light up the night at Logan County Fairgrounds. Fireworks begin at dark. Learn more...

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    Logan County Fair

    The old-time county fair is alive and well in Logan County. The whole family will have a great time enjoying the rides, exhibits, food, music and much, much, more from July 17-22. Come to the free barbecue on Saturday the 22nd. Learn more...

 

Wakeeney – Exits 127 & 128


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    Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

    Explore nature and history along the 60-mile byway southeast of WaKeeney with easy-on and easy-off access to I-70, Exits 127 and 135. Learn more...

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    Cedar Bluff State Park, Reservoir, & Wildlife Area

    Enjoy camping, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, and wildlife watching on more than 15,000 acres of water and wildlife area located 14 miles south of I-70 at Exit 135. Learn more...

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    WaKeeney Mini-Speedway

    Enjoy the thrill of “Kart Racing at Its Best!” One of the Maxxis Midwest Series Races will again be held in WaKeeney on the last weekend in April 2017. Old Highway 40 and S. 13th St. Learn more...

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    Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain

    Discover the old-fashioned soda fountain at Gibson Health Mart Pharmacy in downtown WaKeeney for a cool, refreshing treat for the entire family, open Monday–Saturday Learn more...

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    Trego County Fair

    Fun for all ages! Come join us for all the fun rides, food, exhibits, and entertainment July 17-23, including the Fair Parade July 22. N. Hwy 283. Learn more...

 

Hays – Exits 157 & 159


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    Summer Art Walk

    Galleries and shops display local and regional artists’ works, including a special 150th Anniversary Exhibition in the Hays Arts Council Gallery June 16. Learn more...

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    Sesquicentennial Celebration at Fort Hays State Historic Site

    Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Fort Hays June 17-18 with a weekend of history, reenactments, entertainment, and 19th century festivities. Free admission. Learn more...

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    Wild West Festival

    The 23rd Annual Wild West Festival features national recording artists, local talent, parade, carnival, 5K race, and Fireworks Extravaganza June 28-July 4. Learn more...

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    Ellis County Fair

    “Riders, Ropes and Blue Ribbon Hopes” will include 4-H activities, RPM Speedway racing, rodeo, Ag Olympics, concerts, demolition derby and more. July 15-22. Learn more...

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    Citywide Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Head to Downtown Hays July 20-23 for vintage baseball, street dance, sidewalk sale, car and cycle show, 5K race, community picnic, and more 150th anniversary activities. Learn more...

 

Russell County – EXITS 180, 184, 189 & 206


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    Wilson Lake

    In the heart of the Smoky Hills, Wilson Reservoir features a rugged shoreline punctuated by scenic cliffs and rocky outcrops. For a major challenge, bike the Switchgrass Trail. Learn more...

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    Post Rock Scenic Byway

    Post Rock Scenic Byway winds 18 miles through fields, pastures and prairie. Fence posts and buildings were made from the native limestone, called Post Rock. Learn more...

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    Garden of Eden

    See grassroots art in this quirky explanation of Populism in cement, along with the house Artist S.P. Dinsmoor built from Post Rock “logs”. For a taste of the macabre, his decaying corpse can be viewed in the mausoleum he constructed. Learn more...

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    Deines Center

    If you love the arts, Deines Center is the place to visit. See artworks in their permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. Enjoy music, including the Ad Astra Music Festival June 29-July 29. Learn more...

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    Freedom Fest

    Enjoy a movie, barbecue, bingo and fireworks at Russell’s Freedom Fest. Learn more...

 

Salina – EXITS 244, 250, 252 & 258


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    Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park

    The park is open from late May to mid-August. The park features multiple slides, a zero-entry pool, lap pool, tots area and lazy river! Learn more...

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    Smoky Hill River Festival

    At Salina’s signature cultural event, enjoy diverse musical entertainment on multiple stages, fine arts show, Four Rivers Fine Crafts Show, arts demonstrations and awesome festival food! Learn more...

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    KKOA Car Show

    The Kustom Kemps of America Leadsled Spectacular rolls into Salina July 27-30. More than 1,600 vehicles are on display in Oakdale Park, plus a Vintage Market, entertainment and Friday Night Drags. Learn more...

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    Prairie Lavender Farm

    The lavender farm is just a few miles north of Salina. Enjoy Lavender Harvest Festival June 17. After enjoying the farm and its gift shop, stop in at The Linger Longer Soda Fountain in downtown Bennington. Learn more...

