Signature Event

The Signature Event is an annual gathering on the prairie celebrating music, art, and the ecology of the Flint Hills.

BNSF Logo

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


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

Location

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.

Theme

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.

Tickets

Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. on March 6! Buy online here (details coming soon) or call 620-273-8955. General admission tickets are $95 plus taxes and fees for adults and $50 plus taxes and fees for children 12 and under. No refunds. No exchanges.

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 Precautions

Event organizers are taking precautions and are working with public health officials and following the guidance of experts to provide the safest environment for guests. As the date of the event gets closer, more information will be shared regarding the event’s health safety management plan.

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. Browse past editions or search our online database at New Prairie Press. Or buy hard copies at our Flint Hills Store.

Map to 2021 Signature Event
by Jeffrey McPheeters
Photo by Kelly Glasscock

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