Join us next year for the 12th annual Signature Event at Deer Horn Ranch in Geary County
on June 10, 2017. Subscribe to our email list to be the first to hear when tickets go on sale.
The 2016 Signature Event took place on private land in Chase County. Edward Bass, a rancher with extensive interests in Texas and Kansas, hosted the 11th annual event on his "South Clements Pasture." Bass opened this private ranch land to the public for the fifth annual Signature Event in 2010. Read through our 2010 Field Journal online to learn more about this year's site.
Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. is proud to partner with the Kansas City Symphony (KCS) for our Signature Event. Known for performing live music with a passion for excellence, the Kansas City Symphony is a major force in the cultural life of the region. For more information, visit the Kansas City Symphony's website.
The theme of the 2016 Signature Event was "Future of the Flint Hills." This was played out in both our music and education programs. To learn more about the theme, read our Winter Newsletter.
Choose from 28 presentations on this year's theme, Future of the Flint Hills, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. In the Sunflower Tent, Kansas leaders share their thoughts on what the future holds for the Flint Hills. In the Blue Wild Indigo Tent, Flint Hills innovators explore paths for economic success without compromising the region's unique character. In the Butterfly Milkweed Tent, present-day pioneers draw on the region's extraordinary history as inspiration for the future. In the Purple Coneflower Tent, experts share some of the tools available for sustaining Flint Hills culture and landscape.
We’ve asked some of the region’s thinkers, doers and leaders to share their thoughts and opinions on our theme Future of the Flint Hills. In this year’s Field Journal, they’ve responded with cautionary and inspiring tales from the past and their ideas for creating a future for both the region’s communities and landscape. The articles are beautifully illustrated with the work of artists who know and appreciate the Flint Hills. Purchase your Field Journal for $25 at the Field Journal and Flint Hills Store Tents. Explore past editions online. Browse or search the database for topics from cowboys and ranching to prairie chickens and regional characters.
From Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka - Exit turnpike at Emporia (Exit 127); go west on Highway 50 to Strong City; turn south (left) on K-177 and follow past Strong City and Cottonwood Falls, seven miles to Bazaar. Turn west (right) on Rock Road and continue seven miles to concert site. From Wichita - Exit turnpike at Cassoday (Exit 92). Follow K-177 18 miles north through Matfield Green to Bazaar. Turn west (left) on Rock Road and continue seven miles to concert site. From Newton and Hutchinson - Follow US 50 east to Strong City; turn south (right) on K-177 and follow past Strong City and Cottonwood Falls, seven miles to Bazaar. Turn west (right) on Rock Road and continue seven miles to concert site. From Manhattan - Follow K-177 south past Strong City and Cottonwood Falls, seven miles to Bazaar. Turn west (right) on Rock Road and continue seven miles to concert site. See map.
Gallery of Past Events
Gates open at HIGH NOON. Come early and hike, enjoy a talk in the Prairie Pavilions, gaze at the constellations, take a covered wagon ride, bid on your favorite piece of prairie art and try your hand at a new instrument. Stay late for a post-concert dance with the Blackstock Band or stories, songs and cowboy poetry with Annie Wilson, Jeff Davidson, Geff Dawson and the winner of the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest. See the schedule of activities in the Signature Event Guide.
Join us for lunch and dinner! Listen to the musical stylings of The Skirts while you dine on offerings from Cox Brothers BBQ. At dinnertime, VIP ticketholders will enjoy conversation with old friends and Kansas City Steak Company Filets grilled to perfection by the good folks from Chase County's own Flying W Ranch. Vegetarian options are available. You can also bring your own food as long as it is not in a hard-sided cooler. Do not bring alcoholic beverages or glass containers.
Stay and enjoy a weekend in the Kansas Flint Hills! Discover a camping ground, quaint inn or hotel in one of our charming small towns. Enjoy Emporia, "the Front Porch of the Flint Hills," or take in the attractions in Manhattan, the "Little Apple." Unique lodging packages - which include guesthouses and camping near the event site - are also available through our online store. Can't stay in June? Come back soon!