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    Rolling Hills Zoo

    Rolling Hills Zoo’s 65-acre zoological park is nestled among the Smoky Hills and home to over 120 species of animals. Learn more...

 

ABILENE – EXITS 272 & 275


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    “Mamma Mia!”

    Rock out to the music of ABBA June 2-11 in the musical “Mamma Mia!” at Great Plains Theater, 311 NW Third. See worlds collide on a tiny Greek island in a musical wedding extravaganza. The theater is the only professional theatre between Denver and Kansas City. Check showtimes. Learn more...

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    Symphony at Sunset D-Day Commemoration Concert

    The June 3 event is the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to all veterans. An opening act starts around 7 p.m. and the Salina Symphony headlines the event at 8:30 p.m. just as the sun sets. Picnic on the grounds. Activities begin at 4 p.m. at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, 200 SE Fourth Street. Learn more...

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    Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad’s Historic Home & Barn Tour

    Board the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad’s excursion train to Enterprise. Board at 200 SE Fifth St. on the second Saturdays of June, July and August. Riders will enjoy a tour of the historic 1880s J.S. Hollinger Farmstead and a picnic lunch in a limestone barn. Riders will visit Prospect Park Farm to tour the historic 1880s John Hiram Taylor Home. Learn more...

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    Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo

    Nearly 500 cowboys and cowgirls compete Aug. 2-5 for prize money and National Finals Rodeo qualification points. The rodeo was named one of America’s top five professional outdoor rodeos five times; and was 2003’s Top Large Outdoor Rodeo in the Prairie Circuit. Come to Eisenhower Park Fairgrounds, 619 N. Rogers St. Learn more...

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    National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and Chisholm Trail Western Music Show

    Cowboy and cowgirl poets will “ride” against each other on-stage performing their best cowboy poetry Aug. 3-5. The Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is designed to pit the skills of one cowboy poet against the others. Shockey & Landes Building, 324 N Broadway. Learn more...

 

JUNCTION CITY – EXITS 295-301


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    Milford Lake

    The Fishing Capital of Kansas! The largest lake in Kansas offers great fishing, sightseeing, sandy swimming beaches, open water for boating, off-road trails for ATVs and motorcycles, plenty of camping, RV and cabin sites. Learn more...

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    Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery

    Located below Milford Lake Dam, the Nature Center is a place for all ages to learn about wildlife and the natural outdoor environments of Kansas. Visit the Fish Hatchery and see how fish are raised from eggs to fry. Learn more...

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    Geary County Historical Museum

    Houses an extensive collection of vintage photographs and newspapers dating from the Civil War, and Geary County’s genealogical records. Learn more...

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    The U.S. Cavalry Museum & 1st Infantry Division Museum

    The cavalry museum displays the colorful history of the American mounted horse soldier. Next door is the 1st Infantry Division Museum which tells the story of the “Big Red One”. Learn more...

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    C.L. Hoover Opera House

    Listed on the State Historic Register, the 1882 “Jewel of the Prairie” has been completely renovated. It is home to the Junction City Little Theater, Junction City Arts Council, and the Junction City Community Band. Learn more...

 

MANHATTAN – EXITS 303 & 313


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    National Festival of Breads

    The tantalizing smell of freshly-baked bread permeates Manhattan Conference Center, and the aroma is heavenly. On June 17, bakers from all around the country converge on Manhattan for the fifth National Festival of Breads. One skilled baker will rise to the top. Learn more...

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    Kicker Country Stampede

    The three-day festival will be better than ever in 2017 with huge breakout star Chris Stapleton and country legend Alan Jackson as the biggest headliners. Maddie and Tae, Old Dominion, Tucker Beathard, Aaron Watson and more highlight the 22nd Kicker Country Stampede June 22-24. Bigger and better than ever! Learn more...

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    Riley County Fair

    Return to the days of youth, carnival rides, games and all kinds of fun events for the entire family July 27-31. The Kaw Valley Rodeo has entered its fifth decade and is a significant part of the fair with three nights of events at Wells Arena at the Riley County Fairgrounds. Learn more...

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    Purple Power Play

    The earth around Manhattan City Park shakes, the trees rattle and the boards on the Larry Norvell Bandshell creak to the awesome booming of the “Wabash Cannonball” Aug. 31-Sept. 1. K-State fans are treated to a student welcome rally in the twin twilights before the season-opening kickoff at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, as fireworks light the night sky. It’s time for Wildcat football! Learn more...

