The 27th incarnation of the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant – a massive outdoor undertaking staged every three to five years since 1927 – is set for Sept. 24-26, 2021.
The pageant commemorates the Treaty of Medicine Lodge, a historic agreement signed in 1867 between the U.S. government and five tribes of Plains Indians. The festival includes an Intertribal Powwow, Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo, parades, live music, children’s activities and a Bulls & Broncs event.
The pageant – which is performed each day of the festival — compresses 300 years of history into a two-hour tribute to the diverse cultures of the native peoples, discoverers, explorers and settlers. The panorama includes real-life cowboys driving a herd of cattle and a lengthy wagon train.
The 2021 edition of Travel Kansas magazine is hot off the press and being distributed to travel centers and airports across the state, where it is free to pick up. It is also available online here. The magazine includes hundreds of places and events to visit this year.
Last year’s magazine earned first-place awards from Kansas Professional Communicators and the National Federation of Press Women.
Because of Covid-19 safety concerns, several Kansas spring events have moved to later in the year. Those include:
Salina’s Smoky Hill River Festival has moved from mid-June to Labor Day weekend for this year only. The 45th festival in Oakdale Park will take place Sept. 2-5 with its usual array of art-centered activities, concerts and food. For more info, visit riverfestival.com.
The Kansas Storytelling Festival in Downs has been postponed from April to Sept. 17-18. The event features professional storytellers, workshops and a Tall Tale Contest in addition to four stages of entertainment. For details, go to Kansasstorytelling.com.
The Kansas Mennonite Relief sale, which annually raises funds through a quilt auction and food sales at the Kansas fairgrounds in Hutchinson, has moved from April to July 2-3. For info, visit kansas.mccsale.org.
Wichita’s new Riverfront Stadium will finally host pro baseball when the Wichita Wind Surge, the city’s new Double-A team, hosts its first of 60 home games on May 11. The 10-team league is part of Major League Baseball’s reorganization of Minor League Baseball.
The season will open with limited seating. For updates, schedule, tickets and frequent promotions, check windsurge.com.
Music Theatre Wichita will stage several productions this year at the Capitol Federal Amphitheater in Andover. This is the 50th season for MTWichita’s Broadway-scale musicals, which combine theater professionals from across the country with local talent and a live orchestra.
“Smokey Joe’s Café in Concert” will kick off the 2021 season April 28-May 2.
“No More Talk of Darkness: Phantom’s Jeremy Stolle” on May 13-16 features an actor who played Phantom on Broadway. “Red, White and Broadway: A Star-Studded Tribute to America” will be staged July 2-3 at the amphitheater. For season or single tickets, go to Mtwichita.org.
Big Bugs – an installation of 12 animatronic insects — will be placed throughout Botanica’s 20 acres from May 1 to July 31. Replica movements and life-size detail bring the creatures to life as visitors learn about each species. For bug-themed events and hours, visit botanica.org.
Wichita’s traditional 10-day Riverfest has been split into two parts: June 4-6, which will feature participatory events, and Sept. 30-Oct. 2, which will include a food court, concerts, parade and fireworks. See Wichitariverfest.com for updates.