Summer on Kansas I-70


Summer in Kansas means sunshine, cook outs, festivals, and fireworks. It also means road trip season!

Grab some shades, load up the car, and come join us for some of these great attractions. Music, history, fast cars, and a day at the park: there’s something for everyone on Kansas I -70!

 

Goodland – Exits 17 & 19


  • Independence Day

    Carnival rides and fireworks are the glorious Americana that celebrate Independence Day. Freedom Fest starts at Sherman County Fairgrounds. Come at 6 p.m. July 4 for a watermelon feed. Ride home-owned carnival rides and stay for the fireworks. Learn more...

  • Sherman County Speedway

    Dare to watch dirt track racing at Sherman County Speedway, 417 N. Main! Check race times...

  • Goodland Cruise Night

    If it has a motor and you’re a gear head, 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...

  • Ocean to Ocean Endurance Race June 29-30

    Model T drivers are reenacting 1909’s race from Boston to Seattle. The cars will enter Goodland on Old Highway 24 and staying at Holiday Inn Express, 2631 Enterprise Road. They will parade down Main Street and head to the Ennis-Handy House, 202 W. 13th, for supper. All respectful people are invited to view the cars during the events. Learn more...

  • Northwest Kansas District Free Fair July 27-Aug. 3

    End July and start August with fun at Sherman County Fairgrounds. Eat free barbecue and free ice cream, and see which car outlasts the others at the Kiwanis Demolition Derby. Learn more...

  • Good Land Farmers Market

    Take home fresh produce, locally raised beef, 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...

  • Goodland is on Mountain Time.

 

Colby – Exits 53 & 54


  • Colby Trap Club summer trap shooting every Tuesday evening through September

    Shoots begin at 6 p.m. Bring a team of five or just come and they can find a spot for you. Everyone high school age and up is welcome. Learn more...

  • Bike Across Kansas June 8

    Several hundred riders will be crossing Kansas. They will be staying in Colby overnight. If you would like to visit with them and find out more about their sport, stop in. Learn more...

  • Pickin’ on the Plains July 19-21

    Thomas County Fairgrounds will be filled with great music all weekend. The headliner this year is Rhonda Vincent. Tickets are available at the Colby Chamber of Commerce office. Learn more...

  • Gem Hog Roast Aug. 20

    Gem, Kan., sees a huge population increase on this day. Normally a town of 75 turns into a town of several hundred. Great barbecue, desserts, fellowship, and an evening of music. Free will offering. Learn more...

  • The Sunflower Festival Aug. 24

    Join us for our annual festival, an all-day, all-town, and all-fun event. Starts at 7:30 a.m. with a mini triathlon, three-on-three basketball, strongman competition, and that’s just for starts. Add a nationally-sanctioned steak cookoff, craft fair, horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, brewfest beer tasting, street dance and much more. 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...

  • Logan County Free Fair July 16-20

    Bring family and friends to our hometown carnival July 16-20, open each evening of the fair from 7-11 p.m. Horse shows, rodeos, food and fun. Learn more...

 

Wakeeney – Exits 127 & 128


  • WaKeeney Water Park

    The Water Park and adjoining Swimming Pool Park — Fun, Fun, Fun . . . for the entire family! The Water Park is open seven days a week, including some evening hours. The park offers playgrounds, sand volleyball court, basketball court, shelter and restrooms. 716 N. Sixth St. Learn more...

  • Old Fashioned Soda Fountain

    What’s your favorite summertime treat . . . maybe a Green River or a Cherry Limeaid? Discover the old-fashioned soda fountain at Gibson Health Mart Pharmacy in Downtown WaKeeney for a refreshing treat for the entire family, open Monday–Saturday. 125 N. Main. Learn more...

  • Big Creek Golf Course

    Discover this great nine-hole golf course which offers the unexpected! The course has several elevation changes which you wouldn’t expect to find on a prairie course. This challenging course features buffalo grass fairways with rolling hills and trees; longer, more open fairways; watered greens and tees; native rough; and a great practice facility with a large driving range and putting green. 24073 J Road – Just south of I-70. Learn more...

  • Cedar Bluff State Park, Reservoir, & Wildlife Area

    Do you like to explore the Great Outdoors? There’s lots to see and do – camping, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, and wildlife watching on more than 15,000 acres of water, state park, and wildlife area. Explore the 100-ft. tall, cedar-covered limestone bluffs rising above the south shore and hike the Agave Ridge Trail. 14 miles south of I-70 at Exit 135. Learn more...

  • Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

    Take a short detour and discover the natural beauty of the Smoky Hill River Valley and the history of the High Plains, including the newly preserved Wilcox School, a stone one-room schoolhouse. Once you leave I-70, the scenery quickly changes along the 60-mile byway south and east of WaKeeney. This route, which offers easy access, begins and ends on I-70, Exits 127 and 135. Learn more...

 

Hays – Exits 157 & 159


  • Sternberg Museum of Natural History exhibit Megalodon Feb 2-Sept 2

    Walk through full-scale jaws into a 60-foot-long Megalodon sculpture and begin to explore the story of this fantastic ancient creature. Tooth-shaped island units support interpretive materials, which includes graphics, hands-on components, and family-friendly interactives. Learn more...

  • Summer Art Walk June 21

    Join us in Downtown Hays when local artists and students display their masterpieces in galleries and shops. Learn more...

  • Wild West Festival July 3-6

    Attend the 25th Annual Wild West Festival featuring national recording artists, local talent, parade, carnival, 5K race, and Fireworks Extravaganza. Learn more...

  • Ellis County Fair July 14-21

    “Follow the Fairground Road” will include 4-H activities, RPM Speedway car and motorcycle races, rodeo, concerts, demolition derby, Monster trucks, and more. Learn more...

  • Herzogfest Aug. 9-10

    Celebrate local German heritage in Victoria. Activities include a polka Mass, traditional polka music, German songs, & German food. Learn more...

 

Russell County – EXITS 180, 184, 189 & 206


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 28-July 27. Learn more...

  • Lovegrass Music Festival

    August 9th – 11th at Wilson State Park at Wilson Lake! A Bluegrass Music Festival for all ages! Learn more...

 

Salina – EXITS 244, 250, 252 & 258


  • Smoky Hill River Festival June 13-16

    Enjoy Salina’s “Kick off to Summer” event in Oakdale Park! Come for the fine arts, the beautiful crafts, craft demonstrations, multiple stages of music, roving entertainers, children’s area, and festival food! There is truly something for everyone at this festival! 785-309-5770 Learn more...

  • “Rolling Hills Zoo 20th Anniversary”

    Salina’s beloved Rolling Hills Zoo is celebrating their 20th Anniversary! With celebrations commencing all year long, the zoo invites you to take a journey back in time to when it all began with a special Gallery Show this summer! Plus enjoy the gorgeous zoo and wildlife museum! 785-827-9488 Learn more...

  • Summer at Stiefel Theater for the Performing Arts

    Summer artists include The Allman Betts Band, Rodney Carrington, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, and more. Intimate 1,200-seat historic theatre at 150 S. Santa Fe creates a unique experience! 785-827-1998 Learn more...

  • 39th Annual Kustom Kemps of America Leadsled Spectacular Car Show July 25-28

    Salina is gearing up for the 39th annual KKOA Leadsled Spectacular Car Show event in beautiful Oakdale Park! Everything from drag races, vintage markets, pin-up girls, food trucks, and music makes for a weekend you won’t want to miss! 785-827-9310 Learn more...

  • Friday Night Live

    A collaboration of downtown Salina and Salina Arts & Humanities means that every (YES, EVERY!) Friday evening there is some live act/performance/band at a downtown location. On FIRST Fridays, add in an arts component at several venues! 785-309-5770

 

ABILENE – EXITS 272 & 275


  • Symphony at Sunset

    Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Abilene! Learn more...

  • The Pirates of Penzance

    The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is one of the most beloved Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. A ridiculous premise provides many opportunities for rambunctious physical comedy and a delightful score. Winner of the 1981 Tony award and made into a popular film version with Linda Rondstadt and Kevin Kline. Join the fun June 14-23. Learn more...

  • Disaster!

    Set in the wildest decade ever, Disaster! delivers earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and unforgettable 70s hits — Disaster! is a new musical straight from Broadway with a book by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. Audiences and critics are wild for this hilarious homage to the era of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and the hustle. From the moment the glitter ball starts spinning you’ll be dancing in your seat…and rolling in the aisles. Join in the fun July 12 – 21. Learn more...

  • Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo

    The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo brings you America’s original extreme sport July 31 – August 3 at Eisenhower Park Fairgrounds, 619 N. Rogers Street. Nearly 500 cowboys and cowgirls, world champions and the “young gun” contenders alike, make their way to Abilene each year to compete for prize money and the hopes of adding points to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo. Learn more...

