Visitor Info


Festival Gates open at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 10:00 a.m., and entertainment begins at 11:00 a.m.

Admission is by Festival button only-$10 in advance or $15 at the gate; good for all 3 1/2 days. Children 11 and under are FREE. NOTE: Advance button sales will cease at the close of business on Tuesday, June 5th, so buy your Festival button early and wear it proudly!

Festival buttons can be purchased in Salina at the Salina Arts & Humanities Office, 211 W. Iron, any Dillons Stores, at all Casey's Stores, at the Tony's Pizza Events Center, 800 The Midway, and about 25 other locations around town. Buttons are also available in about 20 other cities across Kansas. Just look for the 'Festival Buttons On Sale' sign. To purchase buttons and/or t-shirts click here or click here for a list of button locations (PDF).


The Smoky Hill River Festival takes place in scenic Oakdale Park; one of Salina's oldest and most beautiful. To lessen the impact of over 60,000 Festival-goers and to provide a comfortable experience for everyone, the Festival is asking for cooperation with the following:
  • Blankets and chairs must be removed each evening of the Festival.
    Note - following each night's closing act, Festival staff removes all blankets, chairs, etc. from the park. Check Lost & Found the next day.

  • Plastic ground tarps are not allowed because of damage to grassy areas.

  • Individual tents and canopies are not allowed in the park.

  • Umbrellas will be restricted to use behind a marked boundary to facilitate sight lines. Please stay behind this line with your umbrellas.

  • Please do not bring pets or animals to the Festival.

  • Roller blades, skateboards, scooters and bicycles are prohibited.

  • Glass containers and bottles are prohibited.

  • For safety and as a courtesy to our entertainers, please keep children at a reasonable distance from the stages and off the steps of the Eric Stein Stage.

  • Absolutely NO unauthorized vending is permitted on Festival grounds.

  • One last request—please place your personal trash in a receptacle. Help leave Oakdale Park in great shape!

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