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!



 Holiday Parade and Festival
 November 29, 2014, 5:30pm
 1400 Main Street
 Ring in the season with the annual holiday parade, tree lighting,
 ice  skating, santa world, refreshments, and more!

 Santas Workshop
 December 1, 2014
 1214 Stone Street
 Get crafty with the kids! 

 Holiday Quilts and Trees at the Shafer
 November 10 - December 20, 2014
 245 NE 30 Road
 Festive holiday quilt exhibit will put you in the Christmas spirit!


View a full calendar of events.


There are definitely four seasons in Kansas, and Great Bend celebrates each of them with special events and community traditions. Click on the links below to learn more about enjoying the magic of the holiday season, taking advantage of the great hunting opportunities the area offers, and read about the current activity in the marshes of Cheyenne Bottoms.

Holiday Calendar of Events

Hunting Information

Marsh Musings