  • 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, which will be judged by a panel of five judges. The rodeo is an event, designed to test the skills of one cowboy poet against the others. See the contest Aug. 2-4 at the Shockey & Landes Building, 324 N Broadway. Learn more...

 

JUNCTION CITY – EXITS 295-301


  • National Biplane Fly-In June 1

    Biplanes from across the United States fly in to Freeman Field in Junction City. Events include pancake feed by Chris Cakes, plane viewing, vendors, flying aircraft, horse-drawn carriage rides along the flight line. Learn more...

  • Sundown Salute July 3 - 7

    The Largest Free July 4th Celebration in Kansas features free nightly concerts, parade, veterans ceremony, carnival, vendors, entertainment and fireworks. Learn more...

  • Junction City Open Rodeo July 19 and 20

    This is one of the largest open rodeos in Kansas. Learn more...

  • Milford Lake Rock Fest Aug. 2 and 3

    The rock fest features two bands on Friday evening and five bands on Saturday. Held at Acorns Resort. Learn more...

  • Float Your Boat Aug. 10

    This fun-filled event is all about the cardboard and duct tape. Four divisions to choose from: Family, Teens, Friends and Extreme. Other activities include vendors and hands-on activities. Learn more...

 

MANHATTAN – EXITS 303 & 313


  • Dream With Da Vinci

    Circa 1500, Leonardo Da Vinci was da man. Dreamer and inventor, he fully embraced math, science and art concepts highlighted by this fascinating exhibition. Learn more...

  • National Festival of Breads June 8

    The world’s breadbasket, home to Kansas Wheat – Gateway to the Flint Hills – would naturally host the National Festival of Breads. Tempt your taste buds at the bake-off contest and demonstrations. Learn more...

  • Kicker Country Stampede June 20-22

    Started in 1996 with Tim McGraw and Tanya Tucker, Stampede beckons country music fans with carnival atmosphere; 2019 brings Jason Aldean, Old Dominion, Jake Owen and more. Learn more...

  • Kaw Valley Rodeo July 26-28

    Twenty-seven thrilling events on three nights highlighted by Military Appreciation Night at Wells Arena, broncbustin’ action at Riley County Fairgrounds within CiCo Park. Learn more...

  • K-State Family Reunion Aug. 31

    Come to the season opener at Bill Snyder Family Stadium as Wildcats take on Nicholls Colonels in Chris Klieman’s coaching debut. Seven home games in 2019! Learn more...

 

LECOMPTON – EXIT 197


  • Lecompton Territorial Day June 8

    Our annual celebration includes the popular turtle and frog races, parade, food vendors, games and talks on Lecompton’s role in the start of the Civil War. Learn more...

  • Bald Eagle Car Show June 22

    Lecompton Main Street will be lined with antique cars and trucks for visitors to admire. Learn more...

  • Territorial Capital Museum

    Visit the museum that was intended to be the state capital and later became Lane University. Houses many artifacts from the mid-1800s. Learn more...

  • Constitution Hall

    The Lecompton Constitution of Kansas was written in this National and State Historic Site more than 160 years ago. Learn more...

  • Kansas River Water Trail Rising Sun Access

    Float or paddle the Kansas River Water Trail with access from Lecompton’s boat ramp. Learn more...

 

LAWRENCE – EXITS 197, 202 & 204


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale July 18

    From sunup to sundown, more than 100 Downtown Lawrence merchants will offer their best deals during the 2019 Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale, July 18. Learn more...

  • Civil War on the Western Frontier

    Living history events celebrating Lawrence and Douglas County’s Civil War history and commemorating Quantrill’s Raid annually in August. Learn more...

  • Kansas State Picking & Fiddling Championships

    Every fourth weekend in August, top musicians convene in Lawrence to compete and perform. Learn more...

 

Leavenworth – Exits 396 & 401


  • Alive After 5 First Thursdays June 6, July 11 and Aug. 1

    Fifteen-plus retail merchants in Historic Downtown Leavenworth stay open late and serving appetizers and beverages while you shop all the fabulous locations. Learn more...

  • Fireworks & Salute to the Union July 4

    You are cordially invited to celebrate Independence Day with us on Wednesday, July 4th, at Merritt Lake, Fort Leavenworth. Food, games, live music, and fireworks at dusk. Event begins at 5 pm and all are welcome. Learn more...

