Signature Event

The Signature Event is an annual gathering on the prairie celebrating music, art, and the ecology of the Flint Hills. The 2023 event will take place on Wade Pasture in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, on June 10.

BNSF Logo

2022 Major Presenting Sponsor

BNSF Railway is once again honored to partner with Symphony in the Flint Hills in 2022. As Major Presenting Sponsor we look forward to sharing stories and experiences that center around weather in the Flint Hills. Like a mighty Kansas storm or a blue-sky day, BNSF is an enduring part of the Kansas Flint Hills and its economy. Our heritage is strong, and our commitment is true as we move towards the future together.


2022 Signature Event


Tickets

General admission tickets will go on sale for the 2023 event next year. Tickets are $95 plus taxes and fees for adults and $50 plus taxes and fees for children 12 and under.

For the VIP experience, consider becoming a patron. Patrons, who help support our year-round mission, receive two VIP tickets with reserved concert seating, a parking pass, access to the on-site hospitality tent, admission to the patron reception and dinner, recognition in the program and other amenities. Call 620-273-8955 to learn more.

Prairie Art Exhibit and Auction

Don’t miss your chance to take home some amazing Flint Hills inspired art from the juried Prairie Art Exhibit and Auction! The art is on exhibit daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through June 14 at the Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery in Cottonwood Falls. The online auction is now open for bidding through 7 p.m. on June 14. Money raised supports the artists and our mission to “heighten appreciation and knowledge of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie.”

Location

The 2022 Signature Event took place at Irma’s Pasture in Chase County, Kansas on June 11, 2022.

The site was near Bazaar, approximately eight miles south of Cottonwood Falls on Flint Hills Scenic Byway K-177 Highway. The remote location of the site requires a substantial amount of walking on rocky, uneven dirt pathways.

Theme

From snowstorms to spring showers and sunshine for miles, the theme of the 17th annual event focused on “Weather in the Flint Hills.”

All-Day Activities

Join us for a full day of festivities including:

  • Inspirational talks and presentations
  • Guided prairie walks
  • Covered wagon rides
  • Stories by local musicians and poets
  • Stargazing
  • Dancing

Sunset Concert

Symphony in the Flint Hills is proud to partner with the Kansas City Symphony for our Signature Event. Each year, their performance concludes with a Flint Hills sunset.

What to Bring

  • Event tickets
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Valid ID for alcohol wristband
  • Closed-toe, comfortable walking shoes
  • Refillable water bottle

What NOT to Bring

  • Alcoholic beverages (wine and beer can be purchased)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Glass containers
  • Pets, except service animals
  • Large coolers

Lodging & Food

Stay and enjoy a weekend in the Flint Hills! Discover a camp ground, quaint inn or hotel in one of our charming small towns in Chase County. Explore options.

Join us at the Signature Event site for lunch and dinner and enjoy offerings from Cox Brothers BBQ. At dinnertime, VIP ticket holders enjoy conversation with friends and a fine chuckwagon-style dining experience by Coco Bolos.

Field Journal

Our Field Journal, now in its 14th edition, is a Flint Hills resource whose articles on topics from night skies to prairie chickens have been downloaded by thousands of researchers worldwide. The 2022 Field Journal is dedicated to a topic that everyone’s comfortable discussing, even in these tumultuous political and pandemic times: the weather. It’s the perfect storm of stories and art. Get your copy at the Signature Event or buy copies at our Flint Hills Store. You can also browse past editions or search our online database at New Prairie Press

Video by Casey Wilson
Photo by Bill Harrison
Photo by Kathleen Connors
Photo by Casey Wilson
Photo by Craig Lindeman

We welcome for the 17th year, the world-class Kansas City Symphony to the Flint Hills.