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!


Panther Paw Craft Festival
November 14, 9am - 3pm
Panther Athletic Center 
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

Annual Holiday Celebration
November 28, 5:30pm
Parade, lighting of the mayor's tree, ice skating, Santa visits, carriage rides, and refreshments.

Trail of Lights
November 28 - December 31
The trail winds through city streets, parks, courthouse square, and even residential neighborhoods. 

Santas Workshop
November 30, 6pm
City Auditorium 
An evening full of holiday cheer - festive crafts, food, music, and more!

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