PLEASE NOTE: Salina Arts & Humanities announces that the Smoky Hill River Festival has been cancelled for 2020. Projections of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) over the next eight to 20 weeks make large public gatherings such the River Festival unlikely. Since the Festival welcomes artists, performers, vendors, and guests from more than 30 states, the likelihood of a safe and healthy gathering no longer seems realistic, especially with travel and health restrictions that might keep many from participating.

Those involved in each aspect of the River Festival will be notified. Thank you for your support of one of the Midwest's best-loved celebration of the arts. For more information, contact staff at 785-309-5770 or at

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June 11-14, 2020 — the Midwest's premier arts festival.

Whether you're a world traveler or a close-to-home type, the Smoky Hill River Festival is a "don't miss" summer happening. Now in its 44th year, the River Festival features a vibrant Artyopolis kid's area, top visual artists and entertainers and 30+ tempting Food Row choices. You gotta see, taste, hear and feel summer, River Festival-style!

DancerNationally known for its affordable, high-quality original artwork, the River Festival's Fine Art and Craft Show features more than 130 artists from across the U.S. in a relaxed, shaded venue. Artists love talking to experienced patrons as well as first-time collectors. The Festival's expanded Art Patron Program connects collectors with Festival artists in a social setting, with the PREMIERE party under the Stage II tent on Thursday evening and through the weekend.

SingerThe Festival boasts four live stages with enticing bands, dynamic roving artists and fun children's acts. There's more than 40 groups from across the globe each year, sharing their craft and showcasing many musical styles and genres from rock to international folk to jazz. Thursday night's Festival Jam features a local band every 15 minutes for four straight hours.

BubblesThe vibrant children's Artyopolis area offers hands-on arts and crafts, Game Street fun, Legos, face painting and more, to spark kids' creativity and experimentation. Toddlers through pre-teens engage their imagination to create free make-and-take projects, win a Game Street prize, or enjoy nearby Arty's Stage. Roving performers interact with kids and families as they roam, making magical Festival moments.

DrummerThe River Festival's Food Row has something for everyone - even "hard-to-please" eaters. More than 30 vendors offer tasty made-to-order eats such as funnel cakes, homemade ice cream, Asian noodles, catfish, Indian tacos, alligator-on-a-stick and more. Enjoy the music at a Festival stage as you sample some of your favorite treats or try a new mouth-watering dish

Promise yourself a seat at the best arts party ever, the Smoky Hill River Festival. With an amazing array of fine art and craft, music, kid's fun and food, the River Festival is THE place to be. Mark your calendar for June 11-14, 2020, for the summer arts celebration you won't want to miss.

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