**Dates/Times/Events are subject to change.**


Festival Friday


Festival Medallion Quest

Begins Wednesday, May 18 at 4 pm

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.

Festival Weekend

Festival Jam

Thursday, June 9
6 pm – 10 pm 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 pm 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 9 
7 pm to 9 pm

The PREMIERE party takes place on Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm 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

The Smoky Hill River Festival Band Dance will not be held in 2022 due to declining interest by sponsors and lower participant numbers. 

Festival Fitness Five

Saturday, June 11
7 am at Kenwood Park

Registration Open Now

A fine Festival morning: and YOU at the starting line! For those with a competitive spirit or for buddies wanting to get in a good walk before Festival feasting begins; JOIN US for the 41st running of the Festival’s five-mile, two-mile, children’s road races, and two-mile walk. The two-mile walk (no longer chip-timed) will begin at 7:10 am, the same time as the 2/5 mile runs (chip-timed); the Children’s Races are now an hour earlier at 8:15 am. 

First Treasures, Art for Young Collectors

Saturday, June 11
10:30 am to 2:30 pm 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 am on Saturday. Festival gates open at 10 am.

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.