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Festival Friday / Festival Medallion Quest

Begins May 28, 2021

Salina’s favorite treasure hunt kicks off with a party in the park! Join us at Eric Stein Stage in Oakdale Park on Friday, May 28, 2021! Music starts at 5:30 p.m. and the first Medallion clue will be read live from the stage at 7:00 p.m.

Salina’s favorite treasure hunt! A hand-crafted Medallion is hidden on public property somewhere in Salina. Clues are released on the Festival Medallion Quest webpage until the Medallion is found. Clues also will be posted on the west entry doors of the Salina Arts and Humanities offices, located at 211 W. Iron Ave. For full rules and details, visit  festivalmedallionquest.com


Festival Weekend

Festival Jam

Thursday, June 10
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Eric Stein Stage

It all begins with the amazing feat of the Festival Jam – 16 bands of every imaginable musical style, changing out every 15 minutes. The Jam showcases regional and local entertainers in a quick-time format. Food vendors open at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday with a full array of dazzling Festival fare. Start with the Jam and hang out until Sunday – there’s a lot more ahead! Admission to the Jam by Festival wristband. View the full schedule.

Art Patron PREMIERE Party

Thursday, June 10 
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Riverside Tent

The PREMIERE party takes place on Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. under the Riverside tent and is an exclusive party for exhibiting artists and registered art patrons. Attendees will enjoy uniquely delicious food and drink pairings in a relaxed, outdoor setting. To register, click HERE. Ticket required for entry.

Big Band Dance
with Bobby Layne and His Orchestra

Friday, June 11
7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Tony’s Pizza Events Center

Celebrating more than 60 years of Big Band and swing entertainment, Bobby and his musical ensemble delights audiences and dancers across the Midwest. Bobby’s repertoire of favorites from the 1930’s, ’40s, and ’50s, including “In The Mood,” “Stardust” and more, awaits those who come to swing and sway to his orchestra in the air-conditioned comfort of the Tony’s Pizza Events Center. Admission by Festival Wristband only. No outside food/beverage allowed in building.

Festival Fitness Five

Saturday, June 12
Two and Five-Mile Runs & Two-Mile walk at 7:00 a.m.
Children’s Races at 8:15 a.m.

For those with a competitive spirit or for buddies wanting to get in a good walk before Festival feasting begins. Join others for the 43rd running of the Festival’s five-mile, two-mile, children’s road races, and two-mile walk. The two-mile walk (not chip-timed) and two and five-mile runs (chip-timed) begin at 7:00 a.m. Children’s races begin at 8:15 a.m.

Download a Festival Fitness Five brochure (Coming Spring 2021).
All race fees and times are available in the Festival Fitness Five brochure.

Festival Fitness 5 Route

First Treasures

Saturday, June 12
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Treasures Tent, north of Arty’s Stage

First Treasures provides an opportunity for young art patrons ages four to 13 to choose and purchase original artwork at child-affordable prices of $5 or less. The tented venue features a variety of media from our Festival artists and craft artisans. The purpose of the First Treasures program is to encourage, educate, and develop art patrons of the future. Young art buyers can then visit the artist at their Festival booth to talk about their selection and to learn more about art and artists.

Children pre-register for entrance time blocks, staggered every 30 minutes.

Registration for entrance times begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Festival gates open at 10:00 a.m.

Line up five to 10 minutes before your entrance time block begins. All original artwork is divided as evenly as possible between time blocks so every child gets the same chance to find something they love.