Signature Event

The Signature Event is an annual gathering on the prairie celebrating music, art, and the ecology of the Flint Hills. The 2021 event will take place on North Lakeview Pasture in Morris County, Kansas, on June 12.


2021 Major Presenting Sponsor

BNSF Railway is proud to partner with Symphony in the Flint Hills as we approach the bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail. The history of Kansas and BNSF both have roots in the Santa Fe Trail and that connection is strong 200 years later as we continue to help build Kansas’ economy by accessing markets across the globe.

– Zak Andersen, President BNSF Railway Foundation

2021 Signature Event


Tickets are sold out for the 2021 Signature Event.

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.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The following guidelines reflect the current general recommendations from public health officials. Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. is meeting with public health officials frequently and will update as needed. Review this information regularly in the lead up to the Signature Event on June 12.

• Social distance at least six feet
• Wear masks when social distancing is not possible
• Wash hands frequently (hand washing stations have increased on site)
• Sit with your group
• Volunteers will keep frequently touched areas wiped down


The 2021 Signature Event will take place on North Lakeview Pasture near Council Grove in Morris County, Kansas on June 12, 2021. Gates open at 1 p.m.


Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the start of the Santa Fe Trail, and held just outside the historic trail town of Council Grove, the 16th annual event will feature presentations and activities commemorating the history of the trail.

Music & Prairie Pavilions

Symphony in the Flint Hills is proud to partner with the Kansas City Symphony for our Signature Event. In the education tents, speakers will explore a variety of topics commemorating the history of the Santa Fe Trail.

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 Morris County. Learn more.

Join us at the Signature Event site for lunch and dinner. 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.

Prairie Art Exhibit and Online Auction

Don’t miss this year’s juried Prairie Art Exhibit and Online Auction featuring 52 incredible works of art! The art is on exhibit daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through June 15 at the Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery, 331 Broadway St. in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The online auction is also open for bidding through June 15. Money raised supports the artists and our mission to “heighten appreciation and knowledge of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie.”

Weather Contingency Plans

In the event of weather postponement on June 12, the Signature Event will take place on the rain date of June 13. If weather cancels the weekend events completely, GA ticket holders will be eligible for a refund.

Field Journal

Our Field Journal, now in its 13th 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 2021 Field Journal, consisting of professionally researched articles, full-color photographs, paintings, illustrations and more, commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. Order your copy online or purchase one at the Signature Event on June 12. You can also browse past editions or search our online database at New Prairie Press. Or buy hard copies at our Flint Hills Store.

Assistive Listening Available for Sunset Concert

Assistive listening is available at this year’s Signature Event for those who would like to listen to the Sunset Concert through headphones. To do so:

  • Download the Williams Sound WaveCAST app prior to June 12.
  • Bring headphones to the Signature Event.
  • Once at the Signature Event, go to settings on your phone.
  • Select “Listening Assist” network as your phone’s wifi network. No password is required.
  • After connecting to the “Listening Assist” network, open the WaveCAST app.
  • Click on WaveCAST and your device should connect.
Photo by Kelly Glasscock
Map to 2021 Signature Event
by Jeffrey McPheeters
2021 Field Journal

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