  • Leavenworth County Fair July 23-27

    Fun for the whole herd in Tonganoxie. Parade, rodeos, fair rides, live entertainment, food, 4H projects and more. Learn more...

  • Leavenworth Cruisers Car Show Aug. 10

    Beautiful cars, trucks and more at this fabulous car show at Ray Miller Park, Leavenworth. Learn more...

  • Jazz by the River Aug. 17

    Live music and entertainment presented by the Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum, Leavenworth High School, 2012 10th Ave., Leavenworth. Learn more...

 

Bonner Springs -KS Turnpike Exit 224


  • Wild Woman Timber Challenge June 2

    5K obstacle course race just for the ladies (and men in FULL drag) – June 3rd, 2018 Wave Times available from 9-11am The WWTC course is not just rugged or tough… it is WILD! Come push your team to the limit and have a great time doing it. Be prepared for a 5k obstacle course with 30 unique challenges including: foam, mud pits, bluff climbs, vertigo bus, hand held zip lines, inverted monkey bars, rope climb, cargo nets and much more. KC Timber Challenge, 12829 Loring Road, Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-538-1229 info@timberchallenge.com Learn more...

  • City Band Concert Thursdays in June and July

    Bonner Springs’ Thursday nights in June and July are spent watching City Band Concerts at Kelly Murphy Park. From 8-10 p.m., enjoy the ice cream social held by various civic organizations and enjoy the band, consisting over 85 members. Grab your lawn chair, sit back and enjoy an evening of music. 913-422-1020 Learn more...

  • Show & Shine Truck & Car Show July 17

    The show at National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame offers sash plaques and door prizes, Top 60, Best of Show, living history demonstrations and train rides. Fun for all ages! 630 N. 126th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-721-1075 Contact...

  • Doggie Poolooza Aug. 17

    Bring your four-legged friend to swim along with friends at the Bonner Springs Aquatic Park. Half of the proceeds will go to the Bonner Springs Animal Rescue. 1200 S. 134th St., Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-422-7011 Learn more...

  • Tiblow Days Festival Aug. 22-24

    This three-day event will bring the family together with a parade, food vendors, booths, carnival rides, games, and car show. Don’t forget the live entertainment with beer garden! You won’t want to miss Tiblow Days, located in the Downtown Bonner Springs (Oak Street) area. 913-422-5044 Learn more...

 

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


  • Old Shawnee Days June 6

    Summer days start when Old Shawnee Days kicks off its annual celebration that includes live music, a carnival, games, crafts and more. Best of all, it’s free! Learn more...

  • Parked! June 28

    Music and food trucks! What’s not to like? Join the family fun at Stump Park for the evening as we celebrate the warm weather with a night capped off by fireworks! Learn more...

  • Splashin’ Away

    Every year we countdown the days until pool season and Shawnee has two great facilities to offer. Splash Cove is geared towards the little kiddos and the Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center is perfect for the whole family! Learn more...

  • Tour de Shawnee Aug. 25

    Celebrating its 30th year, this bike ride hosts family friendly routes at five or 12 miles or a competitive 25 mile route! Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Learn more...

  • Shawnee Mission Park

    One of the Kansas City area’s largest parks, Shawnee Mission Park boasts a multi-use lake, a theatre with a full season and horseback riding. Bring your furry friend as well for a quick dip at the off-leash dog park that features its own dog-friendly beach. 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 66111 Learn more...

  • Sporting Kansas City

    Welcome to the Soccer Capital of America: home of Sporting Kansas City! A fast-paced, unparalleled professional sports experience not to be missed. Children’s Mercy Park, One Sporting Way, Kansas City, KS 66111 Learn more...

  • Kansas City T-Bones

    Enjoy classic, affordable family entertainment and unique fun between-inning events at a Kansas City T-Bones baseball game. That’s FUN…well done! 1800 Village West Pkwy, 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 where they camped for three days. Kaw Point remains in a natural state with beautiful wooded trails, access to the river, an open air education pavilion, and various events held throughout the year. One River City Drive, Kansas City, KS 66115 Learn more...

  • Boulevard Drive-In

    The Boulevard Drive-In boasts the world’s first 4K drive-in cinema experience, featuring newly released double-feature movie showings on weekend evenings at a classic, family-friendly venue with a snack bar & a playground. Visit early on weekend mornings when the drive-in turns into a Swap N’ Shop. 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 66103 Learn more...