Tourism - Music Festivals and Concerts
With the addition of the new Island Park Performance Venue, a new group has organized to plan an annual concert series on the new stage. The group, Island Park Productions, is the combined effort of eleven local organizations, as well as three members from the community at large. The organizations participating are: Winfield Economic Development, Rotary club of Winfield, Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Winfield Arts and Humanities Council, Winfield Recreation Commission, Southwestern College, USD 465, South Kansas Symphony, Winfield City Band, City of Winfield, Legacy Regional Community Foundation. Serving as at-large members are Mark Olney, Bart Redford, and Cindy Goertz. Jill Long of Winfield Economic Development is the acting president of the corporation.
Island Park Productions will organize four concerts each year during the spring and summer. These concerts will be free and open to the public. John McCutcheon will perform the opening concert on April 13, 2019.
The Island Park Productions concert series will be funded through sponsorships from local businesses and organizations. This will allow the concerts to remain free to the public. Information on sponsorship can be found at the Winfield Chamber or on the Island Park Productions facebook page.
The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony are non-profit groups funded by Southwestern College and by the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors. Contributions also come from alumni, friends, and ticket sales.
SKS LogoThe South Kansas Symphony strives to provide musical memories for our audience with a variety of music for all ages. Talented musicians drawn from the collegiate and public communities enrich the ensemble. In addition, we hope the new acoustically-crafted Richardson Performing Arts Center and Callison Stage transport your listening experience to another level.
Enjoy a relaxing evening in the Flint Hills drinking award-winning Wheat State Wine Co. wines and listening to great live music! Bring your lawn chair and favorite snacks, but leave your alcohol at home. There is wine and beer sold by WSWCo. during the concerts. The cost to attend is $20 per carload.
The Walnut Valley Festival is one of the premier events in the midwest. Featuring bluegrass music, the festival is referred to by locals simply as “Bluegrass”. While bluegrass music may be the focus, other acoustic styles are represented as well. More than just the music, attendees come from every state in the country and from many foreign countries for the culture that is the Walnut Valley Festival. Take time to roam through the elaborate campsites in the Pecan Grove (some sites inhabited for a month before the festival and month after!). Take part (or just watch) the “land rush” tradition to secure a campsite before the event. In addition to music on the four main stages, enjoy amateur music throughout the campgrounds and on unofficial stages throughout the event.
The festival is held on the Wednesday through Sunday that includes the third Saturday of September. The first festival was held in September 1972. Besides the world-class paid performers, Winfield is known for its instrumental contests. The headline contest is the National Flat-pick Guitar Championship.
Enjoy music by the oldest continuously running municipal band in the country. Summer concerts every Friday night.