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    Manhattan City Park pool

    There’s something for everyone at the City Park pool. Relax on the lazy river, bounce on the bubble slide or take on some adventure with the wave-riding StingRay. Practice your stand-up surfing or give body-surfing a go … it’s wet, cool and refreshing all the same. Learn more...

 

LECOMPTON – EXIT 197


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    Lecompton City-Wide Garage Sale

    Check out the “treasures” from June 2-4. Buy early and often! Learn more...

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    Territorial Days

    Celebrate Lecompton’s fascinating past June 16-17 with a parade, food, live music, turtle race, reenactors and vendors. Learn more...

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    Bald Eagle Vintage Iron Revelry

    Live music and food June 24, Bald Eagle Speed Shop, 344 Elmore St. Learn more...

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    Junior Olympics in Lawrence

    Just minutes away from Lecompton July 24-30!

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    Total solar eclipse

    This summer’s solar eclipse will be visible in Northeastern Kansas–including Lecompton! After Aug. 21, you won’t have another chance at totality until April 8, 2024! Learn more...

 

LAWRENCE – EXITS 197, 202 & 204


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    Final Fridays Art Walk

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

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    Clinton Lake

    7,000 surface acres for boating, swimming and fishing. Find trails for birding, hiking and mountain biking, camper hookups, primitive camping areas, picnic areas, fishing platforms, playing fields and a swimming beach. Learn more...

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    National African American Quilt Convention

    A citywide celebration July 12-15 of the history and legacy of African Americans in Lawrence, the African American quilting tradition, and contemporary art in various media by African American artists. Learn more...

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    USA Track & Field Junior Olympics

    Rock Chalk Park plays host to 10,000 of the fastest and strongest youth athletes in the nation, July 23-30. Learn more...

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    Civil War on the Western Frontier

    Living history events celebrating Lawrence’s Civil War history and commemorating Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, Aug. 19. Learn more...

 

BONNER SPRINGS – EXIT 224


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    Bonner Springs Farmer’s Market

    Eat local at Kelly Murphy Park, 129 Elm St., every Saturday through 8 a.m.-noon. Learn more...

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    Bonner Springs Aquatic Park

    Daily swimming from noon-7 p.m. through Aug. 13, North Park Aquatic Park, 1200 S 134th St. Learn more...

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    Junkers Jamboree Flea Market

    Shop until you drop at the outdoor flea market, held June 3, rain or shine from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Second and Oak. Learn more...

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    Bonner Blast 4th of July Celebration & Patriotic City Band Concert

    Get your patriotic spirit pumping early with a concert and ice cream social followed by fireworks June 29, 8-10 p.m., Kelly Murphy Park.

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    Tiblow Days Festival

    Head for loads of fun Aug. 17-19! Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned barbecue competition, parade, music, carnival, shopping, food, car show, pinewood derby, 5K race and more. Learn more...

 

KANSAS CITY – EXITS 410-423


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    RockFest at Kansas Speedway

    Celebrate 25 years of 98.9 The Rock’s ROCKFEST June 3! Featuring performances by bands including Godsmack, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Volbeat, Halestorm, and Collective Soul. Learn more...

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    Wine Tasting at Rowe Ridge Winery

    Rowe Ridge has been in business since 1951 and is family owned and operated. The vineyard has 2,900 vines and eight grape varieties. Open Thursdays to Sundays from noon-5 p.m. Learn more...

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    Strawberry Hill Museum and Tea Room

    Visit the Tea Room at Strawberry Hill Museum & Cultural Center! Bring your friends and enjoy the afternoon in a charming and relaxing atmosphere, along with a cup of tea and a delicious ethnic dessert. Come early and take a tour of the beautiful museum!

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    Kansas City T-Bones Baseball

    The T-Bones are a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. They play at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Enjoy affordable, family entertainment and unique, fun between-inning events. Most tickets are priced under $10 with free parking.. That’s FUN…Well Done! Learn more...

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    Sporting KC Soccer

    Welcome to the Soccer Capital of America: home of Sporting Kansas City! One Major League Soccer’s founding clubs, Sporting KC has won three U.S. Open Cup championships and two MLS Cup trophies. Voted one of the most intimidating MLS stadiums, Children’s Mercy Park is a state-of-the-art venue that hosts 18,500 fans under a canopy roof over every seating section. Learn more...