Welcome to Great Bend, Kansas... It's in our nature to inspire
You have reached the core of Walt Whitman's "Prairies and Plains," the defining American landscape. Don't let the word plain fool you though. There is much to do here along the Arkansas River! Enjoy a tour of the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, venture out to the vast wetlands that bookend our town, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our downtown area where you will delight in strolling the Birdhouse Art Walk and the Kansas Quilt Walk. While you are downtown, take time to browse the wide array  of retail establishments. Great Bend offers tourists the broadest selection of food and lodging choices in the region, where you can unwind in the comfort of small-town America. No matter your interest or time, Great Bend is your home for exploring these parts of the Plains!



  Drag Races

  SRCA Drag Strip - West Barton County Road
  September 25 - 26, 2015 - National Dragster Challenge
  October 2 - 3, 2015
  October 16 - 17, 2015

  Wine in the Wild
  Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo
  September 26, 2015
  Guests will enjoy an evening stroll, sampling a variety of local wines
  and food from around the world while listening to live music. Tickets    
  are $30 each or $50 for a pair. 785-625-7070

  Renaissance Faire
  Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo

  October 3 - 4, 2015
  Where history meets fantasy.


For more information on these and a full list of upcoming events, visit our Calendar of Events page.